As Tytus Howard enters his fourth season, it appears the former 2019 first-round pick finally has some stability.
After being yo-yoed between guard and tackle throughout the 2021 campaign, the Houston Texans intend to have Howard play on the right side as a bookend to left tackle Laremy Tunsil. Second-year quarterback Davis Mills should benefit from having two solid pass protectors on the edge in Tunsil and Howard.
The Texans’ presumptive starting right tackle and former Alabama State Hornet had the opportunity to talk with Patrick Storm about the upcoming season, his thoughts on new offensive line coach George Warhop, and HBCU’s.
What does it mean to be a first-round pick from an HBCU? Where do you see HBCU programs moving forward?
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“I loved my time at Alabama State. I love all my former coaches and teammates. Those guys helped me become the person and the player I am today. My coaches saw things in me that I didn’t see at the time, which helped me transition to the offensive line and got me to where I am now. It was a dream come true to be recognized by my school and to be able to see myself on the wall. It was something that I told myself I wanted when my time was up at ASU. I think there are a lot of good things happening with HBCU football right now. If we can come together as a whole, meaning us NFL guys and put some support and advertising behind it, it will be even better.”
Does moving frequently between guard and tackle frustrate you knowing how well you play at tackle?
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“Moving from position to position is a hard task. I found that out last year. I think I made the most out of my opportunities and did what I could to help the team. It does feel good to be back at tackle. This year will be a big year for me because I know I can be one of the best in the game. Just have to consistently put it on film.”
New OL coach George Warhop prefers a super aggressive and “angry” play style. Do you envision this O-line taking a big step forward?
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“I think Coach Warhop’s style of coaching and mentality will take our group to the next step. I’ve already started to get better as a player after only being around him for a couple of weeks. What he brings to the table is good for our group, which means it’s good for our football team.”
What has it been like having Laremy Tunsil to learn from? How has that impacted your growth?
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“It’s been great playing with LT my whole career. Not a lot of guys get to come straight into the NFL and get to learn from a guy as good as he is. He is always teaching me stuff and watching every step I take to critique me on the smallest things. We have a good relationship, which makes it easy to go to war with him every time we hit the field. Mad respect for one of the best in the game hands down.”
Is there a certain NFL OT you tried to model your game after?
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“I would say my favorite guy to watch would be Trent Williams. When I first moved to O-line, he was one of the guys I would watch and I ended up getting 71 and now a lot of guys compare me to him. I obviously watch Laremy Tunsil a lot to watch and see what I can learn from him even though we are different types of players. If I’d have to say a former lineman, I’ve watched Willie Anderson. Great football player and even better person from what I can tell.”
The future for Howard
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The Texans picked up Howard’s fifth-year option. It would behoove the Texans to find a way to keep their former 2019 first-round pick as they continue to work on an extension. The HBCU product has done nothing but steadily improve year-to-year, and Howard has proven to be a staple in the locker room and the community.