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:
“I’m sad to see Trevardo go,” Ryan Griffin, who played with Williams at Uconn, said. “He never really got a chance to show what he can do, but hope for the best.”
He struggled to stay healthy, spending the 2013 season on injured reserve. Williams, like Sam Montgomery and Brennan Williams, never took a regular season snap for the Texans.
“Anytime you see a brother, somebody that you came in with (get released) it’s sad,” fellow 2013 draftee D.J. Swearinger said. “Good luck with whatever he got (sic) going on and I hope that he gets picked up.”
>>>Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Akeem Dent, Lonnie Ballentine, Brandon Brooks, Louis Nix, and Brian Cushing did not practice. Will Yeatman and Connor Boffeli left practice with injuries. After practice Bill O’Brien said he expects Arian Foster back soon. He also called Andre Johnson’s injury ‘minor’ but said they don’t want to rush it.
“You know, he’s doing ok,” O’Brien said about Foster. “It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. It’s nothing serious. I would assume—I guess you can’t assume anything, but I would assume he would be back pretty soon.”
>>>They spent time working specifically on pass protection today. The quarterback would snap the ball, then at half speed the offensive lineman would go through the process of making sure they were picking up the right defenders.
>>>The Texans also spent time working on goal-line route running. Bill O’Brien and quarterbacks coach George Godsey were very involved, making sure players knew exactly where they were supposed to be.
“Being able to correlate exactly what they want and put it on the field, I think, it’s a process so we just got to keep working at it.” wide receiver Mike Thomas said.
>>>Running back Brent Grimes practiced for the first time today. He received second team reps and had a solid day. Grimes came on strong in the final game last season against the Titans.
“He’s fresh. You know, he came back through no fault of his own. He’s a hardworking kid,” O’Brien said. “He hurt his hamstring at the end of the summer. It’s good to have him back in there. He’s smart and it is good to have him back in the competition at running back.”
Alfred Blue took the majority of the first team reps with Arian Foster sidelined.
I’ve been impressed with his football knowledge. It hasn’t always been perfect, but he’s a big guy,” O’Brien said. “Football is very, very important to him. He’s good on special teams. I think he’s done a decent job of running the football.”
>>>The Texans offense worked on the hurry up today and Ryan Fitzpatrick appeared to have good command of the system.
>>>Newly signed wide receiver Joe Adams was in uniform today. He will get an instant shot at winning the punt returning job.
“It’s wide open. I think it will be interesting to see how it goes in the games,” Bill O’Brien said ” We’ll give all these guys a shot.”
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