Jordan Akins and Jordan Thomas embracing second season with Houston Texans
Houston Texans duo of tight ends are enjoying the process of their second season in the NFL.
Jordan Akins and Jordan Thomas are embracing their second season after being part of the Houston Texans draft class in 2018. Drafted in the third round, Akins has seen a fair share of assignments as the Texans have been creative in implementing him in their offensive game plan. Akins went in-depth in their press conference of his versatility and how the coaching staff plan to utilize the tight ends for the upcoming season.
“I would say slot receiver. Special teams as well, up-back, punt return as well as fullback. Just moving us around, I think we can create more mismatches. All of our tight ends bring a different set of skills. You have speed, you have the thump and you have a little bit of both with Kahale (Warring). I think coach is doing a great job of moving us around and creating mismatches as well as setting up the run blocks.”
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Akins pointed out how on much difference a year did within the Texans offense after making the transition from college to the NFL level in their rookie season. “I think that we know the system more, so we’re more aware of coverage instead of just learning our assignments. So, we’re more comfortable and we’re able to just fly around instead of being hesitant to play the game.”
Meanwhile, Thomas was excited about being able to compete for potentially the starting job in training camp and in the preseason. “We’ve got a rotation going. So, you never know until you get into training camp. It’s going to be a great competition. All of us are great athletes and we bring different things to the table, so I think that all of us will get some time but we’ll see.”
Akins also pointed out the talent the Texans have on offense moving into their second season and emphasized in the importance of continuing to develop to be part of the offense with quarterback Deshaun Watson.
“If you don’t bring your A-game you’re pretty much not going to be able to roll with this group. Deshaun holds you up to a high standard. You have to know your assignments, and even if you run your assignment and it’s covered, the play is never dead. With Deshaun I would say, basically, you’ve got to bring your A-game. We hold you to a high standard, he holds you to a high standard. We’re looking to win a championship and that’s what we’re looking for is championship-quality players.”
Texans have hit the reset button at the tight end position and it will be intriguing to follow their storylines in their second season in the league.