Texans Training Camp: Day Three

The Houston Texans wrapped up day three of training camp and today marked the first day of full contact.

-Jadeveon Clowney was in pads and ready to go for day one of contact. Still not a full go after recovering from sports hernia surgery, he looks like he is getting closer to being ready to practice without restrictions. His explosion with his first step is no issue and he looks like he is moving well despite the restrictions. Clowney is one of the most gifted players on the field and he is showing it more and more as he gets comfortable with NFL life.

-Ryan Griffin had a mixed day today for the offense with some nice work in the passing game, but he struggled in some run blocking assignments. He is working well with Ryan Fitzpatrick and could emerge as a pass catching target, but until he gets his run game blocking under control he could see limited time.

-Chris Myers and Ben Jones showed early in pads that they were ready for the challenge. Both were moving the defensive line with ease and any questions of Myers being ready for this new style of play could have been answered on day one. Jones also looked much better than previous seasons in the run game and creating holes for running backs to work. It was a good start for the center and guard duo on day one.

-Justin Tuggle is settling into his inside linebacker position and he did not miss a beat with the pads on. He was able to get downhill in a hurry in the run game and showed he has improved his ability to cover in space. If versatility is the key, Tuggle is fitting that description for the defense.

-Rookie Jeoffrey Pagan looked better than expected on day one of pads. He was very active on the defensive line front and gave some more than adequate looks against the offensive line. His strength and size made it tough for the offensive line to handle him today and he moves better than expected with his 310 lbs. frame.

-Safety Kendrick Lewis was very active out of the secondary and he knew today was the first day of pads. Lewis played physical from his safety position and made his presence known to offensive players, which is a slight change on what was seen from him in previous seasons. Lewis adds a good leader on the back half of the secondary and he has been depended on to help install the defense.

-Safety D.J. Swearinger is still trying to improve his coverage skills, especially in man-to-man coverage. The second year safety still struggles in those situations and he is trying to make a concerted effort to improve that part of his game. Swearinger also showed that hitting is still one of the best parts of his game, and with Lewis today the pair of safeties played aggressive all practice.

-Rookie wide receiver LaCoaltan Bester keeps making plays for the offense. Bester turned a rookie tryout into a contract with the team and now he has put together three positive days of camp. He has some speed to get vertical and he showed that today during the team drill on a deep ball that he caught in the back of the endzone.

-Offensive tackle Will Yeatman looked solid in pass protection today and this comes after ACL surgery less than 9 months ago. He was able to anchor well against pass rushers today and looked in good form for not playing in some time. Right now Yeatman is a pleasant surprise coming out of the first day of pads.

-Rookie offensive guard Xavier Su’a-Filo had a positive day for his first day of pads. He has some good feet and quickness for his 307 lbs. frame. and he looked solid for his first day in pass protection. He also put together some good work in the run game, but at times played a little high which is something that needs to be corrected. It will be a matter of time before Su’a-Filo makes it to the starting lineup but he will have to prove daily that he deserves the position.

-Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had another solid day on the field for the offense and his confidence is growing with each practice session. He is dealing to his receivers and becoming a leader not only with the offense but the entire team. He has a cool presence in the pocket and did a good job of standing in the face of pressure today.

-Fullback Jay Prosch was unleashed today and is exactly what people want from a fullback. He fits into the hard nose mentality that Bill O’Brien is trying to infuse to this team and it showed in goal line situations today. Prosch knows one speed when he is asked to lead block and he showed why he was drafted for that exact reason.

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