Houston Texans Morning Huddle–Backups Helping Defense
By Josh McSwain
Here are your daily Houston Texans stories for Friday:
Reserves helping Texans have #1 defense by John McClain, Houston Chronicle
"The Texans allowed Jacksonville 150 yards in Sunday’s 21-20 victory at NRG Stadium.Because of injuries, some of the players contributing to the defensive performance were undrafted free agents in free safety Corey Moore, defensive end Joel Heath, outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett, cornerback Robert Nelson and defensive end Ufomba Kamalu.With a shortage of outside linebackers because of injuries to Whitney Mercilus and John Simon, Scarlett was activated from injured reserve and came off the bench for a defense that is ranked first in the NFL for the first time this season."
This should be a feather in the cap for Romeo Crennel. He has been one of the best assistant coaches in the league this season. Losing J.J. Watt was one of the biggest blows any team has endured this season and after that it’s just been one injury after another. Just a great job by the coaches.
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Savage to Griffin by John Harris, Houstontexans.com
"The Texans trailed the Jaguars by eight points last weekend as they went into halftime. For as much as they struggled in the first half, there was some good news. The Texans had done a stellar job of producing points just after halftime the past few weeks. As such, they needed to put points on the board as quickly as possible in this matchup with the Jaguars. Quarterback Tom Savage entered the game in the second quarter and led the Texans down the field a couple of times late in the first half. He needed to do it again early in the third quarter.So, after a Lamar Miller 11-yard run, the Texans had a first down at the 30-yard line. They put 11 personnel on the field (one running back and one tight end) with Miller in the backfield. Will Fuller aligned to the outside on the left, while Keith Mumphery was aligned on the perimeter to the right. DeAndre Hopkins was in the slot on the right with his shadow in tow – Jaguars stellar rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey."
Savage was on point on Sunday. Let’s hope that he can continue it on Saturday.