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Brian Cushing (Ric Francis/AP)

When the Texans selected Brian Cushing with the 15th overall pick in April's draft, a lot was expected of him. Each of the Texans previous first-round picks which include Duane Brown, Amobi Okoye, Mario Williams, Travis Johnson, Dunta Robinson, Andre Johnson, and David Carr have all seen meaningful playing time as rookies and Cushing is expected to follow suit.

"I think I've done just as good as I thought I would," Cushing told reporters. "I mean, I had a lot of expectations for myself." Texans GM Rick Smith has been impressed with what he's seen early on not only from Cushing, but the entire Houston rookie class. "I like what I see so far," Smith said. "It's obviously very early and you have limited exposure so far, but I like the athleticism; I...

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