Christian Kirksey can play any of the LB positions in Texans’ new defense

The Houston Texans signed previous 2014 Cleveland Browns third-round choice Christian Kirksey to play among the 3 linebacker areas in the group’s brand-new Tampa-2 defense with a 4-3 front.

According to the 28-year-old from Iowa, Kirksey can play any among the 3 linebacker positions in the 4-3.

“In the 4-3 defense, especially how [defensive coordinator] Lovie Smith runs it, I can play any one of the positions,” Kirksey informed Houston media by means of a Zoom get in touch with March 30. “That’s how versatile his defense is with these linebackers and then if you just look down the line of the linebackers that he has playing next to each other, it’s pretty much interchangeable.”

Kirksey played inside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers in his only season with the NFC North club in 2020. The 6-2, 235-pounder offered 77 combined deals with, 2.0 sacks, 2 deals with for loss, 2 quarterback hits, 2 interceptions, and 4 pass separations in 11 video games, all of which he began.

“I’m not going to go into depth of exactly where I’m going to play, but I know I can play all positions at that linebacker spot,” stated Kirksey. “I’m excited. I think the defense fits me well, my style of play. I think that his scheme is linebacker-friendly to where it allows you to really open up and be the player that you are.”

When Smith was the coach of the Chicago Bears from 2004-12, 2 All-Pro linebackers bet him in Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. In 2005, both Urlacher and Briggs made areas on the All-Pro first string.

The performance history for putting linebackers in positions to play their finest exists with Smith. It depends on Kirksey, along with the remainder of the defense, to perform.

“I’m excited to play with him and I think it’s going to be a good year for me,” Kirksey stated.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.