Veteran WR Jeremy Kerley explained that he didn’t have a lot of respect for OC Chan Gailey while they were together with the Jets a few years ago.
“Me and Chan Gailey were always … we didn’t see eye-to-eye. I didn’t have a lot of respect for him. It was probably the same for him,” Kerley told Sirius XM NFL Radio.
“Chan was just one of those type of guys that he has his mind set up before he sees whoever’s there. I mean, he just wasn’t a fit for me, so when we came in it was kind of like, I had just signed a four-year, $16-million extension. So I’m assuming this is my time, I’m going to play or I get to maximize my play. And it was the exact opposite. I can’t speak highly of a guy who never really let me have an opportunity to prove. And then the fact that he would always bring in guys that were my same height or my same size after guys went down or whatever happened, it brought me to believe that maybe he just doesn’t really like me.
“For whatever the reason was, I just feel like we were going to bump heads after that. I don’t say this about a lot of people, but I don’t really have a lot of respect for that and how that situation went.”
“He has impressed me in every way. He’s been totally invested and I’m excited to see what he’s got,” Downing said of Lynch.
Texans HC Bill O’Brien mentioned that first-round QB Deshaun Watson is “very poise” but also admitted that “he’s not nearly where he needs to be to be a full-time starter.”
“He’s a very poised guy,” O’Brien said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “I like the way he carries himself. I like the way he operates. He’s a rookie, and he’s not nearly where he needs to be to be a full-time starter in this league, but you can tell he’s got a lot of qualities you like.
“For being a rookie, he’s wise beyond his years. He asks great questions in the morning meeting, and you can tell he’s studied the night before. Every practice isn’t perfect. He knows he needs to get a lot better. And he did get better every day during the spring. It’s no pads, of course. It’s not real football, but he did improve in his knowledge of the offense.”
O’Brien added that they’ve put a lot on his plate up to this point and they’re interested to see how Watson does during training camp.
“We put a lot on his plate during the spring, and he handled it very well,” O’Brien said. “He made mistakes, and he corrected them. You don’t see him make the same mistake twice.
“He can do a lot of things. He can operate our running game and in our passing game. He’s got a lot of athleticism. I don’t think we’ll have to limit him. Training camp and preseason games will be a big test.”