Despite losing the skills of Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, new Houston Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly feels he has “a lot of explosive players” to work with.
Kelly, who was on a press conference call this week, said that the additions of wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb, along with running back David Johnson, adds speed and experience to the offense.
“I think when you look at the people that we have in our offensive unit room right now, you’ve got a lot of explosive players there for us, guys that have unique skillsets, guys that are experienced and guys that have produced at a high level in this league,” Kelly said.
“It’s an exciting thing to be able to kind of sit back and watch those guys come together throughout this virtual offseason and learn the offense and kind of come together as one unit.”
Kelly, who will be calling plays this upcoming season, is in his second year in Houston. And he is also the quarterbacks’ coach, meaning he worked with Deshaun Watson last season.
“I think Deshaun’s excited. I don’t want to speak for him, but with the communication that we’ve had these however many days throughout this virtual offseason, he’s come in with a great mindset, coming in, trying to get better at some areas and really take grasp of the offense,“ Kelly said.
Even though he hasn’t had a chance to have a hands-on chance to work with his players, Kelly is happy in how they have participated in their Zoom meetings as they wait to see when they can begin workouts.
“I think you’d always really want to be able to get your hands on them and be able to use the grass,” Kelly said. “But for our guys to be able to come in here and approach this offseason the way that they have in such an uncertain time, it’s really been encouraging.”