Texans Stats (1 season)
- 8 passes defensed
- 2 interceptions
- 1 fumble recovers
- 3 sacks
- 5 tackles for loss
- 4 QB hits
Even with the addition of rookie safety Jalen Pitre from the 2022 NFL Draft, having Tyrann Mathieu on the roster this season would have made a huge difference if it was the Mathieu that played one season with Houston back in 2018.
Mathieu was a big difference maker for the Texans in that one season as they reached the Wild Card Round of the playoffs and were AFC South champions. Though that season ended poorly against the Colts, Mathieu in ’18 with the Texans was fun to watch.
Mathieu would be huge for not only improving the Houston defense, but he’d be an excellent player for Pitre to learn from at the safety position.
Houston is still working on improving all aspects of their defense, and a lot of change has happened to the unit since the end of last season, but looking back into the past of Houston’s defensive players, it has been tough for the Texans to replace Mathieu on the roster after they let him walk to free agency after his one season with the team.
It worked out well for Mathieu though, he ended up becoming a Super Bowl champion with the Chiefs, and well, we all know how things have turned out for the Texans since he’s left the franchise.
After three seasons with the Chiefs, Mathieu is now a member of the New Orleans Saints, so even as a veteran he’ll do good things with his new team, and once again the Texans let him slip away from their franchise in free agency.