The Houston Texans gave Derek Stingley Jr. earns his highly-anticipated debut in Friday’s preseason game against Los Angeles Rams. According to the Texans coach Lovie Smith, he was already prepared to deploy Stingley into the game against the Rams.
Smith said that his decision to play Stingley was purely tactical. In the Texans’ previous preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, Stingley was only watching the rest of his teammates from the sideline.
“Throughout the game, we got some more guys in to see some action,” Smith said. “Derek Stingley, the plan was to play him this game. I think he got 15 plays or so. That was the plan so that was good just to get him his first action.”
Furthermore, Smith said he has seen Stingley doing good enough during the training. The Rams game gave Smith an impression that his young player is ready to play another game before the regular season begins.
Stingley said that he was satisfied with this debut. However, he admitted that he has a lot to improve his game in the future, and he is ready to absorb more lessons from day-to-day training as well as games with the Texans.
“It felt good, I felt good out there,” Stingley Jr. said. “I was excited to get back. It was good. I’m glad I was able to be out there. It felt good going out there on the field. I was just ready to be out there. I feel good, but there’s always stuff you can work on, any position, any player on the field.
“I think there’s always more you can learn and more that you can do going into the next practice. That’s what I did. I always have fun.”
Stingley gained praise from fellow player defensive lineman Thomas Booker. He said that Stingley answered the challenge properly with a powerful work rate and highly-concentrated mind during the game.
“I really feel he’s a person that works terribly onerous, clearly bodily gifted and the person merely goes to work,” Booker commented. “He’s merely centered on his craft, so I on a regular basis respect that on account of I try to embody that, as correctly.
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