HOUSTON — Over just three years back, Houston Texans receiver Vyncint Smith was working at a car detail shop in South Carolina and idolizing recipient Demaryius Thomas, even using an image of Thomas while the back ground on his mobile phone.
On Sunday, after Thomas was carted off the field with an Achilles injury, Smith has been asked to take on an elevated part in Houston’s passing match.
Smith’s unlikely heroics not exactly helped the Texans (10-5) fasten the AFC South division title before the Eagles won 32-30 on a 35-yard field goal. He explained Wednesday that his phone was”on fire” with encouraging messages from friends and family, but he wanted he had a much better touchdown celebration — maybe something just a bit more creative than raising both arms.
Watson and coach Bill O’Brien both spoke highly of this soft-spoken newcomer on Wednesday.
“Vyncint is a guy that has been silent, and he’s a newcomer that’s learned much from the people in that locker room,” Watson explained. “We have observed him upgrade every week. He’s not had one gripe. He is just working, being patient and also he keeps advancing. After his luck arrived Sunday, he took advantage of it and made a huge play for people. We knew that whenever his luck came, we could trust him.”
The lean 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver outside of Division II Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina, caught Houston’s eye along with his 4.36 40-yard flair time.
O’Brien said Wednesday that he takes into consideration the level of competition when assessing college gamers.
“A guy who is played in the SEC for four or three years relative to a man that — with all due respect, I really like lime-stone — it’s just a different level of contest,” O’Brien explained. “But as your afternoon Vyncint walked in here, he’s a really hard working guy. He takes notes, pays attention, has never missed a practice, works hard, and he has improved for this .”
In spring 20-16, Smith walked away from enjoying soccer at Lime Stone and got a job at Details Count Professional Detailing in Columbia, South Carolina.
Now, his hard work and waiting from the shadows have started to pay off. At the avalanche of notifications in his phone the last few days, messages from his family have not gotten lost in the fray.
“They are excited and happy to see making plays,” Smith stated. “They always have confidence in me. My dad was like,’I told youAs soon as you get an opportunity, you left a play.’
On Sunday, Smith and also the Texans will Accept the 5-10 Jaguars. Even though Hopkins has a touchdown catch in three straight matches against Jacksonvillethat he was held below 100 yards receiving in six straight matches and it has already established a few scrappy showdowns with Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
Additionally, Texans slot recipient Keke Coutee remained trying to get a fourth straight game against Philadelphia with a hamstring injury. Coutee said Wednesday that if he is improving each day, he hasn’t been given a schedule for his return.
If the Jaguars can maintain Hopkins under-wraps with heavy care, can Smith get another opportunity to make a major playwith?
“If you are available on the field along with me personally, I have all of the confidence in the entire world in you,” Watson explained. “There is not 1 guy in that locker room which will lack confidence which the ball is moving in their mind. I will find the open guy. However, because of him, being able to step in that moment should give him a lot of confidence to know that he may come in and perform.”