Jonathan Greenard continues to give the defense a boost.
The second-year player out of Florida started on the right side at defensive end in Sunday's 25-22 loss to New England. He finished with Houston's only sack on the day, and two of his three tackles on the afternoon were for a loss. A third tackle came at the line of scrimmage as he stopped Damien Harris for no gain.
Greenard made an impact, but in his own words, it wasn't enough.
"We all did enough on the team to put ourselves in good situations, but we've got to finish," Greenard said. "Y'all seen the score, y'all saw what it was. No excuses, we've just got to finish."
The Texans held the lead, or were tied with the Patriots for all but the game's final 15 seconds yesterday at NRG Stadium.
"We just gotta keep going. We're grown men," Greenard said. "Nobody likes losing, but at the end of the day, it's part of the game, so we're just going to keep working."
In the fourth quarter, Greenard tallied his sack of Mac Jones when the Patriots were facing a 1st-and-16 at their own 31-yard line. He dropped Jones for a loss of five yards.
Head Coach David Culley was enthused by what he saw from Greenard.
"He's playing very well," Culley said. "He's come back. He's given us a little boost there. He was doing that before. He's one of those guys that he plays that way; he practices that way. He actually gave us a big boost in the defensive line because of the way he's playing."
On the season, Greenard has a pair of sacks, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble in three games played.
He and the Texans will face the Colts in Indianapolis next Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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