Seeking stability in the secondary
Cornerback has been one of the weakest positions in the roster this season for the Houston Texans. Injuries have played a part in the struggles of the defense, but the safeties impressive performance has dissipated and exposed the porous passing defense. Johnathan Joseph has played at an adequate level considering his age, but injuries are beginning to take a toll on him, and the Texans don’t have a lot of reliable options outside of him.
Kevin Johnson and Kayvon Webster are on the IR, and Aaron Colvin is finding a role back in the secondary after missing the majority of the season due to an ankle injury. Shareece Wright has had a subpar season but he has been targeted at times and been beaten for several touchdowns. Deante Burton finally saw his first snaps on the defense in Week 16 after being signed off of the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad prior to Week 9.
Kareem Jackson started off the season strong at safety but his high level of play diminished once he was moved back to cornerback. The Texans have preferred to roll with Tyrann Mathieu and Justin Reid at the safety position, and it has created issues as the Texans are looking to fit Jackson, Colvin, and Wright at positions where they can thrive.
Texans won’t be challenged with Blake Bortles at quarterback, but this game will allow the Texans to sort things out in the secondary and create some stability moving forward.