What To Expect From Texans Rookie DT Ross Blacklock

Brandon Scott
June 30, 2020 - 2:55 pm

(SportsRadio 610) -- Texans rookie defensive tackle Ross Blacklock had all of the measureables the Texans were looking for in the draft. 

On film, Blacklock has a quick twitch and flies to the ball. 

Texans first-year defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver said in May you can't teach instincts in football, and Blacklock has great instincts.

The Texans are going to rely on the rookie to be a difference maker on their defensive line in 2020. 

Only five teams had fewer sacks than the Texans last season.

Houston was next to last in quarterback hurries. 

Texans insider John McClain says at worst, Blacklock will be part of sub packages.

"At best, he could start at right end in a base three-man front if he can beat out veteran Angelo Blackson, who started last season for the first time in his five-year career," McClain wrote in the Houston Chronicle.

"In passing situations, Blacklock will play inside. If J.J. Watt stays at left end, Blacklock will play next to Charles Omenihu, who’ll play inside and outside in his second season. Next to Blacklock could be outside linebackers Whitney Mercilus or Jacob Martin.

"If Martin is rushing from the outside opposite Watt, Mercilus could shoot one of the middle gaps or drop into coverage.

"As the primary pass rushers, Watt, Mercilus, Blacklock, Omenihu and Martin could become a formidable five."

Blacklock, a Missouri City native, had 3.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss last season for TCU. He was returning from a ruptured Achilles tendon, which had been surgically repaired in 2018.

He was expected to be one of two additions key additions to the Texans' defensive line, with D.J. Reader leaving for the Cincinatti Bengals in free agency. 

Tim Jernigan had agreed to terms with the Texans, but somewhere that deal fell through

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