D.J. Reader Giving the Texans a Strong Inside Presence

Reader has already set a career high in sacks

Jeremy Branham
October 08, 2019 - 9:47 am

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – D.J. Reader is gradually displaying everything that made J.J. Watt describe him as the "best nose guard in the league."

Reader had a big defensive impact in Sunday’s win against Atlanta as he added four tackles and a sack to his 2019 numbers.

“He's playing at a very high level right now. He's doing a great job against the run with his technique, his footwork, his pad level, his hand usage, his footwork, and then he's rushing the passer. He's giving us some juice up inside and he's playing very well,” Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien said about his nose guard during his Monday press conference. 

Through five games this season, Reader has already set a career high with 2.5 sacks and has 19 tackles putting him on pace to shatter his career high of 47 tackles in 2017. 

Reader’s timing is pretty good too as he is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

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