HOUSTON -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Houston Texans training camp.
Since the beginning of training camp, the offense has worn navy blue jerseys and defense has worn white jerseys. Today, the Texans' jersey colors were dependent on something else. They were split into teams -- white and blue -- with players grouped according to the depth chart. It was sort of a scrimmage environment without pads on. The Texans even seemed to go through the motions of a pre-game warmup to start practice. "We’re able to accomplish a lot of different situational work," coach Bill O'Brien said. "You know, it’s good because situational work is all about the coaches and players getting on the same page. Eventually you want it where the players are thinking exactly like the coaches and vice versa. That is what we tried to simulate today, and it is a work in progress."
Defensive end J.J. Watt declared, "Five with the right hand," as he stood beside receiver Mike Thomas who was working on the JUGS machine after practice. Thomas then caught five balls with just his right hand before ceding the machine to the defensive end. Watt was the only non-receiver waiting by the machine. Asked after practice if he was lobbying again to play some tight end (which was never an entirely serious lobby), Watt said he was simply working on his hand-eye coordination.
The center quarterback exchanges haven't been especially sharp during the past couple of days. It's not just one person, either, a combination of quarterbacks and centers have had trouble with those for some reason.
Darius Rucker's Wagon Wheel has been stuck in my head while writing this post all day every day since camp started. Thanks, Bill O'Brien.
Tomorrow's practice goes from 8 to 10 a.m. CT and is closed to the public, though there are so many guests invited to "closed" practices it's hard to tell the difference sometimes. They'll do their afternoon walkthrough as usual at 4:15 p.m. That one is closed to the media and public.