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Vic Fangio, the team's defensive coordinator, said Thursday he expected Brock to be the first defensive back off the sideline when the Houston Texans bring additional wide receivers on the field. The longtime play-caller said he was impressed with Brock's performance in this very capacity during the team's Week 4 win in St. Louis, in which Asomugha was absent.
"He did a nice job. He probably had the biggest play of the game in breaking up that pass that Donte (Whitner) intercepted in the end zone," Fangio said, referencing the Rams ill-fated 3rd-and-1 attempt in the second quarter. "They were in field goal range, and the score was only 7-3 at the time. So that was a very critical play at that time and he made that. And he made some other good plays.”
Brock will be asked to do the same on Sunday night, when he could be covering Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins, the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.
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