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Texans add some veteran LB depth with Barrett Ruud


Lacking depth in the middle of their defense with the loss of linebacker Brian Cushing, the Texans signed veteran Barrett Ruud Wednesday, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Ruud was just released by the Saints, who acquired him in a trade with Seattle in the preseason. He was a productive starter for six years with the Buccaneers, and spent 2011 with the Titans.

The Texans also released miniscule return man Trindon Holliday, who had three touchdowns in the preseason, but was averaging just 9.2 yards per punt return and 19.4  per kickoff return.

To replace him on the roster, they promoted guard Cody White from the practice squad.

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16 Responses to “Texans add some veteran LB depth with Barrett Ruud”
  1. professorcolumbus says: Oct 10, 2012 12:41 PM

    He might have been “productive,” but he was never effective. Ruud was an expert at racking up tackles 5 yards after he attached himself to a runner.

  2. ppc50 says: Oct 10, 2012 12:47 PM

    Dallas should pick up Holliday, they need a lot of help in the return game.

  3. paychrisjohnson28 says: Oct 10, 2012 12:55 PM

    LB Barrett Ruud when he was with the Titans got pushed around at the point of attack and when Colin McCarthy replaced him and played better he became expendable, also he was liability in coverage when he was said to be great in that area.

  4. hpeters77 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:24 PM

    Rudd couldnt make the line up for the Saints but he will start for the Texans, wow. Holiday will be on with a new team soon.

  5. hpeters77 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:24 PM

    above statement came from a Saints fan. just saying

  6. whatwouldlombardido says: Oct 10, 2012 1:26 PM

    Trindon Holliday=wasted roster spot. Barrett Ruud=”Oh my gawd, I pray we don’t have to use him” depth.

  7. htowntexan says: Oct 10, 2012 1:29 PM

    Man was Holiday good in the preseason, and man was he awful during the regular season.

  8. knackstermyea says: Oct 10, 2012 1:33 PM

    Why does he look so darn happy in the picture? What isn’t being shown?

  9. mrbigass says: Oct 10, 2012 1:38 PM

    Hope Kub is done with the Holiday experiment. Just a roster spot taken with poor results.

  10. htown1035 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:49 PM

    hpeters77 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:24 PM

    Rudd couldnt make the line up for the Saints but he will start for the Texans, wow. Holiday will be on with a new team soon.


    He’s not starting, he was brought in to be a veteran backup to Dobbins and James.

    I wish Holliday luck, but he just was hurting the team a lot more than helping. He didn’t return very well, and he made bad decisions.

  11. bagatelle69 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:50 PM

    @hpeters77 Rudd is signed as a backup not starting.

  12. hpeters77 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:53 PM

    well i was saying Saints defense suck (as a Saints fan) he wasnt able to do anything for us why would he do anything for youll and holiday would improve, ill take him over rudd

  13. bgoochy says: Oct 10, 2012 1:56 PM

    Holliday’s return philosophy was to find the biggest group of bodies in the middle of the field and run right into it.

  14. wikipediasaidso says: Oct 10, 2012 1:58 PM

    Ruud is a good locker room guy and all, but…this makes his fifth team in the last two years?

    That’s not good. Texans can’t really afford to be choosy since it’s not like there’s a ton of great options sitting around waiting for the phone to ring. But I sure wouldn’t be expecting much out of this signing.

  15. kurly00 says: Oct 10, 2012 4:02 PM

    All he needs is a work ethic and the ability to do 1 thing good. Wade will figure out what it is and have him do it.

    Timmy Dobbins is the starter and the next man up. He will do fine!

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 10, 2012 5:05 PM

    Ruud in actuality will not start and will be most likely be 3rd string behind Darryl Sharpton once he comes off the PUP list next week. Right now the Texans are a little thin at MLB depth and hes probably the best guy out on the street right now.

    Would we rather Navarro Bowman or Ray Lewis, obviously, but they are not available. Its a bad situation and Rick Smith is doing the best he can.

    I imagine that either Keyshawn Martin or Justin Forsett will take over return duties?

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