Texans Transcripts: October 5

Do you expect RB Lamar Miller to play on Sunday?

"I'd say that's a day-to-day. That'll be a game-time decision

How has RB D'Onta Foreman done in his rehab process?

"Good. Yeah, he's on track. He's on track to return in a few weeks here. Good."

Do you expect CB Kayvon Webster to play on Sunday?

"Yeah, he'll be in there Sunday night."

Have you had to work S Kareem Jackson at both safety and cornerback this week?

"I think we always do that with him. So, every week he's cross-training. We have like four or five different packages on defense. Within those packages, sometimes he's a corner, sometimes he's a safety, sometimes he's something else. We always cross-train him."

How valuable is it to have someone like S Kareem Jackson who can play multiple positions?

"The versatility is a big key for us with a lot of different guys. When you have guys that can play multiple positions, it definitely helps you, especially on the gameday roster."

How important is it for a rookie to learn from each game rather than dwelling on their success as WR Keke Coutee was discussing earlier in the week?

"I think that's the way it is in this league for any player or any coach. You have to be focused on the task at hand day in and day out. It doesn't matter if you're a rookie or you're a coach or you're a general manager or you're a scout or you're a trainer. I don't care who you are. You need to be focused on the task at hand every single day because that's what this league is. This league's about what have you done for me lately, basically. So, you have to try to get better every single day, somehow, some way."

What are some of the things WR Keke Coutee can improve upon from last week?

"Just knowledge of assignments. It's only his first game. Different route techniques, alignments, just little things that – he's a real detailed guy. He's a good guy. He works very hard, really smart guy and he's very level-headed so he works hard to improve."

How important has it been to have an available player like RB Alfred Blue?

"It's good. Alfred Blue, it's good to have him. Knock on wood, he's been in there quite a bit. Helped us a lot on special teams, on offense. Having Buddy Howell helps, Tyler Ervin, those are guys that have been out there a lot and helped us in different ways, so it's good to have those guys in the backfield."

What have you seen from the Cowboys WRs on tape?

"I can tell you right now that they're an explosive group, a diverse group, a group that can make a lot of plays. They run good routes, they're very disciplined in their routes. Each one of them has a different type of skillset, which is hard to defend. When you have guys with different skillsets, how do you match them up with your defenders? I think that it's a very, very difficult challenge for us."

How do you think your draft class has played so far?

"It's been a good class. I think they're a mature group of guys. They work hard. Obviously, everything's different for them. It's a big jump to come from college to professional football, but so far, it's been a very good class. If you go right down the list of guys that we have, it's a class that's come in here and been very good in their approach to how they handle their day-to-day business whether it's training room, weight room or obviously, meeting room and on the practice field. I think it's been good so far. Like the previous answer, they've got to focus every day and keep it going."

Do you think your rookies' success can be attributed to the front office finding players that match the organization's philosophy?

"I don't know. I think that everybody in this organization does a good job of trying to find the players that fit our system, what we want to do, both from a skillset standpoint and also from a character standpoint, the work ethic and all of those different things. I think we're all on the same page with the type of players that we're looking for."

How do you balance letting rookies like S Justin Reid and WR Keke Coutee play and make mistakes, while coaching them up at the same time?

"I think every game is a learning experience for them. Now, those two guys don't make a lot of mistakes. Justin Reid, he runs our punt protection, which is very difficult. He's back there at safety doing things, getting guys lined up at safety. Coutee hadn't played football in a long time, went in there and did a nice job. Needs to get better at certain things, both guys do, but they're very coachable guys. Every game is a very teachable moment because you can go back, whether it's during the game, after the series or on the film on Monday and really go over the things that they need to get better at or the things that they need to keep doing well. I think that's what it's all about. I say that all the time about Deshaun (Watson). There's absolutely no substitute for the experience of playing in live games. You just learn so much from playing in live games."

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