Justin Reid may be the Texans’ best defensive player on their roster.
Reid is a quality player who can do a lot for this secondary. He is good making tackles in the open field, a solid blitzer and a ball hawk that can be dangerous to a passing game. He may not be the greatest safety in the game, but he definitely needs to be taken into consideration when it comes to Sunday’s action.
Reid can disrupt an offensive game-plan, especially if that offense is coming off of a weak performance against a divisional opponent. With that being said, Tua Tagovailoa and this offensive has performed well against weaker defenses (shocker, right?) and this Texans defense clearly falls into this category. The good thing, too, is that the Texans can’t have Reid play everywhere on defense. That makes it easier to keep him from having a huge impact on the game, since you could just gameplan away from him.
Getting one-dimensional is of course dangerous and there will need to be opportunities for this team to take shots against Reid either in one-on-one coverage or with him playing over the top. If Tua is healthy (he’s nursing a finger injury), he should be able to throw the ball with enough accuracy to keep the ball out of Reid’s hands. However, Tua has had a few bad interceptions over the last few weeks that were nothing more than lapses in judgement and those types of plays could end up right in the hands of Reid.
If Tua can keep his head on straight and not force any poor throws, Reid could be easily game-planned out of this matchup.