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Gipson Feels Great Fit With Texans

New Texans safety Tashaun Gipson is excited to join a defense that he feels like a perfect fit for

April 16, 2019 - 3:56 pm

Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - Texans safety Tashaun Gipson joined In The Loop and discussed his excitement to be with his new team. In March he signed a 3 year deal worth $22,500,000, including $11,250,000 guaranteed. Gipson is very positive about his role in tight end coverage with the Texans defense.

"Put me on an island all day with your best tight end, and that’s [mano-a-mano], and I take pride in that, and that’s something I’m excited about doing,” Tashaun said “Coming here I understood that this is a team that likes to play man and, you know, just speaking to the [defensive coordinator] and coach [O'Brien] and the GM, that’s the emphasis they wanted to put on it and they couldn’t have found a better guy for the job, man. Because I feel like when it comes to that, that’s just what I do."

Not only is he looking forward to his new coaching staff, but also his new teammates. More specifically, working with Justin Reed in the defensive backfield is going to be great for both of their careers. Tashaun feels like he can help Justin, just as much as Justin can help him.

"The guy has knowledge to the game. The guy is smart,” Gipson said. "For him being such a young guy, he understands the game. We talk football, we sit in meetings, I pick his brain, obviously I’m trying to learn this system myself. He’s like a robot when it comes to the mental part of the game and you have to respect that… Just having a young guy like that, who’s just still humble, but he knows what he’s doing, man that’s going to pay dividends for me."

Tashaun also mentioned his former, now current teammate cornerback Aaron Colvin. They played together in Jacksonville and had a strong run in the playoffs in 2017. While Colvin missed most of 2018 due to injury, Gipson is very confident that Colvin is poised for a big year in 2019.

"The Aaron Colvin that I know that shows up, he is, in my opinion, just an underrated guy. People didn’t give him that much credit that year that we went to the AFC championship in Jacksonville because, you know, obviously we had so many stars on that defense,” Tashuan said. “I worked out with him this offseason a little bit and just, you know, I’m more than confident that he’s going to get back to form."

Gipson is possibly most known in Houston for being the first to intercept quarterback Deshaun Watson. While he won't hold it against his new teammate, it is something that now Tashaun takes pride in. The respect for Watson has only grown for himself, and the rest of the league.

“I think that he was one of the more difficult quarterbacks that we’ve ever had to face,” Gipson said. “We played him two times last year, specifically that last game, you had to take a step back and say ‘Man I’ve seen this kid truly grow right in front of my eyes.’ You know he can beat you with his legs. He can beat you with his arm. He’s a smart studious guy, man. He’s not really making too many mistakes for a guy that young.”