HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Here are the News, Notes and Quotes you need to know from the Texans on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
Potential Backup QB Not Ready?
Bill O’Brien confirmed the plan for the Texans at quarterback as it stands right now if Brian Hoyer can’t go is to start T.J. Yates. They would then promote Zac Dysert from the practice squad to play behind Yates.
Dysert noted he will prepare like the starter and knows he is just one play away if Yates starts, but he wasn’t overly confident on his knowledge of the offense.
“To be honest, I don’t really know if I am that comfortable with it yet,” he said when asked how comfortable he was with the team’s offense.
“I’m trying. That’s what I’ve been doing since I’ve been here. Obviously I’ve got a lot questions still and a lot of things to work on.”
Marquee Matchup Between Revis and Hopkins
DeAndre Hopkins will likely see plenty of Jets superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis on Sunday. Plenty of people weighed in on the matchup of heavyweights.
“He’s one of my favorites that I’ve thrown to. I think it will be a great matchup. Those are two guys that are playing at the top of their games right now,” said former Texans and current Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he thought Hopkins was “one of the tops if not the top” wide reciever in the league.
O’Brien said you can’t run “sloppy routes” on Revis and you have to “come to play on every single play.”
O’Brien later praised the improvement in Hopkins’ route running.
On to the Jets
J.J. Watt didn’t want to talk about Andy Dalton’s comments and subsequent apologies.
“Doesn’t much matter to me. I’m on to the New York Jets.”
Watt didn’t want to talk too much about the Dolphins game or the fact the defense has played so well. SportsRadio 610’s John McClain alerted Watt to the defense not allowing a touchdown in 10 quarters. Watt was not impressed saying it was the defense’s job to not allow points.
Return of the Fitz
Ryan Fitzpatrick will make his return to Houston with the Jets after being traded from the team this offseason.
“I’m a Jet now and had to move on,” Fitzpatrick said after he explained few things in this league surprise him anymore.
O’Brien gave a glowing review of his former quarterback saying he was a “great guy” and “awesome guy to coach.”
“This is a guy that is playing well. He’s played a long time. He’s doing a good job for them this year.”
J.J. Watt admires the toughness Fitzpatrick has often displayed.
“I’ve hit him many times in my career and he’s always popped right back up and I’ve always had so much respect for him because of the way that he goes out there and competes and the way that he takes licks and keeps popping up.”
Fitzpatrick won’t be losing track of Watt on Sunday.
“I expect to get hit a lot by him.”
Fitzpatrick said you have to try to limit the “disaster plays” with Watt because he will get his hurries and hits on the quarterback.
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