March 22, 2018

SOTT Mailbag: Summer Break Edition

We open up our mailbox for questions on the Houston Texans who recently wrapped up their Mandatory Mini-Camp this past Thursday. The team will hit a four-week break before training camp opens in late July.

Once again, our readers came through for us and dropped some questions for us to answer.


This is one situation we have been trying to watch and Chris Clemons is behind in terms of what the defensive system is asking from him. Romeo Crennel brought in Kendrick Lewis to help with the transition and has been a big part of teaching the system to the team and has taken the early lead for the position. 

Clemons will still be an integral part of a defensive unit that will use three safeties from time to time. Not to mention Clemons was slowed during OTAs with an undisclosed injury which kept him off the practice field. 

Like we mentioned earlier, the Texans will use three safeties and having three capable players to contribute is key and Clemons provides safety depth for a position that has lacked experience. 

Just from what we have seen through these practices, our early guess would be Tom Savage. Savage has everything you want from a quarterback but he has to catch up on the mental part of the game. The skill set that Savage possesses is not the issue, it is the mental part of the game the Texans need to catch him up on.

As for Akeem Dent, we have not seen him in person or looked at any game film so we will hold off to rank him with your scale. Dent will be used to help the inside linebacker depth and be part of the special teams.

This is an interesting one and we actually asked some players on the final day what their plans were.

Rookie running back Alfred Blue said he was going to return to LSU to train for a week and come back to Houston to finish up training before camps starts. Safety Kendrick Lewis was taking a vacation with his family but returning to Houston soon after to workout with the defensive backs and some other players he trains with. Jadeveon Clowney said he was going to stay in Houston and rehab to get ready for training camp. 

Head Coach Bill O’Brien made it clear that he advised the rookies to stay in Houston and try to do everything they can to get ready for the season. Obviously, it changes player to player but it seems the veterans have a better grasp on how to handle this short break before the season starts. 


Like we mentioned earlier, we don’t think his physical skill set is the issue. It is the mental part of the game that he is behind in. Learning the playbook and using that information on the field to be successful is a big key to Savage’s long-term success. Savage has been getting to the facility early in the morning and putting in 10-12 hour days trying to learn the offense. 

If Savage can figure out reads, protections and sharpen his decision-making, he has a realistic shot to push Ryan Fitzpatrick during training camp. Right now that is a big if. 

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