Texans rookie WR Nico Collins 'locked in mentally' when sidelined by shoulder injury

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(SportsRadio 610) - Texans rookie wide receiver Nico Collins missed three and a half games with a shoulder injury earlier this season.

He returned last Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, who dominated the Texans 31-3. Collins, though, caught four passes on six targets for 44 yards.

Collins spoke with reporters Thursday about the frustration of being on injured reserve, not being able to physically participate in practice and games.

The rookie third-round pick said he locked in mentally, staying engaged and asking questions just like he was playing.

Collins often takes advice from veterans in the position group, like Brandin Cooks, Chris Conley and Chris Moore.

Cooks has helped him focus on moving on to the next play, even when there are mistakes. They also work on route running, the concepts and footwork.

"Anything I can need to become a pro like him," Collins said. I want to be great just like Cooks. So, I look up to him and I’m glad we got him in our room."

Collins is still learning the small details of the game, like the subtleties of not giving away his route, coming out of his breaks cleaner and smoother and using different hand comebacks.

Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly said he liked what he saw from the 6-feet, 4-inch, 215-pound Collins on Sunday.

"He’s big, he’s strong and you feel him when he’s on the field. Hopefully, he can continue to improve and go out there and make the plays when the ball finds him on Sunday."

Collins showed up on the Texans' injury report Thursday as a limited participant in practice due to a foot injury. He later joined Clint Stoerner & "The Show" on SportsRadio 610 and said he will play Sunday at Arizona.

You can listen to that full interview here.

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