Texans corner back Kevin Johnson played in only six games this season, told reporters Monday at NRG Stadium that he will be ready when the Texans begin OTAs this spring.
Johnson underwent surgery after breaking his foot in a game against the Colts on October 16. He was placed on injured reserve shortly after, keeping him out of the Texans final 12 games of the season.
“Sitting out this past year was a big deal for me mentally as far as how bad I want to be a great player and how bad I want to help this team,” he said.
The Texans first round pick in 2015 is looking forward to getting healthy and re-joining the NFL’s top-ranked defense next season.
“We’ve got some great young players on the team and some great veterans,” he said. “I think it’s a great mix of youth and experience, and I think we’ve have a lot of growth to keep growing as a defense and it’s exciting.”
Johnson remains on crutches, but he’s been busy.
“Training, working hard, getting ready for OTAs, and all those types of things, but rehab, getting stronger physically, just basically trying to do anything I can to get better,” he said.
The Texans have not announced their 2017 offseason calender, but last year, OTAs began May 23.