When the Texans traded DeMeco Ryans this offseason, they did it presumably to get Daryl Sharpton some more playing time. Sharpton, a 2010 4th round pick, was solid in limited action last season. The Texans also signed Bradie James this offseason. James, an aging veteran at 31, has 4 years of experience in Wade Phillips defense from Dallas. According to linebackers coach Reggie Herring, it is James, not Sharpton, who is the favorite to start week 1 for the Texans next to Brian Cushing. James’ best days are behind him so we still could definitely see Sharpton play a good deal this season.