The Extended Cut: Texans Mandatory Mini-Camp Day #1

A closer look at Houston Texans Mandatory Mini-Camp on Day One.

The day belonged to Brian Cushing and in a passing camp, he showed he is healthy and showed well in coverage. It is the second consecutive season that he has been able to prepare for football, unhampered by injury. He looks spry and is moving well, a complete difference in who he is as a player coming off of those knee injuries. Cushing had a nice interception reading a route coming his way and made a play in stride to return it for a sizable gain. 

Antonio Allen has been running hot and cold on the field and it starts with him trying to digest what the coaching staff is teaching him. He is working to make sure that he understands the scheme in a team setting and he had some nice breaks on the football in the passing game. It was his best day as a defender since arriving to Houston. 

Everyone now has a chance to make the roster with part of the depth chart altered by injuries. Rookie cornerback, Cleveland Wallace, made a step forward with a key coverage play in the team setting. 

Rookie free agent wide receiver, Tevin Jones, continues to make waves at practice. He is making plays which he creates with solid route running and nice hands for the position. He is not as physically gifted as the rest of the group, (the rookie free agent group) but he is standing out by being the most consistent with his solid play. He has a good feel for the route package and where he is on the field. 

It was an up and down day for Will Fuller V. He is getting open but has to work to complete plays on the field. He is catching the ball well but the little things are creating issues like routes and being strong on contested catches. However, this is all to be expected with rookie wide receivers. 

Rookie tight end, Stephen Anderson, will be looked at as a potential key cog for the offense but there are many things the rookie will need to do to crack the lineup. He is going to have to get a better understanding in setting routes against coverage and, most importantly, playing strongly when bigger defenders are trying to break up passes. Anderson is going to have to show he can beat the rookie curve and it will be tough task. 

It was a good day for the defensive backs. Kurtis Drummond had a fumble recovery and some good breaks on the ball in the air. Drummond was knocked coming out of college for his lack of speed and quickness but he is making up for it with his understanding of the defense and where routes are developing. Drummond was one of many defensive backs who had a solid day. 

Tom Savage continues to look solid as a quarterback and he might throw the ball with the most pace on it. It gets to its intended targets in a hurry and he linked up with Keith Mumphery most of practice. Not many passes are hitting the ground when Savage is throwing the ball and he continues to put his best foot forward on trying to lock down the back up spot. 


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