Houston Texans offensive tackle Matt Kalil has struggled the last few years in the league but has gotten another shot this year, and says he is feeling better. Last season Kalil did not play a single snap with the Carolina Panthers because of a knee injury, but he is feeling healthy and thinks he is ready to have a big year.
Via Aaron Wilson in the Houston Chronicle:
“I think it’s about proving to myself that I can do it,” Kalil said. “All the stuff I’ve been through with injuries and struggling with stuff like that, I think I’m to the point where I feel really good and getting my confidence back. It’s a battle every day. That’s what it comes down to.”
It has not been all great so far in training camp and at times he has struggled. Kalil has also shown the flashes at times of a player with former first-round pick talent, and that’s the type of player Kalil thinks he can be going forward.
“I think it’s just about being a solid, reliable player,” he said. “When I’m healthy, I’ve shown that I can do that. When I’m hurt, I’ve struggled with that. It’s just the name of the game.”
“This is why I wanted to be on this team. This is why I chose to be here. It’s a great team, a great locker room, and most importantly, it has people that can keep me healthy and keep me on the field.”
Kalil is going to be tasked this year with blocking Deshaun Watson’s blindside—and that is a big task. The offensive line has really struggled the last few years for the Texans but the hope is that Kalil can be one of the guys that can help improve it.