EDITOR'S NOTE: Wide receiver Jacoby Jones is providing a weekly diary entry for HoustonTexans.com to provide fans insight into his thoughts during his rookie season in the NFL.
It's Week 9 now – the college season would almost be over. That's pretty different, but I know I've just got to stay focused and keep grinding and pushing. It's like a marathon, so I've just got to keep pushing.
I wouldn't say I'm 100 percent healthy, but I can take a couple of hits now. So I feel pretty good about my shoulder. I don't know if I'm returning kickoffs this game, but it doesn't matter. I'll do kickoffs, punts, if they miss a field goal, I'll return that. Whatever opportunity they give me, I'll do it.
Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels both have been throwing the ball for us the last couple weeks, but that doesn't affect me, not at all. It's the same tempo with both of them, really. Sage is a good quarterback – I think I was his main go-to guy in the preseason. And we all work hard in practice to get our rhythm going, so that's basically what it is.
I haven't seen much of Craig Nall yet, but Shane Boyd's been around for about a week or so now. Most people probably don't know too much about him since he's on the practice squad, but Shane's a good quarterback. He's got a real strong arm, I can tell you that. He threw the ball hard one time and knocked the wind out of me, but he's got a strong arm.
I've never ever been up to Oakland for a game before, but I hear it's real, real rough. Not like playing in front of the home crowd, that's for sure.
Right now we're in a drought of course, but we've just got to find our rhythm and get back on point, basically. Losing like this is different for me, but I mean, you're in the NFL – it's hard to get a win, period. So once we got our rhythm back, like I said, be patient, we'll get poised. We'll be alright once we rally together.