Bill O'Brien: 'we have great respect' for A.J. Bouye

One of the more interesting subplots to Sunday’s game with the Jacksonville Jaguars is the Texans facing off against former teammate A.J. Bouye.

The cornerback cashed in on an impressive 2016 season in Houston and fled for the division rival.

Thus far, he’s proven money well-spent for Jacksonville’s deep and highly-rated defense. Bouye is the No. 4 CB in Pro Football Focus’ season-long grading and leads the NFL with six interceptions.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien was asked about Bouye, who didn’t really emerge as a starting-caliber player until his final season in Houston.

“When we got here, he hadn’t played a whole lot, played special teams our first year,” O’Brien said in his Monday press conference. “I think he was the third or fourth corner. Really one of those guys who just really put in a lot of time with the coaches and on his own to get better. I remember he came back in 2015 and he had changed his whole body. He had worked out in a different way and he was in great condition and he became, really, a top corner for us.”

Is O’Brien upset that Bouye got away?

“Look, that’s the way the NFL’s set up with free agency. You do the best you can to keep the guy and in the end, it’s up to the player to make that choice and he chose to go to Jacksonville. We have great respect for A.J. and to say that we’re proud of what he’s doing, I wouldn’t – we’re always proud of the guys that we coach. There’s no doubt about that. But he’s playing at a high level, no doubt about it.”

Bouye and Jalen Ramsey facing off against Houston’s dynamic 1-2 punch at wide receiver with DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller should be fun to watch.

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