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Texans encouraged by Tytus Howard’s hard-nosed style against Steelers

Tytus Howard reacted fast to the charge of Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt.

The Texans’ second-year right offensive tackle managed to gain leverage quickly and hip-tossed Watt to the ground after stonewalling his pass rushing moves.

Although the Steelers got the victory and Watt had a productive day that included one sack and four quarterback hits, the Texans were encouraged by Howard’s overall performance. That included knocking down the Pro Bowl selection multiple times.

Howard allowed one sack and one hurry, according to Pro Football Focus. For the season, Howard has a 54.8 overall blocking grade, a 51.5 pass blocking grade and a 67.7 run blocking grade as he has improved in the past two weeks after struggling a lot in the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

It was the way the former first-round draft pick from Alabama State aggressively finished off his blocks that was pleasing to Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly.

“It was really good to see Tytus come out and play physical style football,” Kelly said. “That was one of the things that we loved about him coming out. That was one of the things we really loved about him last year when he was playing, so it was good to see him get back to that.

“Now the goal for him is, again, being able to sustain that for the entirety of the game. He has that potential. He just needs to do that for an entire 60 minutes.”

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