In his first preseason game, Swearinger was questioned for missing a tackle that led to a 61-yard touchdown. One week later, he was answering questions about hitting too hard when he sustained a season-ending hit on Miami’s Dustin Keller.
“As a safety, you have to deliver that punch every time you come down on the run,” Swearinger said. “Or if a receiver is coming across them middle you have to deliver that punch. It sends a message to the other team, and gets the energy going with your own team. It is good to be able to lay a hit.”
“When we are playing dime and I’m in at free safety, I know what the d-line is doing, the linebackers and the secondary,” Swearinger said. “ And that is one of my goals. To know what the entire defense is doing, not just myself. I think playing multiple positions has helped me a lot.”
The second-round pick will likely contribute on special teams and is ready to play in whatever capacity the Texans need.
“I know I am going to get a lot of special teams reps and down reps. Whenever my number is called, I will be ready.”
The Texans wrapped up their preseason and will next play on September 9 in San Diego.
“We have a little time off, but we can use it to our advantage,” Swearinger said after Thursday’s win at Dallas. “Get more film in. Get more treatment. And do a little extra. It will be good for us.”