2. D.J. Reader
The Houston Texans have an underrated defensive end in D.J. Reader as he’s going against a New York Jets offense this Saturday afternoon which has allowed 28 sacks. The Jets offense also ranks 28th in points scored per game (20.8), 30th in total yards per game (296.9), 30th in passing yards per game (190.7) and 21st in rushing yards per game (106.2).
This season, Reader has totaled 25 tackles and two sacks in 13 games. Since Week 8, Reader has recorded at least one tack in each of those games, including two tackles in Week 11 against the Washington Redskins.
That brings us to the Saturday against the Jets as Reader has yet to have a breakout game this season, and this could be the opportunity for that type of feat. Last season Reader had six games with at least five combined tackles, including a six-tackle game. This season those type of numbers haven’t been the same for Reader as he totaled 47 combined tackles a year ago.
After the first two games of the season Reader had eight tackles, but since having two games of four tackles each he’s had more than two tackles in a game just once, with a three-tackle game against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5.
Reader is still a quality player, and he has the talent to get back to where his numbers were a season ago, and what better time than facing the Jets in Week 15.