The Houston Texans got an unexpected contributor and rotational defensive player in Peter Kalambayi. Drafted from Stanford University, Kalambayi has played particularly well on special teams and is tied for the lead in special teams tackles within the team with five. Kalambayi was drafted as an outside linebacker and was used sparingly in the preseason. The Texans had enough players on the edge that they moved him to the inside and he has looked comfortable playing limited snaps.
It’s a credit to him that he has been able to get on the field as a rookie after not making much of an impact in college, Kalambayi moves rather well for a player his size and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel has felt comfortable having him as a rotational player in the defense after Dylan Cole was placed on the IR after having surgery on his injured wrist. Kalambayi has been a mainstay on special teams and he showed throughout the preseason that he was capable of fulfilling that role in the future.
Kalambayi has been active in eight of the nine games the Texans have played this season and he has been able to continue to offer the Texans the ability to put him in multiple positions due to the athleticism that he has. He has the height, weight, speed ratio that general managers like Brian Gaine like to have on their football team.