The Texans defensive line had its share of injuries in 2017 but that gave tackle Brandon Dunn a chance to get some playing time and earn the attention of the team’s coaches.
Dunn took advantage of the opportunity created when the team lost ends J.J. Watt and Christian Covington for significant parts of the season. Nose tackle D.J. reader also missed three games.
"[I] did some things [last] offseason differently," Dunn said Tuesday after the Texans’ OTA. "Bought in a little bit more. I got an opportunity and I told myself I wasn’t going to waste it. And that’s basically all it is. No big formula. Just a little bit of work ethic and an opportunity."
The injuries gave Dunn a chance to get some playing time in his fourth year in the league. Dunn took advantage of the opportunity. The Louisville, Kentucky native racked up 26 tackles, with 17 solo and nine assisted — all career highs.
"With the playing time, I’m going to be happy with whatever I get," Dunn said. "I’m going to keep going. Because at the end of the day, it’s about the team. It’ll always be for the team. I’m just going to keep making the same strides I did last year and then a little bit more to it. I got a good formula right now; I don’t want to break it."