Texans Training Camp: Day Two

The Texans wrapped up day two of training camp and today showed the competitiveness that Bill O'Brien is trying to instill in his players.

-The quarterbacks worked the offense by getting calls from Quarterback Coach George Godsey on the sideline from a walkie talkie. With the music blaring, the quarterbacks had a similar noise that will be happening in games. The Texans staff has put an emphasis on communication on the field and the music is used for that exact reason to simulate crown noise.

-There were plenty of interceptions being thrown today at practice and it can be attributed to two things. Quarterbacks learning the offensive system and trying to understand their receivers, and a secondary and linebacker group that seems more aware of what to do when the football is in the air. There should not be too much put into the high rate of interceptions thrown on day two, but the positives is a defense actually intercepting passes.

-Uzoma Nwachukwu has put together two solid days to open training camp and is slowly making waves in the wide receiver group. He has made defensive backs' lives tough with his speed to stretch the field and he has improved his route running from last season which is rounding out his game. Playing in an outside receiver role, Nwachukwu has forced the staff to take notice with his strong opening to camp.

-Justin Tuggle had a strong day today especially when the team went 7 on 7. Tuggle read a play perfectly which led him to jump a route which led to intercepting a pass and which would have resulted in a touchdown. His versatility is evident and his athleticism is on display at inside linebacker. It looks like he will provide some good depth for the position group.

-There should be little reason for alarm concerning Tom Savage who is on very limited reps behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and Case Keenum. Savage is trying to catch up mentally to the NFL game and his limited reps are not giving a true look at the rookie two practices in. It will be a slow moving process for Savage and will not be given more look until the coaching staff is comfortable with him.

-Shane Lechler is still booming punts and today he was putting on a display with his 50 plus yard punts with no issues. Also, Randy Bullock and Chris Boswell kicked off and both showed strong legs and hang time to the back of the end zone. The kicking competition is only going to get more interesting as camp moves on.

-A.J. Bouye has put together two solid days and is looking like he could be in the mix for one of the top three cornerbacks on the team. His value is at a boundary cornerback and he has shown some good awareness in coverage. He has been getting his hands on footballs and breaking up passes. His emergence has put pressure on others in the position group to pick up their play.

-Keshawn Martin has put on good displays over the last two training camps and he has done the same through the first two days. He went vertical and ran by a defensive back for a long touchdown off the arm of Fitzpatrick. It is tough to take what he does in camp for more than face value because we have seen this before. Martin has to work on making these good days translate to when the lights come on during gameday.

-Quinten Groves and Lawrence Sidbury were present today and worked immediately with the team on day one. They passed their conditioning test after practice which gave them the full go for training camp. Both are expected to come in and add depth to the outside linebacker position and special teams.

-Jerrell Powe and Shane Lechler returned to camp after missing the first day of camp for undisclosed reasons.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick is looking like he is taking the necessary steps to make a difference with the team. He is letting the ball go at the top of his drop and into receivers hands in a hurry. He was efficient from 20 yards in and made some nice throws to Andre Johnson. Things have gone better for Fitzpatrick through the early portions of camp than what majority has expected of the veteran.

Andre Hal started off slow for the day but then put on a nice show in 7 on 7s. He made the play of the day when he was one on one with Andre Johnson on deep post route when he reached up and intercepted the pass with one hand. His coverage was solid and his confidence seem to take off and broke up another pass later in practice. Hal stepped up to the challenge today and put together his best day.

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Brandon Harris had a tough day at the office and struggled to cover consistently against receivers. His change of direction slows him down and his catch up speed is not enough to run down receivers who get a step on him. Visibly frustrated at times, Harris had a day he would like to soon forget. At one point he had trouble covering Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins on back to back plays which resulted in big gains for the offense.

Dennis Johnson has to have a near perfect camp to make any movement on the running back depth chart. Today he dropped two passes which he usually has little problems catching, and one resulted in an interception. Johnson has the skill set to possibly make this team, but days like this is where doubt creeps in from the coaching staff.

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