AFC South: Jerrell Powe

Texans Camp Report: Day 11

August, 5, 2014
HOUSTON -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Houston Texans training camp.
  • When practice began, coach Bill O'Brien didn't like how it was going, so he stopped the script and threw the team into something different. A grind-it-out, high-energy, live tackling goal-line drill. "I just put the ball at the 10-yard line and let’s play football, you know," O'Brien said. Immediately the energy at practice jumped. Jonathan Grimes took a handoff from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and scored. A few plays later, nose tackle Jerrell Powe blew up a running play, tackling running back Andre Brown behind the line of scrimmage. "It ended up being a goal-line situation. I thought that got the guys going a little bit and we ended up having a decent practice."
  • Early in practice, the second-team offense incurred O'Brien's wrath after a sloppy series. The entire unit had to run a lap together.
  • Rookie quarterback Tom Savage's reps have increased throughout camp. O'Brien said he is taking developmental reps and has had 130 7-on-7 or team drill reps in 11 practices. Savage's throws in practice have been a mixed bag. But his head is spinning less than it was when he arrived in Houston and that is evident. On one play, undrafted rookie defensive end Julius Warmsley arrived in the backfield in what might have been a sack if he was allowed to touch Savage. Savage coolly found receiver Travis Labhart in the end zone.
  • Backup quarterback Case Keenum is working on feeling more comfortable being uncomfortable. "Does that make sense? Just pushing the limits and trying to find some continuity with the guys you’re playing with. So, it’s getting better. It’s getting better every day. Still making mistakes every day, which you know I don’t like. But I think that’s what makes you better; not making the same mistakes."
  • The Texans have Wednesday off before returning to practice on Thursday and Friday. They'll face the Arizona Cardinals on the road on Saturday.
Last week we reviewed the Texans roster with one gaping hole at nose tackle.

Gaping is the right word here, because they're looking for a big fellow there. They picked one up Tuesday in free agency, according to the league's transaction wire. Jerrell Powe, a 6-foot-2, 330-pound nose tackle is now a Houston Texan. Powe is the first outside free agent the Texans have signed since the new league year opened, and he's also the only nose tackle on the Texans' roster right now.

He was a sixth-round pick by the Chiefs in 2011, back when Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was the head coach there. Though he had some talent, it never quite worked out between Powe and the Chiefs. He was released before the 2013 season and then waited until the Chiefs re-signed him in December.

This doesn't look like a solution for the Texans' vacant starting nose tackle position, but they needed more than just that prior.



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