Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp Profile: Justin Houston

By Andrew Fisher
Justin Houston
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With all the talk about the Kansas City Chiefs‘ offense this offseason, it’s easy to forget that there are some very solid players on their defense. One such player is Justin Houston.

The outside linebacker will be going into his third year with the Chiefs, and thus far, he’s had nothing but success in KC. Houston made notable improvements in his second season, as he racked up 10 sacks and 66 total tackles. His efforts earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl as a replacement.

Now heading into year three, the Chiefs will be looking for Houston to again take his game up a notch. He’s more than capable, because the reality is that the Chiefs got a first round talent in the third round with Houston. The LB failed a pre-draft drug test for marijuana back in 2011, and his stock subsequently fell. KC took a little bit of a gamble by selecting him, but so far he’s yet to slip up in the pros.

It’s not just the fans and coaches that see something in the 24-year old, either. He was recently voted the 49th best player on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2013. The voting is of course done by the players, so they clearly think that Houston is the real deal.

The young linebacker is a player to keep an eye on this season. He’s primed for a breakout season, and if he continues on his current pace, he should have no trouble being voted to the Pro Bowl in 2013.


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