Not all players in the NFL can be superstars. The majority of NFL rosters are made up of guys that help in different facets of the game and they generally go unrecognized even though they are major contributors to the team.
I like to think of these players as the unsung heroes in the NFL and it looks as if the Houston Texans have found a hidden gem in that department that can help out the team in 2015.
Mike Mohamed is finally finding a role in the NFL after bouncing around with teams like the Denver Broncos and the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has mainly been a practice squad player after being drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
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The Texans signed Mohamed as a future/reserved agent in 2013 and it looks as if he might have finally been able to find a role for himself with the Texans organization.
Mohamed's opportunities in the NFL have been limited, but he finally got a chance to show the type of player he might be able to come in the 2014 season when he was asked to take on an expanded role with the Texans defense.
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In 2014, Mohamed was able to prove himself on defense and amassed 68 total tackles and one interception. This is especially impressive since he only started two games and only appeared in 14.
Mohamed's role in defense is still undefined at this time because there is a position battle going on to try and decide who will claim the starting spot next to linebacker Brian Cushing.
Making an impression
One thing is for sure though, during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp, Mohamed's performance during this period isn't going to go unnoticed.
Houston Texans analyst John Harris, has covered the OTA practices and minicamp and one name that keeps coming up is linebacker Mike Mohamed.
Here are just a few of his observations thus far…
- Rookie Bernardrick McKinney had two picks today during the workout. He caught a tipped pass off the hands of Mike Mohamed, who made a tremendous play to get his hands on the ball. Then, later in a two-minute drill, McKinney leapt in the air for the rebound…errr, I mean the pass and picked it off. He's not perfect in coverage, but for a guy that many said (including me) needed to improve that aspect of his game, it was a good sign.
- I mentioned Mike Mohamed earlier as he tipped a pass on the goal line that Bernardrick McKinney intercepted, but he deserves even more mention. Teams win championships with players like Mohamed. I've seen that guy do just about everything a linebacker is asked to do and then some. Throw in his work on special teams and it's going to be extremely difficult to get him off the field. I love THAT guy-the one that doesn't get much acclaim, can do just about everything he's asked, doesn't say much at all and just does his job (and does it well). That's Mohamed.
- The one linebacker that continues to make plays, no matter the combination out on the field, is Mike Mohamed. He had a couple of pass breakups, including one in which he laid out on a ball that was thrown to Jay Prosch and knocked it down.
Mohamed may not be the superstar that is going to sell jerseys like Brian Cushing, but he has a role in the team that makes him important to the team.
It will be really interesting to see if he can continue catching everyone's eyes once the pads come on for training camp.
Luckily for everyone, we can have a front row seat once HBO's TV series Hard Knocks airs their coverage of training camp for the Houston Texans.
I for one want to root for the underdog and I will personally be keeping a close eye on not only Mike Mohamed, but the rest of the linebacker group as well.
Do you think that Mohamed can earn a starting role in defense for the Houston Texans in 2015?