Justin Reid was only half-joking when he said it, but that is how he felt after his touchdown was called back during the Texans final preseason game against Dallas. The rookie safety picked off Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush early in the first quarter and returned it for a touchdown for what would have been his first-ever pick-six.
"Yeah, good play, from what I saw from where I was standing," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "Justin's done a good job for a rookie. He's a smart guy, works hard and it's all about improvement. I think he's improved since he arrived here after the draft. He's made a lot of good steps. He just needs to continue in that direction."
His teammates swarmed him, running on to celebrated Reid's first NFL interception. Upon review, the touchdown was called back where Reid stepped out of bounds. The turnover did set up Alfred Blue's touchdown run just five plays later.
"I mean, Justin (Reid) made a great play on the ball," Blue said. "You know I always give him a hard time, because I played with his brother at LSU. So I was like, 'Man, just keep your feet and you get the touchdown. But thank you for my touchdown.' But he gave the offense an opportunity to go back out there and score."
But the Texans third-round pick out of Stanford isn't worried. He considers it practice for next time. Reid capped off his first preseason with a strong showing as the Texans now turn their attention to preparing for the regular season opener at New England on Sept. 9.
"Preseason started off slow in Kansas City, but as I got more and more comfortable I was able to get in my groove and get back to being me and that's what it's all about," Reid said. "The veterans here have been awesome, teaching me, bringing me along, helping me get to my comfort state and now I'm ready for the real season to start."
The Houston Texans ended the 2018 preseason with a win against the Dallas Cowboys.