Camp Confidential: Day 11 (8-7)
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:
>>>Jadeveon Clowney returned to practice but was limited. He will play and start Saturday against Arizona.
“I’ll be playing,” Clowney said. “It means a lot to be out there with my teammates. I’ll be learning what to do.”
Clowney wasn’t sure if he would have a play count on Saturday, but he was ready to get his NFL career underway.
“I’m very excited about it,” Clowney said. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming about, something I’ve been waiting for for a long time and now it’s coming up fast and I’m just looking forward to it.”
>>>Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, and Johnathan Joseph did not practice. All three of them will be sidelined on Saturday.
>>>Players and coaches reacted to Bob McNair’s revelation that he had been given a clean bill of health following a battle with cancer.
“Beating cancer is unbelievable,” Brooks Reed said. “I’m proud of him.”
“He’s a fantastic owner,” Bill O’Brien said. “He’s a guy that you can talk to and you can talk honestly with.”
“He’s a great guy. He’s a great owner. I really enjoy playing for him,” J.J. Watt said. “I’m obviously extremely happy to hear that he is healthy and well.”
>>>Case Keenum had a terrible day. He threw three interceptions, two of them to rookie corner Andre Hal. On the first one he hesitated, pumping three times, delivering the ball late on an out route. Josh Victorian later picked off Keenum and took it to the house.
O’Brien has said that Keenum is still the number two quarterback but that Savage is closing the gap. Savage is starting to get a better understanding of the offense, but still has some ground to cover. The other two quarterbacks work with loud music blaring, but when Savage is in they cut the music to make it a little easier.
>>>The team spent a lot of time on special teams. Joe Adams and Dennis Johnson both had nice kick returns. Keshawn Martin and Mike Thomas also took reps bringing back kicks.
>>>DeAndre Hopkins continues to impress. He made a spectacular catch on an out route with Brandon Harris all over him.
>>>Ryan Fitzpatrick had one of his better days. He looked sharp in 7 on 7 and was getting the ball out quickly.
“I think Fitzy has really improved,” Bill O’Brien said. “He’s very comfortable with the offense and we’re looking forward to seeing how all three of these guys play in these games.