Texans defensive line earns praise from coach

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Texans defensive line earns praise from coach

Texans DL coach Jacques Cesaire had some specific praise for multiple members of the unit.

Thursday, Texans defensive line coach Jacques Cesaire met the media, and he had some positive things to say about several members of the defensive line.

Cesaire has been particularly impressed with the improvement of DL Jon Greenard:

“He looks a lot quicker this year, more explosive. He’s using his hands better. That sack that he had in the fourth quarter was great, and it’s what we needed. He’s made some impact plays in the first game as well. He’s continuing his development. What I love about him is that he wants to learn. He wants to learn to get better. He’s taking care of his body. He’s playing at a pretty high level right now. We need guys like that to make some big plays for us.”

The coach spoke highly of DL Thomas Booker, and why Booker has earned more playing time:

“Book (Thomas Booker), he has a specific set of skills, traits that we like about him, his speed, quickness, his power. He’s able to come in and really be more of a penetrator for us. I’m excited to see how he can continue to develop over the coming weeks. We’ll see what he can do.”

Cesaire said it isn’t hard to fit Booker into the rotation:

“It’s easy. You say, ‘hey, you go in there and do some damage.’ It’s that simple. We’ve got guys that can generate pressure. We’ve got guys that can move, that have good quick twitch, have explosive abilities. We have to exploit that every chance that we get. We want them coming out there, every single day, working on their craft and practicing as if they’re playing the game.”

He likes what he has been seeing from DLs Maliek Collins and Roy Lopez:

“They’re doing great. They’re pushing the pocket. They’re doing well against the run. I’m very pleased with what they’re doing, and I’m looking forward to this week.”

Cesaire has been impressed with DL Rasheem Green:

“Rasheem (Green) has done a great job just coming in and learning the defense and doing exactly what we ask him to do. He had a really big game this past weeken,d and we expect more of that from Rasheem.”

Coach Cesaire is also looking forward to what DL Mario Addison brings when he returns:

“Pure speed. I can’t wait to have him back.”

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