Houston Texans Secondary: Reid Returns & Joseph Gets Paid

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The bright spot of the Texans 2018 NFL Draft, Justin Reid, began training camp on the non-football injury list after undergoing surgery to repair a wrist injury sustained in a car accident in June.

Yesterday, Reid was activated off the list Monday and should be clear to go at practice today.

After Houston picked him in the 3rd round of last year’s draft, Reid wasted no time getting into the starting lineup. He participated in all 16 regular season games last year, started 12, contributed 3 interceptions (including one that went for an amazing 101 yards – and if you quibble, he was actually 2 yards deep in the end zone when he picked it), forced 1 fumble and added 88 combined tackles. And, best of all, he has a lot more upside in him.

Justin Reid

I’m confident with my wrist, but we’re just going to be very precautious, take our time with it, not rush anything, make sure I get to the season as healthy as possible.

We’ve really just been diving in on the mental side of the game more, handling myself physically. My big focus for the offseason was really my legs because I want to be even more explosive out of my breaks in order to cover that half yard.

Reid, alongside newly acquired free agent safety Tashaun Gipson, should become a national name this season, if his evolution continues. Now, Houston just needs to dial in the cornerback position to really lock down the secondary.

Speaking of locking down, the Texans gave long time cornerback Jonathan Joseph a great ‘attaboy’ in the form of a raise:

Joseph, signed away from the Cincinnati Bengals 8 years ago and he’s more than rewarded Houston for their money. Joseph has played in 119 games for Houston, fielded 16 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles, 431 combined tackles and 4 touchdowns.

While many believe he’s lost a step, if the Texans have a cornerback equivalent to former wideout turned coach Andre Johnson, it’s Joseph.

Most remarkable about this pay bump is this might be the first legit movement by Houston’s new “flat” front office structure, signing punters and rookies notwithstanding.

What do you think of this move? Happy Houston is taking care of their own or wish they’d have gone a different direction? Give us your thoughts in the comments box.

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