Justin Reid gets INT, making big impact early as rookie

Justin Reid has wasted no time in making an impact on the Texans defense.

In Sunday night’s win over Dallas, the Texans’ safety was on the field for 90 percent of the defensive snaps, as well as 79 percent of the special teams snaps.

He also finished with six total tackles, which was fourth-most on the team.

But it was his third quarter interception of Dak Prescott that everyone was talking about with him afterwards.

“We were in a two-high look,” Reid said. “Our cornerback Johnathan Joseph did a great job of breaking up the ball, able to tip it up in the air, and I saw it floating there, and I had enough reaction time in order to make a clean break on the ball, saw it floating, and came down with it.”

Reid would return it six yards to the Cowboys’ 30-yard line, and the impact on the night was a big one.

“It was a big play,” defensive end J.J. Watt said. “Huge play. It was great to get that. Turnovers are huge. They’re momentum changers. Especially in a game like this.”

Joseph, who disrupted the pass intended for Deonte Thompson, has seen Reid making progress all season long.

“He’s been getting better and better every week,” Joseph said. “He stepped in today and played well. That’s what it’s all about: guys make plays and the next guy keeps hustling to the ball.”

Reid’s pick was one of two on the night for the Texans secondary, and their first two since Week 1 at New England. After an 0-3 start to 2018, Houston’s won the last two, and Reid said the best is still to come.

“The first three games of the year didn’t start out the way that we would have wanted it to start out, but in the Colts game we started coming closer together, and this game we’re getting even closer together,” Reid said. “And I feel like we’re starting to ride a wave, and we’re going to turn it around, we’re going to keep it going.”

Reid and the Texans will practice on Wednesday through Friday. They host the Buffalo Bills at noon on Sunday inside NRG Stadium.

The Houston Texans defeated the Dallas Cowboys in front of a record-breaking home crowd of 72,008.

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