Each new season brings in new faces to each NFL team and the Houston Texans have brought in some new guys of their own. The team scours the waiver wire and free agent market and, during OTAs, they claimed Terrance Mitchell off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys.
This came after Mitchell infused some life in the Cowboys defense in the final three games, racking up 12 tackles and 1 interception, which was half of the team’s total for the season. It taught Mitchell a valuable lesson of the NFL.
“It is a tough business and you have to be ready at all times,” said Mitchell, referring to his release from Dallas. “One day you might be here, the next day you might be over there. That is why you have to continue to work.”
That work has been carried over to his short tenure in Houston and Mitchell has a chance to round out the corner position depth chart if he is able to continue his strong camp. That applied to both on the field and off the field work, along with learning his new team.
“The biggest thing is meeting new people and just vibing with team chemistry,” explained Mitchell. “Just being a good teammate to new faces and trying to learn everything.”
Learning the playbook and understanding the techniques taught on a day-to-day basis makes it an overall grind for Mitchell. With the ability to play either cornerback or safety, Mitchell fits the mold of what Bill O’Brien wants for his team: versatility.
“Being able to just play anywhere, I am still working. I just have to get comfortable and continue to work,” said Mitchell. “Everything is still just learning the system, learning all of the techniques. I just have to keep working.”
The site of the first preseason game, set to kick off this coming weekend against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, CA, holds a special place for Mitchell, who is from Sacramento and played his college football at Oregon.
“It is going to feel good to go against some else. On top of that we are going back to Northern California, I’m going home,” said Mitchell.
Despite returning home to California for this preseason contest, Mitchell is trying to make his home for the upcoming season in Houston. With opportunity in front of him, Mitchell is one of many new faces in 2016 trying to lock down a roster spot.