Texans DE Jonathan Greenard evaluates himself after second year in the NFL

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Houston Texans defensive end Jonathan Greenard is pleased with how he has played through 11 games in 2021.

However, the former 2020 third-round pick from Florida acknowledges that he could do better.

“I played solid,” Greenard said. “I think I can do a ton better, obviously going back and watching the film and the technique and things of that sort over the course of the game.”

One big area where Greenard seeks to improve is availability. Although Greenard has generated 8.0 sacks, he could have double-digit sacks if not for the lost time. Greenard missed five games in 2021.

“Obviously, just staying healthy and being available,” said Greenard. “I missed too many games this year. Trying to make it through a full season so I don’t have to have that tag on, things of that sort. There is always room to grow and that is credit to the guys and coaches that have been around me.”

Greenard does like the culture that is being built on the defensive side of the ball with defensive coordinator Lovie Smith, and is enthused about going into another year in the program.

“We’ve just been feeding off each other,” Greenard said. “Just telling each other what we’ve seen in the game. Just different views from the game has helped us all out tremendously and I think that’s just a hats off to my boys and the team for helping us out and putting us in the best situation.”

Greenard and his boys get one last shot to claim a win as they take on the Tennessee Titans Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Central Time at NRG Stadium. A win would make it the first time since 2015 that the Texans swept the Titans in the regular season.