Camp Confidential: Day Five (7-30)
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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:
>>>Did not practice: Brandon Brooks, Andre Johnson, Akeem Dent, Louis Nix, Lonnie Ballentine, Bryan Witzmann, and Travardo Williams.
Brandon Brooks’ status is beginning to be more concerning. Bill O’Brien has declined to give details, but Brooks is yet to do any real physical activity on the rehab field. Meanwhile, Louis Nix participated in a boxing workout as a part of his rehab.
>>>J.J. Watt has been lining up more on the right side. Before this year, he generally lined up as the left defensive end. Moving to the other side allows him to attack the quarterback from the blind side with Jadeveon Clowney right next to him.
“It’s fun to line up in many different places,” Watt said after Wednesday’s practice. “It’s fun to come out here and work at different positions and to improve upon your technique at different positions.”
>>>Jadeveon Clowney took the first team reps instead of Whitney Mercilus today.
“Each one of us is just trying to earn a job.” Mercilus said. “(We’re) just coming out here trying to show the coaches that we can play. That we understand what we’re doing and (we’re) just trying to get that starting spot.”
Clowney’s reps with the ones could be part of a rotation, it’s hard to tell based on one practice. But his role on a day to day basis is clearly increasing.
>>>Arian Foster returned to the practice field after missing two days. Bill O’Brien plans to use him in a variety of ways including at fullback, where he lined up at fullback today, running a route out of the backfield before catching a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
“This team is really counting on him,” Bill O’Brien said. “The Houston Texans need a healthy Arian Foster, so it was good to see him out there today.”
>>>Mike Thomas appears to be in the lead for the slot receiver job. He takes most of the first team reps and seems to be well liked by his teammates. Rookie Travis Labhart out of Texas A&M has made a good impression though. He’s just 5-9 182, but he runs good routes and catches everything thrown his way. If he doesn’t make the team, he could be a practice squad candidate.
>>>Bob McNair addressed the media on Wednesday about the topic of an NFL team in San Antonio.
“I wouldn’t oppose it just because they are in San Antonio,” McNair said. “I’m in favor of doing what strengthens the league.”
He also noted the Texans have a growing fan base in San Antonio and said it would be a ‘difficult situation for San Antonio’.
>>>DeVier Posey dropped a wide open touchdown pass in 11 on 11 drills.
>>>A missed throw by Ryan Fitzpatrick led to a pick six from Kareem Jackson in 11 on 11 drills.
>>>Tackle Will Yeatman had a tough day. At one point he was completely blown up by linebacker Quentin Groves.
>>>Brandon Harris continues to have a good camp. At one point Bill O’Brien could be heard yelling, “Good job Brandon.”
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