Brock Osweiler's preseason debut wasn't a flashy one.
With a paired-down offense that head coach Bill O'Brien described as "vanilla-like," Osweiler may have been limited in what he could do in Sunday's preseason game at Levi's Stadium. The Texans starting quarterback, however, did not make any excuses for not scoring during his brief stint in the Texans 24-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
"That's what makes this offense so special, having Coach O'Brien and Coach (George) Godsey game plan and have so many resources and plays at their disposal to put us in great position to make plays, and obviously we didn't use that today," Osweiler said to Texans TV at halftime. "We understand that. That's no excuse. As an offense, no matter what play is called, no matter how vanilla it is, we still need to go out there and execute and find a way to make plays."
Osweiler, along with starters DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller, played just three offensive series before exiting the game. Osweiler was 4-of-7 for 27 yards with no touchdowns, no turnovers and a 65.8 passer rating. While it wasn't the offensive outing Osweiler wanted for his first game as a Texan, he was pleased with what the offense as a whole was able to accomplish, including that of Miller who had four carries for 30 yards.
"I had a great view of it," Osweiler said after the game. "Lamar, he definitely brings something special to this offense but I'd be wrong if I didn't credit the offensive line and tight ends and fullbacks for opening up those holes for Lamar. They did a great job of getting Lamar to the second level and then from there, Lamar showed you what he's capable of and made some big plays for us."
For both Miller and Osweiler, it was a game of firsts.
"To put on the Texans uniform and run out of the tunnel as a team for the first time, it was certainly special," Osweiler said. There's been a lot of buildup to this football game and to just get back out there and finally start playing the game again, and allow you guys to talk about what really matters, what goes on on that football field, so tonight was very special to say the least. It was a ton of fun to go out there and play with my teammates and just get this first one under our belts."
The Texans improve to 1-0 in the preseason and will host the New Orleans Saints on Saturday.
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