ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- He threw back-to-back touchdown passes during a red zone drill -- both perfectly placed to receiver Devier Posey and then to running back Arian Foster.
Just a few minutes later, Ryan Fitzpatrick launched a ball to the back of the end zone, high enough that only receiver Andre Johnson could catch it. Johnson tip-toed in-bounds in throwback Andre Johnson fashion, and was enveloped by his teammates.
"I thought Fitzy came out here and worked very well today," Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said.
Fitzpatrick's play against the Atlanta Falcons was markedly improved from his play during Week 1 of the preseason. The Texans' offense was so stagnant that Fitzpatrick had to stay in the entire first half to get enough reps for his day to be finished. He threw two interceptions that day.
The improvement seen the next week was a positive sign. He played the way the Texans need him to this season.
What he's done this week is also encouraging, especially given that it's coming against an opponent, albeit a practice opponent so far.
"It's all about practice and getting it done and just understanding a guy's body language and his feel for the game and them knowing what I'm expecting from them," Fitzpatrick said. "We had some good connections today with some of that stuff."