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Lonnie Johnson making strides at safety | Daily Brew

Houston Texans
28 Oct 2020, 18:02 GMT+10

Deepi Sidhu

As the Houston Texans head into the bye week, the coaching staff will look at options in the secondary. Bradley Roby left Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers on the opening drive with a knee injury and Gareon Conley was placed on injured reserve prior to the start of the season.

With both starting cornerbacks now dealing with injuries, defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver doesn't plan to move second-year defensive back Lonnie Johnson from his new spot at safety.

"I'd be lying to you if I said we didn't explore those options and have those conversations," Weaver said. "I truly believe that we'd be doing the kid a little bit of a disservice if we continued to bounce him around from position to position. So, I think right now, Lonnie is a safety. We have corners on the roster that have played the position day in and day out at practice. And they'll need to step up if we're forced to play without Roby for an extended period of time."

Johnson, selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, appeared in 14 games with seven starts at cornerback as a rookie. The Texans moved Johnson to safety in Week 2 where he has steadily improved each week, according to secondary coach D'Anton Lynn.

"He's a guy, he works hard on and off the field," Lynn said. "The biggest strides he's made is just his overall communication. When you're out there playing corner, you're locked in on your guy. You receive calls, you don't talk a lot. When he first made that switch, we had to get him to open his mouth and speak up more. Each week he gets more and more confident on the field, knowing the defense, getting on the line, making checks, so we're excited about his development."

The Texans are on a bye in Week 8 and will next travel to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars on November 8.

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