Texans' Tytus Howard: 'I think I can be a great guard. But I also think I can be a great tackle'

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(SportsRadio 610) - After playing 10 games at left guard for the Texans this season, third-year offensive lineman Tytus Howard made his debut at left tackle in Sunday's 21-14 loss to the New York Jets.

The move appears to have been a success. While Howard did give up a sack Sunday, he was also the highest graded Texans player, according to Pro Football Focus.

What made this possible was veteran Lane Taylor finally making his debut at left guard for Houston, which was able to shift Howard over to replace the injured Laremy Tunsil.

Howard has now moved from right tackle, to left guard, to left tackle, though it is unclear how long he will play at that position.

Head coach David Culley said Monday he hopes to have the two-time Pro Bowler Tunsil back after recovering from thumb surgery, but there is logic that dictates he sit out, whether to remain healthy for next season or a possible trade.

Howard, meanwhile, is trying to get better at whatever position he plays. There were some advanced metrics that labeled him as one of the worst guards in football this year, while he's had a known track record of success at tackle.

"It’s not really like which one I feel better at, because I think I can be a great guard, but I also think I can be a great tackle," Howard said. "For me, it’s just putting the time in and each one on, seeing which one fits me best through this season, and I think that’s my goal."

Howard was later asked how he compartmentalizes playing different positions.

“When it comes to game plan, that comes (as) a part of studying all the plays, all the positions, studying what everyone’s supposed to do," Howard said. "When it’s playbook-wise, I know my playbook pretty good. I’m pretty smart. But when it comes to technique, it’s really like putting the extra work in, maybe before or after practice, something like that. Trying to be able to switch it up knowing that at any given time during a game, one person goes down, we might have to make a movement. So, being prepared for that opportunity, I think that’s what got me to where I am right now.”