HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Texans opened training camp Sunday and these are the things that stood out to Cody Stoots from In the Loop.
>>>Brock Osweiler had an up and down day as did most of the offense and defense. He had some very crisp throws and a few wobblers, but few missed their target. He addressed one of his interceptions in the media availability. Andre Hal caught the errant decision.
>>>Osweiler’s head movement is much different than Brian Hoyer’s this time last year. He is constantly scanning the field looking for the right read, sometimes holding the ball too long to do so though.
>>>J.J. Watt’s apperance was timed weirdly. It happened in the middle of a live teams rep and he jogged around the field over to the defense. The fans, previously quiet, roared when he appeared. It was a unique entrance for an injured player for sure.
>>>It was strange not seeing DeAndre Hopkins make effortless amazing catches. He is often a must-see element during practice because he can make difficult things seem easy. The way Rick Smith talked after practice this could be a long and messy holdout. (Editor’s Note: I really nailed this one. Not.)
>>>With Hopkins out Jaelen Strong, Will Fuller, and Cecil Shorts benefitted from the star’s absence.
>>>The “ohhhhhhhhhhh” moments from wideout came courtesy of Josh Lenz who was on the team’s practice squad last year and played college football at Iowa State. I can’t remember him standing out much in Big 12 play, but he blew past a few defenders for big plays a time of two.
>>>Jadeveon Clowney was at training camp and participated without injury.
>>>Derek Newton, who left practice on a cart, avoided death joked Bill O’Brien after practice. That’s important. Dying would certainly put his status for the 2016 season in question.
>>>Tom Savage was impressive in his action. He was crisp and accurate. It will be tough for Brandon Weeden to unseat Savage on the depth chart for the backup QB spot.
>>>Osweiler called the tight ends a talented group after practice. Ryan Griffin dropped a touchdown pass from Osweiler. Eric Tomlinson, who was on the team’s practice squad last year, caught a touchdown. Rookie undrafted tight end from Cal, Stephen Anderson, took plenty of snaps and showcased a lot of athleticism.
>>>A.J. Bouye looks physically thicker and stronger than last year. He had an amazing OTA’s and could factor in even more into the cornerback rotation should Kareem Jackson spend time at saftey.
>>>Versatility the name of the game on the defensive line. Devon Still, Vince Wilfork, Christian Covington, and Brandon Dunn can all play along the line. Jeoffrey Pagan would have had a nice sack if it was a live rep and you could hit quarterbacks.
>>>Rookie undrafted wide receiver Wendall Williams is very fast. He burned a number of cornerbacks in one-on-one drills including Charles James who fell trying to cover Williams. In individual drills, Williams struggled, dropping two passes of live action throws and one off the Juggs machine.
>>>This will be a battle for the kicker position. Rookie kicker out of UCLA Ka’imi Fairbairn, who won the Lou Groza award last year which is annually awarded to college football’s best kicker, absolutely DRILLED a 50+ yard field goal. Nick Novak will have to hold him off.
There will be plenty more from me along with John Lopez and Dante Hall In the Loop 10-2 Monday. We will have a Texans player live with us right off the practice field.