QB B.J. Daniels "grinding it out" in 1st few days

B.J. Daniels made a good first impression.

"Very serious guy, very business-like approach," head coach Bill O'Brien said of the newly-signed quarterback. "Right away he's come in here and gone right to work, and that's something that's impressed me right away in the first couple days."

With T.J. Yates' move to the injured reserve because of a torn ACL, the Texans signed Daniels from the Seahawks practice squad. He took a flight to Houston, arrived early Monday morning and went straight to work learning the offense. 

"We give him plays," O'Brien said. "We talk about our base offense, and then he comes back, maybe a couple hours later or the next day and has his questions."

 

Daniels played quarterback at South Florida, where he threw 52 touchdown passes in his career, and ran for 25 more.

"He's adapting," offensive coordinator George Godsey said. "Today was the first day he's really met a bunch of the players. Learned the cadence, learned the general offense and started the basics."

Godsey said the Texans will know better in a few days how much of the offense he'd be capable of running if he were called upon to play against the Titans.

"Try to see how much he can digest and just really take it day-to-day," Godsey said. "By the end of the week have an idea of, if he's in there, what he can execute."

Starter Brian Hoyer remains in the concussion protocol. He was cleared to practice, and did so on Wednesday. But he's yet to be cleared to play in a game. Hoyer said no matter the quarterback, from himself to Weeden to Daniels, that Godsey will keep all the signal-callers ready.

"Regardless of who's starting, George is keeping everybody on their toes," Hoyer said.

It's quite a lot to handle for the third-year pro, but in the short time Daniels has been a Texan, O'Brien has liked what he's seen.

"He's grinding through it," O'Brien said. "He went out there today and did a lot of different things for us and looked good."

Daniels and the Texans will practice again on Thursday at the Houston Methodist Training Center.

Check out the best shots from Wednesday's practice as the Texans prepare for Sunday's game against the Titans.

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