- HOUSTON TEXANS TRANSCRIPTS
- Saturday, August 13, 2011 - Afternoon Practice
Houston Texans Transcripts
Training Camp Practice #23 (Afternoon)
Saturday August 13, 2011
(Transcribed by Brittany McCray and Brett Maikowski)
Coach Gary Kubiak
WR Andre Johnson
Head Coach Gary Kubiak
(on if there's a specific area where he'll be watching the reserve players play more) "No, I wouldn't say there's one area. I really wouldn't. It's a little scary going into the game at the running back position, so that's a concern right now. I think the receiver position is something where we've got a lot of young players. I don't think we quite know who our (No.) four and five are going to be right now. We feel good about our first three, so I think that's a very competitive situation. I think our secondary is a very competitive situation. Those things play themselves out through preseason games, so that's what we're ready to go do."
(on his impressions on the defense) "I've been impressed. Damione Lewis has missed a couple days here. Obviously you're sitting there waiting on J.J. (Watt) to go in there and play like a starter that you drafted that early and he has. He's played that way. It's a different type of dynamic when you're talking about a 3-4. You're talking about three guys inside instead of four guys playing some little bit different positions than they played in the past. I feel good about our two noses right now. I think Shaun (Cody) and Earl (Mitchell) have had great camps. We'll see how it goes. Guys like Tim Bulman need to step up and help this team."
(on what he's looking for from the defense on Monday) "Defensively, I think (Defensive Coordinator) Wade is (Phillips) very basic in what we're fixing to go do Monday night. We just want to see guys play, make sure they're in the right spot. We've come a long way here in the first two weeks and we've got a grasp of the base stuff. That's what we're looking for."
(on if he's eager to see FB James Casey play) "Yeah, I am. I'm eager to see all three of them. I'm going to play all three of them. For James, it is different, but I think James has some great strengths as a football player that can make this team better, so it's time to start doing that Monday."
(on if FB James Casey will still play tight end) "Yeah, he's playing everywhere. You all see practice. He slides to tight end during practice. He plays the third wide receiver sometimes. James' strength is his versatility."
(on if he's excited about QB Matt Leinart) "Yeah, he's had a really good camp. He's going to have to play with a lot of young players, especially from the receiver position, but I'm anxious for Matt to get out there and get going. I think he's doing everything well. My biggest thing with him is trying to get him to do everything faster."
(on what other players he's excited to see play on Monday) "Easy answer to start with is (Chris) Ogbonnaya. When a young man has had the camp he's had for the last two weeks, I think we're all excited as a team and everybody to watch him go play this weekend because he's kind of been a big bright spot in camp. I think Sherrick McManis has been a bright spot in camp, so those two names jump at me right now. Hopefully there will be some more by the time we get through Monday."
(on if WR Andre Johnson will play Monday) "I don't know right now. We'll see. I'll probably make all those decisions tomorrow."
WR Andre Johnson
(on if he will get much playing time Monday night) "I'm not sure yet. I haven't heard anything. So I'll probably hear something maybe tonight or tomorrow and I'll figure it out from there."
(on how his finger feels) "The finger's good. I actually practiced today without my splint for the first time. Just trying to get back to catching the ball without having a splint on my hand and stuff like that. It's getting a lot better. The wound is closing up pretty good. I'm excited."
(on how much fun it is playing on Monday night) "It's a lot of fun. That's the biggest day for football when everybody's watching. To have our first preseason game on Monday night is pretty big. Everybody will be watching so you would like to go out and perform well."
(on the camp QB Matt Leinart has had so far) "I think that Matt (Leinart) has done a great job. I think that he's playing well. He's definitely a hard worker. I think he's having a great camp and I think he's feeling comfortable when he's out there playing. You can see that throughout practice. I'm anxious to get to see him play on Monday night."
(on if he thinks Matt Leinart is getting confidence back) "Yeah, I think he's very confident in what he's doing right now. Like I said, I think he's playing well right now and I get to see him in some game action on Monday."