Will Andre Hal step up in 2017?
Andre Hal seems ready to bounce back this coming season for the Texans.
Even though the Houston Texans lost cornerback A.J. Bouye in free agency, the biggest concern in their secondary could be at safety when it comes to free safety Andre Hal.
Hal admits that he didn’t play the way he was supposed to last season.
From the Houston Chronicle:
"“It’s a learning experience,” Hal said. “I learned a lot. I wasn’t playing how I was supposed to play. I came back up. I got through that. It’s adversity. The only way you get better is you got to get through something.“I was trying too hard, not letting it come to me. Once I let it go and let things come to me, I started playing better.”"
Hal started 11 games last season for the Texans and recorded 48 tackles, one sack and two interceptions.
Pro Football Focus gave Hal an overall grade of 72.3 last season, which is average.
The good news is that Hal seems to know why he struggled at times last season. Now the Texans need him to take what he learned and have a big year in 2017.
Let’s be honest though, if Hal doesn’t play well, the guys behind him may not be good enough to pick up the slack.
Hal is going into training camp this summer as the favorite to start at free safety, but there is always the chance that players like Corey Moore, Kurtis Drummond and Lonnie Ballentine could outplay him. Or Hal could even play himself out of a starting spot.
As of right now I believe Hal will bounce back this coming season and make an impact at the backend of the Texans’ defense. If he doesn’t, Houston will be in trouble because there aren’t many free agent options right now.
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