This spring's been a positive one for the young Texans wide receivers.
Just ask their quarterback.
"Those guys have been very, very confident being able to line up, be efficient with the play call and the signals," Deshaun Watson said on Tuesday. "Being able to be on the same page with me has been great. It’s creating depth at that position."
'Those guys' Watson referred to have been led by second-year pass-catchers in Keke Coutee and Vyncint Smith. Behind that duo, the likes of Deandre Carter, Jester Weah, Steven Mitchell, Jr., Isaac Whitney and some undrafted rookies have impressed as well. Receivers coach John Perry has enjoyed organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp on the field with them.
"Those guys are just fun to coach because their professionalism is so high and they come in every day trying to work hard, trying to make the team better, whether it's themselves or aiding somebody else," Perry said. "So, that's really exciting. When you see the ability to threaten a defense at all three levels, that's exciting."
Hamstring injuries limited Coutee in 2018, as he played just six games his rookie season. Smith, meanwhile, made the leap from Limestone College to the NFL last season, getting seven games of work in and pulling down a Week 16 touchdown late at Philadelphia. There's plenty of promise with that pair of second-year wideouts.
While DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, V are on the comeback trail from injury, the cluster of players behind them on the depth chart have done solid things in the eyes of the head coach as well.
"We have a group of young receivers that are working hard and getting better every day," O'Brien said. "So, I feel really good about, as we sit here today, where that position is at."
Last season, Watson tossed 26 touchdowns, linking up with Hopkins and Fuller for a combined 15 scores. Getting that explosive tandem back in the fold in the near future has the third-year quarterback excited about what 2019 holds for the offense.
"Once we get the two dogs back – Will and 'Hop– it can take that position to another level, too, Watson said. "It’s been good.”
Watson and the Texans roll on with minicamp on Wednesday at the Houston Methodist Training Center.
Check out some of the best shots from the first day of veteran minicamp. Presented by Houston Methodist.