Camp Confidential 8/23: Cecil Shorts Solid In Passing-Heavy Practice

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 Tuesday, Aug. 23.

>> The Texans returned outside for their first practice in the sweltering team in nearly a week. While the team was in full pads, most of the work was completely non-contact with an emphasis on special teams and the passing game.

>> INJURY UPDATE: PK Ka’imi Fairbairn missed a second straight practice with a quad injury. DL Brandon Dunn returned to practice. Alex Carrington, Derek Newton and Duane Brown also remain sidelined.

>> J.J. Watt was again active on the side fields as he works his way back from the herniated disc surgery. He pulled the sled, ran the hill next to Kirby Dr. and generally seems to be ramping up his workouts toward a potential return to practice.

>> Cecil Shorts III is fighting to make the team at a crowded wide receiver position, and he flourished on Tuesday. Shorts took a variety of snaps with the first and second-team unit and seems to work well with backup quarterback Tom Savage.

READ MORE: Game Slowing Down For Texans Rookie RB

>> PLAY OF THE DAY: Speaking of Cecil Shorts… The veteran wideout made the play of the day by a clear margin. On a deep curl down the left sideline, he snagged a high throw in front of two Texans cornerbacks with a twisting leap.

>> It wasn’t quite full speed, but the defense still managed a stout effort. They forced a few turnovers, filled the run gaps well and had the Texans offensive line on its heels. After a great first half against New Orleans last Saturday, the defense is just fine-tuning at this point.

>> Kendall Lamm and Xavier Su’a-Filo earned a set of wind sprints for missing a block during a run play, but they weren’t alone. Whitney Mercilus hopped offsides on a hard count and took a lap around the field, per head coach Bill O’Brien’s policy.

>> Lamm and Su’a-Filo are part of a patchwork offensive line right now. With three expected starters out, Lamm and Su’a-Filo are working next to the unknown Greg Mancz and trying to stave off the likes of Jadeveon Clowney, Mercilus and Brian Cushing without cohesion up front.

READ MORE: Greg Mancz Fitting Into Shifting Offensive Line

>> Brock Osweiler is the leader of this offense, but he took a back seat for much of Tuesday morning’s session. The backups got a lot of work, with Savage and Brandon Weeden splitting reps with starters and 53-man hopefuls alike.

>> Nick Novak was active for practice, kicking field goals to end the day, but O’Brien said he is still technically in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Non-contact work is usually the final step before a player is fully cleared. Novak drilled a 55-yard try with the wind.

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