TGIF typically applies for most of us 9-to-5ers but for the Texans, it was just another work day after an off day. Well, an off day for the players, but the coaching staff and GM Rick Smith were hard at work late into the evening, signing two players on Thursday.
Today's observations started even before the first horn to start practice, so let's get out TGIF Training camp observations on the road. 26 of them to be exact, celebrating the one Harris on the roster - No. 26
1. Walking over to the stadium, there's no telling what sort of nugget I'll find. This morning I was heading over the bridge when CB
Now, I've been around the game a long time and players have routinely "hidden" objects somewhere on their person, but gum in the sock was a new one for me. Of course, I then thought "does he chew that while he's playing?". I'm going to ask him the next time I see him...and yes, these are things I think about.
2. The two new players added to the roster were former Arkansas All-American punt returner
Schwab was undrafted coming out of Arizona State following the 2012 season but he spent 2013 with Tampa Bay and New England. The roster churn continues at all times in the NFL and there's no telling when an opportunity turns into something bigger.
3. As it pertains to Adams on the field, he is well schooled catching punts. I was standing next to Deepi Sidhu (@deepslant) watching Adams catch punts and I told her that his form was perfect, his technique was "teaching tape" worthy. Now he just has to do something with it when he does catch it.
4. Schwab's size strikes you right away. The rust was evident during drills but what he did today was much better than anything he did yesterday, if you catch my drift.
5. As Marc Vandermeer and I were doing our Texans Radio thing this morning, the QB, RB and WR were in the end zone near us running goal line routes. Each of the three quarterbacks was responsible for an eligible receiver. Someone's wires got crossed on one rep as one QB (not sure the exact guilty
6. Great to see RB
7. A guy that is just steady is second year WR
8. Earlier in the week, I saw DE
9. Perhaps no player was discussed more during the four weeks between OTAs/mini camp and training camp than OLB
11. The OLB finally visited 1-on-1 pass rush-land, which meant
12. One final note on Clowney...he's going to face smart tackles at this level, no question, but the first
13. Xavier Su'a Filo, as I mentioned earlier this week, loves contact but in pass protection, when he gets tall, doesn't drop his hips and anchor, he'll struggle. Later in practice, I saw him "sit down" a bit better and, as a result, he slowed down the pass rush of
14. In a combination/stunt pass protection drill, rarely does a DL come completely clean to the quarterback, but hard working rookie
15. It dawned on me today that as hot and humid as each workout has been, there's not been one skirmish. I've never been a huge fan of fights in practice. Seriously, if you have a point to prove, just go win the next play by kicking that guy's tail. So, I'm okay with no fights, honestly.
16. Oh and the refs were here today. Cool? Alright, moving on.
18. A few plays later, though, Fitzpatrick drilled a TD throw through about ten sets of hands to
19. On the other end during the team's 7-on-7 goal line work, Fitzpatrick missed a wide open
20. I have written in my notes "Warmsley wins again" but nothing else to go on. That happens, sometimes, I'm sorry. My old football injuries kick in at weird times.
21. On the last team period of the day, DJ Swearinger batted down Fitzpatrick's first pass as he blitzed the team's QB. Then, the defensive backs locked down the secondary for a coverage sack on the next play. Coaches John Butler and Anthony Midget have busted tail working with that group and it's showing.
25. The last offense/defense drill of the day was live goal line and it was competitive to say the least. Defenders were flying, literally, over the top of the pile to make a play, but the offense shut down the drill and celebrated last as Fitzpatrick dropped a dime for a TD on the last play of the drill.
26. One of my long time friends and former manager for our Brown University team way back when brought her soon-to-be kindergarten daughter to practice today for the first time. As I started this article, she sent me the following text. "She got autographs from Keenum, Duane Brown, Posey and Fitzpatrick. Those guys stayed until the bitter end and signed everything in sight". Pure class, thanks guys.