Coming off of a stellar performance against the Arizona Cardinals in the third preseason game of the year, newly acquired Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler raised a lot of Houston football fans' eyebrows after going 11 for 13 for 146 yards and one touchdown.
It's been no secret that Osweiler has been vigorously studying his new team's playbook since inking a four-year, $72 million contract in March in an attempt to get a grasp on offensive coordinator George Godsey's complex attack.
"There's a lot of time and a lot of effort, not only on the practice field, but outside of this building, that he's putting in," Godsey said (courtesy of ESPN's Sarah Barshop).
Even head coach Bill O'Brien has been impressed with the way the former Broncos quarterback has essentially 'taken the bull by the horns' when it comes to leading his new team.
"I think one of the things that we've seen that, to me, has been very impressive and has to continue during the season is his command of the offense," O'Brien said. "When we watch the tape ... one of the things that stands out to me, personally, is his knowledge and his command of the offense.
"That has to continue to improve and it has to -- we can't take a step back with that -- and I think that's something that he does really well. That's what I would like to really see him continue to do when the season starts."
Osweiler's now former teammate, Cecil Shorts III, who was cut this past Saturday was very impressed with how vocal of a leader the Arizona State product is in the huddle, praising his leadership and communication abilities within the offense.
"He's on top of it," Shorts said. "It's not surprising because he's studying his butt off each and every day. He's prepared. He knows his job, and he knows everybody else's job. As a quarterback, your responsibility is a lot."
Godsey praised his new quarterback's attitude and the abundance of questions he gets from Osweiler on a daily basis, knowing that come game day, it will pay huge dividends when it comes to putting points on the board.
"He has a 'coach me, coach' attitude," Godsey said. "[I] really appreciate the way he comes in every day. He asks questions. Even if it's something that we've discussed very briefly, he has questions on some of that that he knows that at one point, it's going to come up, and it's going to be a big play in a game. Can't ask for any more from the amount of time he's put in."
While the preseason has been a great opportunity for Texans fans to witness Osweiler's abilities first-hand before the games that actually count get underway, the real test awaits the young 25-year-old quarterback when he gets under center against the Chicago Bears in Week One of the 2016 NFL regular season.
If Osweiler truly has been putting in the extra work in the film room in preparation for what is expected to be his first full-time starting gig in his NFL career, this should be the beginning of a beautiful chapter in the history of Houston Texans football.
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