Demaryius Thomas has big plans for the bye week. The Texans newest wide receiver will move to Houston officially, something he did not have time to do after his whirlwind trade. He also now has time to learn the playbook, after already starting in his first game against his former Denver Broncos.
“Now, we can kind of take a step back and really go back into what we call the basic information, teach him the formations, teach him the routes, the protections, how the protections fit with the routes that he’s running and things like that and the technique of the route,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday. “He’s a really good pro, as I said after the game yesterday, and he’s going to do a great job of learning.”
The nine-year veteran arrived in Houston on Oct. 30 and began practicing with the team on Wednesday. Thomas had just days to learn the game plan heading into the Week 9 game at Denver, but still reeled in all three passes thrown his way for 61 yards in his Texans debut. Wide receivers coach John Perry credited Thomas’ work ethic for his early contributions on offense. The two met before the team did every morning to go over his assignments and now plan to put in extra time even over the bye week.
“One of the things we talked about yesterday was he needs his break and time and everything like that and get the transition here to Houston full-time,” Perry said. “But really taking it upon himself to really get the fundamentals of what we’re trying to do. He talked to me about coming back early from this little break that we have and trying to get out there and doing some things, he and I, and trying to really delve deeper into the fundamentals of the offense and what we’re trying to accomplish. I’m really looking forward to that.”
Following their Week 10 bye, the (6-3) Texans will next face Washington on the road on Nov. 18.
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