The Houston Texans received a huge boost on defense from LB Tyrell Adams, who filled in for the injured Benardrick McKinney on Sunday.
Interim head coach Romeo Crennel said after the game that several players stepped up to make their contributions in the win — which includes LB Tyrell Adams.
Adams received his first start of the season with Benardrick McKinney out due to a shoulder injury, and played a vital part in the Texans’ success on defense. While appearing in 89 percent of the defensive snaps, Adams recorded a career-best 13 total tackles (seven solo hits, six assists) and a fumble recovery — the first of his NFL career.
His contributions were one of the many reasons why veteran safety Michael Thomas felt the defense was more efficient during their Week 5 victory over Jacksonville.
“I think Tyrell Adams played a hell of a game today,” Thomas said following the win on Sunday. “That’s my brother, especially we’ve battled it out on special teams a lot. So it was great to see him flying around out there making plays, and everybody just fed off of each other today.”
Adams, 28, is in his third season with the Texans after he signed with the Seahawks in 2015 as an undrafted rookie. The Atlanta native made his professional debut as a member of the then Oakland Raiders, where he appeared in six games in 2016.
He signed with the Texans in 2018 and has spent the majority of his tenure receiving snaps on special teams.
For the first time in his career, Adams has a rare opportunity to demonstrate he is more than a special team player. According to reports, the Texans announced that McKinney will undergo shoulder surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
“T.A. [Tyrell Adams] stepped in and made some plays,” Crennel said during his media availability on Monday. “That’s the name of this business, ‘the next guy up.’ We tell them that all the time that they have to be ready when their number is called and yesterday the guys whose numbers were called, they performed well.”
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