Joseph’s Absence Creates Opportunity at Cornerback
Houston (CBS Houston)- With veteran cornerback Johnathan Jospeh missing practice time and the most recent game, there have been plenty of chances for other players to step up.
Kareem Jackson still takes reps as the teams primary cornerback but the other positions are in a state of flux as multiple players worked there today for playing time.
A.J. Bouye, a second year player out of Central Florida, saw time with the regular starters on defense today. He relished the opportunity.
“It feels pretty good,” Bouye said. “Coach told us whenever we’re in, just pretend that we’re a starter, because we are a starter when we are on the field, so, that’s just what I’m trying to do.”
The fight for the second cornerback spot heats up as the players will get to show-off against new foes tomorrow. The Atlanta Falcons arrive tomorrow and bring one of the most fearsome wide receiver duos in all of football, Roddy White and Julio Jones.
Bouye knows the Falcons are full of talented offensive weapons.
“They’ve got great receivers, great core of receivers,” he said. “They got a great team, great quarterback. So it’s going to be very interesting. Just going to compete and see how we match up against them.”
Bill O’Brien knows the next few weeks will present interesting challenges for the team helping to test his secondary.
“Now you get a chance to go against receivers from other teams,” O’Brien said. He singled out Roddy White and Julio Jones from the Falcons before looking ahead to next week. “Obviously when we go up to Denver, and you have Demaryius Thomas and [Wes] Welker and those guys up there.”
Even though Johnathan Jospeh isn’t making an impact on the field, he is helping his fellow defensive backs.
“The coaches are coaching the guys that are in there,” O’Brien said. “As your standing back there watching your position there’s a good veteran presence back there that you can ‘hey what would you do here? What would you do there?’ So I think it’s always good to have those guys out there to help.”
Bouye says he talks to Jospeh plenty about the game and the veteran offers the second year player plenty of tips and insight on the position.
“I try to get tips from him every time,” Bouye said.
The Texans will have two joint practices with the Falcons before an individual day of work. Houston then hosts Atlanta Saturday night for preseason game number two.