Rookie DE Charles Omenihu Making Impact For Texans

Head coach Bill O'Brien spoke Monday about the work the rookie is putting in

Brandon Scott
October 14, 2019 - 5:11 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Rookie defensive end Charles Omenihu made one of the biggest plays of the game in Sunday's win against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Omenihu, a fifth-round pick out of the University of Texas, was able to get to Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' blind side and strip him of the ball.

Linebacker Benardrick McKinney fell on the ball inside of the five-yard line with 23 seconds to go in the first half, which led to a Deshaun Watson touchdown run and the Texans taking a 23-17 lead into halftime. 

It completed a 20-point second quarter, which erased Kansas City's 17-3 first quarter lead. 

Earlier in the season, just days after he recorded his first sack in the Week 2 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Omenihu said he was working to use better technique with his hands, rather than just trying to blow past blockers. 

Omenihu also said he wanted to be better against the run. He's still making some rookie mistakes, like jumping offsides, but he's been a bright spot for the team.

"You've got to bring it every game. There's no cakewalks or anything like that," Omenihu said. "Know that the guy across from you is a really good player, so you can't be half-stepping."

Omenihu has been taking notes from his veteran teammates like J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus. 

From Watt, he's learned about putting in the extra time after practice to set himself apart. Mercilus has helped Omenihu with pass rushing tips, helping him set up moves and how to attack offensive linemen. Mercilus has also been a big help to Omenihu off the field.

Head coach Bill O'Brien spoke Monday about the work the rookie is putting in. 

“He’s a good guy. He plays hard. He works hard. It’s very important to him," O'Brien said about Omenihu. "There are certain things that he does really well and certain things he knows he has to improve on. He’s got to improve on keying the ball, not jumping offsides. He has to improve in certain areas where, relative to run and pass, where we align him, certain techniques. But he is a very active player and a guy that loves football. He plays hard.”

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