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Vickers was “shocked” by Texans’ decision to cut him

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HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Arian Foster #23 and Lawrence Vickers #47 of the Houston Texans celebrate a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium on October 30, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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It’s no surprise to us that the folks who frequent this site seem to enjoy quotes that reflect a significant degree of surprise. From Tiki Barber being flabbergasted to Drew Brees needing an explanation to Shahid Khan being shocked and perplexed to Kevin Demoff most recently being amazed by angst, you like that stuff. And then, when it’s time to post comments, you use that stuff.

Even if it’s slightly past the point where it’s funny.

Here’s another one, courtesy of Cowboys fullback Lawrence Vickers regarding the decision of the Texans to make him one of the players as to whom G.M. Rick Smith had no emotional attachment earlier this year.

It was a shocker, I was shocked. I was shocked,” Vickers recently said, via Calvin Watkins of “Then by [Arian] Foster getting his [new] deal I would think there’s more reason you got somebody that’s going to protect him. I guess they just didn’t value the position. I guess that’s what it is.”

So why is Vickers a member of the Cowboys? "[B]ecause they value the position,” Vickers said.

It’s likely more complex than whether a team “values the position.” The question for any player, regardless of position, is driven by the cost of having him versus the perceived benefit he brings to the table. The Texans, after making the assessment, opted to go in a different direction, as to Vickers and Mario Williams and Eric Winston and others.

The Cowboys did the same thing, once Vickers became available and Tony Fiammetta was ignored.

Maybe Fiammetta will eventually chime in with a statement of surprise that will become a staple of PFT commenters.