DeMeco Ryans was the captain of the Houston Texans defense and his teammates made it clear that he'd be be missed when they were told about his trade to the Eagles.
Antonio Smith: "It's a big surprise to me. I don't know what is going on at this moment but DeMeco is a great player, a leader. He's going to be an asset to each and every team he plays for...Our defense is going to miss him. That's all I can say about it. I'm not in agreeance with it."
J.J. Watt: "DeMeco by far and away [is] the most respected guy on the defense, our leader. He's a guy that everybody turns to especially when things are going tough. It's tough to see him go, but at the end of the day what can we do? He's obviously going to go play great football for the Eagles. Now it's time for the rest of us as a defense to step up and find a new leader and go out there and play football. We can't do anything about that so it's time for us to go out there and do it on our own."