Texans Training Camp: Sunday's News And Notes

Texans Looking For A Resilient Bunch

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August 11, 2019 - 12:43 pm

The Texans were back on the practice fields on day sixteen of training camp. The focus, for the coaches, players, media and of course fans in attendance this time of year always seems to be the heat. 

There's no doubt it's HOT. 

I mean...they have an ice box for humans behind one of the practice fields that holds a steady thirty-two degrees. 

However, while it takes both mental and physical strength (The ice box doesn't hurt either) to overcome the heat as a daily challenge this time of year, the focus of practice today seemed to be building reslience. 

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien didn't waist much time Sunday morning in putting his team to the test. After about ten-minutes of individual drills, the Texans challeneged the offensive groups with possession deep in their own territory, on their own five-yard line. 

"That particular drill, the offense was at a disadvantage. They've got to try and chip away to get it out," O'Brien said. "You've got to watch the reps too, I mean...you don't want in this type of practice an eightteen-play drive, that would wear people out so you've got to watch the reps. We went six plays for each group and I thought the guys competed."

That was the team's first test for Sunday, however, it has been a process throughout camp thus far. The work ethic a team comes to the practice field with on day one, doesn't necessarily mean that it's going to be the one they leave with day two much less day sixteen. 

Bill O'Brien says he and the staff make it a point everyday to challenge the team to get the best out of them and prepare them for the challenges that await them during a 16-game regular season schedule. 

"You put them in different situations, I think you try to put the offense in a disadvantage, backed up inside the five, or maybe the defense is at a disadvantage starting to drive in their own territory so you can anufacture some of those things but I think that's a big part of football," O'Brien said.  

"I mean I think football is such a physical game, theres a lot of mental toughness that goes with it, and that's important."

That mental toughness O'Brien talks about quite regularly, is also something that is the focus of some of the injured players that have yet to see much time on the pactice field this camp. 

Texans second-year tight end Jordan Thomas and rookie TE Kahale Warring are a couple of players that have been out due to injury, and have had only the mental reps in watching film to this point to prepare them for the season as they continue to rehab their injuries.  

O'Brien said Sunday their absence has certainly cost them to this point. 

"Yeah, it put's them back. You know, I don't think there's any substitute for the experience on the field. I think that availability equals dependability. You know, it's not their fault that they're injured, I mean but they have to work hard to get back out here as soon as they can because it's a very competitive position, very competitive."

O'Brien added that veteran TE Darren Fells, Jordan Akins as well as Jerell Adams have had very good camps to this point. 

NOTES:

Nick Martin, Carlos Watkins, Keke Coutee, AJ McCarron, JJ Watt, Jermaine Kelly, Jordan Thomas, Kahale Warring, Jonathan Joseph, Duke Johnson, Xavier Crawford and Greg Mancz did not practice Sunday - many of them were working out prior to the start of camp on side fields getting light running and agility work in. 

The Texans hosted a young man named Ethan from Cypress today as part of the Make A Wish foundation. Ethan's wish was to play catch with Deshaun Watson. You can watch Ethan's experience on our Twitter page, @SportsRadio610.