Manning ready for task of improving Texans' secondary

August 4, 2011 4:01:01 PM PDT
Danieal Manning grew up in Corsicana and starred at Abilene Christian before spending his first five NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears. Now the safety is back in the state he loves, hoping to help the Houston Texans turn around the league's worst pass defense.

He calls playing for the Texans a "dream come true," but knows that getting the secondary on track in Houston won't be easy. The Texans allowed more than 267 yards passing a game last season which was key in the team finishing a disappointing 6-10 and failing to make the playoffs yet again.

He's excited to play with cornerback Johnathan Joseph, another new Texan, whom Houston hopes can pair with Manning to make the secondary a strength of this team.