Houston Texans head coach Lovie Smith spoke about the positives of two offensive players on Monday.
Though the Houston Texans’ offense revolves around second year quarterback Davis Mills, the team will need improvement from not only the 23-year-old quarterback, but from others on the offense too.
This is where fellow second-year players wide receiver Nico Collins and tight end Brevin Jordan come to the discussion. Their improvement will rely upon the improvement of Mills, as his improvement relies on those two players.
Head coach Lovie Smith was asked about both players on Monday (Aug. 1) at the training camp press conference, and here is what the veteran head coach said about the two second year players — with comments provided by HoustonTexans.com — and their importance to the Texans.
"“Well, Brevin (Jordan) is a good match-up. He’s a tight end. He’s a big receiver. Against linebacker safeties, we should have the advantage. And Nico (Collins) versus cornerback, he’s a big body. Those are two guys that need to be productive for us this coming year. I know they can be. They’re both talented athletes. It’s left up to us to get them involved. Good to see them step up a little bit today.”"
Taking a look at Jordan, last week we discussed Jordan and his importance to the offense for Houston in ’22, not just for his ability to catch the football, but his blocking skills as well. Houston needs a tight end to not only help the passing game if needed, but a good blocking tight end would work wonders for the rushing game too.
Last week, Smith said Jordan brings flexibility to the Texans’ offense, and if that is the case he’s going to do great things for the offense. As for his comments on Monday, when Smith spoke about Jordan and matchups, that’s really exciting to read and think about.
As Smith said, Houston needs to take advantage of everything Jordan has to offer this season. It that happens, all of us will see the improvement that will help the offense play much better than the unit played last season.
Texans wide receiver Nico Collins can do great things for the franchise
Collins’ importance for improvement is now off the charts following rookie John Metchie III missing the 2022 season with his battle against leukemia. As all of us continue to send well wishes and positive thoughts to Metchie in his courageous battle, thinking of his eventual debut with the Texans next season should make everyone excited and happy.
As for the current season, Collins is entering his second year and is coming off a rookie season where he caught 33 passes for 446 yards with one touchdown. The third round pick is a good matchup against a cornerback according to what said Smith on Monday, and with his 6’4″ frame the head coach isn’t lying.
Thinking about what Collins can accomplish in season two with Houston is another thing that makes this team exciting for ’22. Though some believe the Texans as a team might be the worst in the NFL, don’t think for a second that Houston won’t be a fun team to watch, even if the wins don’t come. Part of the fun that is Houston football in ’22 is seeing how Collins improves week-to-week, starting in Week 1 against the Colts.
Seeing how Smith is thinking about the Texans following Monday’s training camp, the duo of Collins and Jordan have the ability to make a lot of opposing defenses change how the play the Texans in 2022, and that could lead to some wins and improvement.