HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Brock Osweiler likely took his final snaps of the 2016 preseason in what appeared to be a coming out party for the Texans offense in a 34-24 preseason win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Osweiler finished Sunday’s game nearly perfect going 11-for-13 with 149 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.
“My confidence continues to grow every single day,” Osweiler said. “It definitely grows every single time I step on the game field because you can’t really replace anything with game reps, so the more I’m able to rep this offense, the more comfortable I become with it.
Because DeAndre Hopkins has been used sparingly this preseason, it has allowed Osweiler to build a rapport with the young receivers including first round selection Will Fuller V. Osweiler targeted the former Notre Dame wideout four times that resulted in three catches for 67 yards and a score. Osweiler said it took a lot of work to solidify that chemistry with the youngster.
“About 5,000 balls, and we still have a long way to go,” Osweiler joked about the amount of practice reps it took to feel comfortable with Fuller. “The thing about (Fuller) is he’s such a talented athlete. Obviously, we all know about his speed, but what everybody doesn’t know is his work ethic. He studies extremely hard, he practices very hard every day.”
Fuller reciprocated the praise to Osweiler as he scored his second touchdown of the preseason.
“(Osweiler) always puts us in the right place, so I just have to do my job and I know he’ll do his job the right way.”
Bill O’Brien was pleased with his signal caller’s performance as Osweiler will likely sit in the preseason finale versus Dallas on Thursday.
“This will be the, probably the last time (Osweiler) plays and a number of these guys play until the Chicago game, so we wanted to play him for an extended time, not only to get him into a rhythm, but also be able to talk to him in between series and see if we can adjust things from series to series,” O’Brien said.
“I thought overall he did a good job of coming over and calmly observing the plays that we had just run or understanding what we’re going to try to do to improve on what we had just run. It was good.”
With the season opening game against Chicago on September 11th the likely next time Osweiler takes the field as a Texan in a regular season game and he aims to use the time to make sure he corrects the mistakes he’s made to this point.
“There’s a lot of practice opportunities prior to that September 11 game against the Bears,” Osweiler said. “There’s a lot of good things that happened tonight, but there’s also a lot of things that need to be cleaned up, especially on my end. I made a few errors out there tonight that I will certainly clean up, but between now and that Bears game, we’re going to make the most of every practice opportunity and we will be ready to go.”
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