Three players finished among the top 5 in 2019 in total QB pressures and pressure rate on 3rd down:— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) May 19, 2020
• Aaron Donald, Rams
• Justin Houston, Colts
• Kenny Clark, Packers
Benson Mayowa (Raiders) & Sam Hubbard (Bengals) generated pressure at a higher rate, but had less volume. pic.twitter.com/7AdEIkd0sW
That’s pretty elite company for Houston—which includes 2x NFL Defensive Player of the Year and 5x First-Team All-Pro Aaron Donald, as well as 2019 Pro Bowler Kenny Clark.
The 31 year old veteran pass rusher was a stalwart for the Colts during his debut season in Indianapolis, recording 44 tackles, a team-high 11.0 sacks, 60 total QB pressures, 2 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries in all 16 starts during 2019.
Per Pro Football Focus (subscription), Houston was their 12th best graded edge defender this past season with a +87.1 grade overall—including a +81.9 pass rushing grade.
Entering the final season of a 2-year, $23 million deal he signed last March, Houston is poised for another strong—even double-digit sack campaign for the Colts, with new acquisition, All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, and 2nd-year pass rusher Kemoko Turay rejoining him—and freeing up some of the overall attention (and potential double teams).