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Former Texan Swearinger stands out on average Washington team

Former Texan Swearinger stands out on average Washington team
D.J. Swearinger is a much different player than the one fans saw in Houston. Todd Olszewski/Getty Images

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Usually each week we will take a look at some of the good and bad from the Texans and a look at the upcoming opponent as well. With the bye week last week we will we look at Washington players. They also do great fantasy analysis and draft coverage as well. Stats are for the previous game unless otherwise noted. You can join Pro Football Focus here

Tony Bergstrom - 31.8 pass blocking grade

The former Texans offensive lineman was the only offensive lineman to allow a pressure or a sack against the Buccaneers for the Redskins. He has played center and left guard for Washington this season and not graded out particularly well in any of the games at any of the positions. A career journeyman lineman he blocked well in the rushing game pretty well against Tampa Bay. Considering how well the Texans interior has played and how often Jadeveon Clowney rushes inside this could be a spot the Texans could exploit. 

D.J. Swearinger - 87.7 season defense grade

Another former Texans player but he has had a long track record of success with Washington. Swearinger is the fifth best defensive back in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus when accounting for playing more than 50 percent of his team's snaps. He is playing very well and has now for a couple of years. He is playing the best coverage of his career as well. He is a far cry from the one-trick pony he was when the Texans first had him on the team. He's a leader on the defense and a player Deshaun Watson and company will have to watch out for on Sunday. 

Ryan Kerrigan - 72.2 season pass rush grade

Washington is about average when it comes to getting after the passers, just a couple of sacks ahead of the Texans. Kerrigan is the consistent force for the team in the pass rush though. J.J. Watt's fellow draft class member has a sack in four straight games and is the most consistent player Washington has in their front seven in getting after the quarterback. Though he hasn't graded out great, the Texans need to be aware where the former Purdue product lines up. 

Alex Smith - 70.3 season passing grade

Smith is about the 23rd best quarterback as far as passing goes according to the grades. He is a high-level game manager for Washington that on any given day can still be a dangerous threat. He is about average below in almost everything he does with the exception of interceptions. He doesn't throw a lot of interceptions. He throws the deep ball poorly and is one of the league's worst under pressure. There's just not a ton here besides a savvy veteran who gets his team in the right play and doesn't make mistakes.

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Following Houston's 6-4 road trip, the Astros returned home to finish the first "half" of the season before the All Star break hosting Florida and Texas. Houston's road trip was filled with clutch performances in New York, dominance in taking 3 of 4 in Toronto, and a dose of close calls and tough realities with a short-handed team against Minnesota.

Now the Astros hope to take care of business against the lowly Marlins and division rival Rangers. The Texas series, in particular gives Houston the opportunity to reassert their hold on the #2 spot ahead of the Rangers who have won their last 5 games in a row (as of the time this was published). Both teams have won 7 of their last 10 games and hope to catch a free-falling Seattle team to overtake the division lead.

Dana Brown told the media last week he expects both Justin Verlander and Kyle Tucker to be reactivated following the All-Star break but Tucker's updates continue to be more promising than Verlander's and MUCH more promising than Lance McCullers. Astros manager informed the media this week that McCullers has been shut down from throwing after his arm did not respond well to his recent bullpen sessions and the team is formulating the plan for what's next for the embattled pitcher. McCullers hasn't pitched since the 2022 postseason and underwent season-ending flexor tendon surgery last June. McCullers is under contract with Houston until 2026.

An eventual return for Kyle Tucker would spur a juggling act from Joe Espada to find a proper balance of time for all his outfielders, none of which have separated themselves offensively. Chas McCormick had a great month of June recording an .804 OPS but that run looks more like an anomaly as his scuffles have continued over the past 2.5 weeks, recording just 4 hits over his last 32 plate appearances.

While Jake Meyers has wowed fans and teammates with his glove this season, his offense has hit a skid, hitting just .184 with a .565 OPS over the past month. After rookie Joey Loperfido's torrid debut, he too has struggled with the bat, hitting just .216 with .599 OPS over the same time period.

An unexpected bright spot has been the recent play of first baseman Jon Singleton. Over the last 4 weeks, "Big Jon" is batting .302 with an .802 OPS. It's worth mentioning that Singleton's season numbers are better than Florida's Josh Bell, who drew interest from Astros fans over the past several seasons as a potential answer at first base. Bell has 135 more ABs this season so its not quite an apples-to-apples comparison but there's no doubt Singleton's contributions were sorely needed following the release of Jose Abreu.

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