Rookie C.J. Stroud, whom the Texans are banking on to be their franchise quarterback, is already doing things right in the eyes of his coaches and teammates.
Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans stated on Thursday Stroud has been “very eye-opening” with how “on-it” Stroud is through the early portion of the offseason.
“C.J., he’s progressing well,” Ryans said via the Houston Chronicle. “Each day he continues to get better, continues to get more comfortable with the verbiage of the offense, command of the huddle.”
Texans defensive coordinator Matt Burke added that the No. 2 overall draft pick wanted to pick his brain after the defense lured Stroud into a mistake.
“[Stroud] spent about 10 minutes walking in off the field asking me about the coverage,” Burke said. “Of what he saw and how we kind of set it up and talked through that. His deliberateness and intent to try to get better … he’s literally grabbing everybody he can on the field.”
Stroud is competing with Davis Mills for the starting quarterback job and he already knows that the 2022 starter won’t be helping him out since he already stated he wouldn’t because he wants the starting job in 2023.
Stroud wanting to take command of the offense is an excellent sign for the Texans, who drafted him No. 2 overall to be the franchise quarterback the organization hasn’t seen since the DeShaun Watson fiasco.
It’s obvious that Stroud is part of the Texans’ rebuild trending upward after a few seasons of not being competitive.
The two-time Heisman Trophy finalist was the first Big Ten quarterback taken in the top 10 since Kerry Collins in 1995. He has a lot to prove but not much, since the team has little to no expectations for the 2023 season.
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