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D.J. Swearinger | Defensive Back

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (22) / 9/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 208
College: South Carolina
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The Texans have decided to go with D.J. Swearinger over Shiloh Keo at strong safety in Danieal Manning's (broken leg, injured reserve) absence.
It's an about face from earlier in the week, where the Texans pledged to go with Keo. A second-round pick, Swearinger has struggled in 145 snaps this season, but the Texans have little to gain long-term by using end-of-roster type Keo over their rookie. Thu, Oct 17, 2013 03:19:00 PM

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Texans signed No. 57 overall pick FS D.J. Swearinger to a four-year contract.

Ala Danieal Manning and Glover Quin before him, Swearinger is a versatile safety with experience playing cornerback, both outside and in the slot. With Ed Reed's (hip surgery) health status totally up in the air, Swearinger stands a legit chance to open the season as Houston's starting free safety. He packs a wallop as a tackler and plays with more range than his 4.67 forty suggests.
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 01:44:00 PM

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said he thinks rookie S D.J. Swearinger is "going to be a big contributor early."

With Ed Reed (hip) sidelined, Swearinger saw significant reps in OTAs and minicamp. "He’s very smart in picking things up with what we’re doing," Kubiak said. While the initial plan was to use Swearinger in dime packages and on special teams, Reed's timetable remains unclear. There's a strong possibility Swearinger could see time as a starter early in the season.
Source: KHOU.com
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 09:55:00 AM

Texans rookie S D.J. Swearinger has earned the praise of his coaches throughout OTAs.

With Ed Reed (hip) out, Swearinger has been taking first-team reps. Coach Gary Kubiak describes Swearinger as having "a ton of confidence. He just walks out here like he belongs, and he does. He’s got a ton of ability. He’s a smart player." Although he'll return to the second-team in base packages when Reed gets back, Kubiak says the plan is to use the rookie in dime packages going forward. Expect Swearinger to see time on defense and special teams this season.
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Texans selected South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger with the No. 57 overall pick.

Swearinger (5-foot-10 1/2, 208) recorded six interceptions as a 33-game Gamecocks starter, seeing extensive time at strong safety, free safety, slot corner, and even outside. He's a "splash" hitter who plays with aggression and a mean streak. Swearinger was available this late only because he ran 4.67 at the Combine, despite excelling in the ten-yard split (1.57), vertical (37"), and broad jump (10-foot-4). Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranked Swearinger as the No. 3 safety in this class, behind only Jonathan Cyprien and Kenny Vaccaro. With the South Carolina product likely playing closer to the line of scrimmage, Ed Reed will roam the deep half. Swearinger can also cover tight ends.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 08:18:00 PM

South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger ran forty times of 4.65 and 4.68 at the Gamecocks' Pro Day.

Swearinger ran 4.67 at the Combine, so his speed has been established. While Swearinger generated some late first-round love in early mock drafts, it's hard to imagine a safety with nearly 4.7 wheels going in the top-32 picks. He's likely a second-rounder. At 5'11/208, Swearinger is a big hitter.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Mar 31, 2013 12:57:00 AM

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