HOUSTON -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Houston Texans training camp.
During a late drill, Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson intercepted quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and returned the ball nearly the entire length of the field. While pursuing Jackson, Texans left tackle Duane Brown and receiver Mike Thomas sprinted and then had to leave the field on a cart. The two of them are fine, but practice was almost over and they were gassed by the exertion.
In a recent team meeting, Texans coach Bill O'Brien made sure to point out significant effort from veterans. "You know, you had the other day you had Andre Johnson laying out for a post pattern down the middle of the field," O'Brien said. "You had J.J. Watt chasing a screen 65 yards down the field. You’ve got Duane Brown chasing the interception; he chased another one yesterday with D.J. Swearinger. And there are other guys. Chris Myers is working hard. The receivers are working hard. The DBs, Johnathan Joseph made some really nice plays today, which was really good to see. I think anytime that you have some really proven veterans like that on your football team, you know, Shane Lechler, 37 years old, came in here and passed a conditioning test. All those types of things are important for young players and really important for our team."
The Texans have Thursday off from practice. It's their first day off since camp started. Practices began on Saturday and players reported on Friday. While in the past veterans have been able to stay at their own homes, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said this year the team is all staying in a team hotel.
I missed a large portion of practice today because Texans owner Bob McNair spoke for the first time since his news conference announcing the hiring of Bill O'Brien. McNair only took questions about the Raiders' conversations with San Antonio about possibly moving there. He mostly said he wants to wait for more research before forming an opinion about whether an NFL franchise in the city is viable.
A common sight around Texans practice now is players running laps when they make mistakes. "It’s just the way different coaching staffs work," center Chris Myers said. "And I think it’s getting everyone’s attention. It’s working for sure.”