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The Leftovers: Coutee time, Foreman return, improving

Drew Dougherty answered a couple fan questions from Facebook in the video above. He answered some more in the article below.

Miranda Koulianos: Dear Drew, What's the status of WR Keke Coutee? I think our offense would greatly improve with another weapon like him in the slot.

DD: You're absolutely right, Miranda, he's going to help the offense. He was a limited participant during the last two weeks of practice, but I think there's a solid chance we'll see him this week against the Giants. I can't wait to see him on the field, because he was doing good things during OTAs, minicamp and the start of training camp at The Greenbrier.

Sergio Valdez: Dear Drew, In the 4th quarter it was 1st-and-10 and we tried to throw a scrimmage line pass to the right and missed. In the very next play they did the very same thing except to the left. My question is why? At that time Watson was warming up, throwing good down field getting good looks and taking what the defense was giving him. Slowed down the pace of our offence.

DD: Good question, Sergio. Watson's previous two passes had picked up 12 and 23 yards, respectively. You have to remember this: in the very recent past, both Will Fuller, V and DeAndre Hopkins have taken screen passes like those two in for touchdowns. In fact, the last time these three were on the field together in a regular season game, Hopkins broke a screen 72 yards for a score at Seattle last season. My guess, and it's purely a guess, is that Deshaun Watson and Bill O'Brien saw something from the Tennessee defense that made that an enticing play to call.

Rick Torres: Dear Drew, Why can't OB let Watson play like how he used too?

DD: Rick, the Texans have lost a pair of games, but I wouldn't say it's because O'Brien and Watson are doing things totally differently. Watson still has bought time with his elusiveness to throw downfield. He's still run the ball and picked up yardage when he's had the opportunity. Watson passed for 310 yards, and threw the ball 32 times. Losing is frustrating, but I think if Watson continues to play like this, the Texans will win more often than not.

Kyle Parker: Dear Drew, Will Watson score a rushing TD this year?

DD: Sure. I'd be surprised if he didn't. He had two last year. But Texans quarterbacks named Weeden, Schaub, Mallett, Osweiler and Carr have scored on the ground, too, over the years. It's not an uncommon thing for a QB to get in the end zone.

Steve Hicks: When is the trade deadline in the NFL and should we trade for more O-Line help? 

DD: It's October 30, which is the Tuesday between Weeks 8 and 9. General manager Brian Gaine has repeatedly said the Texans will always look to improve the roster via the Draft, free agency, the waiver wire and by trade. But I think this line is going to continue to grow and get better. So far, they've been good enough to block for a ground attack that leads the NFL in rushing yards per game, and they allowed Watson to pass for 300-plus yards on Sunday. Like the rest of the team, they can improve in spots.

Joshua Mccarty: Dear Drew, Do you think this team can turn things around?

DD: Ab. So. LUTELY. Yes. Yes. Yes. The team we were excited about coming into the season still has Watson under center, and really do think the Texans offense is a powderkeg waiting to explode. They've come very close at times, and just need to execute a little better.

Manuel Flores: Dear Drew, When can we expect RB D'Onta Foreman to return? 

DD: Foreman continues to rehab from the Achilles injury of last November. He's on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which means you won't see him until late October at the earliest. Adding him to a ground game that's rolling through the first two weeks is an exciting possibility.

Richard Anthony Fernandez: Dear Drew, Do you think Duke Ejiofor will start seeing more play time?
DD: I do. During his Monday press conference, O'Brien said Ejiofor "needs to probably play more". He liked what the rookie was able to do at Tennessee, and said Ejiofor is "smart", "mature", and a hard worker.

Check out photos of the Houston Texans taking on the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium for Week 2 of the NFL season.

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