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HOUSTON (AP) — Though Deshaun Watson has been Houston’s starting quarterback for a while now Devin Bush Jersey , he vividly remembers being thrown into action midgame as a rookie in the team’s opener, just as Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew was last week.Watson came off the bench in Houston’s first game in 2017 after Tom Savage struggled and he became the team’s starter after that. Minshew, a sixth-round draft pick, was forced to take over for the Jaguars last Sunday when Nick Foles broke his collarbone in the first quarter.As Houston prepares to meet Jacksonville on Sunday in Minshew’s first NFL start, Watson compared has debut in that opener to how things were the following week when he started.Article continues below ...“It’s just a different energy coming off the bench to (playing) when everyone has been focused on you,” Watson said. “The tape and everyone’s been focused on everything that you’re good at, what your weaknesses are, throughout the week. They have all days to focus on those things and try to put a game plan around you, and … it’s hard to really explain unless you’re in that position. It’s a different type of feel.”Minshew looked good last week against Kansas City, completing his first 13 passes and finishing 22 of 25 for 275 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the 40-26 loss.Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone was impressed with Minshew’s performance and poise in his debut, but knows things will be tougher against a Texans team looking to bounce back from a wild 30-28 loss to New Orleans.“The challenge is, ‘Hey listen, we have to repeat this. Where are we going to go?’ There are some people who will question whether he can keep it up,” Marron said. “‘Do you think he can do that again?’ I think that’s the challenge , but the one thing I do know about the kid is that he will work his butt off this week, and he will do everything he possibly can, which you appreciate. I think he will have confidence and I think our opponent will be trying to knock the confidence out of him.”Now that he knows starting he’s trying to keep the same mindset he’s always had.“Just like any other week,” Minshew said. “Trying to be the best I can for the team. The role changes, but the approach doesn’t.”Some things to know about the Jaguars-Texans game:ZEROES FOR WATTLast week was the first time in 105 career games when three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt did not have a tackle or quarterback hit. The defensive end was asked if he was surprised to have zeroes across his stat line for the first time in his illustrious career.“No,” he said. “I’ve had bad games before and I’ll have bad games again. People like to focus on it, and I don’t blame them. I understand. But I’m focused on Jacksonville. It’s my job to go out there and not do that again, so that’s what I’ll do.”Watt has had plenty of success against the Jaguars and has 16 career sacks against them, his second most against any team.SACKSONVILLE?Jacksonville failed to sack Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes last week, and then defensive ends Calais Campbell (foot) and Yannick Ngakoue (hamstring) showed up on the injury report. It’s not the ideal start for a team built around its defensive front. But the Jaguars have had success against Houston in recent years, making a combined 21 sacks in the last four meetings. Most of those came against Watson.“He is a very special quarterback, so it’s important for us to make him uncomfortable,” Campbell said. “That might give us our best chance to stop him. But the Saints got to him six times and still that last drive was incredible, spectacular.“It’s just continuous pursuit Justin Layne Jersey ,” he continued. “You can never be satisfied. If you get there six times, you need to get there seven. He’s incredible.”HOPKINS VS. RAMSEYThe matchup between Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey has become one of the more entertaining in the league. Ramsey has slowed Hopkins in some of the meetings and limited him to 50 yards in the first matchup last season. But Hopkins got the best of Ramsey in their last game when he caught a career-high 12 passes and finished with 147 yards receiving in a 20-3 win in December.INJURY WOESThe Jaguars have had an unusual run of key injuries in season openers.Running back Chris Ivory, one of the team’s top free agents in 2016, was hospitalized before the 2016 opener with a “general medical issue” and missed several games. Receiver Allen Robinson tore knee ligaments in the 2017 opener and missed the rest of the season. Running back Leonard Fournette strained a hamstring in the 2018 opener and was sidelined for six of the next seven games. And now Foles is out indefinitely with a broken collarbone.“Hopefully we’ve learned to handle adversity,” receiver Marqise Lee said. PHOENIX (AP) — Next to torn ACLs, the most time lost for injured NFL players is due to hamstring and lower extremity problems, of which there are far more than the major knee issue.So the NFL will place even more emphasis on examining hamstring, groin, foot, ankle and other such injuries, along with its heavy concentration on the knee.While reducing concussions remains the most critical player safety initiative — they were down 29 percent in 2018 — Dr.Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer, this week stressed the need to target the lower extremity injuries “the same was as with concussions.”“We are thinking about injury burden,” Sills said. “Not only how many injuries but how long a player missed. We plan by the end of year in hopes of making substantial savings of time lost (for players) with those injuries ,” Sills said.Some of those injuries occur because players push too hard when they aren’t in the shape to do so, particularly those who report late to training camp — or not at all, and then come aboard during the season. That’s particularly true of hamstrings; it’s not unusual for observers to wonder how soon, not if, such players will struggle with such problems.“It’s how you train and when and how much intensity you bring to specific times you train,” Sills explained.The league will talk with team trainers and doctors, with exercise experts and researchers in a push to reduce what often are termed “nagging injuries.”Sills and Jeff Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president of health and safety initiatives, spoke about a variety of injury and player safety topics at the owners meetings. They were most encouraged, not surprisingly, by the decrease in the number of concussions, with one exception: Things were static during preseason practices, when 45 occurred in 2017 and 45 happened against last year. Many of those were incurred by offensive linemen, Sills said Zach Gentry Jersey , and were specific to blocking.“We’ll be meeting with position coaches to look at how linemen are training in camp,” he said. “We will make all the teams aware of the data we collect.”Factors for the reduction in concussions include enhanced rules prohibiting lowering the helmet, fewer kickoff returns (also due to rules changes); players making adjustments to the new or stricter regulations; and players switching to the highest-rated helmets in a survey conducted by the league and the players union.Miller noted that half of the league has changed helmets and 74 percent of the players now wear helmets in the highest-approved (green) region of the survey and accompanying poster that is hung in every team’s facility. He credited training staffs, medical personnel, players, coaches and team owners.“The posters certainly were able to change player behavior,” he said.Same thing, Miller added, regarding lowering the helmet; the number of concussions were down from that act.Concussions on kickoffs were down 38 percent in 2018 compared to the previous three seasons’ average. Indeed, Sills said all injuries on kickoffs went down, and his staff is now doing deep research into injuries on punts, which have been the second-most dangerous play. Ten percent of all major injuries, termed as eight days or more missed, came on punts.The league banned blindside blocks on all plays on Tuesday Joey Bosa Jersey , a short while after Miller and Sills made their presentation to the owners. There were as many as a dozen concussions annually due to that technique.“As a former player and father of two that play ball, and having the opportunity to coach (youth football),” football operations chief Troy Vincent said, “this particular play, the blindside block, it ends careers, puts people on the shelf.“That particular technique, I was taught that. To have that removed out of our game is significant.”The NFL’s medical and research staffs aren’t limiting their work to what happens within the league, either. They are looking at data from other organizations such as the new spring league, the Alliance of American Football, plus the Canadian Football League and college teams.“With more opportunities to learn and collect data,” Miller said, “it will yield a better outcome for everyone.”