Breaking: Houston Texans Strengthen Defense by Signing Veteran Defensive End

**Houston Texans Bolster Defense with Signing of Veteran Defensive End**

The Houston Texans have strengthened their defensive line by signing veteran defensive end Jerry Hughes, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. This move comes less than two weeks before the start of training camp.

Hughes, returning for his third season with the Texans, originally joined his hometown team in May 2022. During his time with the Texans, he has accumulated 67 tackles, 13 quarterback hits, and 12.0 sacks.

His standout season was his first with the Texans, where he emerged as the team’s leading pass rusher, recording 35 tackles, 10 quarterback hits, and 9.0 sacks. Hughes only played two games in the 2023 season for unspecified reasons.

With Hughes back, the Texans’ defensive line looks strong heading into training camp. They also made a significant free-agency acquisition with Danielle Hunter and added Denico Autry and Folorunso Fatukasi to complement reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Will Anderson Jr.

Hughes started his career as a first-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2010 and later played for the Buffalo Bills after being traded in August 2013. He has amassed 70.0 career sacks.

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