Vyncint Smith’s first NFL touchdown was a dramatic one.
In Sunday’s 32-30 loss at Philadelphia, the rookie from Limestone College hauled in a 35-yard pass from Deshaun Watson for a score, tying the game at 29-apiece with 2:04 remaining. After Ka’imi Fairbairn’s extra point, the Texans held a 30-29 advantage. Smith’s description of the play was simple.
“Ran my route how I was told and he threw the ball and gave me a chance to make a play,” Smith said.
It was a little more complicated than that, though. He had to make sure he stayed in bounds, as he was going to the ground, while he was securing the ball. He did all of that, and didn’t doubt it, even though the score was reviewed.
“I felt like I was in bounds the whole time,” Smith said. “It’s something you practice all the time.”
It was the lone catch of the game for Smith, and his second of the season. Fellow receiver DeAndre Hopkins was confident of Smith’s abilities, based on what he’d seen the last seven months.
“Vince has been making plays in practice since he got here,” Hopkins said. “We knew we could count on him to go deep, and that’s exactly what he did today.”
Smith, who went undrafted, appreciated having the opportunity to contribute, and contribute in such circumstances.
“For me, it’s just, I know they trust me,” Smith said. “They gave me a chance to make a play, and I’m thankful for that.”
Watson has liked what he’s seen from the young receiver, and described who Smith is, and what he did on the touchdown.
“Vince is a speed guy,” Watson said. “He can run. He’s been working hard all season. He knew his time was going to come. His opportunity came and he took advantage of it. He did a good job of securing the ball and getting his body in bounds and making a great play for us.”
Head coach Bill O’Brien said Smith’s score was “a big play”, and praised the receiver’s work ethic.
On the season, he’s now snared a pair of passes for 63 yards.
The Houston Texans took on the Philadelphia Eagles for Week 15 of the 2018 NFL season.