Houston Texans head coach Lovie Smith and players meet with the media after Texans training camp. – HoustonTexans.com | Hot Mobile Press


Where did you improve from year one to year two?

“I would say my knowledge of the game, just being able to read reviews. My whole goal this offseason was to get bigger, faster, stronger, just be a complete tight end. I’ve got the whole off-season on that.”

“I haven’t gained weight, but I definitely feel like I’ve lost body fat. We do scans and stuff all the time, just lean out. I have abs now. I’m doing something I have abs, but the last time I had abs, I want to say I was in seventh grade when I played basketball. Now I have them a bit. I can go to the pool and flex them a bit.

How much has TE Pharaoh Brown helped your development?

“Big time. The guy is a pro. The way he approaches the game, I mean he’s very knowledgeable. He helps me out on the field like if I have a question, I can ask him and he knows exactly what I have. what he has to do. The guy is honestly spectacular.”

Have you seen the work TE Pharaoh Brown has put into the offseason?

“The guy, he’s progressing in all aspects to know the game and take better care of his body and do everything. I’m excited to see what we can do this year.”

How do you like Pep Hamilton’s offense?

“Love it. I’m excited. Everywhere Pep (Hamilton) has been shows that the tight ends are very valuable on his offense. So just tune in. Week one, tune in. I’m excited.”

How exciting is it to move on this offense?

“It is great. Of course it’s a big challenge because I have to move all over the field in the backcourt, I’m far out, I’m the slot. I’m excited. So when the time comes to show us on match days, you’ll see I’ll be all over the field.”

Where do you feel you add pass protection and barrel protection?

“I still have a long way to go. The game we play is to keep improving and keep trying to get better, so that’s the main thing for me. There is no stagnation with run blocking or pass blocking. You have to keep improving and making progress at it.”

What’s it like watching your running backs charge across the field?

“It’s great. These guys are moving, sliding. For me it’s as good as catching a 15-yard pass and it’s just as good for me to see them run across the field. It’s great. I think these guys have wheels, so I think the guys are progressing.”

What did you take away from the trip to Oregon?

“We had a lot of camaraderie, we could only go outside because we’re always in the building and see the guys focus on what they need to do football-wise. So that we go to Oregon, we played Uno sharply for hours. I’ve been out there fishing and hiking. I loved Oregon, I loved it. A few fish ran away from me, I don’t know what was going on. I don’t know if the hook was too small or what but I was out there casting her bro. it was crazy

When did you start fishing?

“I started fishing when I was four years old. It’s been a part of my life since I was a little boy. My grandfather always took me with him.

In what areas have you seen QB Davis Mills grow and how did you two build chemistry?

“In all aspects. Davis (Mills), his body has changed, his IQ, being able to recognize covers. All of our growth makes me feel like a second grade group, just the development of all of us, our bodies have changed, we understand the game is slowing down for all of us. I’m happy for all of us.

Can you talk about taking on rookie DB Jalen Pitre?

“This boy is a dog. I’m happy for him. He’s instinctive, he plays fast and he’s already making games out there. I think the guy has probably been intercepted by OTAs three times so far.

How has LB Garret Wallow fared in training camp so far?

“What LT (Laremy Tunsil) said, dog. He’s flying around out there. I look forward to our whole second year group a chip on all our shoulders to come up with.”

Would you rather be on a lake or deep sea fishing?

“I did a lot of deep sea fishing when I was in Miami, but to be honest I’m scared of sharks and jellyfish. I don’t agree with any of this. Throw me in a lake personally, but I like both.”

What’s the biggest fish you caught?

“I caught, I’d like to say, 120-pound tuna. And this tuna has a fight with him. I love deep sea fishing.”

“What did we do with it? Rest in peace, tuna.”

What was the biggest sacrifice you had to make to get in shape?

“Definitely the way I eat. I’m a fat kid, to be honest. I’m a fat kid so give me some Cane’s, In-N-Out Burger, McDonald’s, anything. I just had to cut everything out. I was 21 years old and ate like a kid. So if you’re just at a pro level, you can’t eat like that because you come here and you feel it.”

Does the training seem more intense than last season?

“I would say it’s more because of the competition I have with myself. Last year I was a rookie and kind of a deer in the headlights and still trying to figure things out. This year I know I have to come out here and make plays, that’s my job. It’s just more of the competition I have against me.

How does it feel to be part of the Year Two class that has really begun to shape this franchise?

“That’s great. Like you said, I’m excited. I mean I’m excited. Just the opportunity that all five of us have to come and contribute, the other four contribute them immediately, so develop for all of us and have that chip on our shoulders, we know that. This team is counting on us to play. I’m happy for all of us.

Where has WR Nico Collins changed this season?

“The same goes for Davis (Mills). Just being able to see coverage, playing faster, his body, he’s getting chunky. Anything, man. We all take this step to change our bodies, to understand coverages, to know the playbook and at the end of the day just be pros.”

What’s your take on Miami getting rid of the revenue chain?

“I’m honestly happy about it. It’s not that I didn’t like it. I loved it. I loved the idea but we have to win games. That’s the main thing, we have to win games.”

Have you always been fishing?

“My whole life. I have pictures of me catching bluegill swordfish when I was four years old. I haven’t been fishing down here because my life revolves around soccer when I’m down here. I don’t have any friends either. Can you come back to the team and tell them I need someone to go fishing with?

OL AJ Cann said you have a lively personality both on the pitch and in the dressing room. Would you agree that this helps in your fellowship?

“The way I am was passed on from my mother only by me, so I think how I am, how I am. My teammates definitely allow me to be myself because without my teammates and such I wouldn’t be able to be funny because I would be all serious and tense. This is a big deal for my boys.

Do you have a picture of the 120 lb tuna?

“I do, I’ll send it to you.”

Can you comment on the consistency with HC Lovie Smith entering his second year with the team?

“It was great. When he got the job I was back home in Vegas and you can ask my mom on my own grave I was so excited. I started sweating. I thought let’s get it baby because Lovie Smith, you have the utmost respect for yourself by the way. He has such a soft tone, you can sit there and talk to him. I was so excited to have him as our head coach.

Growing up in Las Vegas, did you have to have that kind of personality to survive out there?

“Not necessarily, you can meet some of my friends from Las Vegas, they’re quiet. That’s me.”

Does that make it easier for you to have that personality?

“Maybe, like I said, just my mother. She blessed me with her personality, my mom and dad.”

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