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.

16 responses to “Texans add some veteran LB depth with Barrett Ruud

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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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