RTC: Mike Thomas looking to rebound

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...

Fun fact about that Hail Mary pass that Mike Thomas caught to beat the Texans in crushing fashion back in 2010: the play was called "rebound." Nice symmetry of a guy now trying to rebound in his career with the Texans. They're giving him a chance to be their slot receiver -- a position lacking in Houston for the past several years.

Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle recalled Thomas's 2010 game-winning touchdown and Thomas's new quest -- to resurrect his career in Houston. "The thing with the coaching decision was a big deal for me (coming here)," Thomas, 27, said. "It's New England-style offense, just doing a lot of things I believe I am decent at: the quick twitch, the quick, short intermediate routes, and still the ability to get downfield. That was important to me. And everybody coming in on a clean slate -- there really is no favorite anywhere."

Texans' special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky is passionate about his job, and players respond to his passion, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. He's also loud. “That’s how he is all the time,” Keshawn Martin said through a chuckle. “You would think he wasn’t but every time you talk to him you think he’s yelling. But he’s not though. That’s how he talks. He’s a good guy, a good coach and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is well aware that his words can sometimes feel cliche. But Watt means it when he talks about how hard he wants to work, writes Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press. "We're trying to learn things. We're trying to be a good teammate, trying to do all of those things, and if you actually take it to heart and you actually do what you're saying, you'll have success," he said. "You can't let it just be lip service. You can't just talk about it; you have to do the actions."