A big defensive tackle from Michigan State, Joel Heath will be asked to move to defensive end in the Texans 3-4 alignment. Heath was considered one of the top leaders for the Spartans. Appearing in 39 games, the two-year starter had 60 career tackles with 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
Heath will have to show he can handle the two-gap technique required for defenders at the defensive end position. He also has to demonstrate that he can handle run game responsibilities as the 5-technique. If he can do that, he has a chance, with his size, to be an above average player. He will not be flashy early but the team needs a technician at the defensive end position and that could be exactly what Heath proves to develop into as a defender.
He is behind a young group that has been with the Texans the past few seasons. Practice squad is in the discussion.
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