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Pre-Camp Read: Justin Houston Makes "NFL Top 100" Once Again

Posted Jul 13, 2017

The seven-year linebacker is ready for a healthy season

Justin Houston is coming around the edge strong into his seventh season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The linebacker was named to NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2017.”

This is Houston’s fifth consecutive year making the “NFL Top 100,” which is voted upon solely by the league’s players.

Houston came in as the league’s 76th best player after recording 4.0 sacks and 21 (20 solo) tackles in five games last season. His best season to date came in 2014 when he recorded 22.0 sacks.

Those 22.0 sacks (-99.0 yards) in 2014 led the NFL and set a franchise record for single season sacks. He passed late Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas’ previous record of 20.0 set back in 1990 and finished just under Michael Strahan’s NFL record of 22.5 set in 2001.

2016 Review:

Houston played in just five games last year, after recovering from a serious knee injury, finishing the season with four sacks. Despite missing most of the season, quality over quantity still earned him a spot on the “NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.”

2017 Outlook:

At the team’s three-day minicamp in June a brace-less Houston moved well and showed no effects of a knee issue that caused him to miss most of last season.

When asked what his expectations are heading into a season healthy, Houston said it’s about getting better.

“Like I’ve said before, the day I feel like I can’t get better is the day I’m going to retire,” he said. “I know there’s plenty I can get better at and be more consistent—every game and every play.”

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