D’Onta Foreman is feeling good. Really good.
After tearing his Achilles in 2017 and making only two appearances last season for the Texans, the former Texas Longhorns standout says he’s in better shape now than at any point during his time in Austin.
“I feel basically back to normal. I still have days where I’m pretty sore, but when I’m out on the field, I feel pretty good.
The 2016 Doak Walker Award winner with the Longhorns, he ran for 327 yards and two touchdowns in 10 appearances in 2017. Foreman played two games in 2018, rushing seven times for minus-one yard and catching two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown.
He said even though he made just a cameo last season, he was so eager to get back on the field that he took it as another learning experience.
“Anybody can get injured,” Foreman said. “You can be at your highest and then be at the lowest in a split second. Being able to understand that, I just want to come out and put everything on the line and have a great offseason.”
This was the second week of OTAs, where players can get together in a more relaxed environment without pads, meet some of the rookies and gear up before training camp begins in earnest later this summer.
“As a whole, we’re coming together,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “It’s early and we’ve got a long way to go. The guys are working hard and trying to do what we’re asking them to do. It’s a good group of guys, but all the rookies have got a long way to go.”
Deshaun Watson has already come quite a long way since his first set of OTAs.
In seven games as a rookie, Watson 1,699 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. In more than twice as many games last year, he threw for 4,165 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
While his touchdown-interception ratio is far better, O’Brien said he still has room to grow, but he’s an instinctual player and, more often than not, he’s going to make a decision to help the team win.
“He has a better grasp,” O’Brien said. “Everyday he gets better at mastering our offense and what we’re doing. With the experience and all the reps that he’s had, in games or in practices, he’s getting better. All those things will lead to consistent play.”
The preseason kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 9 in Green Bay against the Packers, while the regular season begins Monday, Sept. 9 in New Orleans against the Saints. Houston welcomes the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept.15.
“We have to keep stringing days together where we get better,” O’Brien said. “The evaluation takes place every day for anyone that walks into the building, that’s the NFL. That’s the nature of this business — it moves very fast and you have to try to be at your best every single day.”