Jackson, Reid Start Battle For Safety Spot

With The Absence Of Hal The Texans Need Someone To Step Up

June 12, 2018 - 4:21 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Kareem Jackson and Justin Reid are the favorites to contend for the starting safety spot opposite of Tyrann Mathieu.

With the unfortunate news that Andre Hal was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, it’s opened up a starting spot in the Texans secondary.

Jackson, 30, will be entering his ninth season of the NFL and seemingly has the skillset to be a competent NFL starter at the position.  

Then there is rookie Justin Reid, 21, who was the Texans top draft choice in the 2018 NFL draft.  While the pick was widely complimented as a good pick by Texans General Manager Brian Gaine, and that the team got a second-round talent in the third round, Reid is still a rookie.

The Texans secondary has the depth to absorb the blow of moving Jackson permanently to safety, and it has the versatility that gives defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel options based on matchups and packages.

At corner the Texans signed Aaron Colvin from Jacksonville in the offseason, Jonathan Joseph and Kevin Johnson are also still around.  With those three and Jackson, the Texans can get creative.

“I remember when I first got into the league we’d be in a nickle package or a dime package maybe 15 plays a game max, but now that’s pretty much 60, 65 percent the game,” Texans cornerback Jonathan Joseph said.  “You need guys back there that can play multiple spots, that if a guy goes down can play that spot, or just give offensives multiple different looks, or just different packages.”