Glover Quin wants Texans' nickel work

HOUSTON -- I count four spots on the Houston Texans as still uncertain: running back, defensive tackle, free safety and cornerback.

Houston may be all right with rookie Kareem Jackson and second-year man Glover Quin as their starting corners. But what about after that?

The nickel will play a lot, and the team doesn’t know who will qualify as the third corner.

Gary Kubiak said Tuesday that Brice McCain, Fred Bennett and rookie Sherrick McManis are contenders to be the third corner on the field. The coach likes the idea of moving Quin to the slot and replacing him outside, though Kubiak said McCain can line up in there, too.

Quin said he hopes the team will ask him to show off his versatility and play two roles.

“I like to be involved,” he said. “So if it’s two receivers out there, I’d like to be on the outside. If it’s three, I like to move inside. Because I like to get involved in the run game and the run fits and the zone drops from the inside.”

I'll keep a closer eye on him the next two days to see if I can sense if he looks equally comfortable in both spots.