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10 questions with Davis


Wide receiver/kick returner André Davis returns for his third season with the Texans after finishing 2009 with 13 catches for 213 yards (16.4 avg.) and 43 kick returns for 993 yards (23.1 avg.).

Davis had his best season in Houston in 2007, when he caught 33 passes for 583 yards (17.7 avg.) and three touchdowns, while returning three kickoffs for touchdowns.

Davis missed four games last year with an injury to his finger.

1. This season will be your eighth in the NFL. How does this year's training camp and your preparation for this season compare to all your previous years in the league?

"Training camp is pretty much the same. It's always going to be tough dealing with the weather and just the mental aspect going into it. It's a little bit easier, maybe mentally, because I've been through it before, so it's not my first rodeo going through it."

*2. Have you set any personal goals for this upcoming season? *

"My only personal goal right now is to try and help this team get to the playoffs. I think we're right on the verge of being able to do that and it all starts now in training camp and getting the mindset in the place where it needs to be and going out there each and every day trying to get better."

3. What is it like playing for a team that has so many talented wide receivers?

"It's fun. I think a great thing about it is that we all get along. I don't think anybody in the group is jealous of anyone else in the group. We all get to follow who we believe to be the best wide receiver in the NFL right now in Andre Johnson. We all have different characteristics and different strengths that can help this team, and we just want to make sure we go out there and hopefully get the opportunity to show those off."

4. Can you describe what's it like to return a kickoff?

"It's always tough when you see everybody running at you, but I think that's where you have to have faith in your own teammates that they're going to make the block, and they're going to be where they're supposed to be. When you see an opening, they close very quickly, so it's a good thing that most of us are fast back there and we just need to make sure we hit the holes when we're supposed to be there and hopefully make some big plays."

**5. Do you anticipate being asked to return punts this season?

"I have no idea. Right now, I've been getting an opportunity to catch a couple of punts this year. I believe I'll still be back there doing some kickoff returns, but we continue to have a bunch of talented guys back there. Now in training camp with the new guys we have - Glenn Martinez and, of course, David Anderson and Jacoby Jones and even some of our rookies back there and Glover Quin - we've got a bunch of guys there who can catch the ball well. Hopefully, when we get some opportunities this preseason, we'll be able to show our coach what we can do."

6. What has been the most memorable moment of your career thus far?

"I guess the biggest thing probably was my rookie year just being able to make it to the playoffs and just being able to get a taste for that and realize the hard work that it took to prepare and to get to that position. Since then, I've been to the playoffs one other time, when I was with New England.

"To be able to experience (the playoffs) and then to be a part of a team right now that I think is on the verge (of going to the playoffs) is very exciting to see and to see the progress that we've had so far here in Houston. I hope that I can do anything possible to make sure that I can give everyone here the same feeling that I had."

7. What particular game or opponent this season are you looking forward to the most?

"First game of the season, the (New York) Jets. That's all I can say. I've had an opportunity to play pretty much every single team in the NFL in my eight years and the next game is always the most important, most exciting game. I haven't played the Jets in a while and I think it's going to be a great matchup and we're preparing to go out there to try and get a win."

**8. Do you think it's possible that the Texans can win the AFC South this year?

"Yeah, there's always a shot at doing that and, once again, I think it just goes back to the focus we have and the preparation that we have. I think this year we truly believe that we have an opportunity to do it. But believing it and going out there and doing it are two totally different things. But right now, if we can get that mindset and everybody can go out there and work toward that goal and as a team, I think we'll have a greater chance to do that."

9. What improvements or changes need to be made in order to win the division?

"Our turnovers, that's been a problem for us. I think we need to continue to work on that and that's at all positions. We all need to be focused and we know we have a very powerful offense and we have to make sure we continue to go out there and prove that and make sure we take care of the ball."

**10. You played soccer in high school and ran track in college. How did you decide that football was the sport you wanted to pursue?

"That was the one that offered to give me a scholarship and pay for school. So really that was, at the time coming out of high school, the only reason why I continued to play football. I probably really wanted to run track, but when no track scholarships came, I knew I didn't want my parents paying for college, so it started as a way to get college paid for and to get my degree and move on. But I think God had some different plans for me and I decided to follow those."

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