March 22, 2018

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #20 Justin Tuggle

In this series, we look at the top 20 Houston Texans of the 2013 season. 



Rookie linebacker Justin Tuggle defied the odds when he arrived at rookie mini camp in late June in Houston. A man without a position and learning the game on the defensive side which he had only played for 1 1/2 seasons at Kansas State, Tuggle had an upward climb.

At training camp, he made the team with some fortunate help from his fellow rookie teammates Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams who struggled at the outside linebacker position. Tuggle got his opportunity in practice and games and made his mark.  It was enough when final cut down day arrived and Tuggle would be on the team as a linebacker.

He was flipped flopped back and forth from the inside linebacker to the outside linebacker position with the injuries and lack of depth at each spot. Tuggle made his biggest difference on this team at special teams where he led the unit with 12 tackles. He did it quietly and without much publicity, but he made his living by producing on special teams. His coming out party was when he laid a big hit on the Denver Broncos returner Trindon Holliday in the home season finale.

Tuggle was a bright spot on this rookie class where the drafted class was a mild disappointment. It should be interesting to see the step Tuggle makes during the offseason because the step taken from day one to mini camp to the end of the season was a good start.


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