HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans opened their third training camp with Bill O’Brien as their head coach on Sunday at the Methodist Training Center.
After back-to-back 9-7 seasons the Texans are looking to take the next step after acquiring quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Lamar Miller in the offseason through free agency. However, with a contract holdout by top wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and recent back surgery to top star JJ Watt, the Texans were beginning camp with more questions than they expected as recent as two weeks ago.
Osweiler and the offense struggled a bit during the first day of training camp with the new signal caller throwing several passes away and an interception late in practice to Andre Hal. O’Brien liked some things with his offense but wants to see continued improvement.
“Training camp is tough. There were some really good plays out there today, some plays – for everybody, not just Brock that we need to correct and get better,” O’Brien said.
Overall O’Brien was pleased with the team’s ability to compete during practice despite some of the early camp mistakes.
“Just kind of knocking some of the rust off here today. Some good, some bad. That’s training camp, O’Brien said. “I just told the team sometimes the offense is going to win and sometimes the defense is going to win. That’s the mark of a team that’s competing against each other.”
Osweiler was willing to accept responsibility for the interception and mentioned that he uses training camp to find components of his game to correct on a daily basis.
“It was just a read where I hung with a guy too long and lesson learned. Now I know when that play is called, if that guy doesn’t win, I am going to get off it and move on in my progressions,” Osweiler said. “That’s one of my things today. I got better at that play and that mistake will never happen again.”
Despite not having Watt or Hopkins to start camp, O’Brien was much more focussed on the players that were wearing uniforms on Sunday.
“It’s the National Football League. Things happen, ” O’Brien responding to not having Watt or Hopkins on the field. “Whether it’s injuries or anything else, you just have to coach the guys that are out on the field.”
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