Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone on Texans QB Deshaun Watson: "Deshaun Watson is an MVP-type candidate, a guy that can lead that team to the Super Bowl. Someone was asking me today, our reporters, I don't know what he can't do. It's going to be a great challenge for us defensively. I think at the end of the game, if you took a poll and you had to give someone the ball, that's the guy that people are going to give the ball to. He's a threat running, he's a threat extending plays, he's very difficult to tackle, he has great accuracy."
Jaguars defensive tackle Abry Jones on Watson: "He makes plays when he's supposed to have them. In clutch situations he's coming up big for his team. He's just turned into one of the top quarterbacks in our game."
Marrone on the Texans' offensive weapons: "They've got the two running backs that are playing well, the tight ends are starting to come on. Sometimes you've just got to cross your fingers and just hope that you have the right call and your guys are in the right spot. They're going to make plays and you just hope that they're not able to extend those plays. They're going to catch some footballs and you hope you have people around to get them down."
Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew on the Texans cornerbacks: "They got a lot of guys that are going to play. Just trying to get prepared for each guy and there's no way to know what kind of combination of guys they're going to have back there. But we can see kind of schematically what they're going to do and attack it that way."
WR D.J. Chark on Texans cornerbacks: "You really prepare for the schemes. The defensive coordinator's schemes. The tendencies, things like that. I'm not really licking my chops waiting to get at them, because rookies can play, too. Guys that come off the street have the mentality of just making plays. I know we're going to get the best shot from whoever's out there.
Jaguars WR Chris Conley on the Texans secondary: "Guys who will walk up an challenge you. Guys who know how to jump routes and read things."
Marrone on Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus: "I said it when I first came into this division a couple of years ago when I was an offensive line coach, if you don't know this division and you start playing in it, I was like, 'who is Whitney Mercilus? This guy is unbelievable.' You talk about a guy that can hold a point against the run and make plays and can't get outside him, to a guy that has just that uncanny ability, he has enough speed to get around the edge, he does a great job of his long reach and being able to knock the ball out, and then he'll come back and he has a spin move that I haven't seen many people stop. So, he's got power, he's got speed. He's going to be a tough matchup for us. We've got to know where he is all the time."
Conley on the Texans defense: "They're just experienced. They've got a lot of experience up front. They're missing J.J. Watt but they still got experience. Those guys will rally."
Marrone on Texans NT D.J. Reader: "D.J. Reader has probably got not enough people – if you're not in this division, you don't know how really good of a player he is. He is an outstanding player."
Conley on the Texans LB corps: "That linebacker corps is one of the most active corps we'll see this year. They flow fast, and they can make a lot of plays."
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