Neville Hewitt Signs With Houston Texans

Neville Hewitt

Six-year NFL veteran linebacker Neville Hewitt signed a one-year contract with the Houston Texans. Hewitt, a former undrafted free agent, spent the 2020 season with the New York Jets but has also played for the Miami Dolphins.

Neville Hewitt, Houston Texans, Agree to Contract

One of the lone bright spots on an otherwise-barren New York Jets roster, Neville Hewitt has perhaps the best season of his career in 2020. Starting and appearing in all 16 games, the middle linebacker ended the season with a career-high 134 tackles to go along with six tackles-for-loss, four quarterback hits, two sacks, one forced fumble, and four defended passes. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the 33rd-best linebacker out of a possible 85.

Hewitt initially entered the league as an undrafted free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft. Signing with the Miami Dolphins, Hewitt managed to make the Week 1 roster and appeared in all 16 games while making two starts. During his time on the field, Hewitt recorded 39 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, one quarterback hit, three defended passes, and one interception.

The Marshall product earned a larger role in 2016, still appearing in every game while making five starts. In total, he recorded 64 tackles, four tackles-for-loss, and one sack on the season. However, he hardly saw the field in 2017, as he didn’t even make the initial 53-man roster. The Dolphins re-signed him later in the year, but they only really used him on special teams.

Hewitt signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets during the 2018 offseason. The team apparently liked what he had to offer, as they signed him to another one-year deal following his 39-tackle, 1.5-sack campaign. The former undrafted free agent earned a full-time starting role in 2019, recording 75 tackles, six tackles-for-loss, three sacks, two interceptions, and nine passes defended while starting all 12 games in which he appeared.

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