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Rick Smith on Chris Myers, Arian Foster, building through draft

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 19, 2012 – 1:54 pm

Texans general manager Rick Smith traded a sixth-round draft pick to the Denver Broncos for Chris Myers in 2008. He was the Broncos’ assistant general manager when they drafted Myers in the sixth round out of Miami in 2005.

In 10 seasons with the Broncos from 1996-2005, Smith saw first-hand the importance of Pro Bowl center Tom Nalen to Denver’s dominant running game. Myers, who made his first Pro Bowl in 2011, has taken on a similarly vital role in Houston.

“He’s been a tremendous leader,” Smith told Texans TV on Saturday as Myers re-signed with the Texans as an unrestricted free agent. “To get him back in the fold and to have him anchor our line for years to come, it’s an exciting day for us.”

Heading into free agency, the Texans’ primary focus was on re-signing their own players. They lost linebacker Mario Williams and guard Mike Brisiel to other teams, but they have re-signed both of their free agents who were Pro Bowlers last season, Myers and running back Arian Foster.

“We want to be a balanced offensive football team, and this gives us the ability, we hope, to continue to have an outstanding running game,” Smith said. “Chris really is the beginning of everything that we do up front with respect to making line calls, to making sure that everybody’s coordinated, and so this is a very important piece to what we do. And obviously, [with] Arian’s ability to make plays with the football in his hand, it was important for us to get that deal done. I can’t speak more highly of how he has handled himself, and obviously the production that he has on the football field and what he means to our team. So to have both of those pieces in back place right now feels real good for us as we continue to move forward and go reach our goals.”

As the Texans move forward, Smith’s preferred method of assembling the roster will continue to be through the draft. The Texans have been quiet in free agency so far aside from the Myers and Foster moves.

“We’ve talked many, many times about the fact that we build through the draft and we supplement through free agency,” Smith said. “Now, you think back to last year, we did make a splash first day. We went out and signed Johnathan Joseph and turned right around that day and signed Danieal Manning, and those moves were good for us… We were fortunate in the draft last year as well to get some players that were able to come in and help us. But we primarily want to build through the draft and then take care of our players like an Arian, like a Chris Myers, and so that’s the way that we’re building this thing.”

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15 Responses to “Rick Smith on Chris Myers, Arian Foster, building through draft”

  1. By Richard on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    I think they need a WR. maybe J.Jones will have a break out season.

  2. By Jonathan on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Still a lot of great WRs out there that could compliment AJ. Steve Smith, Ginn, Branch, Hines Ward….. They’d be solid in that #2 or #3 slot behind AJ and Walter.

  3. By Joe Dog on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    If they will draft a couple of blindfolds and two cigarettes to go with Richards intellegent idea… and that will be a step in the right direction…

  4. By james on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    HAHAHAHA jacoby jones HAHAHAHA breakout season HAHAHAHA

  5. By james on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    jacoby jones makes me sick.. i would rather see shaub throw to an ostrich with a bucket strapped to its neck

  6. By John Els on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    There is NO EXCUSE or GOOD REASON to keep Jacoby Jones and Kareem Jackson. Re-Think this Mr. Smith. You’ve done a great job but we’re not through. Consider this, 2 new and talented receivers make our offense UNSTOPPABLE. Free agency is loaded with options. Don’t harden your heart to the point of missing a great opportunity to improve our team immediately. Jones MUST GO. If for no other reason, do it for the fans. You don’t make decisions based on fan opinions and I respect that but this case is different. Give us this and we are with you the rest of the way. DUMP JONES and consider getting rid of Jackson (or make him LAST string).

  7. By james on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    ya everything he just said

  8. By Andrew H on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with everything John said. Jacoby Jones is worthless. Yea he has caught touchdowns here and there but the guy has had his time. W need a third and fourth threat at receivers and we will dominate. Kareem Jackson….the guy needs to go! How many times did he get blown by or picked on by other teams. He does not have what it takes and we need another option to take his spot. Jason Allen actually did pretty well last year, well a lot better than Kareem. I think the Kareem issue is more important right now so can continue being a dominant defense!

  9. By aussie boy on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    all i have to say is the texan better bloody start making some moves in free agency, with they way we r just letting people sign our players we aint gonna have a team

  10. By chuck902 on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    typical Texans moves , one step foward ,two steps back.

  11. By Joshua on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    i disagree chuck902…one step back, and two more steps back seems to be where this staff is taking the organization.

  12. By lol on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    lol I think Smith deserves the benefit of the doubt here. Jacoby Jones is a bad receiver and should probably be cut, but Kareem Jackson improved tremendously last year. Sure he was burned on occasions but that was because he was targeted so often to avoid throwing at Joseph. I don’t think the Texans are taking any steps backwards. Ginn is not a quality receiver he is just a slightly better version of Jacoby Jones. Smith hasn’t been the same since injury. Braylon Edwards I think could be a quality signing on an incentive laden deal but other than that I wouldn’t touch another receiver out there. Casual fans always think the worst, but the Texans are following the right strategy. Build through the draft. The Redskins sign high dollar free agents every year. Where are they?

  13. By Rosebob on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    The best thing the Texans did was revamp their scouting staff. Great teams long term build through the draft. Grow up people. Look at what you got last year in JJ Watt (crazy good) and Brooks Reed. Trust your gut that selections like these will get you to the playoffs year after year and one of those trips will cumilate into a SUPER BOWL. I don’t see that this staff has fell in love with anybody. Kareem Jackson is one of those players that will grow into that job. There is plenty of wide receiving talent in the draft that can beat Jacoby out in training camp for that job. This is a good if not great organization. Give it time to be like the old Cowboys organization when Landry and Schram were there.

  14. By Rosebob on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    What a great move giving DeMeco a chance to go play in a scheme that fits him. We were not going to be able to take full advantage of him in our current defense and we were able to get draft choices and give a good guy a chance to further his career.Class act Texans.

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