New faces on Texans adjusting to team, Houston

Seven days ago, eight current Texans were on another NFL team's roster.

By trade, waiver wire and free agency, those eight are now in Houston. For most of those new faces, the adjustment has been a smooth one on and off the field.

Left tackle Laremy Tunsil, who came to town with receiver Kenny Stills via trade from Miami, said learning the new offense has been helped by his fellow line mates and the coaching staff.

"Same concepts, different terminology," Tunsil said, in comparing the Texans and Dolphins' offenses. "I've got great teammates here to help me with the playbook, and it makes it easy."

Tunsil said his two main goals are to "become a leader" and "help" the Texans win.

Running back Carlos Hyde was traded to the Texans in a deal with the Chiefs. It's the fourth NFL franchise he's been a part of in the last year, as he was a Brown at the start of the 2018 season, before getting dealt to the Jaguars in October. He signed with Kansas City in the offseason, but now is in Houston looking for a place to live.

"So far, so good," Hyde said. "Things are definitely gelling. Getting a better understanding of the offense and feeling comfortable in it."

Hyde said he's "erasing" everything he learned in Kansas City, and catching on quickly to the Texans' new offense. Overall, he's happy to be here and enthused about the fresh start.

Linebacker Jacob Martin came to the Texans with fellow linebacker Barkevious Mingo in the deal for Jadeveon Clowney. He was born and raised in Katy, Texas, and is thrilled to be back home.

"This is my hometown team," Martin said. "I grew up watching the Texans. It's exciting. It's awesome to be here with the likes of those kind of guys."

After growing up in Katy, he attended high school in Colorado. But Martin feels "blessed with this opportunity" after starting his career as a Seahawk.

The Houston Texans roster in photos.

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