“When all else fails and your tired in a game, go back to your fundamentals and your technique.” Those were the words of veteran center Chris Meyers, and those were the actions of the Texans coaching staff. After a dismal first preseason game versus the Arizona Cardinals, Monday’s practice was back to basics. Much focus was placed on the offensive line, special teams, and techniques affected by this season’s rule changes.
One thing that Coach Bill O’Brien wanted to make perfectly clear is that Ryan Fitzpatrick is without a doubt his starting quarterback. In typically BOB fashion, he answered questions about Fitzpatrick still being the starter short and to the point, “Yes.” Elaboration beyond that response required further questions, what basically equated to Tom Savage and Case Keenum are learning, and they are not ready to be starters- in far fewer words of course. O’Brien is not ready to name any other starters or release a solid depth chart yet on other positions. He did name J.J. Watt as a starter though.
The Texans continue to prepare for practices with the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday and Thursday. Coach O’Brien says the practices will not be full contact unless specific situations arise. He said he and Falcons coach Mike Smith will work those details out.
It was clear that the Texans want to make the necessary corrections and put Saturday night behind them. Perhaps the truest line spoken all day was heard during special teams drill as one of the coaches yelled, “GET GOING! STOP GOING BACKWARDS!”
Akeem Dent joined the team in practice for the first time this training camp, just in time to face his old team the Atlanta Falcons starting this Wednesday.
Will Yeatman is following concussion protocol, but is improving.
Andre Johnson and Arian Foster are working with the training staff and should return to practice this week.
Jay Prosch is also improving after having pins placed in his hand. After the surgical wound has healed, he will be able to play with a cast. He is hopeful to be back before the end of preseason.
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