Mandatory Credit: Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/Shutterstock (13607788m) Houston Texans wide receiver Chris Moore (15) celebrates his touchdown reception during a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Houston Texans in Houston, TX NFL Eagles vs Texans, USA – 03 Nov 2022
New York has had a big turnaround this season, and the Texans WR thinks Houston can have one soon as well.
It has been a disappointing season for the Houston Texans, a Jeckyll-and-Hyde type of team that can look sharp one quarter and listless the next. The New York Giants have been one of the big surprise teams of the season.
Houston Texans WR Chris Moore does not see any reason why the Texans can’t find that same success as the Giants in the near future:
“I don’t see why not. Watching them, how they won those games, all of their games have been close. It been like what I’ve been saying, at the end of game, they’ve found a way to win. That’s the situation we’ve been in every week. We just have to find a way for us to win. They’ve done it so I don’t see why we can’t do it either.”
Having played on a team where current Giants DC Wink Martindale was part of the staff previously, Moore knows the Texans are going to see a lot of blitzing:
“Definitely. We’ve just got to execute what Pep (Hamilton) calls out there. I played with Wink (Don Martindale) back in Baltimore, so I’m familiar with the system a little bit. It’s a very exotic system. He’s got a lot of different blitzes, lot of different coverages. It’s really about us recognizing it, picking it up the best we can and Davis (Mills) getting the ball out on a good read.”
Moore admitted that making quick reads is not solely on the quarterback, but that the receivers play a big part in it as well:
“It’s on us too. I feel like film study, us getting out there and seeing defenses, understanding, especially when a defense like this blitzes a lot, us getting our eyes around for him. Maybe adjusting our route a little quicker just so he has the confidence that we’re on the same page, we see the same defense, we’re seeing the same thing, breaking those routes out a little quicker for him so he can open.”
“For me personally, I play more in the slot, so I’m looking for a different safety or nickel pressures. When I see that, you can feel it. You can feel all the defense. For some reason there’s nobody there where they’re supposed to be in a zone coverage. So you feel something like that and you just try to get your eyes around quicker. Maybe in route just look back and see if he’s ready, and if he’s not, just continuing finishing your route.”
Moore also stated the receivers room still sees Brandin Cooks as their leader:
“He’s our leader in our receiver room. It’s very important. We love him. He’s a great player, he’s a great leader, he’s a great man. When all that stuff happened, we all know or at least most of us because we’ve all been here (in the NFL) a while, that’s just part of the business. You never know really what’s going to happen and either way we’re happy to have him back and see him in the building.”