McManus: Bouye has two elements to his game Schwartz values

17 January 2017 Eagles News

ESPN’s Tim McManus believes that Houston Texans A.J. Bouye “fits the bill on a couple of fronts.”

“Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz values confidence and physicality, and those are two elements that are a strength for Bouye (6-foot, 191 pounds), who added 10 pounds heading into this past season and improved in press coverage and against the run (63 tackles),” McManus wrote.

The 25-year-old, Bouye, will be an unrestricted free agent this off-season, and is coming off a solid year for the Houston Texans. Before the 2016 season, he was a part-time player with only 5 career starts under his belt. In his last playoff game versus the Patriots, he recorded 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 2 pass breakups, with 5 tackles on Saturday. In 15 starts this year, the former undrafted free agent, recorded 3 interceptions, 16 passes defended, and 1 sack.

With Bouye emerging as a starting CB for the Texans this season, the league has definitely taken notice. The 6-foot, 191-pounder has shown the ability to match up with bigger wide receivers, and is seen as one of the top corners to hit the market. Bouye did note that he hopes to stay with Houston and return to the Texans.

“I would like to be back,” Bouye told the Houston Chronicle. “It’ll mean a lot because it’ll show that they wanted me and saw what I did this year and there are better things that are going to happen in the future from an individual and team standpoint.

“I’ve been through a lot here with the organization, a lot of ups and downs, and they never gave up on me. I’m appreciative of that. I’d like to be back, but we’ll see what happens.”

While the Eagles could show interest in the young corner, having the amount of cap space to sign Bouye is a whole other question. If the Eagles really believe he’s the long-term answer, Howie Roseman will find a way to bring him to the nest.