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Texans rookie Derek Stingley Jr. on NFL regular-season debut

HOUSTON – Shadowing Indianapolis Colts rookie huge receiver Alec Pierce step for step, Derek Stingley Jr. learn the play completely.

Stingley was conscious that he wanted to guard the perimeter ought to Colts veteran quarterback Matt Ryan try to fireside in a excessive lob cross. Mirroring Pierce’s actions, Stingley redirected his path method to react when Pierce broke his route inside.

The Texans’ rookie cornerback, first-round draft choose and former LSU consensus All-American did what comes naturally to him. He broke crisply on the soccer and swiped his hand to bat away Ryan’s throw ultimately zone for an incompletion.

“It was a little tight, so I knew he was probably going to do something outside,” Stingley stated. “I tried to stay outside leverage. He just took it back in. I just followed him. The ball was thrown and I made a play on the ball.”

It was a reasonably clean debut for the third total choose of the draft in his first NFL regular-season sport, a 20-20 tie to the Colts. He had seven tackles, three solos and the one cross defensed.

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Stingley seemed snug in all conditions and was his standard low-key self in discussing his efficiency.

“I think it was good,” he stated. “I did my job.”

Fully recovered from a Lisfranc foot damage that required surgical procedure, the Baton Rouge, La. native remained affected person by means of a prolonged ramp-up course of earlier than making his NFL preseason debut towards the Los Angeles Rams and deflected a cross supposed for huge receiver Landen Akers.

Stingley stated he continues to take pleasure in and absorb the second of being within the NFL, realizing his childhood dream.

“I was saying that pretty much every play,” Stingley stated.

The Texans’ protection had its moments towards Ryan, together with defensive finish Jerry Hughes intercepting him as soon as.

They did permit huge receiver Michael Pittman to catch 9 passes for 121 yards on 13 targets with one landing. Most of the injury the Colts’ offense inflicted was within the fourth quarter as they got here again from a 20-3 deficit to ship the sport into additional time.

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“I mean you look back on it and learn go back and look at the film and see what we can get better at,” Stingley stated. “You can see everybody flying around. One thing we’re going to do is give effort.”

At 6′0″, 190 kilos, with a recorded 4.37 40-yard sprint, Stingley has pace to burn. The Texans recognized him as the highest cornerback on their draft board and thus, chosen him one choose earlier than the New York Jets drafted Cincinnati All-American nook Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner. Then, Stingley signed a completely assured, four-year, $34.6 million contract that features a $22.3 million signing bonus and a fifth-year membership choice.

“Stingley got that demeanor,” stated Texans huge receiver Brandin Cooks, who recurrently stays after apply for further work mentoring Stingley. “He reminds me of a guy that I played with. Not going to say any names, but that guy was special. Quiet guy, come out here and he’s about business.”

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The early opinions on Stingley have been extraordinarily optimistic. The Texans regard the Louisiana native as marketed.

“Just cut on the tape,” Texans cornerbacks coach Dino Vasso stated. “He’s big. He can run. He’s fluid. He’s explosive. He’s got great feet. He doesn’t really have a glaring weakness in his game. The traits, you could see that in individual drills. You could see that.”

Vasso emphasised that the psychological side is one other space the place Stingley shines. He’s thought to be a pupil of the sport with a thirst for information about each side of soccer.

“We’re just excited about the player, mentally,” Vasso stated. “He’s extremely conscientious. He’s got a football mind that’s constantly working. He wants to know why we’re doing things. He wants to know the inner workings of why we do things, and I can appreciate that.”

A two-time All-SEC choice, Stingley is a former five-star recruit who completed his school career with 73 tackles, seven tackles for loss, six interceptions, two compelled fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

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Both Stingley and rookie security Jalen Pitre (11 tackles) carried out properly as starters of their first NFL sport.

“I think they play really well, first NFL football game,” Texans veteran nook Steven Nelson stated. “I think they flew around made some plays. Really exciting to see.”

Aaron Wilson is a Pro Football Network reporter and a contributor to KPRC 2 and click2houston.com

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