Mandatory Credit: Photo by Adam Hunger/AP/Shutterstock (13626607dm) Houston Texans cornerback Desmond King II (25) defends against the New York Giants during an NFL football game, in East Rutherford, N.J Texans Giants Football, East Rutherford, United States – 13 Nov 2022
King: Texans can’t let adversity “separate the locker room”
Tuesday, Houston Texans cornerback Desmond King II spoke with the media and addressed mentoring the rookies and how the team is handling a difficult season.
King has filled in for the injured Derek Stingley Jr. as the lead corner for the past week and will continue to do so until Stingley returns. He said the transition for him from nickel corner to outside corner has been easy:
“It’s the same. I’ve been there before. I did that last year. Not anything new. It’s something that I’ve been in that position before. It’s good to just be available for the team when they need me.”
King has tried to keep Stingley in positive spirits:
“That’s tough because I know it’s his rookie year. Keep your head up and keep working and get back healthy.”
The veteran corner described how he helps rookies Stingley and Jalen Pitre get through what has been a challenging season:
“It’s a part of football. That’s going to happen. That’s going to come with it. Everybody has been down that road. Like I said, as a rookie, you have to think like a goldfish. They say goldfish have the shortest (memory). It’s just got to go right out the window, right out the door, and you’ve just got to go to the next play. Can’t let that play affect the rest of the plays in the game.”
How has the adversity affected the team? King described the sentiment in the locker room:
“It’s still the same. We’re a family, and we know this is not the path that we want to go down right now. We just got to find a way. Got to find a way to pull it together. Got to stay together. Can’t let this separate the locker room or the team so that our goal right now kind of regroup and go on to the next game. Go in with the same focus as next week.
“Before anything, we don’t want this to be a distraction to what we’re trying to build. I think right now we just have to find a way and stay together.”
King understands the defense needs to force more turnovers:
“That’s our goal as a team. On offense, we want to protect the ball. Defense, we want to get the ball for our offense. That’s just something that we’ve been stressing for the past year since I’ve been here. That’s going to be the goal. That’s going to be one of our values as a team in each and every game. We just got to create those turnovers on defense, and on offense, we’ve just got to protect the ball.”