AFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 10-7-0
4-2-0 9-8-0
3-3-0 9-8-0
1-5-0 6-11-0

2023 Defensive

Total Tackles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Forced Fumbles
Regular Season 46 0 0 0 1.0
Post Season 17 0 0 0 1.0

Top Desmond King News

  • Texans' Desmond King: Leads Houston in tackling

    King finished Sunday's 26-3 win over the Titans with eight tackles (three solo).

    Since joining the Texans on Nov. 29, King has 41 tackles (19 solo), including 1.0 sack, and two passes deflected in five games. He's moved into the primary nickelback position and has been effective behind starters Steven Nelson and Derek Stingley.

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  • Texans' Desmond King: Productive day in defeat

    King recorded 11 tackles, including two for a loss, and a pass defensed in the Texans' 36-22 loss to the Browns on Sunday.

    The veteran has been active since taking over as Houston's nickelback in Week 13, recording double-digit tackles in three of four games. King has also has a sack in that span.

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  • Texans' Desmond King: Season-best performance in win

    King racked up 11 tackles (six solo) and one sack in Sunday's 19-16 overtime win over Tennessee.

    King tallied his first sack of the year Sunday while also setting a new season-best mark in terms of tackles. The veteran has logged double-digit tackles in two of three games since becoming Houston's top nickelback, though Week 14 versus the Jets he logged just one tackle. Still, coming off a performance in which he handled a season-high 97 percent of defensive snaps, King is worth fantasy consideration in IDP formats heading into a Week 16 contest against the Browns.

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  • Texans' Desmond King: Season-high tackle total Sunday

    King recorded 10 tackles (five solo) in Sunday's 22-17 win versus the Broncos.

    King also logged seven punt return yards in Week 13. Sunday's was the first game of the season in which he played more than one defensive snap (41), and he made an emphatic case to keep his new expanded role, leading Houston in tackles. He's projected to serve as the Texans' primary nickelback for the home stretch of the year.

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  • Texans' Desmond King: Earns new role

    King will become the Texans' primary nickelback beginning Sunday against the Broncos, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

    King returned to Houston on Nov. 20 after being let go by the Steelers. The Iowa product will now step into a significant role due to the departure of Shaquill Griffin, who was waived Wednesday. King started 25 of 33 games for the Texans between 2021 and 2022 and recorded 182 tackles, 14 passes defended and five interceptions.

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  • Texans' Desmond King: Joining active roster

    King was signed to Houston's active roster from its practice squad Wednesday.

    King signed with the Texans' practice squad last week and will now be bumped up to the active roster. The 28-year-old should help fill the void left by Shaquill Griffin's departure, as Griffin was released earlier Wednesday.

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  • Desmond King: Returning to Houston

    King signed with the Texans' practice squad Monday.

    King will now return to Houston, where he played in 33 games over the past two seasons. The 2017 fifth-round pick could provide the team solid depth in the secondary if he's called up for a game.

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  • Desmond King: Let go by Pittsburgh

    The Steelers released King on Wednesday.

    King will head to free agency after playing just one defensive snap and failing to record any stats in three games for the Steelers. The 28-year-old had just signed with the team back in August and will now look for another opportunity elsewhere.

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  • Steelers' Desmond King: Picked up by Pittsburgh

    King signed with the Steelers on Thursday, Chris Adamski of reports.

    King started 13 of 17 games for the Texans in 2022 and has appeared in 95 games over six NFL seasons. The veteran will provide depth at cornerback and will also serve as a possible return option.

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  • Texans' Desmond King: Makes six stops in finale

    King recorded six tackles and returned one punt for 16 yards in a 32-31 victory over the Colts in Week 18.

    King ranked fourth with 89 tackles and tied for the lead with 10 for a loss this season. The six-year veteran has put together two consecutive strong seasons for the Texans, including five interceptions over that span. King averaged 9.4 punt return yards on 33 chances and returned one kickoff for 50 yards. He has one year left on his deal and should be part of the Texans' secondary in 2023.

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  • Texans' Desmond King: Grabs interception in blowout loss

    King recorded eight tackles (six solo) and one interception during Sunday's 31-3 loss to the Jaguars.

    King logged his second pick of the season when he made a diving interception on an underthrown pass from Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence in the second quarter. This was also the sixth-year cornerback's first pass defended since Week 5, though he's still tied with safety Jalen Pitre for the Texans' most passes defended this season with eight. King should continue to serve as one of the team's top cornerbacks alongside Steven Nelson in Week 18 against Tennessee.

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  • Texans' Desmond King: Collects seven tackles

    King recorded seven tackles (three solo) during Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Cowboys.

    King played all but one defensive snap for Houston this past weekend, earning seven stops in the process. While both of fellow cornerbacks Steven Nelson (ankle) and Derek Stingley (hamstring) are currently listed as questionable for Week 15, King could once again find himself in an every-down role Sunday versus the Chiefs.

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  • Texans' Desmond King: Tallies 10 tackles in loss

    King recorded 10 tackles (six solo) in the Texans' 23-10 loss to the Commanders on Sunday.

    King played a season-low 21 defensive snaps during last week's loss to the Giants, but he played every defensive snap in Week 11 with Derek Stingley (hamstring) sidelined. King responded by racking up a season-high 10 tackles in the loss, but he'll likely see decreased playing time once Stingley is cleared to return.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Age: 29
School: Iowa
Experience: 7