State of the Texans conducted a poll in which fans voted to select players certain awards for the Houston Texans shortly after the season.
Also to be released:
- Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year
- Surprise of the Year
- Unsung Player of the Year
- Grinder of the Year,
- Biggest Disappointment
- Most Valuable Player
The first installment is the Texans Rookie of the Year for 2017.
State of the Texans Pick
It looked like Will Fuller had the impact the Texans needed for the offense but injuries slowed down that trajectory and he could never regain what his early season performance. What was put together while not many onlookers were paying attention was what D.J. Reader did for the defense, helping to turn the unit around mid-season. Like most rookies, progression tends to be slow and subtle as they are worked into game situations.
Reader played the nose tackle, 3 technique, and the 5 technique in base defense, making him a versatile player on the defensive line. He was stout versus the run and even developed some pass rush late in the year, making him a player who is trending up. It was clear that Reader was on a different level with his footwork and hand game in both run and pass rush situations late in the season. He is one of the most polished rookie defensive linemen to be drafted since the likes of J.J. Watt.
Where Reader ends up is yet to be seen but the arrow is pointing up for the young defensive lineman.
Regular Season: 15 games, 22 total tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss, 1 quarterback hit, 1 pass deflection
Playoff Stats: 2 games, 3 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit