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August 14, 2017

Houston Texans Transcripts (8/14)

Head Coach Bill O’Brien
RB Lamar Miller
What have you seen from NT D.J. Reader and his development?
“He’s had a really good camp. He’s an excellent player, excellent young player. Tough, strong, plays low to the ground, very smart, good teammate. He’s got all the qualities that you’re looking for in a good player.”
How much do you think it helped for him to learn under former Texans NT Vince Wilfork?
“No doubt. Any time you have a veteran like that in the room that’s been playing that long and been that successful, no doubt. I think even with Vince (Wilfork) retiring and not being here, we’ve still got – obviously J.J. (Watt) in there is a great mentor for D.J. and we’ve got some guys in there that do a great job just working together. It was good to have that experience with Vince last year and now he’s having that experience with Watt this year, which is great.”
What have you seen from ILB Dylan Cole so far?
“Dylan Cole’s done a decent job, yeah. He’s got good speed, good instincts, helps us on special teams. Seems like he’s got good instincts for getting to the ball, learning our defense, things like that. So, there’s been some good things with him.”
Do you think WR Bruce Ellington can help you guys?
“Bruce (Ellington) has played. He’s had some injuries, but he’s played. He’s played in a similar system. Some of the things we would ask him to do would be similar to some of the things he did in San Francisco. So, yeah, we’ll just keep teaching him and see how it goes.”
What traits does CB Kareem Jackson have that allows him to thrive in this defense?
“Smart, good tackler. He has that skillset where he can cover backs, he can cover slots. He’s just a guy that because of his intelligence and his knowledge of our defense, he’s a very versatile guy. Very valuable guy in our defense.”
Did WR DeAndre Hopkins have another day off?
“Yeah. He’s doing fine. We’ve got him on a little bit of a pitch count, so to speak.”
What’s the level of concern with the receiving corps right now?
“I thought there were some guys who made some plays today. Every day, if we just keep getting better, that’s what we ask of these guys. We’ll see how the game goes, how the two practices go and then the game. But there’s no level of concern. That’s not the way I look at it. I think I look at it more like a teacher. We’re teaching these guys, we’re asking them to do a lot and we just want to see them come out here and try to get better every day.”
What does FB Jay Prosch bring to the team?
“He’s a tough guy, he’s a great teammate, he’s smart. He works very, very hard, he understands his role, he’s helped us on special teams. He’s filled his role well for the role that he has.”
What do you want to see out of QB Deshaun Watson against the New England Patriots?
“Continued improvement. I think the guy comes out here every day and tries to get better, and that’s what you’ve seen. He’s improving in his knowledge of our system, he’s improving in understanding the defensive looks. He’s seen a lot from our defense, so he studies that. He tries to come back the next day and learn from his mistakes and build on the things that he’s doing well, so I just want to see continued improvement.”
Do you see value in putting QB Deshaun Watson in with some of the starters to see what he looks like?
“We roll those guys in. Those guys – Tom (Savage) plays obviously with the ones and then Deshaun (Watson), sometimes because of the reps. If we’re in a 12-play period, sometimes we rep the offensive line a little bit differently than we rep the quarterbacks, so they end up being with the first team. Deshaun ends up being with the first team, which is good. The basic goal is to make sure that he continues to get reps.”
How much have you seen QB Deshaun Watson improve mentally since he got to training camp?
“I think the more reps he’s had, the more meetings from OTAs to where he is now – he’s a smart kid. He works very hard. He learns, like I said, from the mistakes and he tries not to repeat those mistakes. He sees a lot from our defense, so I’m sure he tries to keep that in his memory bank for when it happens again. It’s the same thing for any rookie, but I just think that he’s doing a good job mentally as a rookie, no doubt.”  
How do you feel like camp is going so far?
“Camp is going pretty good. We’re out here competing every day, just trying to get better. Everything’s been going good.”
What have you seen from RB D’Onta Foreman?
“I think he’s been doing a great job getting adjusted to the NFL. He’s been doing a great job learning his assignments and just going out there and playing fast. I think he’s been doing a great job in practice and the first preseason game. He just has to keep getting better.”
RB D’Onta Foreman said you guys laugh at him sometimes when he asks questions you think he should know.
“We don’t really do rookie hazing. But as a rookie, sometimes he doesn’t really know things. Us, as veterans and just being in this offense, we think it’s funny sometimes. We just try to make fun of him at times. That’s it.”
How valuable is it going to be to practice against the New England Patriots for two days?
“It’s going to be good. It’s going to test us to see where we are as a team. We’ve been competing against each other since the first day of training camp. Just to go up against the Super Bowl Champions, it’ll show where we are.”
Do you like the way the offense has come along so far?
“Yes. I think it’s coming along pretty good. Everybody’s building that bond and that trust. We just have to go out there and just keep putting in the work and just keep working.”
What have you seen from QB Deshaun Watson?
“I think he’s still developing, but you can still see that leadership since the first day he came here. You can tell he’s a competitor. I think he’s been doing a great job of just learning the offense (and) knowing the other guys’ assignments. That’s pretty much it.”  
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