Earlier in the week, I wrote this about Pat Watkins: Watching those sideline shots of Watkins Sunday with his head down, I was a little worried about him. I was wondering if he had the "shake-it-off" mentality you need to play in the NFL. Then the next day, Parcells wondered about the psychological damage done to him by the mistakes in the Philly game and made the "going into a shell" comment, which he later regretted. But the fact remains; everyone is watching the rookie closely, looking for clues. Watkins speaks on his own behalf:
"They thought I was a little down on myself, but I wasn't," he said. "Naturally, I talk to myself, and everybody has their own way of handling things. I guess, from the way they saw me, I was beating myself up, when, really, I was trying to remind myself it's the little things that will get you beat."
I'm guessing in a copycat league, Watkins is going to get tested weekly, until he makes offenses pay. Terence Newman knows the deal.
The Texans sure sound like they are going to take their shots.
Whither Witten? We know his production is down, but why?
Witten probably would not see as many throws as Owens and Glenn, but when Drew Bledsoe is under pressure, he doesn't look at the tight end as an outlet as much this season.
"Jason will become more involved as we move forward," Bledsoe said. "To be honest, he's become more of a blocker, and he's been unselfish."
Skyler Green is getting a second chance this weekend after getting cut off the 53-man roster at the beginning of the year.
There's that word - instinctual. Green must be in the first phase of running back school because Parcells has told us all week when a running back gets over just doing things instinctually, then he really gets it. We'll give Skyler some time to learn his ABC's of being a running back. Just show something in the return game and we'll be happy.
Here's the real reason we cut Marcus Coleman.
The new DC Fanatic radio broadcast is up, it's a Texans' pre-game show. In this show we talk about the Texans, T.O., and Bledsoe having a bounce back game.