WATCH: Texans rookie Jalen Pitre works on secondary drills at training camp

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The Houston Texans needed a catalyst in the secondary.

The Texans shored up their cornerback group with the selection of former LSU product Derek Stingley with the third overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft. Houston doubled down with selection of Jalen Pitre in the second round, and the former Baylor safety have generated optimism about the possibilities of the Texans’ secondary in 2022.

According to video from D.J. Bien-Aime from ESPN, Pitre took part in drills on the first day of training camp at Houston Methodist Training Center.

Coach Lovie Smith told reporters after practice that the defense improving is what will change the results, and the addition of Pitre helps.

“We can’t win the way we want to around here until we play better defense, like some of our additions, of course our draft picks,” said Smith. “You saw Jalen Pitre lining up early, love what he has done.”

If Smith can continue to love what Pitre is doing, it means the defense is trending well to turn around the fortunes of the team.

Story originally appeared on Texans Wire