“No negative energy” in the locker room
The Houston Texans season may be going as some tipsters had anticipated until February, but the energy in the locker room is still positive and hopeful.
Houston fell to 1-2 after losing 24-9 to the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football. The Texans were only able to produce 193 total yards of attack as they pitched rookie quarterback Davis Mills in a short week. Stanford’s third round completed 19 passes in 28 attempts for 168 yards and a touchdown.
Mills replaced starter Tyrod Taylor, who will be out for at least the next two games as he recovers from a hamstring injury.
While it looks like the Texans are heading into a losing streak that could scuttle their season until Taylor returns, wide receiver Brandin Cooks remains optimistic about the team’s direction.
“We have a lot of time to break, recover, put the bodies back in place,” said Cooks, who led all Houston receivers with nine catches for 112 yards. “There is no abandonment. There is no negative energy in this locker room. We know what we have. We have something special. But at the end of the day we have to put everything in place, be more disciplined as players, stop shooting ourselves in the foot, do those little things well. “
The Texans were 1-9 on the third downs and took seven penalties for 51 yards.
“Very happy with what is happening and we will continue to work in this aspect,” Cooks said.
The Texans face the Buffalo Bills on the road on Oct. 3 from Highmark Stadium. Mills is expected to be the Houston starter again.