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Preseason opener thoughts, RB competition & more | Dear Drew

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Chris: Dear Drew, What did you think of our performance at Green Bay?
DD: It was just what they wanted: the Texans won handily, but the coaches can still point to a variety of ways where improvement is needed. On offense, defense and special teams, Houston made enough plays to win by 19 points. But as head coach David Culley was very quick to point out, in four trips to the red zone, the Texans came away with just one touchdown. They also turned to the ball over when Davis Mills was picked off.

Kevin: Dear Drew, What do you think about Lonnie Johnson's first quarter pass break-up? What's his potential this year?
DD: I liked it, and it's right in line with who Johnson is as a player: very physical. He helped pop the ball loose on the first quarter pass to Amari Rodgers, and it forced a Green Bay punt on the next play.

His potential is tantalizing. A cornerback in college, he didn't get switched to safety until the late spring of 2020. So he was learning a new position, and doing so in the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now he's had a year of experience, a full offseason, and he's very optimistic about what lies ahead. He's been around the ball throughout camp, and he came up with an interception in today's practice as well. If he keeps it up, he'll be a valuable member of the defense this year.

Jason: Dear Drew, Will Mark Ingram II play on Saturday?
DD: It sounds like it, if you listen to Culley. The head coach said before today's practice that most of the players who didn't get into the game at Green Bay would "hopefully" play at Dallas. Ingram falls into that group, which included receiver Brandin Cooks, safety Justin Reid, linebacker Christian Kirksey and a handful of others.

German Texan: Dear Drew, What do you think of Scottie Phillips?
DD: Phillips played really well. He also played really well after contact. He was tough to bring down on Saturday night, and finished with a game-high 13 carries for 66 yards. He also scored, and added in four catches for 23 yards. All told, he touched the 17 times and got the Texans 89 yards and a touchdown with his efforts. Phillips is going to make the decision at running back a tougher one for General Manager Nick Caserio, Culley and the rest of the decision makers.

David: Dear Drew, Where can I watch the game on Saturday?
DD: It'll be on ABC-13/KTRK again, like it was versus the Packers. If you're like my wife, my good friend Jay, or many others, it was blacked out for you. I'm told the streaming services that weren't able to carry it on Saturday will be able to this week, but if you still have trouble, you can always watch it on and/or the Houston Texans Mobile App, if you live within the Houston television coverage area. As far as getting that up on your television at home, Chromecast or the Amazon Prime stick might be able to make that happen.

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