Camp Confidential 8/24: Shane Lechler Shines With Coffin-Corner Punts

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 Wednesday, Aug. 24.

>> The Texans ran through an abbreviated practice in the sweltering morning heat, with a heavy emphasis on punt coverage and 11-on-11 scrimmaging. It was a short day in advance of Thursday’s off day, a nice reward after a busy week of Training Camp.

>> INJURY UPDATE: Kicker Ka’imi Fairbain was again not on the practice field with a quad issue. Kurtis Drummond, Duke Thomas, Gerald Rivers, Brennan Scarlett, Nick Martin (ankle), Derek Newton (hamstring), J.J. Watt (back) and Duane Brown also did not participate in practice.

>> One more name to add to that list, and it’s a big one. Texans rookie wide receiver Braxton Miller did not dress out for Wednesday’s session, as he watched from the sidelines after some light work on the bike. Head coach Bill O’Brien was mum on the matter, saying only that it was “a rest day.”

RELATED: Braxton Miller Misses Texans Practice Wednesday

>> The practice ended on a comedic note. Defensive tackle D.J. Reader — all of 6-foot-3 and 335 pounds — shut things down by catching a punt inside the 5-yard line to raucous applause.

>> PLAY OF THE DAY: Eddie Pleasant knocked away a perfectly-executed fade route on Brock Osweiler’s throw to Stephen Anderson in the corner of the end zone. Anderson boxed Pleasant out and appeared to haul in the well-placed pass before Pleasant barely jabbed his arm to jar the ball free.

>> Shane Lechler had a busy day. The legendary punter practiced coffin-corner kicks for nearly a half-hour, first on his own and then with gunners downing the ball. He downed nearly half of them inside the 10-yard-line and spun the ball like a Hall of Famer.

>> The coverage unit on Lechler’s kicks provided a mixed bag. The highlight came when Charles James — in full socks get-up — leaped yards into the end zone and batted the ball back onto the field at the 1-yard-line. The lowlight? Keith Mumphery had an easy look at a ball inside the two but lost track of his feet and stepped across the goal-line, earning a harsh rant from O’Brien.

>> Brock Osweiler was a bit erratic in seven-on-seven work, missing some open receivers against zone looks. Most notably, he overthrew a leaping Jaelen Strong on a crossing pattern in the end zone.

>> Rookie safety K.J. Dillon turned the wrong way during the secondary’s ball-hawking drills. “I was tripping,” he exclaimed. Assistant secondary coach Anthony Midget responded, “Yeah, you’re tripping!” before playfully smacking Dillon’s helmet.

>> The Texans are off on Thursday, but they will return to the practice field on Friday as they gameplan for the Arizona Cardinals.

“We’re actually gameplanning a little bit more than we have the last two games, so we’ll know what we’re facing and what the Cardinals like to do more,” linebacker Whitney Mercilus said.

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