Houston (CBS Houston) – The Texans kicked off their three day voluntary minicamp today. Here are a few notes from today’s practice:
>>>Bill O’Brien has picked up the tempo of practice. There isn’t a moment that goes to waste in a Bill O’Brien practice. For the full two hours almost every player was on the move.
“I do enjoy the group of guys, I really do. I think right now we have about 63 guys in here and the guys come to work every day. There’s some good camaraderie in the building and to this point they’ve done what we’ve asked them to do.” O’Brien said.
O’Brien also incorporated some music into practice. Hint: OB likes him some Usher.
>>>Arian Foster is healthy. He was a full participant in today’s workout and looked to have a full range of motion following back surgery. He looked lighter on his feet today, than he did for most of last season.
“He’s cleared and he looked good,” O’Brien said. “He looked fine.”
>>>Andre Johnson opted not to participate. Don’t worry, it’s not a big deal.
“It’s voluntary. Again, we just coach who shows up.” O’Brien said.
>>>If J.J. Watt plans to start a contract dispute, he isn’t acting like it.
“I’m here to work. The rest of the stuff, I don’t really talk about that very much publicly,” Watt said. “I’m here to work. I’m a worker. I come every single day and try to do the best I can, be a good teammate and do my job.”
If he planned on making a stink about his contract, he probably wouldn’t have shown up today.
>>>O’Brien was very involved in coaching the quarterbacks and I mean very involved. Unlike Kubiak, who would stand 30 yards away from the action and oversee everything, O’Brien was essentially in the trenches.
“It’s a very intense staff. They really focus on attention to detail, working on little things that hurt us a lot as a team before.” Duane Brown said. “I think it’s going to make us better.
“Mistakes, the mental mistakes aren’t really acceptable,” Ryan Fitzpatrick said. “I think that demand of perfection is going to be a nice thing around here.”
Check back tomorrow for notes from day two.
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