Justin Houston
Justin Houston
31-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Indianapolis Colts
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Houston will need to fall off at some point after turning 31 this winter, but for now it seems too early to count him out. Not only did he post 44 tackles and 11 sacks on just 685 snaps last year, but the Colts made Houston's job easier by acquiring elite defensive tackle DeForest Buckner from San Francisco. If Buckner draws more double teams and collapses the pocket better than Margus Hunt before him, then Houston might see more favorable working conditions than a year ago. Still, Houston's days as a 700-snap player appear to be gone, and with that goes his former 20-sack upside. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Colts in March of 2019.
Gearing up Sunday
DEIndianapolis Colts
September 20, 2020
Houston (calf) is active for Sunday's game versus the Vikings.
ANALYSIS
Houston battled this injury ahead of Week 1's loss to the Jaguars, and he posted two tackles and a sack in that matchup. This could be a lingering issue this season, but it doesn't seem like it will affect the veteran defensive end at this time.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Measurables Review
How do Justin Houston's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
258 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.62 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.37 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.50 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.5 in
 
Broad Jump
125 in
 
Bench Press
30 reps
 
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There's always risk in buying a declining defender, but Houston has an opportunity to age gracefully playing end in defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus' 4-3 defense, and it's not like the 30-year-old needed any help coming off a season where he posted nine sacks in 719 snaps. The Colts have a lot of defensive line contributors and it would surprise if Houston played more than 800 snaps, but Indy projects to lead frequently and his per-snap sack rate could jump as he plays more of an edge-rushing specialist role.
One of the few veteran holdovers from the 2017 roster, Houston has failed to regain his 2014 form that saw him rack up 22 sacks and 69 tackles, falling just a half-sack short of tying Michael Strahan's single season record. On a positive note, the linebacker remained healthy for 15 games for the first time since that campaign. He had missed parts of each of the last two seasons due to knee issues. A corresponding boost in production followed, but Houston missed double-digit sacks by a half-sack in 2017, recording 9.5 in addition to his 59 tackles (46 solo). Still just 29 years of age, Houston will look to recapture his star form in 2018 with a new-look defense surrounding him.
Houston didn't return to the field until Week 11 after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL prior to 2016, but turned that into a sizeable output. Despite being limited to just five regular-season games, he finished with 21 tackles (20 solo) and four sacks. The 28-year old outside linebacker is now three years removed from a 22-sack season, but could re-emerge in 2017 if he can stay on the field.
A season after nearly matching Michael Strahan's record for sacks (22 in 2014, 0.5 short of Strahan), Houston had a rather disappointing 2015 campaign, finishing with just 30 tackles and 7.5 sacks. He underwent offseason surgery on his right knee for an ACL that didn't work properly and was handed a timetable of 6-to-12 months. The veteran will start the 2016 season on the Chiefs' PUP list.
Houston dominated offensive lines in 2014, racking up a league-leading 22 sacks on the season, falling just short of Michael Strahan’s 22.5-sack single-season record and doubling his previous career-high total. The 26-year-old outside linebacker added 69 tackles (60 solo) and four forced fumbles to that, placing him among some of the top IDP options last season. He’s fortunate enough to have a similar pass-rushing pedigree across from him in Tamba Hali, preventing opposing offenses from focusing their protection on one side or the other. Back in Kansas City on the Chiefs’ franchise tag for 2015, it’s unrealistic to expect a season to match the previous campaign, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Houston once again proves a force rushing the quarterback.
Coming off a season in which he recorded 44 tackles (41 solo), 11 sacks, four passes defended, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble in 11 contests, the two-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker enters the final year of his rookie contract, and on the IDP radar thanks to his ability to get to the quarterback.
Houston recorded 10 sacks last season and is expected to start at outside linebacker for the Chiefs in 2013.
Houston came on very strong late in his rookie year, notching 24 total tackles and 5.5 sacks in the team's final five games. He has tremendous burst coming around the edge as a pass-rushing outside linebacker and could be in line for a major breakout playing opposite Pro Bowler Tamba Hali. Opposing offenses will simply not be able to devote as much attention to him as Hali, and in leagues that reward heavily for sacks, Houston could emerge as a productive IDP option.
A sack specialist in college, Houston projects as a situational pass rusher in his rookie season, as he must adjust to his linebacker role in the 3-4 defense before he can play more downs without being a liability. His upside is high, but after a lockout-shortened offseason and a brief contract holdout, he is behind in his development and not likely to contribute much in 2011.
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Questionable for Week 2
DEIndianapolis Colts
Calf
September 18, 2020
Houston (calf) is considered questionable for Sunday's game versus the Vikings.
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Gets sack in season opener
DEIndianapolis Colts
September 14, 2020
Houston had two tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville.
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Ready to rock Sunday
DEIndianapolis Colts
September 11, 2020
Houston (calf) will play in Sunday's game versus the Jaguars.
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Back to work Wednesday
DEIndianapolis Colts
August 19, 2020
Houston (neck) suited up in Wednesday's practice, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.
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Sustains neck injury
DEIndianapolis Colts
Neck
August 18, 2020
Houston (neck) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice, Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star reports.
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