Laremy Tunsil was very clear on what he wants to improve in 2020: false starts.
The Pro Bowl left tackle jumped early 14 times last season. Those mistakes were costly, and Tunsil explained Saturday what he aims to do this year.
"My main goal is to fix the penalties I had last year," Tunsil said. "That was one of the main things I wanted to work on and work with Deshaun (Watson) this offseason."
Tunsil signed a deal with Houston a few months ago, and he worked out with Watson often before training camp began. After joining the club via trade from MIami, Tunsil started at left tackle eight days later at New Orleans on Monday Night Football. Getting a full regular season and offseason under his belt should do wonders for him cutting down on the mistakes.
"He's been in the system now for a year," General manager/Head coach Bill O'Brien said. "Last year when the trade took place, he really didn't have a whole lot of time to get ready for – whether it's everything from the cadence to obviously his own assignment and then working with the other guys up front."
Watson described the transformation he's seen Tunsil make in less than a year's span, and the quarterback is excited about the growth.
"To know the whole package to know the whole offense and see him work and see him get healthy – it's been incredible," Watson said. "We've built that chemistry off the field as more than just being a teammate, as a brother. I know he's going to have another, even better season this year."
Tunsil plans to keep it simple.
"Moral of the story is just I want to improve," Tunsil said. "I want to keep improving every year that I have. I'm going into my fifth year. I want it to be just one of the best seasons I ever had. Like, when I go into my sixth year, I want it to be one of the best seasons I've ever had. It's just keep improving and keep doing things to help the team."
Tunsil and the Texans have practiced in pads the last two days. They'll have Sunday off, and resume practice on Monday at the Houston Methodist Training Center.