Texans Training Camp: Day Two
Day two of Houston Texans training camp started with early rain showers before camp started but the first part of practice was held outside. Special teams work continued inside the Methodist Training Center with the final practice of the day coming later in the day.
The Texans once again had a good day and came out without any major injuries.
- Ed Reed (Hip), Arian Foster (Calf), Orhian Johnson (NFi list), Sam Montgomery (Ankle), Earl Okine (Leg), Darryl Sharpton (Groin), Garrett Graham (Virus) did not practice.
- Keshawn Martin once again had a good day of training camp and it continued with him catching the ball consistently. He has shown more confidence in his route running and is trusting his quarterbacks to get him the football. Working on the inside and outside of the formation, he has taken the initial steps to be a solid piece of the offense.
- Tight end Owen Daniels had a really solid day today and was making some tough catches against great coverage. Daniels made a sliding catch on a corner route on a well placed pass from Matt Schaub. Schaub looked good with his familiar weapons in Daniels and Andre Johnson, and he is still working with rookie DeAndre Hopkins to get him up to speed with the offense. The passing game has looked solid early on especially with the veteran group against the defense.
- Second year linebacker Cameron Colllins has taken advantage of the time that starter Darryl Sharpton has been out with a groin issue. Collins looks good in coverage and has really caught the eye of onlookers. He has shown he can run with runningbacks and linebackers in long developing routes but the short intermediate routes he has a little trouble in short areas. Either way, Collins was a part of the special teams units last season in playoffs and he has made a positive step early in camp.
- Rookie Ryan Griffin caught the ball well today and showed how he uses his 6-6 frame in traffic. Griffin is a different type of target on the field and he is hard to miss for quarterbacks. We are waiting to see him in pads to see how he handles his run blocking duties.
- Backup quarterback T.J. Yates looked confident throwing the football and had some good velocity on the football. His delivery looks more compact and his passes today got to his receivers in a hurry. Yates has work to do on his game but he has started camp off strong. There are no signs of rust in the early going and he is giving his receivers well placed footballs to work with.
- One of the best match ups to watch during camp is Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins vs. Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson. In one on one drills it has been good competition and Jackson has really stood out, especially covering Johnson. Hopkins has had his moments catching the football while Johnson is so consistent. The talent level is high and this competition will only help them get ready for the season.
- Outside linebacker Brooks Reed looks comfortable in his normal position and is setting the tone on the edge of the defense. Even in half speed team drills, Reed has given the tight ends all they wanted by giving up no ground. Running plays have a hard time developing with his presence and this will be key when the Texans make it to week one.
- Nose tackle David Hunter, despite not being in pads, gave the back up center Tyler Horn more than what he could handle. Hunter was constantly walking Horn back into the backfield and looked good in the trenches. Now with pads going on tomorrow, it will be time to really evaluate his play.
- Starting All-Pro left tackle Duane Brown, who is down to 300 lbs., looks like the weight loss has really helped his movement skills. Today he pulled on a pitch play and he was around the corner with some speed and acceleration to pick up a block on a cornerback. Brown looks great in the early going and showing no ill effects of his ankle surgery.
- Rookie wide receiver Ez Nwachukwu showed his straight line speed today when he ran by a cornerback like he was standing still. Nwachukwu showed his speed at Texas A&M and finally had a chance to show it today at camp. He is the fastest wide receiver on the field and hopefully he can have a chance to display that part of his game.
You can follow Patrick on Twitter. He is the Editor of State of the Texans.