After his performance in the Houston Texans' 22-13 win at Tennessee, Desmond King II said his two interceptions didn't mean more to him against his former team.
King, traded from the Los Angeles Chargers to the Titans prior to Week 9 in 2020, picked off his former QB Ryan Tannehill twice in the fourth quarter Sunday for his first two interceptions as a Texan.
"No, that's just me simply doing my job," King said. "That's what I'm supposed to do. That's what's expected out of me. That's what's expected out of our team. We've got high standards, and that's what Coach Lovie (Smith) preaches each and every week."
King hadn't recorded an interception since Week 9 of the 2018 season with the Chargers when he picked off Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and scored on a 42-yard return for a touchdown, earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week. This season, the fifth-year DB has worked his way into the starting lineup, moving to outside cornerback in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills.
"Hats off to Desmond," CB Coach Dino Vasso said last week. "You look at a guy that hasn't played corner since really college, and as you look at him, his ideal position is probably nickel, so it's really a selfless act on his part, doing what's best for the team and not necessarily what's best for him, but he's been great. Again, you look at a guy that hasn't played that position in a long time. He's hit the ground running so excited about him."
The Texans moved King because they wanted a more aggressive presence on the outside, according to Head Coach David Culley. In Sunday's win, King also finished with eight tackles (seven solo) while adding two passes defensed. Houston's defense, as a whole, had four interceptions on the day, with LB Kamu Grugier-Hill and DB Terrence Mitchell recording the other two.
"This team is fairly new," King said. "Everybody on the defensive side, offensive side, we're coming from all different types of places and different defensive schemes and he brought us here for a reason. We've got the potential to be something special, and it took a while for us to kind of learn it. I feel like now the second half of the season is coming in; it's starting to kind of mesh together a lot more now."
Through nine games with five starts this season, King has totaled 48 tackles (35 solo), one tackle for loss, two interceptions, three passes defensed, one forced fumble. King has also returned one kickoff for 27 yards and six punts for 63 yards (10.5 yards average), along with two special teams tackles.
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