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Houston (CBS Houston) – Editor’s Note: Camp Confidential will feature daily news and notes throughout Texans training camp.
The Texans finished the day with a short special teams session at Methodist Training Center. Here is everything you need to know:
>>>Former Broncos inside linebacker Joe Mays has signed with the Texans. The 28-year-old will provide much needed depth at the inside linebacker spot. As of Monday afternoon the Texans were still in the process of finalizing the terms.
Texans fans will remember him from a hit on Matt Schaub that earned a $50,000 fine. Schaub dispelled the notion that he would be upset if the Texans were to sign mays.
“We’re way past that. That was gone as soon as we walked of the field that day.” said Schaub. “It’s just a physical hard nosed game and he’s a physical player and it’s just part of football.”
>>> Daryl Sharpton received an injection in his groin yesterday. He expects to be back in a couple of days.
>>>OLB Whitney Mercilus tweaked his hamstring but it didn’t appear to be serious. Gary Kubiak said Monday afternoon that he would miss a couple of days.
With Mercilus out, young linebackers Trevardo Williams and Willie Jefferson have a chance to gain some ground. Williams has really struggled for most of camp. He’s having trouble getting off blocks and rushing the passer.
>>>Speaking of Willie Jefferson, he’s had a near perfect camp so far… even stealing some first team reps . At 6’5, 233 his size clearly stands out and his outside quickness is impressive. Jefferson played wide receiver at Baylor before transferring to Stephen F. Austin
“It helped me a lot with my hands and my quickness coming off the ball.” Jefferson told Sports Radio 610
>>>Sam Montgomery was no longer wearing a walking boot Monday afternoon but he still had a visible limp when walking.
>>>Wade Smith returned to practice after missing both Sunday sessions with an illness.
>>>DeAndre Hopkins continued to impress making a couple nice catches this morning. It’s hard to understate his role in the offense.
“He’s getting a ton of reps, a ton of opportunities in both the run and the pass.” said Matt Schaub. “We’re going to get him the football and we’re going to give him a chance to make plays with it in his hands… and he’s going to do that.”
>>>Dennis Johnson continues to make a strong case for the third running back spot. Helping his case is the ability to contribute in the return game. He’s the only running back getting work as a return man.
>>>SportsCenter was live from the Methodist Training Center as they continue to tour training camps across the country.
>>>Tight end Garrett Graham rode the bike on the side today. Kubiak is hopeful he can practice by midweek.
>>>With Graham out rookie TE Ryan Griffin has taken over the first team reps (when Owen Daniels is resting). At 6’6 and 247 lbs, the sixth-round pick has been given a big opportunity and has taken advantage of it.
“It’s everything I could ask for coming in you know… getting reps with the ones… so I just have to take advantage of my opportunities and play the best I can.” Griffin told Sports Radio 610.
>>>Rookie LB Delano Johnson missed practice with a sore groin. He’s day to day.
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