Kris Brown, PK, Houston Texans: The Texans signed Neil Rackers to a two-year contract worth $4.1 million on Monday. That doesn’t bode well for Brown’s future in Houston. Despite injuries, Rackers missed only one field goal last season. Brown was inconsistent at all levels last year and missed too many clutch kicks.
Brown has 12 years experience in the league and could be declining at this stage of his career, but it isn’t a sure thing that he will be on the outs either, as a competition in training camp could occur between these two veterans.
Reggie Hayward, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars: This isn’t a real glamorous nomination for this week’s honor, but the Jaguars did decide to bring Hayward back even though he is now 30 years old and is coming off a broken leg that resulted in him missing almost the entire 2009 season.
Newly signed Aaron Kampman should start on the right side and Derrick Harvey on the left, but Hayward is well liked by teammates and did notch 27.5 sacks over a three-year stretch from 2003 to 2005. Still, he is more of a base end at this point. He has the size to play the run and should provide good depth while also contributing in Jacksonville’s defensive end rotation. Although this is good news for Hayward, it certainly doesn’t preclude the Jaguars from further addressing the position in the draft.