Camp Confidential 8/8: Fight, Big Plays Invigorate Day 8 At Texans Camp

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) — Editor’s Note: Camp Confidential will feature daily news and notes throughout Texans training camp. See All Other Camp Confidentials.

Here are the notes, quotes, and need-to-know information from Texans training camp on Monday, Aug. 8.

>> The team went indoors Monday after its longest practice to date in camp on Sunday. The offense built on its two-minute work with lengthier hurry-up sets, while the defense installed new packages and played more man-to-man coverage.

>> INJURY REPORT: Jadeveon Clowney and rookie Nick Martin missed practice for the second consecutive day. Head coach Bill O’Brien called their absences “cautionary” and said any injuries were nothing serious. Christian Covington again sat out under NFL concussion protocol, while Derek Newton and Reshard Cliett remain sidelined due to hamstring issues.

>> The Texans did get some good news, as Lamar Miller and Braxton Miller returned to action on Monday. Lamar Miller was reportedly dealing with a minor ankle injury.

>> The first sign of in-practice drama finally emerged. Cornerback Robert Nelson and wideout Keith Mumphery exchanged some hard punches after Nelson took issue to Mumphery’s run blocking. The altercation lasted several seconds before teammates and even linebackers coach Mike Vrabel had to separate them.

>> Though O’Brien said the Texans won’t specifically gameplan for the 49ers ahead of Sunday’s preseason opener, the two-minute work was in part to get the defense up to speed for patented uptempo style of Chip Kelly, who will be making his San Francisco coaching debut.

>> With Martin out, backup Greg Mancz took full-time reps to mixed reviews. While he was sturdy in pass protection, the Texans defensive linemen were able to clog the middle on run plays. Mancz and Brock Osweiler also bungled a snap in the shotgun, leading to an Osweiler fumble.

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>> Linebacker Benardrick McKinney was everywhere around the line of scrimmage. He deflected a pair of passes and led a lockdown front-seven effort versus the run, including a would-be tackle for a loss against the speedy Lamar Miller.

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>> PLAY OF THE DAY: Fan favorite Charles James is drawing rave reviews at camp so far, and he delivered a scintillating defensive play with the team back in pads. The cornerback fought off running back Kenny Hilliard for a diving interception and took it back 30 yards for a pick-six that fired up the defense during full-squad work.

>> A close second for POTD: Osweiler hit Will Fuller on a perfect deep post route, their third long scoring connection in five practices. Fuller beat a pair of corners by three steps and took it the distance for an electrifying 60-yard touchdown.

>> The special teams unit ran through extensive kickoff work, and the return team got the better of the coverage squad. Keith Mumphery, Braxton Miller and Wendell Williams all broke big returns during full-speed action, including a sneaky Williams toeing the sideline while zooming past defenders. “I think he gets up to 28 miles per hour,” receiver Jaelen Strong said of Williams. “That’s on a bad day.”

>> There will be one more training camp practice on Tuesday before the team departs for San Francisco on Thursday. The Texans will hold a joint practice with the 49ers on Friday and then face them in Sunday’s preseason opener.

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