An extended look at the Houston Texans day at camp.
Wendall Williams looked the part on the field and he showed why he was given a chance by the Texans. His straight line speed is a sight to see. Both Charles James and Kevin Johnson got a reality check on what real speed looks like. Williams ran by both veterans with ease and he caught one ball from Tom Savage for a touchdown while the other was overthrown. Williams showed that his speed is the real deal on the field.
Josh Lenz (remember that name) showed up in a big way for the Texans offense today. Lenz, who spent time with the Texans on the practice squad last season, this was the first full look at him on the field and he did not disappoint. He showed parts of his game that many did know he had: a vertical presence and top end route running. Lenz couldn’t finish off the first pass thrown to him, unable to get vertical when he had the defender clearly beat, but he did not disappoint after that. Lenz soon became a catching machine and started working on the inside of the offense, giving the defense fits. It was a solid first day for Lenz and he was easily the best wide receiver on the day for the Texans.
Keith Mumphery had a strong opening day, displaying sharp routes and he made the catch of the day in the corner of the end zone off the arm of Brandon Weeden. Mumphery caught the pass on a back shoulder throw over Terrance Mitchell to get the offense excited on a day they needed some life.
Ka'imi Fairbairn got the first crack at field goal attempts today at training camp. He went 5-6 on his attempts and his only miss came at 50+ yards out. Faibairn showed his leg by nailing a 50+ field goal attempt to close out his opportunities kicking today.
Some rookie wide receivers had a tough time lining up on the field, which did not make Bill O’Brien or Osweiler very happy during practice.
Stephen Anderson was one of our "players to watch" to start training camp and the Texans are working hard to make sure they get a good look with Osweiler’s group on the field. Anderson did some good work with his routes on the field and really seemed more comfortable in space. He showed he can get across the field and made some solid receptions for Osweiler against veteran safeties.
Tom Savage looked smooth and comfortable with what he is asked to do in the Texans offense. Savage threw with confidence into traffic and vertically to receivers. He showed it some in the off season but the biggest difference in Savage’s game is his footwork and the ability to get himself into good position to throw the football. It will be interesting to see the opportunities he is given moving forward but he had a strong opening day.
Tyler Ervin suffered from a quad injury during the off season but today he looked healthy and showed his lateral quickness to get outside to developing holes. He has some impressive movement skills and was able to put his pass catching ability to work today.