It's for real a week from Thursday night, and Deshaun Watson is enthused by what was accomplished in one of the Texans' final tuneups.
He and the Texans scrimmaged Wednesday night inside NRG Stadium, and the quarterback said the evening was a success.
"It went well," Watson said. "We're getting the details finished up exactly of training camp and things like that. The beauty of it, everyone came out healthy. We all came out healthy and scrimmaged was well, got some good competitive plays in a setting where we have to get used to, especially for our home games, so it was nice to be able to get on the field and just kind of let loose."
On September 10 at Kansas City, the Texans square off against the Chiefs in the NFL's season opener. The Texans season ended in defeat at Arrowhead Stadium in a mid-January Divisional round playoff loss. That bitter exit will never be forgotten by Watson, but it doesn't consume him either.
"It's always in the back of my mind, but it's something that I didn't dwell on," Watson said. "I didn't get upset about it or constantly think about it all the time. It's definitely a motivational factor, but what I wanted to work on this offseason was to get my craft down and continue to be ready for big time moments like that and figure out what happened for that situation to change."
Watson and the Texans will have a practice on Thursday, and be off Friday. All NFL rosters have to get trimmed down to 53 players by 3 p.m. CT on Saturday.