The Houston Texans special teams made a special play, and the star of that success was Tremon Smith as he had a 98-yard kickoff return against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 15.
The play came after the Jaguars kicked a field goal for a 7-3 score in favor of the Texans. On the ensuing kickoff with 1:01 left in the first quarter, Smith put the Texans in front 14-3 after the PAT was eventually made with the TD return.
Smith’s play was amazing as he broke through some tackle attempts by the Jaguars, and it was the first kickoff return for Houston since 2009 making the feat even more amazing. He not only kept going through tackle attempts, but the blocking by his teammates was a strong effort too en route to the end zone.
Below is the video highlight from Smith’s kickoff return against the Jaguars, provided by @NFL via Twitter:
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For any team to be successful in the NFL the play of the special teams must be at a high level. At least on this play by Houston with Smith returning the football for six points was at the highest level needed for success.
Seeing a positive in such a disappointing season is something Houston can use to build on for not only this game and the rest of the season, but for the future of this franchise.
Building a solid special teams unit has to be on the mind of general manager Nick Caserio during this roster rebuild. If that happens, that most likely means he’s building a strong roster of players for depth purposes as well, which can bring more success to the team.
At least for this one play for the Texans seeing such an amazing play is something celebrate this Sunday in Week 15.