The Houston Texans could possibly have two representatives at safety for the Pro Bowl with one of them being Justin Reid. He’s had a terrific season and here’s why he’ll be selected to the Pro Bowl. Take a look.
This is not a typo. The Houston Texans rookie safety is not only a strong candidate for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award but is pushing for a roster spot on this year’s Pro Bowl team. Brian Gaine, who’s coincidentally a rookie general manager, had the daunting task of filling multiple holes this past April for a team coming off a 4-12 campaign. Oh yeah, did I mention that he had to pull off this magical act sans a 1st or 2nd round pick?
Enter Justin Reid.
With their first pick and the 68th overall selection, the Houston Texans drafted Reid, an athletic safety out of Stanford in the third round. The team would now enter the 2018 season with a complete makeover at both starting safety positions. Most expected Tyrann Mathieu — also known as the Honey Badger — to become that playmaker that would inject new energy into this defense. While Mathieu has played well, Reid has stole the show.
Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel thinks Reid is already a plus-tackler. He mentions that his rookie safety “has a knack for it. He’s got some strength, he’s got some speed, he’s got some flexibility.” Also, the stats back up Crennel’s statement. According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Reid has currently made 56 tackles with only three misses which equates to a 90.0 tackling grade, good for 7th-best in the NFL at his position.
There are other advanced metrics that help place Reid in a special tier. PFF also says this: “In Weeks 7-13, Reid has been exceptional, earning an 89.4 overall grade and 89.9 coverage grade, both of which are the third-best mark among qualifying safeties. He has been flying around the field and making plays, producing two interceptions (tied for fourth among safeties) and four pass breakups (third) in that span, showing a penchant for turning bad throws into big plays.”
The stellar play of the Texans rookie is not going unnoticed. Mathieu has talked about that effort, attitude, energy and passion are what is needed to be successful in this league. He thinks that Reid embodies all of those attributes. That is high praise from a player who has made multiple Pro Bowls in the past. If Reid keeps this up, the Texans may end up with two Pro Bowl representatives at the safety position.
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Houston Texans: The best free agents to target in the 2019 off season
The Houston Texans off season is here and there’s a lot of work to do to prep this team for 2019. Who are the top free agents that the team should go after? Let’s take a look at the players who would make an impact.
The Houston Texans were one of the NFL’s better success stories this season after starting the season 0-3. J.J. Watt returned as one of the league’s most dominant defensive players, while free agent signee Tyrann Mathieu was a playmaker at the safety position. Third-round pick Justin Reid was one of the league’s best rookies and a starter in the Texans’ secondary for years to come.
DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson maintained their solid connection from last year as the former was named to his second consecutive first team All-Pro. Despite being sacked a league high 62 times, Watson passed for 4,165 yards and 26 touchdowns as he led the Texans to a 11-5 record and the AFC South division title. Lamar Miller was only 27 yards from his third 1,000+ yard season, despite missing two games because of injuries.
While the offense did put up strong numbers, the offensive line was a liability throughout the season as Watson was constantly under pressure, while Miller and the rest of the Texan running backs had few running lanes. Right tackle Seantrel Henderson was signed to fix those problems but he broke his ankle in the season opener and did not play for the rest of the season. He is a free agent now and so is Kendall Lamm, the man who replaced Henderson on the offensive line.
Julie’n Davenport struggled at left tackle and Martinas Rankin has not shown enough to yet to be a contributor on the offensive line. While Jadeveon Clowney and Mathieu are both free agents who need to be brought back, improving the offensive line is the team’s biggest priority in the off season. The Texans need to address the offensive line in both free agency and the draft as the unit struggled to protect Watson.
In regard to bringing in help via free agency, Daryl Williams missed most of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury but he was a second team All-Pro in 2017 and is the top tackle available.
His value might not as high because of the shoulder injury but Williams is one of the league’s better tackles and the Texans need to get him in free agency to bolster their offensive line. Williams is a mauler that should help create running lanes for Miller, while keeping Watson upright in the pocket. If the Texans are unable to sign him, Ja’Wuan James and Roger Saffold are the next best offensive linemen available in free agency and both players should be targeted by the Texans.
An upgrade in the secondary is also needed as Shareece Wright struggled in coverage, while Kayvon Webster and Aaron Colvin battled to stay healthy. Kareem Jackson had a great year for the Texans but is another Texans’ free agent that has to be re-signed.
The Texans need to address their own free agents first as Clowney, Mathieu and Jackson were all vital parts to the team’s success in 2018.
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