Texans player of the game
Rookie Reid's impressive season continues in Denver
With injuries hindering in the defensive secondary the Texans got a huge day out of rookie safety Justin Reid in the team's win over the Broncos in Denver. Reid finished the game with a team-high nine tackles.
Reid was active early and often and came up huge minutes into the second quarter. As he and Brandon Dunn converged on Broncos running back Devontae Booker, Dunn forced a fumble. Reid's awareness allowed him to turn and scoop up the loose ball. The play was particularly important as the Texans had just a few plays earlier failed to convert a fourth and one try.
He was quite efficient as well. On a day where some Texans tacklers were bouncing off defenders, Reid was sure-handed in his opportunities. Reid also ended up as the cleanup man for more than a few big plays. Broncos running back Philip Lindsay was tackled after big gains by Reid three times.
The Texans first pick in the third round has played at a first-round level. With no selection on the first day, the Texans have seemingly struck gold with Reid in the third round. He's playing well above the expectation for a rookie.