Cunningham finished 2017 with 90 tackles, second only to Bernardick McKinney, and made 13 starts.
The rookie out of Vanderbilt finished strong, recording double-digit tackles over the final two games. Cunningham developed into a three-down linebacker, largely because he had to after Brian Cushing was slapped with a 10-game suspension early in the season. The Texans have a history of developing linebackers, so it's not terribly surprising to see Cunningham be so productive. The Texans will get back injured stars J.J. Watt (leg) and Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) next season, so some pieces on defense will be shuffled in 2018, but there's a spot for Cunningham on a unit that should return to being one of the NFL's best.
Cunningham had a team-high 10 tackles and three passes defensed in Monday's 34-6 loss to Pittsburgh.
Cunningham is second on the Texans with 78 tackles and has emerged as a three-down linebacker. The rookie out of Vanderbilt has played larger than his frame suggests, getting most of his snaps at inside linebacker. He and Bernardrick McKinney will be part of Houston's defensive interior for years to come.
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).
|P3||8/25/18||@ LAR||4:00 pm|
|1||9/9/18||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|2||9/16/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
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|11||11/18/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
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