"Obviously, we drafted some talent and the coaches will adapt to switching the players as need be," Reed said Monday, via the team's official website. "From the beginning, I've been preparing to play inside 'backer if I had to, so I'm ready if I do. I'll play outside if they need me to play outside."
The switch should enable the Texans to get better production from both positions. The role of Cushing's sidekick has been a trouble spot since the defense moved to a 3-4 scheme a couple of years ago. If Clowney's production comes anywhere close to matching the pre-draft hype, he and Whitney Mercilus will pose a formidable edge-rushing tandem.
Throw in the game's dominant defender in J.J. Watt, a two-time Pro Bowl cornerback in Johnathan Joseph and a promising young safety in D.J. Swearinger, and Crennel has plenty of talent with which to work in his first season on the Texans job.