Bryan Anger is the lone bright spot on Houston Texans’ special teams
By Jair Lopez
Punter Bryan Anger has impressed in an inconsistent special teams unit for the Houston Texans.
The Houston Texans special teams performance has been all over the place for the first four games of the regular season. The Texans are 2-2, but the special teams unit will have to improve before people start losing their coveted roster spots.
As the Trevor Daniel release occurred a couple of weeks ago, it goes unsaid that almost everyone on the roster is fair game in terms being held accountable for there poor performances. Bryan Anger has done an impressive job since his return to Houston as the new punter.
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The Texans are 1-1 since he was signed, but Anger has done his job in being an asset on special teams and giving the defense plenty of field to work with. The special teams struggled to flip the field this season with Daniel as the previous punter, but that hasn’t been the case with his successor.
Anger has pinned six of his nine punts inside the opposing team’s 20-yard line through his first two games which is a stark contrast to Daniel’s two out of eleven punts that ended in the opposing team’s 20. Anger’s arrival seems to be the correct move to a team that is attempting to replicate the success they had in 2018 with the hiring of special teams coach, Brad Seely.
Kai’mi Fairbairn’s kicking slump shouldn’t raise alarms just yet as he is working with a new punter, and has to get the proper hold on field goal attempts. Fairbairn is three of five in his field goals and nine of ten in his extra-point attempts through the first quarter of the season.
The Texans special teams have struggled and played a part in their two losses, but they have gotten an improvement in their punting situation moving forward.