Texans Scouting Report - Kevin Bentley
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Posted Jul 11, 2008
Charlie Bernstein

Back in March, the Texans signed former Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns linebacker Kevin Bentley to a three-year, $4 million deal with a $1 million signing bonus. To find out the inside scoop on Bentley, BattleRedNation.com asked Seahawks.Net publisher Doug Farrar, who covered Bentley for the last three seasons to furnish us a scouting report:

The Seahawks came to terms with Bentley, who played his first three seasons with the Cleveland Browns, before he came to Seattle in March of 2005. Bentley has served primarily as a nickel linebacker and special teams standout. As the Seahawks redefined their linebacker corps with Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill in 2005, and Julian Peterson in 2006, Bentley wasn't going to have starting chances.

I think Bentley's a good fit as a reserve outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense. He's better against the pass than the run - he has good agility and will do his best to fit the system he's in. He was advertised as being able to play all three positions, but I don't think he'd project as a middle linebacker at all. I never saw that level of run-stopping ability.

I'm not sure how the Texans are planning to use him, but I have no doubt that he'll do his best to fit in around the excellent DeMeco Ryans. Bentley is a heady, hardworking player who doesn't gripe publicly about his special teams and backup role.

The Texans seemed to make it a point to address their special teams depth as well as their linebacker position with the acquisitions of not only Kevin Bentley, but also Chaun Thompson. Bentley represents yet another low-risk, potentially high reward type of signing, as the $1 million that the team spent will hardly wreck the team’s cap if he doesn’t work out.

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