The Playbook: Deshaun Watson, rookies on goals

The playbook. The playbook. The playbook.

No two words were more prevalent throughout the rookies' time with the media on Saturday at NRG Stadium.

Led by first round quarterback Deshaun Watson, on through to seventh rounder Kyle Fuller, 'the playbook' was the focal point of conversation for the newest Texans.|

"All I've been really doing is focusing on the playbook," Watson said. "Trying to improve, each and every day. Make sure I master my craft and learn about the system."

The Clemson signal-caller and the rest of the draftees and undrafted free agents are taking part in a 3-day rookie camp that began Friday and culminates on Sunday. For Watson, the intial learning sessions were incredibly specific, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

"We start him with what we call the basic information section of the playbook," O'Brien explained. "How do we huddle? Where do you go in the huddle? If the Houston Texans are on this sideline, you're on this side of the huddle. If you're on the other sideline, you're on this side. It's that simple. It's that detailed."

What the rookies do in the three days of on-field work is important. But knowing the playbook remained at the forefront for each of them.

"I just want to come in and learn the playbook and make sure I'm doing all the right things," running back D'Onta Foreman said. "Doing what the coaches ask me to do."

O'Brien and the assistants started meeting with the players on Thursday afternoon. The rookies will attend the J.J. Watt Charity Classic softball game tonight at Minute Maid Park.

The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 2/24/2021)

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