Head Coach Lovie Smith and players meet with the media after Texans camp. – HoustonTexans.com | Hot Mobile Press

HEAD COACH LOVIE SMITH

“You’ve probably noticed a little change in terms of appearance. As a young franchise you don’t have a lot of throwback jerseys but when we introduce this battle red helmet I like the look And of course I know we’re in Houston but it’s a bit H-town for us so it’s good to give today’s training a little bit of a different touch. Good things continue to happen on both sides. Offensively, I like our ball security. Well, defensively it’s not good enough, but offensively I really love what we’re doing with it. We continue to use different things. Yesterday was third and short. Third and long schedule today. Tomorrow we take a day off and then Monday, two minutes and red zone. So we’re starting to get a lot of our situational football. Not a lot of injuries, which is a good thing. Again, the boys should be able to rest tomorrow and get ready for Monday.

We caught DB Derek Stingley Jr. catching a bit of punt. can you talk about it

“Yes, [Derek] Stingley can do many things. Punt Returner is one of them. I’m not saying he’s going to be our punt returner for sure, but the more things you can do. You probably noticed that Derek is getting more reps today. We will continue to take him at the pace we set before camp started. He’s getting a little bit better every day.”

How good is it to see OL Justin Britt back there today?

“Same, Justin Britt, Jonathan [Greenard], [Kamu] Grugier-Hill, all these guys don’t necessarily count to play, but we have a plan for when we’re going to let them rest a bit. With Justin Britt out there, we’re different. Everything starts with our center. He does an incredible amount for our team. He’s a good player, but with Justin out there, our offense will do a lot better again.”

What do you think of TE Pharaoh Brown and TE Seth Green’s performance today?

“Seth Green made a couple of plays. As a young player you want to do something to get noticed. But [Pharaoh] Brown, the other players we have, Anthony [Auclair] has a knee injury right now so he’s going to be out a bit. But tight ends will be a big part of what we do and it was good to keep those packages going today.”

Can you share anything about what you’re seeing on the offensive line, specifically from OL Max Scharping?

“Max [Scharping] it’s been a while and he just started in the tackle position. We feel like we have two of the best tackles in football. We were just talking about Justin Britt, AJ [Cann], we know Kenyon Green will come into the mix at some point. But you also need more backups, and Max did a good job of that. When we asked him to join the game, he did. So we feel like we have some depth in that offensive line position with Charlie Heck.

Working on third-and-long today, how did you feel about the downfield passing game and some of the things you’ve all been working on?

“The first day to install it, but eventually there will be some third-and-longs that we need to convert. It’s all about third-downs, to keep the chains going, to keep streaks going, and we’re going to have to convert some. It starts with good pass protection up front and just gives Davis [Mills] enough time to find the recipients.”

How were your interactions with LB Garret Wallow during the off-season?

“I love everything he did last year. He was a bottom-round draft pick who could play all three positions. Only, you know, normal growth in the second year. We have a couple of players, every time we opened the building, they were in it and Garret [Wallow] is one of those players. He will have a role for us and we look forward to his progress. And I’ll say the linebacker position, there’s a lot of good depth in some of the guys.

QB Davis Mills seemed to be making a lot of checkdown throws today. Was that because of defensive cover?

“Going to the other side of the ball, it’s all cover, how about that? No, but that was the case, I mean, whenever you look — most of us — we don’t have a lot of design check down, but when downfield routes are covered, you want the quarterback, you don’t want them to force it , you want them to do the check down, the safe throw, and the part that’s to Davis’ right [Mill’s] growth too. It definitely was, and that’s good for both parties.”

Do you have an update on WR Phillip Dorsett?

“[Phillip Dorsett] a bit dusty of course. As a general rule, training camps, skill guys, they’ll have nicks from time to time. Nothing serious. Someday, hopefully soon, we’ll get him out of there.”

What have you seen from WR Brandin Cooks so far?

“We went to Brandin Cooks a lot last year and we definitely plan to do a lot this year. A receiver has to get him the ball. We have a plan what we’re going to do. But that’s about it. Keep him. One on one matches, he will win most of the time. Great leadership from one of our best players. Just a good glue for the team. We need Nico [Collins] to be that complement to him, and he can. Body type, big target, catch, go up and jump. That could also be a good combination.”

What have you seen of QB Kyle Allen?

“I talk a lot about Davis Mills, rightly so, but you just never know when it’s time to step up. kyle [Allen] played a lot of ball. he is mobile It’s accurate and that’s why we brought it here; A guy who knows our offense when we need to call him and we feel like he can execute it.

Since you’ve been a coach you’ve always been there and yesterday you spent a few minutes outside with the fans, taking photos and signing autographs. You just love that don’t you?

“Absolutely. First, I mean, I love being a head coach and they ask the Houston Texans head soccer coach to sign an autograph, I can handle that. But it’s good. Last year with COVID, fans were a little bit further away, but now they’re here. When people take the time to show up, we’re talking about our team showing up, showing up, it’s also about the fans getting involved. Some of the stories, someone drove 12 hours yesterday to watch us practice. You are from Canada. The least we can do is that.”

Can you talk about how great it is to have DL Jonathan Greenard back and what are your expectations for him?

“You know, eight sacks in limited action last year Jonathan [Greenard] is a legitimate full-back end in the league. I’m curious how far he can go. Being battered and missing a lot of off-season work caused him to fall behind a bit, but you see we’re going to keep giving him more and more reps. He’s a big role that we’re going to take on this year.”

What have you seen of RB Dameon What Pierce so far?

“[Dameon Pierce] is a tough guy. You see him working on special teams and a bit of counterplay to him. He can run between tackles and let you miss a little in the open field. Again, we have about six running backs in the mix. I’m curious to see – you know, you’re trying not to get too excited. We’re in underwear, we’re in shorts right now. Monday should tell us a lot more.”

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