The Texans (9-4) face the Jets (4-9) on the road this Saturday. New York head coach Todd Bowles and a few players shared their thoughts on the Texans ahead of the Week 15 matchup.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles on Texans QB Deshaun Watson: “He can beat you in the pocket and out of the pocket. He’s a gamer. You speed him up, he’s going to hurt you with his legs and hurt you running out of the pocket. If you don’t speed him up, he’s going to sit in the pocket and throw dimes on you.”
Jets QB Sam Darnold on Watson: “Deshaun’s a heck of a player. He played really well last year, and everyone kind of questioned if he was going to be healthy enough to play, and play as well as he did last year. He’s living up to it.
Bowles on Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins: “He’s one of the few guys with a defensive mentality that plays offense. He goes after the football. And he wants the football. He attacks the game like it’s supposed to be attacked.”
Jets S Jamal Adams on Hopkins: “He’s a dog. He’s a guy that’s going to go out there and give it his all. He’s going to compete at a high level. He’s definitely going to let you know, once he makes the catch.”
Jets S Terrence Brooks on Hopkins: “You got DeAndre Hopkins over there, who’s a dynamic receiver. He can catch anything in his radius.
Bowles on gameplanning for Texans DE J.J. Watt: “It’s tough. He’s a great player. I don’t have enough adjectives to say, that everyone hasn’t already said. He’s an outstanding football player. He approaches it the right way. He plays it the right way. We got our hands full.”
Bowles on Texans OLB/DE Jadeveon Clowney: “Outstanding player. He can play end. He can play linebacker. He can kind of do what he wants to do. Huge in size. Great in speed. Has a hunger for the game. You can appreciate that.”
Darnold on gameplanning for Watt and Clowney: “It’s gameplanning for two really good defensive ends. For us, it’s just about continuing to play our football. Get in and out. For me, it’s playing fast. Just being able to move through my progressions pretty fast and understand where everyone is on the field.
Brooks on the Texans offense: “They’re just explosive. You’ve got to be on your p’s and q’s up front. Linebackers, secondary, we’ve got to be really tight with our communication.”
Adams on Texans offense: “They have D-Hop running all the routes. D. Thomas is another phenomenal receiver that they have, as well as their running backs, Blue, Miller. They have a little bit of everything, so we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
Adams on Texans S Tyrann Mathieu: “He’s a tremendous player. One of the best I’ve ever seen play the game. He’s definitely balling.”