Jahleel Addae brings experience, toughness to Texans secondary

Experience is valuable.

Texans safety Jahleel Addae has a lot of it. He's started all 16 games each of the last two years for the Chargers, and he's played in 80 during his career.

Last year as a rookie, Justin Reid started 12 games for Houston. Free agent signee Tashaun Gipson started all 16 games each of the last three seasons in Jacksonville.

Addae underscored the value of having all that experience at the back end of the defense.

"You can’t teach experience," Addae said. "Especially in this League. It’s big. As safety, you’re the quarterback of the defense. You’ve got to communicate. You’ve got to get guys lined up. You’ve got to make sure all 11 guys are playing the exact same call."

Addae spent the first six years of his career with the Chargers, and signed with the Texans earlier this month. He's back with linebackers coach John Pagano, who was his defensive coordinator for a few years in San Diego, and defensive backs assistant D'Anton Lynn, who was a Chargers coach in 2017.

"Obviously I had a familiarity with Coach Pagano, with Coach Lynn," Addae said. "Also just the organization. Every year this is a top team, top organization. They’re in the playoffs, they’re winning. I love what Coach Romeo Crennel does on defense."

General manager Brian Gaine explained how Addae helps the defensive backfield, which saw Andre Hal retire last month.

"When we lost Andre, there was still a little bit of a void in terms of veteran experience at that position," Gaine said. "So here’s a guy who’s played both strong safety and free safety. He’s played in some playoff games. He’s an experienced vet. Can come in and contribute any way that he can. We saw it as an opportunity to improve the depth as it relates to the experience at the position."

Addae is excited to be a Texan, and is ready to contribute.

"I play fast," Addae said. "I play physical. Very physical. That’s one of my best attributes. I’m a leader. I lead in many different ways. I’m just here to help the team win. I played four different positions at the Chargers. I’m versatile. So whatever role they want for me to play, I’m going to do it to the best of my ability."

Addae and the Texans begin the second week of organized team activities (OTAs) on Tuesday at the Houston Methodist Training Center.

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