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Carr showing he's the real deal

7/22/2002

HOUSTON -- Here are five observations from the Texans' training camp.

1. David Carr is the real deal. His delivery isn't a problem. He has worked on getting his release point higher and it seems very natural. What he has to watch is destroying his receivers when he's throwing short passes over the middle. The nice part is that he puts some air under the ball instead of having bazooka shots every time the ball comes out of his hands. Plus, he's more mobile out of the pocket than most people realize.

2. Defensive tackle Gary Walker might be right that Aaron Glenn and Marcus Coleman are one of the league's better cornerback tandems. Glenn baited Carr into a spectacular over-the-shoulder interception on a deep fade pass Monday morning. Coleman didn't have a great season with the Jets last year, but the Texans believe he is playing much better in Houston and should be better than they even anticipated.

3. There is no question who the most important people are in Capers' camp. It's the linebackers. In Capers' 3-4 scheme, linebackers are kings. That's expected. The Texans are solid at linebacker. Jay Foreman and Jamie Sharper are solid run-stoppers with mobility at the inside post. Kailee Wong is the team's best pass-rushing linebacker and he comes from the left side. There will be a good battle between Greg Jones and the recently signed Keith Mitchell on the left.

4. The Texans will probably be searching for a veteran quarterback during camp. Kent Graham started third and that's not a good sign. Mike Quinn is currently second. With Carr clearly established as the No. 1, the Texans management has to figure out what helps the team if he gets hurt.

5. This is the first training camp in Houston since 1966, and it clearly showed from the local media. During the middle of the team's first team session, the public relations department announced that free food and drinks were available in a tent on the other side of the field. Ninety percent of the coverage teams marched to the tent for an extended period, leaving only a handful of beat reporters and national observers.

John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.