Cunningham had a team-leading nine tackles and half a sack in Sunday's 26-16 loss to San Francisco.
Cunningham recorded a sack for the second straight week and played all 73 defensive snaps. The rookie remained at inside linebacker despite the return of veteran Brian Cushing from a 10-game suspension. He's tied for second on the team with 62 tackles (32 solo, 30 assists), which is good for him, but on the low end for linebackers (52nd).
Cunningham had four tackles (three solo) and one sack against the Titans on Sunday.
The rookie second-round pick played all 54 defensive snaps Sunday, and he was able to add a bonus sack for fantasy owners that summoned him. Still, he's averaging just 4.4 tackles per game, which keeps him on the low end of linebackers.
Cunningham racked up five tackles (two solo) in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Cardinals.
Cunningham has yet to record a sack this season, but he has been relatively consistent in the tackle department. The rookie did his work across 37 snaps (64.0 percent).
Cunningham started in place of the injured Bernardrick McKinney (undisclosed) in Wednesday's 27-17 loss to Carolina in preseason Week 1.
Cunningham led the Texans with seven tackles, including four solo. The Texans have a good track record in drafting linebackers and they feel Cunningham, a 2017 second-rounder out of Vanderbilt, will be another good one. He can play both inside and outside while being able to drop into coverage when needed.
Cunningham is seen as a versatile linebacker that can play both inside and outside, according to Houston head coach Bill O'Brien, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Versatility is key for us. Zach was a very productive tackler at Vanderbilt," said O'Brien.
Cunningham sees himself as an inside linebacker but he'll need to get bigger to man that spot in the NFL. O'Brien feels he can play on special teams immediately and serve as depth at inside linebacker where he can be groomed by veteran Brian Cushing for an eventual starting job alongside Bernardrick McKinney. Athleticism is Cunningham's greatest asset. He covers ground, is adept at pursuing, and could probably step in right away as a third-down backer.
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