With your Houston Texans in full training camp swing, the press has greater access to the coaches and players than we have so far in the brave, new COVID-19 world. After a very productive team practice yesterday, characterized mostly with 11-on-11 drills, Houston’s Pro Bowl safety Justin Reid got behind the mic afterward to field some solid questions.
What are some things you did during quarantine?
Aside from the social justice initiatives I started participating in, I’ve always been a big proponent and supporter of kids in general. Whether it be technology, donating laptops, going out and speaking, trying to be a mentor to the next generation. Also, learning a little bit myself. I took a few more classes at Stanford to chip away at my degree. They made the entire year online, so it made it very easy to take classes abroad, just from my laptop. Aside from that I got to spend the offseason in Arizona working with a DB coach out there and also a couple other DB’s from around the league. Me and (Bradley) Roby were out there together. That helped build our chemistry together and really just dial in on the techniques, once I was healthy from my surgery, to go out there and really start perfecting my craft to come into the season this year feeling great. The work that I’ve put in all of the offseason has shown up. I feel really comfortable and confident. I’m also excited to continue to do the off-field stuff that I’ve been doing with social justice and also with the philanthropy working with kids and hopefully soon getting my own foundation launched off the ground.
What do you like most about how you’re going to be used in this new scheme?
It’s just a lot of opportunity for versatility and just a lot of opportunity in general. We have a bunch of veteran players that all know ball. We’re able to just move around, talk a lot. We’re able to just do a whole bunch of different things just with the veteran presence, being able to communicate with each other. I’m just excited with the plays that we’re installing. A lot of it is the same stuff that we’ve been doing, but just to have that experience on the field and be able to trust that my teammate’s going to be there doing his job, I’m going to be able to do my job and to play full speed and have an aggressive mentality and be violent while doing it. That’s the biggest exciting part for me. This is definitely the most experience that I’ve ever been around on a defense as whole, and you can feel that on the field.
How have you seen CB Bradley Roby step up and be a bigger leader for the defense?
We have a bunch of veterans in the room. Roby has definitely stepped up and taken on some leadership roles. I, myself too. But that’s the great thing about it is we have such a professional football team now with guys that know how to be pros that at any point in time, anyone can step up and be the leader in that space. So, Roby has done a good job of it. I’d even say Eric Murray has done a great job of it, too. Jaylen (Watkins) – all of the veteran players we have on our team have done a great job just being professionals day in and day out. We have a standard of accountability that we hold each other to. So anyone in the room, if there’s a violation of the accountability, can step up and call another player out on it and we respect that. There’s a high level of respect across the room about it and we maintain that standard.
You can read the entire transcript here.
Do you feel better about the Texans’ secondary after reading what Reid had to say? Still have some concerns?