3 Houston Texans that need to ball out to beat Carolina Panthers

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Terrance Brooks must keep the Houston Texans secondary together

This is arguably the most important player that needs to step up for the Houston Texans. With starting Free Safety Justin Reid questionable for the game, Brooks is going to either have a drastic increase in snaps played or at least split time with Reid.

Reid has had interceptions in back-to-back games, and Defensive Coordinator Lovie Smith has the defense making plays- they’ve forced a combined seven interceptions (four) and fumbles (three forced, two recovered) in just two games. That’s a stark comparison to 2020 when the Texans only nabbed three INT’s and forced nine fumbles.

Brooks is an eight-year NFL veteran who has spent time in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New England. His experience should be handy tonight. Brooks’ best season came in 2017 with the Eagles when he had 2 INT’s and 13 combined tackles.

However, he’s only had four defensive snaps compared to his 47 on special teams this year. Going up against D.J. Moore will be no easy task for the backup free safety on the roster.

If Reid can play, then this secondary unit will continue its hot streak of interceptions. Reid will most likely be the one player to snag one out of the air for the Texans.