Raiders Host Lamarr Houston

Lamaar Houston Oakland Raiders

A familiar face was at the Oakland Raiders headquarters in Alameda today as former second round pick Lamaar Houston visited the team.

Reports have surfaced that the Raiders had free agent defensive end Lamarr Houston in for a visit today. The news is notable as Houston was a 2nd round pick (44th overall) of the Raiders in the 2010 NFL Draft. He spent his first four years with Oakland before signing with the Chicago Bears following the 2013 season.

During his time with the Raiders, Houston compiled 171 solo tackles as well as an additional 56 tackles assists. He was known for his ability to stop the run and was a sure tackler.

After joining the Bears his tackle numbers really dropped of, mostly due to injuries. In his four seasons in Chicago, Houston only totaled 54 tackles. His inability to get on the field played the biggest factor as he only appeared in 31 games over that time, starting 11 of them. Those numbers pale in comparison to the 64 games he appeared in for the Raiders, starting 60 of those contests.

Even though Lamarr was never thought of as a pass rushing threat, he did have 16.5 sacks during his time in the silver and black. He has the ability to win a one on one match-up occasionally but would never be confused for a top flight pass rusher.

He timed this “snach” well beating the Chargers left tackle for a 9 yard sack of quarterback Philip Rivers. Houston was never someone who was a threat as a pass rusher and age, coupled with injuries, has made him much less of one. He had a career high of eight sacks during the 2015 season and has 30.5 over his eight year career. He did manage five sacks last season between his time with the Bears and Texans so he can still be effective, though not an option a team would want to count on.

Houston has created ten turnovers in his eight year career as well. He has forced five fumbles, recovered nine fumbles, has one interception, and has scored a defensive touchdown. Again, those numbers would be much better if he was able to play. Creating some impactful plays in preseason could potentially land Lamarr a roster spot if he does in fact get signed.

Sadly for Houston, his most memorable moment may have also been his worst as a professional player.

Trailing 48-23 with three minutes left in the 4th quarter, Houston tore his ACL celebrating his sack of backupĀ Jimmy Garoppolo. It was the first major injury in his NFL career and the beginning of the availability issues that would derail his time in Chicago and lead to his release.

At this point, Houston would be nothing more than a depth signing and another body for training camp. Given his inability to stay healthy, he couldn’t even really be counted on as a back-up. Proving his worth as a situational interior pass rusher seems like the only real shot he would have to make the Raiders roster as he will not make the cut as an EDGE. This seems more like head coach Jon Gruden trying to put a contingency plan together in case he isn’t content with the players the team adds in the draft.

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