After two years of squinting at the television, Randall Cobb can finally see clearly.
Wearing his new prescription glasses, the Texans veteran wide receiver has changed more than his contact lenses out this offseason. Learning a new offense and getting on the same page as his new quarterback, Deshaun Watson, has been a challenge in a world restricted by COVID-19, as Cobb leans on his decade of NFL experience.
"If you think about it, the offseason program, we probably would have thrown three or four times a week for six or seven weeks. So, you're looking at about 25 to 30 opportunities to communicate, to go through routes and timing. He would be able to get a sense of the way my body moves, understanding of how I come out of routes and I would be able to get an understanding of his release, his ball placement and all those things. I think, obviously, I think we've had maybe five to seven opportunities to throw to each other so far."
It hasn't been easy, Cobb admits, to build that chemistry. He's mostly watched Watson on film up until recently.
"I definitely think he has unlimited potential," Cobb said. "I think what we've seen so far out of his career is just pure raw talent."
The Texans are currently in training camp at NRG Stadium, although the first few weeks will consist of a strength and conditioning program, followed by a modified organized team activities (OTAs) until the full padded practices begin on August 14.
A former collegiate quarterback, Cobb has always relied on his fundamentals and his ability to get open at the right time for his signal caller. With no preseason games this year, Cobb says his vision is crystal clear when it comes to the work that needs to be done in the coming weeks.
"I think that we do have guys that can make plays downfield, myself being one of them," Cobb said. "Given those opportunities, we have to make those plays and we have to understand the importance of picking up third downs, the importance of two-minute drives, the importance of putting points on the board in the redzone. It comes down to situational football and making sure that we're on top of our jobs in those given scenarios."
The 2020 NFL season will begin with a Thursday night matchup between the Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 10. Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. CT on NBC and SportsRadio 610.