Demaryius Thomas got involved Monday night. In a big way.
The Texans receiver, who head coach Bill O'Brien said earlier in the week needed more balls thrown his way, pulled in a pair of touchdown passes in the 34-17 win over the Titans. After getting traded to Houston from the Broncos, Thomas caught three passes in the first quarter of his first game, which came in a win at Denver. Last week at Washington, he wasn't targeted.
Against Tennessee, Thomas caught four passes for 38 yards on the evening, snaring a score early and a score late in the runaway win over Tennessee. The other two moved the chains, as the Texans picked up first downs on each. He described what he's picking up after being a part of the offense for three weeks.
"The first thing was just the formations, and lining up, and being on the ball," Thomas said. "Having DeAndre (Hopkins), having 4 (Deshaun Watson), (WR) Coach (John) Perry and all the guys around me helping me. That stuff came quicker. That's been big for me."
With 5:21 remaining in the first quarter, Thomas pulled in a 12-yard pass from Deshaun Watson for a score. It was his first touchdown grab as a Texan, and it got Houston on the scoreboard, as they trailed the Titans 10-7.
For Thomas, it was his fourth catch as a Texan and his first touchdown with the franchise
"Demaryius has done a really good job," O'Brien said. "It's hard. You come in mid-year and you have to learn a new offense. That's not easy, no matter how long you've been playing. I thought we did a better job with him this week. He was able to be more involved and really have a good understanding of how we were going to use him."
Watson explained how the former Bronco as able to come down with such key catches in Monday night's victory.
"His p's and q's," Watson said. "He just stayed on top of his game. Studied his gameplan. Did what the coaching staff asked him to do, and he executed the gameplan in each route. I gave him a chance and he made sure that he capitalized on those opportunities."
Score number two came with the Texans up by 10 points in the fourth quarter, as Thomas came down with a 10-yard beauty from Watson. It pushed Houston's lead to 34-17 with 8:15 remaining in the game. Watson explained how his connection with Thomas has continued to improve.
"It takes time," Watson said. "From film study. From sitting at the house. He comes over to my crib, and we talk one-on-one. We talk ball in the locker room, then also on the practice field. Like I said before: he's a detailed person."
Thomas now has seven catches for 99 yards as a Texan, and 43 catches for 501 yards in 2018.
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