HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Texans wrapped up their sixth day of practice on Saturday and there were plenty of things that stood out to me.
>>>There was a lot of full team action and 1-on-1 work from the Texans today. I focused mostly on the offense and they traded off plenty with the defense. A lot of wins for both sides of the ball.
>>>Brock Osweiler is fun to watch. He has a surprising amount of zip for that not being a huge trademark of his game. He fired more than a few passes into tight windows for scores and a few were batted down by defenders making great plays. The chemistry he has with receivers is still growing but they are often making small adjustments on the fly in practice that pay immediate dividends.
>>>Will Fuller is awesome to watch. Ask Notre Dame fans about his abilities and career for the Irish and people who are watching Fuller at camp should be telling you the same things. He has amazing speed but the hands and routes, which were draft profile concerns, aren’t issues. This is not like when Oakland drafted Darrius Heyward-Bey to just run straight as fast as he could. Fuller, this far, has done everything you could hope he could do.
>>>Jaelen Strong should be nasty on the field this year. He catches your eye even when you aren’t watching for him. The improvement from last year this year is clear. Needs to just showcase it in games now.
>>>There is a lot of significant depth to a crowded wideout group. Quenton Bundrage, Josh Lenz, Wendall Williams, and Tevin Jones are all impressive at different times and will be battling for practice squad spots in addition to their 53-man roster hopes. This could be a huge positive to have some of those guys on the practice squad who are having good camps should one of the eventual five or six players who make the team come up injured.
>>>I am not sure how the tight end will be used on this team but there should be a level of unease with none of the guys being consistently complete. C.J. Fiedorowicz’s lacks catching consistency and Stephen Anderson isn’t large enough to handle blocking duties on a regular basis. With running back no longer a committee perhaps this position will be.
>>>All of these running backs can do all the things asked of a running back. Not all do it well, I’m not sure I trust Akeem Hunt or Tyler Ervin to pass block nor Alfred Blue to catch the ball well, but there isn’t a huge scheme drop off like when rotating in different tight ends.
>>>Speaking of running the ball, don’t do it on Jadeveon Clowney. He just shows up like he teleports to running backs and ball carriers. He already has flashed consistent NFL ability stopping the run so that should be no surprise now more than one year removed from his major injury.
>>>A.J. Bouye received high praise after practice from Bill O’Brien and it was more than warranted. He has lived in DeAndre Hopkins pocket on different plays. With his number change from 34 to 21 this year, it is taking some getting used to but you often ask yourself “who is that 21 oh yeah that’s right that’s Bouye.”
>>>There may need to be a trial by combat (like this but don’t watch if you haven’t seen Game of Thrones) between veteran Nick Novak and rookie Ka’imi Fairbairn. Both have strengths and weaknesses. Both missed short and long attempts. They will need to showcase their abilities in games to break the ties.
There will be plenty more from me on Twitter @Cody_Stoots along with John Lopez and Dante Hall In the Loop 10-2 Monday. We will have a Texans player live with us right off the practice field Monday around 11.