RTC: Jerrell Powe's long road

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...

Before we get started with updated links, in case you missed it, the Texans honored tackle David Quessenberry over the weekend and launched a fundraising effort. I spoke to his teammates about it, and then I spoke with him. It was a good day for him, for a lot of reasons. And good days as he battles lymphoma are days he cherishes.

Getting to this point hasn't been easy for Texans nose tackleJerrell Powe, writes Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle. Powe has dealt with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, a fight with the NCAA and most recently the death of a man who helped raise him. He's competing to become the Texans' starting nose tackle now after refusing to give up a tough journey.

Marc Vandermeer, the voice of the Texans, says this year's training camp has been unlike any other he's seen in Houston. "All training camps are intense. But this one is dialed up to a new level. From running after practice day one to three consecutive steamy days in full gear to a physical edge never witnessed at NRG Park, it’s clear this is a new era. Former Cowboy and Aggie Dat Nguyen, who co-hosts afternoon drive on Texans affiliate ESPN 1250 in San Antonio, has seen a few Houston camps. He told me this camp reminds him of when the Cowboys were making the transition into the Parcells era. I’ll have some of that, please."

Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com offers his 10 observations from Sunday's practice. One is this: "Posey made two really nice catches in 11-on-11s. If anyone has the most to gain by Andre Johnson’s missing practices, it’s Posey because he’s the next outside wide receiver on the depth chart. DeAndre Hopkins is going to get first team reps either way but Posey is getting plenty of work in with Ryan Fitzpatrick and the first unit."