A Week 3 matchup with the Giants is on tap for the Texans at NRG Stadium. Giants' head coach Pat Shurmur, some assistant coaches and a few players shared their thoughts on the Texans, as you can see below.
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur on the Texans offense: "Certainly they're a good rushing team. Any time you have a quarterback that can attack the perimeter like they have, that puts a little bit more pressure on the rest of the run game, and they've got a very good runner. They actually have a couple good runners, and those guys do a good job of running it. There's no doubt that's going to be a challenge for us to stop their run."
Shurmur on QB Deshaun Watson: "I think it's a little early to draw final conclusions on a team, especially a team like Houston. They've got a quarterback, he's an outstanding player, and he's got a good arm, he's got two really good receivers on the outside, he's got a good running game, and he can get the ball down the field when he chooses to and he can run around a little bit. I'm sure coming back from injury it's going to take him a little bit of time to get to what he would consider himself to be full strength, but he's certainly a guy that can play winning football."
Giants offensive coordinator Mike Shula on DE J.J. Watt: "He is still the guy. You have to know where he is. We have to know where he is at all times. He's productive at all the spots, too. It's not like he's just outstanding on our right side. He can play outside on our left. Or inside. Or over the center. Not only is he talented and explosive, but his awareness is off the charts."
Giants QB Eli Manning on Watt: "Obviously, you got to take care of him. You got to know where he is and it's not just him. They got a couple of studs on that defensive line who do a good job getting to the quarterback getting sacks. You got to plan different ways to attack it whether you're doubling or getting the ball out fast, just have a lot of different things, different looks for him, try to slow him down. Again, he's a good player. He's going to make some plays, but hopefully it's not the ones that can change the game too much."
Giants C Jon Greco on the Texans defense: "Right off the bat, they have one of the most talented front sevens in the league and they rely on their pass rushers, their big guys up front to make plays and wreak havoc...Every team has talent and this particular one has a lot of talent, so I think it's an exciting opportunity and they do have some good young talent in the middle not to mention edge guys and linebackers. We have hands full and we will every week and I'm excited about a good challenge."
Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher on WR DeAndre Hopkins, WR Will Fuller, V and the Texans offense: "Two very dynamic players on the perimeter…They're going to max you up. They're going to push the ball vertically down the field. They're going to take some shots. They're going to have some routes where we know 10's going to try and get some targets and get him the ball."
Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr. on Hopkins: "I've been watching him since college. Since he was over there at Clemson. I love his game."
Giants CB Janoris Jenkins on Hopkins: "Nice ball radius. Judgements of the ball. Got great hands. He's okay with speed. Route-running abilities are pretty nice. Just don't let him get his hands on the ball, basically. Don't let him touch it."
Giants S Landon Collins on Hopkins: "If it's in arm's length, or even finger's length, he can definitely catch it. And that's what he does.
Collins on Fuller: "He's definitely on our radar, and we have to keep him covered too. We've got guys that know what he's doing. We've got coverage that knows how to keep him contained and keep him in front of us, so we don't have those big plays going over the top of us."
Collins on Watson: "That's one of our biggest concerns, is keeping him contained. If we keep him in the pocket, I think we'll do a better job with that. Because if he gets outside that pocket, he's a different player. He's dynamic, and he can turn 3rd-and-15's into first downs with his legs."
Jenkins on Watson: "He'll attack, every opportunity he gets. He also likes to scramble, which we know."
The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 3/2/2021)