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DeMeco Ryans Expects Veterans To Raise Level In Houston

The tandem of Will Anderson and Danielle Hunter will define Houston’s new-look defense, according to head coach DeMeco Ryans.

If that turns out to be the case, the Texans have a good season ahead of them. In Hunter and Anderson, Houston has two Pro Bowlers ready to build on their impressive 2023 seasons.

Hunter had a career-high 16.5 sacks, 23 tackles for loss, 22 QB hits, 83 tackles and 4 forced fumbles for the Vikings in 2023. Anderson had 7 sacks, 45 tackles and 22 QB hits.


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“With Danielle and Will, I think they instantly have this connection that you need for both of those ends and playing off of each other, picking off of each other’s brain,” said DeMeco Ryans.

“Danielle is a veteran in the league, he has done it for awhile, so Will being able to lean on him for advice on how he has seen it done, I think that is very important.

“For me, I want as much depth as possible on our defensive line,” DeMeco Ryans continued.

Last season, a new head coach with a young team turned the Texans’ fortunes around. The idea this offseason was to sprinkle the roster with proven, ready-to-go players.

As a result, Denico Autry, Foley Fatukasi, Mario Edwards and Tim Settle have been recruited to augment the D-line.


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“When you can get guys like Denico, Danielle, Tim, veteran guys who have played a lot of football and they have made a lot of plays and they know what it looks like, it is easy for those guys to come into our system and transition very quicky, especially when they are here during the offseason program,” said Ryans. 

And having those guys around, I think it has helped everyone because they understand our style of play, they understand how we see the D-line play and how important it is, not only to our defense but to our entire team.”

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