March 22, 2018

Texans Training Camp: Day Eight

The Houston Texans only had a morning session for today’s training camp day and will now be off until Sunday. The heat and humidity were serious today at camp and it led to Coach Gary Kubiak letting his players shed their shoulder pads halfway through practice.


Camp Notes

– DeAndre Hopkins once again showed why he could be a key piece for this veteran offense. Today Hopkins caught a deep ball thrown from Matt Schaub that covered 50 yards in the air and ended with Hopkins elevating and attacking the football over Brandon Harris. Hopkins finished the catch by standing up and signaling a first down and dropping the ball. As the season gets near, it will be more apparent of Hopkins role in the offense but the rookie has not disappointed the past four days.

Roc Carmichael

Roc Carmichael

– Cornerback Roc Carmichael had a great day and it was his best day in coverage. He has had his ups and downs during camp, but he put together his best practice so far. He covered well in the slot and had a couple of balls batted down in the process. He possesses quick feet and at times doesn’t trust his own skill on the field which leads to giving up some big plays on the field. Carmichael needs to put in some more good practices moving forward to Minnesota.

– Dennis Johnson and Cierre Wood are the two prime candidates to take over the 3rd running back spot open for grabs. Both are two totally different running backs in terms of running style. Johnson is the shifty player who is real dangerous in the open field while Wood is the one cut and go back that fits the Texans’ offensive system well. Today, Johnson lost a fumble in team drills and to make matters worse he was decleated by Danieal Manning on a big hit. As for Wood, he showed he is learning patience in the offense and today he put that on display. He waited for his offensive line to do their work on a zone play to the left and he planted then hit the cutback lane for a big gain. This will be a good camp battle to watch heading into the preseason schedule.

– Speaking of runningbacks, Ben Tate left with “tightness” in his groin and Coach Kubiak for precautionary reasons sat Tate for the remainder of practice. Despite the reports of it being a serious issue, Tate was not too concerned about it after practice.

– The Texans let linebacker Brian Cushing’s workload increase some more during training camp. He participated in team drills at full speed and made the first play of the session. Cushing was in coverage on Owen Daniels and broke up the pass on a slant in the middle of the field. It was finally good to see Cushing take this step on getting back to where he needs to be for the season.

– Outside linebackers Jessie Tuggle and Willie Jefferson are doing the majority of the work at outside linebacker in team drills. The position is thin with injuries and when resting Brooks Reed the two rookies have been working hard on the field. Jefferson looks like he has gotten the idea down in the run game. He has improved from the first day of contact and there is an effort on his part to play with his hands better. Also, Jefferson showed what his 6-5 frame can do to deflect a pass and this former wide receiver did it today when he jumped to knock down a Matt Schaub pass.  This could be another factor to his game. Jefferson has also intercepted a pass in mid-air during rookie-mini camp, displaying the type of athlete he really is.

– The right side of the offensive line in Brandon Brooks and Derek Newton are looking good together in the run game. They are getting used to working with each other and they could be primed for a big season. Brooks weighs in at 325 lbs. while Newton weighs 330 lbs. and that could be a big factor with the added experience. The two youngsters have been fun to watch during camp and they are only getting better with each rep they take next to each other.

– New linebacker Joe Mays has been a nice addition to the defense and he knows how to make his presence felt. If he is attacking in the run game downhill or closing in on ball carries in open field, Mays plays fast. His closing speed to make plays is something to watch. He has that last-minute burst before contact. Mays is a striker from the inside and is waiting to make an impact play.

Shane Lechler and Randy Bullock

Shane Lechler and Randy Bullock

– Texans kicker Randy Bullock was impressing on the side field when he kicked a 60 yard field goal, but he struggled some in the special teams drills. He hit both up rights during some field goal attempts but then he focused up and dropped a great kick from about 50 yards out. His leg strength is evident but working on the accuracy for the season will be key.

– Practice was ended early and there were plenty of tired bodies on the field. It was probably the hottest day of camp and the team took their pads off after the first hour of practice.

Picture of the Day

Ever wanted to know what the speakers in a QB helmet looked like? They are orange.

Ever wanted to know what the speakers in a QB helmet looked like? They are orange.




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