Houston Texans’ rookie linebacker Zach Cunningham had another strong game, according to Pro Football Focus.
Pro Football Focus have released their grades for the Houston Texans’ win over the Cincinnati Bengals this past Thursday.
The Texans’ players that received the best grades are defensive lineman J.J. Watt (88.8 overall grade), linebacker Zach Cunningham (83.4 overall grade), safety Eddie Pleasant (83.2 overall grade), center Nick Martin (82.4 overall grade), and defensive lineman D.J. Reader (80.4 overall grade)
It’s really encouraging to see Watt getting better each game after missing most of last season. Is anyone surprised that he’s playing so well? No.
With Brian Cushing out for a large chunk of the season due to a PED suspension, Cunningham once again came up huge.
Last week Cunningham replaced Cushing after he went down with a concussion and played great. He showed up in a big way against the Bengals.
It might be safe to say that Cushing has lost his starting job.
Here’s what PFF wrote about Cunningham:
Cunningham followed up a nice professional debut last week with an even better game this week, earning good grades in both run defense (83.9) and coverage (81.6). The second-round pick out of Vanderbilt tied for the team lead with five tackles and three of those were stops (a tackle that constitutes as a loss for the offense based on down and distance) and he was targeted just twice on the 27 snaps he dropped into coverage on.
Pleasant playing well at safety is a sigh of relief after losing Quintin Demps in free agency. He could be a difference maker alongside Andre Hal.
Texans’ starting quarterback…
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