Let’s be honest, only one rookie made a true impact this Sunday in Houston and I think everyone pretty much knows who that is. So let’s start with the golden boy himself, Mr. Ramsey.
Jalen Ramsey: For those who missed the game – you missed a good one. (Only, if like me, you’re used to this losing business.) Jalen Ramsey played his best football game of his young career and performed at a pro bowl level from start to finish. Whether we’re talking about his multiple pass-breakups, his punishing hit on DeAndre Hopkins, his wrangling tackle to prevent a critical first down, or his first career interception, we’re still talking about a display of greatness. It’s not often that you talk about a rookie coming in and looking like one of the best corners in the league, but I think we’ve found that here. His confidence is eye drawing and his football intelligence is shown on almost every play. Hopkins was targeted 17 times in this game and only came away with eight receptions and that was in large part due to the effort we got out of Jalen. Great things to come from this young guy.
Stats: 1 INT/ 5 passes defended/ 4 solo tackles/ One new son (DeAndre Hopkins)
Dante Fowler Jr. & Yannick Ngakou: For me, the pass-rush was the most notable difference in the game. It’s very simple, the Texans finished when chasing after the quarterback and our guys did not. To be fair, Tom Savage made timely, accurate throws in the face of pressure and I’m not really sure how this guy wasn’t the obvious favorite to start for the Texans this season (money). The clearest example of not finishing when rushing the quarterback had to be when Dante Fowler got free from his block and chased the Texans’ usually immobile quarterback all over the backfield before a throw away pass. I like the pressure we’ve been getting lately but we HAVE to find a way to get the oppositions quarterbacks on the ground. We had no sacks as a unit and the lack of production had a serious impact on the fatigue of our secondary late in the game.
Stats: DF: no recorded stats/ YN: 1 tackle/1 QB hit
Myles Jack: Where was he? Well, we played a great running team and I’m sure Gus Bradley decided he liked Dan Skuta to play as our third linebacker in this matchup more than Jack. Another quiet one from our most recent second round pick.
Stats: 1 tackle
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