With the rest of the NFL set to start their week one schedule, the Houston Texans are two days away from their opener on Monday Night Football. The Texans turned in their last injury report required by the NFL on Saturday.
Here are news and notes from the Texans heading to Monday
Texans Notebook 9.7.2019
Three Officially Questionable
The Texans have the questionable designation on three players officially for Monday Night Football. Keke Coutee (ankle), Greg Mancz (ankle), and Tytus Howard (finger) will all be game-time decisions.
Zach Fulton (toe) and Justin Reid (shoulder) are both have been cleared physically and expected to start against the New Orleans Saints.
No Pressure for Deshaun Watson
The NFL remains a quarterback league and entering his third season at the Texans signal-caller, Deshaun Watson is not worried about expectations. Watson has the best group on offense on the line and skill player-wise since he arrived at the Texans in 2017.
Despite talent around him, Watson is feeling no pressure to make this his best season. Watson knows the work he did this past off-season, camp and the pre-season has prepared him not to feel any tension when he steps on the field.
"No, I never put pressure on myself," Watson said of the upcoming season. "This is football. Football is what I've been doing my whole life. The only difference is, of course, it's the best athletes, and I'm getting paid for it."
Watson continued. "But if I treat just like I was in high school where I'm just having fun, doing what I'm doing, preparing like I'm preparing and go out there and perform like I've been performing, then everything else is going to work out on its own. Pressure come from when you're not prepared, and you're not ready for those moments, and I feel like I've prepared throughout the week to be ready for those moments, so when they happen, I don't allow pressure to sink in."
Tashuan Gipson Likes What Kenny Stills Brings to the Texans
Veteran safety Tashaun Gipson is pleased to see Kenny Stills on the Texans now after their deadline deal. Gipson has matched up against Stills in previous games, and when asked what the veteran brings to the Texans, Gipson appreciated Still being teamed with their vertical threat, Will Fuller.
"Speed, speed, speed, speed," Gipson said of what he thought of Stills. "I mean, and it's crazy because you got a guy like Will Fuller. Who I've had the luxury of playing against Will Wuller unfortunately for the past six games, three years. When you combine a guy like him with Kenny Stills, who I've played, I think twice. You know speed kills.
Gipson continued, "That said at the end of the day, people pay top dollar to have burners like that. We have two of the on the same squad, on the same team, on the same field at the same time. I mean that is crazy."
Getting Everyone Up to Speed
The Texans added nine new faces to the 53-man roster prior to the roster cut down day. There is a high chance that all nine will be active for Monday night to help out in some capacity for gameday against the Saints.
The biggest issue for the Texans is getting the entire group of new players ready to play and accustomed to the Texans way of doing things.
Watson discussed bringing everyone in and helping get them ready for the start of the season.
"All of those guys are great professionals," Watson explained. "They all understand what we want to do here. That's the reason why the trades happened, and the moves happened. But all of those guys have played football before they're here and they're professionals, so they're all up to speed and ready to go also."
Barkevious Mingo, who arrived from Seattle, discussed his transition to the Texans. Mingo described the week as "hectic."
"It's been a pretty hectic week," Mingo explained. "Getting a different playbook, being able to come in and practice with the guys, but it's been great getting here, getting acclimated and just getting back to football."
Running back Carlos Hyde said he has to erase a Kansas City Chiefs playbook from his memory that he has learned over the past six months.
"It's like two different offenses," Hyde said of his transition. "I've been doing pretty good though, picking things up. Good thing that the offense is not too crazy here. It's been easy for me to learn and catch on pretty quick, so I've been doing a pretty good job."
Head Coach Bill O'Brien is not too worried about getting his new group of player acclimated to the locker room or the system.
"I think it's always challenging when you bring some new players onto the roster, but these guys are smart," O'Brien explained. "They've played a lot of football. Like I said, some of them come from a similar system, so they've heard a lot of the terminology. I think it's more about getting used to the new teammates that they'll be playing with. For me in the NFL, that's a little about just personally how I grew up in the NFL."
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