Healthy Joseph can be giant gain for Texans

Johnathan Joseph was nowhere near the player he was in 2011 and 2012.

He was banged up in his second year with the Houston Texans, but groin, quad and hamstring injuries weren’t enough to account for the drop-off in his performance.

As we noted in our “Reading the coverage” file this morning, Joseph revealed there was more to it than that.

He told James Palmer of CSN Houston he had two sports hernias.

From Palmer:

"With the groin issues and everything behind me and the sports hernia on both sides, I had both those fixed," Joseph said Thursday. "Now I have more pop, more explosion with my legs. I can run all day again."

Joseph is feeling better than ever and was anxious to get back on the field to test his finally healthy legs.

"I'm just glad to have it behind me," Joseph said. "I'm feeling better than I've ever felt. I told somebody that yesterday. I was just excited that I got it fixed just to see where I am at on the field. And I'm having probably the best OTAs I've had in four or five years."

Great OTAs don’t mean much.

A far healthier Joseph during the season can mean a great deal to the Texans.

Kareem Jackson blossomed last year when Joseph fell off. If Jackson can maintain his gains and Joseph can maintain his health, the Texans should be formidable at corner, where Brice McCain was re-signed as the nickelback.

With Ed Reed and rookie D.J. Swearinger now in the spots where Glover Quin and Quintin Demps were last year. (Demps wound up yielding time as the third safety to Shioh Keo. Demps is gone and Keo needs to play far less with Swearinger around.)

Quin will be missed, but overall the secondary should come out ahead.