Ryan Mallett isn't the starting quarterback, but that hasn't changed his daily approach.
"I don't know what else to do but work my ass off, so that's what I'm going to keep doing," Mallett said.
On Monday, Bill O'Brien named Brian Hoyer the starter. The head coach said it was a tough decision, and also added that he has a lot of respect for both Hoyer and Mallett. Two practices have been completed since, and O'Brien described what he's seen so far from Mallett.
"He disagrees, but he's going to go to work and prepare like he's going to play, and that's what he's done," O'Brien said.
The backup said he's experienced a range of emotions, including anger to disappointment. But ultimately, Mallett said he'll continue to prepare like he always does.
"Being here for another year, obviously really helped me," Mallett said. "I have to be ready at the drop of a hat and be ready to help this team win."
Hoyer will start against New Orleans in Sunday's preseason contest, but O'Brien said Mallett and second-year quarterback Tom Savage will also play as well.
The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 8/2/2021)