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August 11, 2011

August 11, 2011 - PM Practice

  • Thursday, August 11, 2011 - Afternoon Practice

Houston Texans Transcripts

Training Camp Practice #19 (Afternoon)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

(Transcribed by Brett Maikowski, Brittany McCray and Jeremy Joseph)


Head Coach Gary Kubiak
RB Arian Foster
FS Danieal Manning
DE J.J. Watt


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

(on the team injuries) "From this morning, (Steve) Slaton has a little hamstring, so he didn't do anything this afternoon. He's going to be day-to-day. Trindon (Holliday), the same thing, so those are the two from this morning. Other than that, I think we're okay. Ben (Tate) hasn't practiced in a few days, so our hope is that he's back out there tomorrow morning, but we'll see."


(on who's going to snap with LS Jon Weeks hurt) "I think he'll be okay. If not, Joel (Dreessen) will snap or James (Casey) will snap, but I think he'll be okay."


(on how he handles the running back situation on Monday) "It's a concern. Obviously there's two healthy guys right now and I know we worked out some guys today and could possibly sign a guy. We're also (Ben) Tate back any day now, so if he can get back on the field tomorrow or Saturday, he should still play in the game. He needs to play. Arian (Foster) did do the walkthrough stuff today, so he's moving around better. I watched him run with the trainers this morning. I think he's close. Hopefully as we start to work toward game day and freshen them back up, we get some guys back."


(on how concerned he is about the running backs' health) "It seems like in camp, you always get hit at one spot harder than others. I think we've been hit there because we lost Arian (Foster) the first day and (Ben) Tate practiced two or three days, so those guys have been carrying the load. It wears that one group down, so to speak. You got to keep going, you got to keep teaching and you got to keep the other 87 guys out there working. It's just something you have to work through and we'll find a way to work through it."


(on his plans for the first preseason game) "They're always pretty much the same, to let your starters get their feet wet, play your twos a great deal and your threes and find out about your young players. I don't think that's going to change, but I think there are some conversations we need to have that we normally don't have as far as guys being ready to play."


(on what he hopes to see in the first preseason game) "Most important, I want to see our twos work. You don't know. Obviously, you're behind practice time losing all your offseason practice time, so how sharp will you be? We're playing a team that presents a lot of problems from a standpoint of what they do offensively and defensively. Trying to get these young guys ready mentally and physically to go compete on Monday night is our number one goal."


(on if it's a good thing to go up against a tough team like the Jets) "I think it is. Any time you're challenged, that's what this League's about. You're challenged all the time, but this football team has been exceptional the last two years. We've got a lot of things to prepare these young guys for so that they can compete."


(on if DE J.J. Watt will play more even though he's a starter) "Stuff like that is what I'm talking about. There's going to be guys that are different. (Antoine) Caldwell, (Mike) Brisiel, do they play more? They're battling for a job, stuff like that. We'll see. You got guys like Joel Dreessen who's a backup to OD (Owen Daniels), but we know what Joel is too. We need to watch Garrett Graham play a lot of football, Anthony Hill play a lot of football. It'll be an individual basis from that standpoint."


(on OLB Mario Williams) "He's back today. I can't speak for him. I think his dad is doing better, but I know it's a tough situation for him and his family. We just keep our fingers crossed that things work out."


(on how OLB Connor Barwin has taken to his new responsibilities) "He really has. For a guy who played one year of college defense and then comes here and plays end, now he goes to linebacker, I think he's taken to what (Defensive Coordinator) Wade (Phillips) and (Linebackers Coach) Reggie (Herring) are trying to teach him very well. Connor's stronger this year coming off that injury. Putting all those things together to see how far he's come has been impressive."


(on if OLB Connor Barwin was born to play linebacker) "You're probably right. His length and size, the fact that he can run, he's got good ball skills. He played tight end before, so you watch him out there in drop coverage. I think he's excited to be doing what he's doing."


(on WR Trindon Holliday) "He's going to miss a few days. He tweaked a hamstring, so he and (Steve) Slaton both."


RB Arian Foster

(on whether he's moving better) "I probably had an icepack on when you saw me. I wasn't stiff. You can't warm up 100 percent; it's a warm-up, but I felt good."


(on whether he'll play Monday night against the New York Jets) "I'm not sure, but I'm not sure if I can go, so I don't see the rush and I'm pretty sure, 100 percent, I'll be back next week so we'll see how it goes."


(on if he's concerned about the reps he's missing) "You always want to get the most reps you can get, but injuries are a part of the game and you just have to stay mentally sharp because the physical aspect is not going to change much.  This is the NFL; you have to stay mentally sharp but stay in condition."


(on if he'll practice tomorrow) "No, I doubt that I'll practice tomorrow."


FS Danieal Manning

(on if he's looking forward to Monday night) "Oh, yeah. Like I said, I've got to get another few more days in before I'm actually ready to go out there and play. I've got a lot of stuff I've to get down. I feel like I'm in shape and I'm getting the defense, picking the defense up. It's just a little more of the small things, details in this game, or in this defense that I've got to pick up."


(on if the game against the New York Jets will be a good test for the defense) "Yeah, I mean just because everybody here, this is a totally different defense and we've been working at it. We haven't had any OTAs and that's no excuse, but at the same time guys are improving, guys are getting better, so you want to continue to get to that point before the first kickoff in the regular season."


(on if he's seeing potential in the defense) "I definitely do. I mean, guys are running around with the ball, guys are getting their hands on the ball, guys are excited. I haven't heard anything, not one person complain about missing time and OTAs. They're just happy to be back playing football and get this thing rolling."


DE J.J. Watt

(on how training camp has gone for him) "I feel like I've stayed up to speed pretty well. I've really studied my playbook hard, watched some good film, and just trying to stay up with the speed of the game. Now I'm getting my footwork down and everything and I feel pretty comfortable in this defense."


(on if the playbook is overwhelming) "I haven't been overwhelmed at all, really. I feel really comfortable with it and I think that just comes from studying it hard. I know that I'm penciled in as a starter right now, and that means I can't have any mental mistakes on the field, so I've tried to avoid those at all costs."


(on how he's adjusted to the speed of the game) "I think the practices I had at Wisconsin really helped prepare me for the NFL because we had some high-speed practices with some good offensive linemen. I haven't really felt overwhelmed at all. I've just got to come out here and get better every day."


(on if Houston's 3-4 defense is similar to what he played in at Wisconsin) "We didn't do a whole lot, no, so obviously the defense is new, but Coach Phillips has a great defense in place for us. All I need to do is go out there and do my job and we'll be just fine."

(on if he thinks the rookies are behind because of no OTA's this summer) "I mean, I feel comfortable. I don't feel like I'm that far behind. I think if the rookies are willing to get in their playbooks and they're willing to watch the film and put in the work on the field, we'll be fine. Obviously, Monday night is going to be my first true test, so I'm excited to get out there for that."



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