Jahleel Addae Fitting In and Finding His Way with the Houston Texans Defense

Patrick D. Starr

During the off-season, the Houston Texans scoured the free-agent market to find potential fits to their defensive system. When the Los Angeles Chargers decided to move on from mainstay safety Jahleel Addae for cap reasons and to usher in a youth movement, the Texans saw a safety that fit into their three-safety looks. 

Addae has slowly proved the Texans right on adding him to the roster this off-season. Against the Atlanta Falcons, he had a team-high ten total tackles and even chipped in a specials team tackle. 

Asked to cover running back in space, blitz, and play in coverage, that is what Addae enjoys the most about the Texans defense. 

"Man, I love it," Addae said of his role I the Texans defense. "I love the opportunity I got here, and the only thing I want to do is help this team win. Covering running backs covering tight ends blitzing zone dropping whatever it is. I'm going to do my best, man. I'm bringing passion and energy every time I'm out there."

Addae is part of a new-look secondary that had four new faces returning alongside Johnathan Joseph and Justin Reid. It has been up and down at times for the secondary and continues to be learning process as the season progresses.

"I think we're doing a good job and like coach says every week with jelling," Addae said of the secondary. "It's a new group of guys all around, and I think we're doing a good job communicating with each other out and all how we play in our playing style. And I think every week you see us continue to grow as a secondary."

The Texans secondary will have to be locked in this week with the Texans traveling to face the Kansas City Chiefs. Getting the win versus the Falcons was a plus, but with the team mandated 24-hour rule to enjoy the win, the team knows it has to get back to work and prepare for the Chiefs. 

"It's always good to get back on track get back to we are three and two now," Addae finished. "Heading to Kansas City as we all know, that's a tough opponent. We got a 24-hour rule with this victory, and we'll see how things play out."

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