Texans DT Roy Lopez leaning on veterans through his first three games

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The Houston Texans selected Roy Lopez in Round 6 of the 2021 NFL draft to beef up their interior defensive line.

Through three games, the former Arizona Wildcat has logged 89 snaps through his two starts, collecting one tackle in the process.

Lopez says what is helping him transition to the NFL is leaning on older players such as Maliek Collins, Jaleel Johnson, DeMarcus Walker, and Charles Omenihu.

“We’ve only been three weeks into the season, but playing and transitioning with the group of guys that I’m a part of, they made it easy,” Lopez said. “The vets in our room are very professional. They teach me on and off the field how to take care of your body and make sure that you’re ready to go every single day, whether it’s practice, in a game, just watching film. We definitely put a lot of time in with each other that goes behind the scenes, so it’s been great.”

Lopez is also relying on the experience on the interior offensive line. The 6-2, 318-pound defensive tackle knows that his practice reps are precious, and that going against starters, center Justin Britt, left guard Tytus Howard, and right guard Max Scharping, is invaluable in practice.

Said Lopez: “Getting good reps, being able to go against the ones with Justin Britt, Tytus, and Max, and just keep learning interior keys. I’ll ask the offensive line questions, ‘How do you feel when you feel this sort of pressure?’ and stuff like that. I like to learn from them also. That’s something that I feel that’s grown since camp, is just comfortability and reps, and just my style of play. Just keep getting better at what I do.”

Lopez will have a chance to get better as Houston faces the Buffalo Bills Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Central Time from Highmark Stadium.