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WATCH: Texans DB Tremon Smith intercepts Saints QB Ian Book in preseason

The Houston Texans have been preaching takeaways under new coach Lovie Smith, and they were able to find their first blessing, even if it was in a preseason game.

With 3:03 to go in the first quarter, defensive back Tremon Smith picked off second-year quarterback Ian Book on a deflection. Smith returned the pick for 12 yards up to the Saints’ 34-yard line.

The Texans were able to cash in on the extra possession with kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn drilling a 49-yard field goal.

In 2021, Smith had 21 combined tackles and a fumble recovery through 17 games, two of which he started.

 

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