Texans Notebook: The Tyrann Mathieu Factor and D'Onta Foreman Returns to the 53

Bill O'Brien on the Tyrann Mathieu Factor, D'Onta Foreman Returns, Deshaun Watson and injury updates on the Texans.

Team Notes, Quotes

  • The Texans activated RB D’Onta Foreman from the Reserve/PUP and added him to the 53-man roster. The Texans waived CB Natrell Jamerson to make room on the 53 for Foreman and the team will continue to monitor Foreman moving forward.

“He practiced hard,” Bill O’Brien said of activating Foreman. “In the padded practices we had, I thought he ran the ball well. He did some good things out there. He looked healthy. So, we felt like that was a decision that could potentially help our team.”

  • S Tyrann Mathieu needs 1.0 sack to pass former Texans CB Dunta Robinson and set a single-season franchise record for the most sacks by a defensive back. The emergence of Mathieu has set a him a priority to sign to a long term deal after the season. Head Coach Bill O’Brien discussed the important of Mathieu to the Texans.

“Since the day he walked in the door here, he has a presence about him,” O’Brien explained of Mathieu. “Even though he may not be the biggest guy in the world, he has a presence about him. He handles himself in a very professional way. He practices the right way. He pays attention in meetings. He doesn’t talk all the time, but when he speaks, people listen. I think it’s just the way he goes about it and then I just encouraged him to be who he was, to be the leader that he is and he’s really done a good job.”

  • CB Johnathan Joesph needs 1 pass defensed to tie Brian Dawkins (179) for the eighth-most career passes defensed in NFL History.

  • RB Lamar Miller needs 100 yards rushing to join RBs James Conner, Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott as the only players to record at least 100 yards rushing in three straight games this season.

  • S Justin Reid needs 1 interception to tie Brian Cushing (4 in 2009) for the second-most interceptions by a rookie in a season in franchise history.

  • QB Deshaun Watson needs for 25 yards rushing to join QBs Cam Newton and Russell Wilson as the only quarterbacks to throw for at least 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns and rush for 400 yards in a single season since the start of 2016.

Watson continues to grow as a quarterback and discussed how much back up QB Brandon Weeden has done for him as young quarterback in the NFL

“Brandon is like a big brother to me,” Watson said of Weeden. “As a quarterback in the meeting rooms, when I first got here last year, him and Tom (Savage) were like big bros. He helped me learn the system, and then, him coming back in the offseason and being with me all this year, he just made me more relaxed in the meeting rooms and out there on the field because he’s out there watching and seeing – another set of eyes for me. We’re sitting on the sideline, we’re communicating. If he has any suggestions, he always relays it to me and same vice versa. If I’m messing up on something, he knows me better than anyone else in this offense. He’s a big bro and I’m glad and very comfortable with him in that meeting room with us.”

  • DE J.J. Watt needs three total tackles to pass former Texans ILB Jaime Sharper (442) for the fourth-most career total tackles in franchise history.


  • G Zach Fulton did not practice to start the week, he is dealing with a hand injury he suffered against the Cleveland Browns. Fulton injured a finger on his left hand which caused him to miss majority of the second half of play. G/C Greg Mancz filled in for Fulton and is expected to fill in for him if Fulton can not play this Sunday.

  • DE J.J. Watt continues to deal with a knee issues that kept him limited all of last week and made him a game time decision this past Sunday’s game. Watt started the week limited once again and expectations is that he will be ready to go Sunday.

  • WR Keke Coutee continues to deal with a hamstring injury that kept him out the game against the Cleveland Browns. He continues to be limited at practice.

  • WR DeAndre Hopkins was limited with a foot issue and on Sunday he was being shown being stretched by trainers on the sideline.

  • QB Deshaun Watson was limited with a shoulder injury. He was at practice but was not asked to do much but he continues to trend as a full go on Sunday against the Colts.

  • CB Johnathan Joseph was knocked out of last Sunday’s game with a neck issue. Joseph said he would be fine in the locker room after the win. The start of the week saw Joseph being limited with a neck/shoulder designation.

  • RB D’Onta Foreman was a full participant in practice after being activated from the Reserve/PUP list. Foreman is receiving from an achilles injury from last season but seeing him as a full practice with no limitations is a good development for Foreman and the Texans.

  • CB Aaron Colvin remains practicing in a full capacity after coming back from an ankle injury he suffered in week four. It is the second week in a row of full work for the veteran cornerback.

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Comments (1)
No. 1-1

Mathieu is a no brainier. Look at him on the side line when others are seated w a blank stare. This guy is a true leader and a motivator that we need to sign long term. The man loves it here...let's show some love back.