March 22, 2018

Texans OTAs Day 8: Football On the Back Burner

The Houston Texans OTAs were clouded with the sad news of offensive lineman David Quessenberry being diagnosed with lymphoma which will more than likely end his 2014 season. The organization has pulled together for Quessenberry lending support as he has already started treatment at M.D. Anderson Hospital.

Despite the news the Texans had to continue with work as usual with heavy hearts in the process.


Day Eight

Romeo Crennel Meets with the Media

For the first time defensive coordinator addressed the media in regards to his defense he is bringing to Houston. Crennel made it known that he wants a stout defensive line that allows his players on the edge to flash and make big plays. He felt that the Texans organization was a good fit for him with the positives and players he saw on film prior to taking the position with the Texans.

Crennel also mentioned that he did not know Bill O’Brien at all before taking the position with the Texans, but liked the fact O’Brien was a “football guy”.


Referees Arrive 

The Texans brought out officials for practice today and were giving the team a live look on penalties. There was some flags flying but there practice was pretty clean for the most part for both sides of the ball. Bill O’Brien made it clear that penalties were not acceptable especially pre-snap penalties that can set the team in a hole.


DeAndre Hopkins

DeAndre Hopkins

DeAndre Hopkins Has a Solid Day

Anything that was thrown DeAndre Hopkins was today was plucked out of the air with ease. In team and 7 on 7s, he looked in tune with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the passing game and appears to be a building an on field knowledge of each other.

Hopkins looks like he has polished up his route running from last season and has done a better job of boxing out cornerbacks trying to break up passes. He made some nice sideline receptions during the two-minute drill to extend the offensive drive during their field work.

He has kept on the slow grind during practice and his concentration on strength have helped him early on during OTAs.


Ez Nwachukwu Shines

Ez Nwachukwu

Ez Nwachukwu

The second year wide receiver Ez Nwachukwu put in some solid work today and showed he is not only a deep threat. Nwachukwu showed he can be an intermediate route runner and today he was able to make things happen when the play broke down. He has a better feel for the position and he has learned to settle into zones and work the sideline.

His speed leaves corner backs worried that he can run by them, but him being able to catch consistently with shorter routes is expanding what type of receiver he can be.


Fitzpatrick Opens Up on the Field

It seems like it has been stages for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on getting comfortable with the offense and today was the first day he really pushed the ball downfield to his receivers. Like we mentioned above he made some solid connections with Hopkins and he threw a nice deep ball down the field to a streaking Arian Foster. 

He has shown some leadership on the field and getting players lined up which has become second nature to the quarterback. He has made some quick decisions from the pocket and is still learning the offense and has shown some good and some bad, and today has been his best day to date.


Tom Savage

Tom Savage

Tom Savage Growing Slowly

The rookie quarterback has put some good work in and you can tell he is uneasy at the moment with his confidence in the pocket. He wants to let it loose downfield, but his timing it off which allows defenders to close quicker than what he is used to. The positives though he is finding underneath and check down routes to turn plays in plus gains.

Savage has everything needed to run this offense and he is showing flashes of possibly becoming a capable quarterback for the Texans.


Brooks Reed “Not Totally” an Inside Linebacker

Romeo Crennel let it be known that Brooks Reed moving to inside linebacker is not set in stone. Crennel knows what Reed brings to the edge as an outside linebacker and working him inside linebacker only increases his versatility in the defense. Reed will be placed at inside or outside linebacker depending on what the team needs him to be which will make him a player to watch as the season approaches.


Derek Newton Has a New Role and Offensive Line Issues

Right tackle Derek Newton has a become the starter moving forward with the unfortunate news of David Quessenberry. Newton can expect competition to be brought in to push him for the position, but the position is his to lose.

The loss of Quessenberry is a big one and puts the Texans thin at the tackle position and rookie free agents Anthony Dima and Bryan Witzmann as the next offensive tackles to step up. It is hard to imagine the Texans want to go into training camp and season so young at the tackle position, so a veteran signing could be on the horizon.


Quick Hitters

– Cornerback Josh Victorian had another good day and has really looked good in the final week of OTAs. He was all over receivers and was able to show he can handle the deep routes when needed.

– Wide Receiver Alan Bonner is borderline electric when he touches the football in the middle of the field. Bonner can go from a stop to getting upfield in a hurry and showed that today.

– Safety Shiloh Keo has his best day of OTAs and did some good work in the team session playing safety.

Arian Foster and Alfred Blue showed some solid receiving skills and did it in on the field against a defense. The runninback position will be depended on in the passing game and Foster and Blue put that on display today.

– Wide Receiver DeVier Posey has taken the reps Andre Johnson has left by not attending OTAs. Posey is getting settled into a role and gaining the confidence from the offensive staff on what he has been showing on the field. He worked the middle of the field and has given Fitzpatrick another target he can trust.

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