After losing J.J. Watt to a serious back injury and the embarrassing scoreless loss against the New England Patriots at Week 3, there have been a lot of speculations regarding possible changes in the lineup of the Houston Texans. However, as noted by quarterback Brock Osweiler and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, the team's offense will still stay the same.
Watt has been dealing with his back condition since July of this year after he underwent surgery for a herniated disc. Then, after the Texans' Week 3 game, he was placed on injured reserve after his condition got aggravated. He is expected to miss about 8 weeks of the regular season.
With Watt out, it's perfectly safe to assume that the Houston organization will probably implement new changes to its offensive line, especially since the team just came from a massive loss against the 49ers on Sunday.
But earlier this week, Osweiler noted that despite losing Watt, the team will still carry on with its usual offensive line.
"I don't think anything changes offensively now that the news of J.J. going in IR has come out," he said. "Bottom line, we need to score points. We need to score a lot of them. We knew that whether he was put on IR or not. There's been a great focus on that."
"I think Monday in practice we came out, we had a really good day," he added. "I think today was a little bit better and I hope that the rest of the week keeps getting better and better and because we know we need to do our part offensively."
Osweiler also praised the members of the team's defensive line for doing a good job during games. Now, however, it's time to focus on the team's offense.
Hopkins agreed with Osweiler's statements and noted that the team's offensive line will continue doing what it normally does despite the Texans' current condition.
"The team's success, for me, comes first and all the accolades come after that," he said. "So, whatever I have to do, if it's me drawing a double team, that means one of my other teammates are open. That's not on the stat book, drawing a double team - people just see touchdowns - but, to me, my team's success comes first."