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Deshaun Watson looked rusty in Houston's season-opening loss to New England Justin Braun Jersey Kids , committing two turnovers and failing to move the offense consistently in his return from knee surgery.

Now the second-year quarterback must find a way to improve before Houston begins AFC South play on Sunday at Tennessee where the Texans will be without right tackle Seantrel Henderson.

Coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that Henderson is out for the season with an ankle injury. O'Brien added that Henderson, who was brought in this offseason to improve Houston's line, will have surgery on Tuesday.

O'Brien said that for Watson to play better this week the rest of the offense has to pitch in to help him.

But he did admit that Watson was a little rusty and that he has "to make better reads, better decisions" for the Texans to be successful. O'Brien was also quick to point out that Watson is still a young player so growing pains are to be expected.

"It's only I think his seventh game as a starter in this league," O'Brien said. "He hasn't played football in ... a regular-season game, in a while ... there's a little bit of rust involved in all of those things and I know that he will improve. He'll work very hard to improve, but there's a lot of work to do."

After Henderson was injured late in the first quarter on Sunday the Texans looked to rookie third-round pick Martinas Rankin to fill in. O'Brien thought he did a nice job and could look for him to do more with Henderson out for the season.

Rankin said it was a bit daunting to be thrown into action unexpectedly, but that having a positive attitude helped him succeed.

"Just telling myself: 'No fear. I belong here. They brought me here for a reason and I'm going to represent this organization the best I can,'" he said.

When asked about regaining the tempo the offense had in the six games Watson started last season, O'Brien lamented the fact that they started things off on a bad note when Watson fumbled a handoff on the team's first offensive play.

"That's just horrendous," O'Brien said. "To give the ball on the 15-yard line or whatever it was, 20-yard line Brian Gibbons Jersey , going in first play of the game, that's no way to start a game. So, it starts there."

The good news for the Texans is that Watson improved as the game went on, leading the team to two touchdown drives late after settling for field goals early in the game. He should get a boost this week with the return of receiver Will Fuller, who missed the opener with a hamstring injury.

The speedy Fuller has shown promise as a deep-play threat in his career, but Sunday was the 11th game he's missed because of injury in his three-year career.

While Watson didn't have a great game against the Patriots, the Texans did get a solid performance from their running game.

Lamar Miller led the way, rushing for 98 yards after not running for more than 75 yards in 16 games last season. Houston also got a nice game from backup Alfred Blue, who added 36 yards rushing and a touchdown.

"The line blocked well. I thought when we got into a rhythm in the running game, it was good," O'Brien said. "We rushed for almost 170 yards, which was obviously one of the highlights for us on offense. I thought that Lamar ran hard. Lamar's a good pro Jared Spurgeon Jersey , he does a good job of reading the runs and getting us good yards."

Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke plans to go diving in Bora Bora on summer vacation, and when he returns he'll really start trying to figure out who should play where this season.

Burke and the rest of the defensive staff have been experimenting and evaluating during spring non-contact drills. But when asked Wednesday how much he can tell before players don pads, he responded with a slight smile.

"Nothing," Burke said.

Minicamp does offer a chance to assess agility and how well players are absorbing the system, he said. But it will be August before Burke and the Dolphins have a true sense regarding what kind of defense they'll be in 2018.

"Everything has an asterisk on it until we put pads on," Burke said.

Miami hopes and need to be much better on defense than last season, Burke's first as a coordinator under coach Adam Gase. The Dolphins ranked 29th in points allowed at 24.6 per game, and then parted with their best defensive player, five-time Pro Bowl tackle Ndamukong Suh.

On the plus side, they added veteran Robert Quinn at defensive end and first-round draft pick Minkah Fitzpatrick at safety. Raekwon McMillan, a 2017 second-round pick, returns to start at middle linebacker after missing his entire rookie season because of a knee injury. And depth appears improved at end Authentic David Pastrnak Jersey , linebacker and safety.

"We don't have any positions set in stone right now," Burke said. "We're rolling a lot of guys at a lot of positions."

Fitzpatrick, for example, is splitting his time among the free safety, strong safety and nickel back positions.

"He's probably about as advertised," Burke said. "He's really sharp. He's thirsty for knowledge. We're trying to overload him, and he keeps taking it. We are moving him around at some different spots and trying to get a feel for what his best fit is. He has responded well."

At defensive end, the rotation will include Quinn, Cameron Wake, Andre Branch, William Hayes and 2017 first-round pick Charles Harris.

"Our plan would be to rotate different groups," Burke said. "We feel we'll be better off having fresh guys Tony Dorsett Jersey , whether it's for two, three or four snaps at a time, and then send the next group in. Building depth there was important to us. We want guys going full speed."

The Dolphins have four more practices scheduled next week and then break until training camp, allowing the 42-year-old Burke to embark on his latest exotic vacation in Bora Bora, a small island in the South Pacific. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, done charity work in Uganda, and taken a safari in three other African countries.

Burke joked in the past about Gase calling him during vacation with football questions, and had a quick response when asked if the boss will be able to reach him this time.

"Whether I have cellphone service or not," Burke said, "the answer is no."

Decisions about who's playing where will have to wait.

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