Camp Confidential: Day One (7-26)
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Houston (CBS Houston) – Editor’s Note:Camp Confidential will feature daily news and notes throughout Texans training camp.
Here is what you need to know about today’s practice:
>>>Brandon Brooks, Brian Cushing, Trevardo Williams, Jonathan Grimes, Louis Nix, and Ricky Sapp did not practice. Brooks, who’s expected to start at right guard, is on the non-football injury list, but not because of a failed conditioning test. He was icing down his lower back.
>>>Wide receiver Alan Bonner left practice midway through with an undisclosed injury. Guard Cody White also left practice with a right leg injury.
>>>After off-season surgery both Jadeveon Clowney and Johnathan Joseph went through the full practice.
“I’m just trying to get out there and feel my way through it. Stay on top of my technique and stay on top of my playbook and just catch up with the rest of the guys,” Johnathan Joseph said. “Today was a great step in the right direction.”
“(Clowney) is practicing and he’s rehabbing,” Bill O’Brien said after practice.” We’re staying with the rehab protocol which allows him to practice a little bit and we’ll just stick with that and he’ll be fine.”
>>>Second year corner A.J. Bouye was the star of day one for the defense. He made several plays on the ball during one on one drills and seems to always be in the right place. Keep an eye on him as he battles Bradon Harris for the third CB spot.
>>>Bill O’Brien runs an intense practice. Several times he stopped practice to have the starting offense or defense run to the sideline and back because he was unhappy with something. At one point he made rookie Lonnie Ballentine rerun a sprint all alone because he wasn’t happy with his effort.
“Everything that anybody on gets on this team, coach or player, will be earned.” O’Brien said.
Fun note: linebacker’s coach Mike Vrabel ran win sprints with the team just because.
>>>O’Brien drifted from group to group during position work. He spent time going over routes with the wide receivers, ball security with the running backs, and of course he spent time with the quarterbacks.
>>>Ryan Fitzpatrick practiced with tempo and was clearly the better of the three quarterbacks. His understanding of when to get rid of the ball stands out amongst the group. When the team was working on special teams, he would spend time on the side working with Andre Johnson and Arian Foster. Johnson talked about their chemistry after practice.
“I’m pretty sure it will get better as time goes on,” Johnson said. “It was our first day out her so things will continue to get better for us.”
>>>Tom Savage had a rough start to his first training camp. He was intercepted by Josh Victorian and missed a couple throws. It’s nothing unexpected for a rookie quarterback.
>>>It’s hard to handicap the punt return job on day one of camp, but a couple of starters are getting reps. Kareem Jackson and DeAndre Hopkins.
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