Kevin Johnson has quietly been working this offseason to get back to being the best version of himself.
“He’s been good,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Wednesday. “He’s really practicing well. He’s always been a very competitive guy. I think he’s playing the game with more patience. I think he’s had a really good offseason. He’s been a guy that’s really come in here and done a nice job.”
The fourth-year cornerback has goals for himself, but prefers to keep them close to his vest. The Texans former first-round pick instead turns his focus on helping the team win and adds that confidence plays a big role.
“I think for me, it’s 75 percent confidence,” Johnson said on Texans Radio. “Being prepared, knowing what to do, believing in your ability and balling and do what you do.”
Johnson worked his way back from injury in back-to-back seasons. After playing in all 16 games with 10 starts his rookie year, Johnson suffered a season-ending foot injury. Last year, Johnson missed four games with a knee injury.
Now healthy, Johnson is a full participant in the team’s OTAs practices, going one-on-one against DeAndre Hopkins while working alongside a talented Texans secondary with new additions Tyrann Mathieu and Aaron Colvin.
“This is my fourth season but I’ve been hurt a lot in my career so this is really only my second (OTAs) since my rookie year, so I’m just out here competing, going against great talent and just trying to get better every day,” Johnson said.
The Texans will hold a total of ten OTA sessions that end June 8. Veteran minicamp take place June 12 through June 14 at the Houston Methodist Training Center.