The Texans' offensive line had trouble getting Tyson off his feet and he played with a low pad level.
The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder also took good pursuit angles when chasing the football.
It wasn't anything spectacular, but Tyson was solid and showed signs he could become a rotation guy for a defensive line that has struggled this season and is dealing with knee injuries to starting nose guard Ma'ake Kemoeatu and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.
"It's a lot different being out there with veteran guys," Tyson said. "The coaches trusted me to put me out there, so it was just a good opportunity to play for the first time. It's always stuff you can do better."
In college, Tyson had 79 career tackles, three sacks, 8 1/2 tackles for losses, one forced fumble and 23 quarterback pressures.