“The most important thing I would say is the film study and how much you can recognize formations and you prepare for down and distance,” Carmichael said of his preparation. “That gives you an edge on defense because it’s tough. We don’t know where the receiver is running so the more you can recognize formations and things like that, the more plays you can make.”
Now entering his third year, critics are expecting Carmichael to prove himself. A fourth-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech in 2011, Carmichael did not make his professional debut until November 22, 2012 in the Texans Thanksgiving Day win at Detroit. Carmichael’s rookie season ended in the 2011 preseason when he was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. In 2012, he started the season on the Inactive list and missed the first ten games.
Carmichael became crucial to the Texans secondary in 2012 when Johnathan Joseph was inactive for two games and when nickel corner
“I think just as a whole with special teams, we have got stepping up to do,"said Carmichael. "Losing Alan Ball, he’s a great special teams’ guy. That’s the spot I am trying to fill, myself and B-Harris (CB
Now healthy, Carmichael has shined in training camp, matched up against receivers like first-round pick
“Coach V.J. right now all he says is, ‘You are hot right now, Roc. Just keep it going.’ I know that’s a lot coming from him because he’s a tough guy, tough coach which we all love him for that. He’s tough on us. That gives you a little edge to come out the next day and keep on pushing,” Carmichael said Monday. “ But it’s more coming from the teammates. You’ve got guys like Ed Reed coming and saying, ‘Good play.’ That means a lot coming from a guy like that.”