NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt got the better of Tennessee Titans rookie guard Chance Warmack in Week 2, Warmack talked of how hard he would work to review his mistakes and how much better he’d be the next time.
“I won’t be a rookie anymore,” he said.
The next time is Sunday, when Houston visits Tennessee in the season finale for both teams.
Over three months later, Warmack says he’s grown a lot.
“Looking at some of the stuff I was doing back then, and what I know now, it is just amazing to see some of the differences in my game,” Warmack told Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. “I am hoping it’s going to be a different outlook on how I perform against a player like him. But considering it was my second game of the season as a rookie, I think I did OK. I’m a totally different player now.”
He’s an effective run blocker who still needs a lot of refinement in his pass protection. This week we got another reminder about why the team likes him so much. He consistently shows coaches his drive to be great.
“He’s the hardest working offensive lineman out of the group,” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said at his weekly session with Nashville reporters. “He’s the guy you walk in at 4:30 a.m. (Thursday) and he’s sitting in the office watching tape. He has a tremendous desire to be good. It is very important to him.
"He is very prideful to the point where he probably wears the other guys out a little bit wanting to do more. That is the type of football player we want and that is the type character we want. Chance is used to winning and he has football character.”
Per Greg Cosell of NFL Films, when the Texans are in base, Warmack will only see Watt when the tight end is on the right side of the offensive formation. I hope that’s often enough that we get to see how Warmack has progressed through plays against Watt.