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Kendrick Lewis enjoying "fresh start"

Posted Jul 28, 2014

Safety Kendrick Lewis likes the direction the Texans defense is taking, and he's happy with the "fresh start" to his career.

After four years in the NFL, Kendrick Lewis switched teams.

The former Kansas City Chief signed with the Texans this offseason, and has embraced the change.

"It's a fresh start," Lewis said on Monday. "It's something that I was looking for. There's great energy. All across the board."

Lewis and the Texans put pads on and hit for the first time since the 2013 season ended. After spending the past six months watching film, trying to get better in "man coverages" other things he struggled with earlier in his career, Lewis is energized.

While he's in a new city, playing for a new team, there's some familiarity in the form of Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. Lewis was coached by Crennel in Kansas City.

"I'm real familiar with his scheme, his system," Lewis said. "So, me coming out here and knowing the defense, I get to help guys out who are still on the edge of learning the defense. It's just a great feeling, knowing what's going on. I know what he expects and how he expects the defense run."

Lewis and the Chiefs began last season with a nine-game win streak, with notable playmakers on defense like Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson, to name a few. The Texans have star defenders with J.J. Watt, Brian Cushing and first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, but Lewis doesn't "like to compare" the two units.

"I see familiarity coming from where I come from," Lewis said. "I know we have talent here. That was one of my reasons in choosing to come here."

Lewis and the Texans will have two practices a day tomorrow and Wednesday before taking a break on Thursday.


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