Houston Texans: 4 positives from 2021 season

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2. The emergence of Kamu Grugier-Hill at outside linebacker

If you were the one who said Kamu Grugier-Hill would have a career season with his one-year contract with the Houston Texans, then take a bow. In fact, Grugier-Hill needs to take a bow for the season he had in 2021, too.

The unexpected play and emergence of Grugier-Hill was great to watch take place this season because this signing by general manager Nick Caserio was one that worked out better than expected.

Before joining the Texans, Grugier-Hill’s best season was 2018, where he totaled 45 combined tackles with the Philadelphia Eagles. This past season with the Texans, Grugier-Hill finished with 128 combined tackles, a career-high, with 71 of those tackles being solo, also a career-high.

This past season also saw Grugier-Hill finish with one interception, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and three sacks, plus he had 13 tackles for loss and five QB hits.

That is a very productive season, and on a one-year contract, it is even better for Grugier-Hill as his next contract will show the rewards of that success with hopefully a hefty pay raise for the six-year NFL veteran linebacker.

The Texans need to seriously consider re-signing Grugier-Hill to a new contract, as he’d be great to have on the roster, and though the team does need some new players on the defense, Grugier-Hill is one of the players that needs to stay with the franchise is 2022.