Jacob Martin is looking forward to the 2020 season.
The outside linebacker joined the Texans via trade from Seattle just a week before the Monday Night Football opener at New Orleans. He steadily earned more playing time as the season progressed and finished with 3.5 sacks, all of which came from late November onward.
But with a full season in the fold, the soon-to-be third year pro has high expectations.
"I've slowly stacked a couple okay seasons together," Martin said. "I think it's time for me to take that next step. I'm excited to do that, and I can't wait."
Martin will be counted upon to help improve the pass rush in 2020, and he'll team with veteran Whitney Mercilus, as well as Brennan Scarlett and Charles Omenihu. J.J. Watt and Duke Ejiofor are returning from injuries as well.
Martin's also enthused about new defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver.
"I learned a lot from him this year working with some of the other guys up front," Martin said. "He's a young dude. He's played the game. He understands the game. He brings a lot of energy. He's just a good guy to be around. He's a super-smart guy you can lean on."