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Quotes: Tuesday practice


RB Arian Foster** WR Andre Johnson
QB Case Keenum
DE J.J. Watt
FS Ed Reed

RB Arian Foster
(on how he injured his hamstring in the game Sunday) "Cutting wrong."

(on if there is reason for optimism with the team from the previous game) "Yeah, we moved the ball pretty well. We took some shots down the field and backed the defense up. We've been doing good things all year, we just haven't been executing when we need to."

WR Andre Johnson
(on the position of the team at 2-5 heading into the bye week) "Well, it's not good. It's not where we thought we would be at this point. Expectation levels were higher than they've ever been. We never thought we would be in this position at our bye week. We still have our division games ahead of us and every game is now very important. We have to try and go out and win all of them."

(on QB Case Keenum's first start) "Like I said after the game, I think he went out and did a great job. He went into a hostile environment and played well. I'm pretty sure a lot of people were thinking he wouldn't come out and perform the way he performed. I think he handled himself like a pro. I think he did a great job."

(on if he was surprised that QB Case Keenum played so well in his debut) "No, I wasn't surprised about it. You always see flashes from players in practice, preseason and different situations throughout the season. What he did during the preseason and the things you see from him in practice, the guy, he creates plays at times when things aren't there. Like I said before, there's just something about him. He did a great job."

(on the play where QB Case Keenum scrambled and found Johnson deep) "I think when you have plays like that, it turns into school yard football. That's pretty much what that play was. I saw him rolling back towards me and I couldn't really run the way I was running because there was nothing there but the sideline so I just turned up field and he saw me and threw it."

QB Case Keenum
(on if he's preparing to be the starter after the bye week) "I haven't thought about it that way. In my mind, like I said, it's been the same thing every week preparing to play. Right now, we're still kind of looking back a little bit, watching cutups from the previous seven weeks. Just still trying to get better. Moving forward from now, it's still focusing on us. I just need to work on being the best quarterback I can be."

(on his thoughts on his performance on Sunday) "We still lost and there are still three or four plays that make the difference, that go the other way. That's just how football is. We know that. That's why we prepare so hard to get that inch of what we need when it comes down to it."

(on if he's had a chance to reflect on what he did in his first start) "I've looked at it purely, with a very critical eye I guess you could say just watching film and seeing what I can do better. That's what I do when I watch film. I try to learn from what I did well and keep doing that, but, for me, a lot of it's focusing on what I can do to get better."

(on what he and Head Coach Gary Kubiak have talked about regarding his performance on Sunday) "Specifically, a couple of protection deals. The sacks are on me, especially when we're in no-back. They can bring more than we can pick up, so I need to know that and get the ball out."

(on how he'll spend the time during the bye week) "I'm going to use every day to get better, whether that's resting my mind for a few days, trying to re-group and get ready to move forward or getting some more extra film in. And learning from past, mistakes and getting ready to play the Colts."

(on what it will be like waiting for Head Coach Gary Kubiak to make a decision about who will be the starting quarterback) "I wouldn't say there's any anticipation in that sort of thing. I'm anticipating getting out there and playing again. Getting ready to go in that way."

(on what it's like with QBs Matt Schaub and T.J. Yates out on the practice field) "It was good. We were out there slinging it around. I always feel good about getting back out on the practice field after a game, whether a win or a loss. Especially a loss, getting back out there and kind of getting back in the groove again throwing to some guys and just getting back to the fundamentals."

(on if he'll be at the facility every day during the bye week) "I'm not sure. I don't know yet."

(on what he's heard from his teammates about his play on Sunday) "We're all frustrated and disappointed, I guess you could say more so, with not winning. That's kind of it. We want to win. We're all competitive people and it's frustrating when you know you have the chance to win and have a talented enough team to be that successful. With that being said, it's all about moving forward. It's all about winning football games."

(on how he feels physically since it's been a while since he's played a whole game) "I'm a little sore. I'm a little more sore today actually than I was yesterday. It felt good. It's good to feel sore. I'll take it every day."

(on if he had a welcome to the NFL moment) "I don't know if there was an exact moment. There were a lot of moments combined, just the whole thing was kind of welcome to the NFL."

(on what it was like being with his family after the game) "It was good. There were obviously wondering how I was going to feel not winning. They were proud to see me out there. They were all super proud. I'm thankful that they were at the game. That being said, they were obviously a little disappointed too that we didn't come out with a win, but it was great having them there and they were really proud of me."

DE J.J. Watt
(on the best thing about having the bye week this week) "You get a chance to rest your body, recover it, reload for the second part of the season."

(on if he would have rather played this week instead of having the bye) "I'll play any week. It doesn't matter to me. I don't care when it is, I'll play. Obviously, you get a bye week and your body definitely can use it any time you can get it. I'm going to take it, get the body ready, get the body right and ready to roll for the second half of the season. Take advantage of what you're given."

(on how the Indianapolis Colts are playing) "Obviously, they're playing great football this season. They're doing very well. They are playing very well and we all know where we stand. We need to play even better football."

(on the biggest key to turning things around after the bye) "I think we need to continue to get takeaways on defense. Obviously, we did a decent job of getting that back on track in the second half of the game on Sunday. We need to stop the run. I think first and foremost, you need to stop the run and put teams in passing situations and get after the passer. Takeaways are going to be huge momentum gainers and they're going to be a big reason for your success."

FS Ed Reed
(on how he views the team right now) "We're growing. I think the first half of the season, you can call it between now and the bye week, we haven't done what we wanted to do obviously. But there's been a lot of growth for making corrections that we made going forward. We've got a nice break off right now and come back and play against a tough division opponent."

(on CB Johnathan Joseph saying the team's sense of urgency will be at an all-time high after the bye) "Yeah, it's playoff football from here on out. That's what it is."

(on if this team's struggles are the biggest surprise in the NFL this season) "I'm not sure. There are a lot of things going on in the NFL right now. All we can worry about is us. All that matter is us. That's what we focus on yesterday and today. That's what we'll continue to focus on when we get back."

(on how surprising it is that the team has struggled) "No, this is the NFL. Everybody's a professional. Every other team gets paid the same way we do. We just have to minimize our mistakes on Sunday and, that way, we can put ourselves in a better position to win, kind of like we did on Sunday. We just didn't finish it."

(on if he sees reason for optimism with the way the team played this past Sunday) "Like I said, we're growing. We had some mistakes, a couple of missed tackles on my part. Just minor stuff that we can correct from a technique standpoint and that we will, and we have. It's just a matter of 11-on-11 at all times and not, one play, it's 10-guys-on-11 or, one play, it's nine-on-11. We talked about that yesterday. I think we're going to be fine."

(on how he grades himself thus far) "Individual play, I can go off of the last game, it wasn't all the way up to par that I would like. My grade scale tends to be a little bit higher, but that's fine by me. Overall, I think Sunday was probably my worst one since I've been here, though it wasn't that bad. I'm not getting the ball thrown my way. It tends to be, 'Where's Ed? Where's Ed?' Where is the ball going? I'm still focused. I'm still able to do the things that I know I can do, that I've been doing. It's just a matter of getting opportunities and taking advantage of those opportunities. But at the same time, I can't be lackadaisical. So when it's time for me to make any play, whether it's a tackle, fumble recovery, anything that it might be. Definitely will see a change."

(on S D.J. Swearinger's performance in his first start) "D.J.'s going to be a player. He's going to be a player. I think he played very good in all facets of the game. He's a linebacker sometimes, he's on special teams and he did a great job at Safety. He's got a lot of room for growing and he knows that. He's just a sponge to all of the things that's around him."

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