Most, if not all, of the new players acquired by the Texans over the last few days will suit up against the Saints in Week 1.
Houston made trades with four different teams over the weekend and brought in six players. When head coach Bill O'Brien met with the media on Monday morning at NRG Stadium, he was optimistic about the new additions quickly contributing.
"We are in the beginning stages of our gameplan relative to New Orleans, but I would say that the majority of the guys that we brought in on the 53 would have a shot to compete to be on the 46 for Monday night," O'Brien said.
The Texans are on the road in New Orleans next Monday, and O'Brien said offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, receiver Kenny Stills, running back Carlos Hyde, cornerback Keion Crossen and linebackers Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin all have a good chance at being in uniform at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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However, they won't all have a full grasp of the playbook by then.
"One of the things that we try to do is teach them the basics, teach them what we call the basic information section of each playbook and also special teams and then teach them the gameplan," O'Brien said. "I think if you try to throw everything at them in one or two days and see what sticks, that's not the right approach. I think you have to take it kind of bit by bit relative to your playbook and then relative to what part of the playbook you're using in the game."
The Texans will practice tonight at NRG Stadium.
Houston Texans Fans come to NRG Stadium for the fourth preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams.