HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Bill O’Brien held his first “day after” press conference of 2016 preseason on Monday at NRG Stadium. The press conference comes the afternoon after Houston’s 24-13 win in their preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers.
> >The Texans will host the New Orleans Saints on Saturday for their first pre-season home game of 2016. The two teams will also face off before the game with joint practice sessions Thursday and Friday. More details available here http://cbsloc.al/2biMu6B
>> O’Brien expects the joint practice to help in their mission to improve on their tackling defensively, an area he felt they struggled in during the pre-season game on Sunday vs. San Francisco
O’Brien on tackling:
“We’ve got to tackle better and that’s not just the linebacker position, that’s just overall on defense. We have to really get back to working some space tackling drills this week. We’ve got another team coming in here, the Saints, that have a lot of really good space players, like Brandin Cooks and company, so we’ve got to get back to that. “
>> O’Brien expects rookie center Nick Martin and third-year OLB Jadeveon Clowney back practicing this week. He did not address any other injuries and said everyone else is “status-quo”
>> O’Brien said he was pleased with the growth of his rookie receivers who played in their first professional game on Sunday.
Bill O’Brien on the receivers:
“I thought they did a pretty good job of adjusting to the speed of the game. I thought Will (Fuller V) ran some really good routes in the game. I thought Braxton (Miller) made a great catch on that one flag route that he ran. Then, obviously, there’s a number of things we need to improve on. Stephen Anderson had a nice touchdown catch. All these guys have things to improve upon, but it was good to get them going in their first game last night.”
>Was happy with the play of back-up quarterback Tom Savage who threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. O’Brien mentioned how much Savage prepared to be ready for 2016 after being placed on the IR after the final pre-season game last year
O’Brien on Tom Savage:
“He’s really worked hard. Last year, when he was injured, he was in every meeting taking a bunch of notes, doing everything that he was able to do under the rules of being on IR to be prepared for this season, so it was good to see him go out there and have a good run yesterday.”
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