Extended look at the Houston Texans day at training camp.
Tom Savage continues to impress and that should be expected since he has been groomed in this offense. Quick feet and an even better release have helped him hit receivers in stride. Add in his strong arm and it has been a solid first two days. The way Savage uses his eyes in the pocket is a good thing to see and his overall pocket presence has taken a step up. It is hard not to like what he has put together and there is a chance to expect big things from him in the preseason.
Kevin Johnson has had a hot and cold two days at cornerback and he looks like he is shaking the rust off from an off-season filled with surgeries. Remember, Johnson did no on field work during OTAs or mini camp due to the team wanting him to get back to health. He has guessed some on the field in the coverage instead of trusting what is in front of him. Currently, A.J. Bouye is getting more work than Johnson to this point.
Charles James had a much better day and provided nice coverage all day with an interception on an underthrown pass. James struggled some yesterday but answered the call today.
Will Fuller V might have made the catch of the day when he was on the back end of the end zone and jumped over Johnathan Joseph, coming down with the catch. Fuller showed his athletic ability on that reception although earlier in the day, he had a simple catch punched out after he started running for a fumble. Rookie bumps are expected but the big time plays need to be evened out with simple plays that will be relied upon most of the time.
Stephen Anderson continues to get closer looks at tight end and Osweiler is learning how to use him on the field. He was a key target in the red zone for the offense.
Terrance Mitchell (pictured above), the Cowboys cast off, played solid coverage today and had a key pass breakup on Hopkins in the end zone. Hopkins initially caught the ball but it was poked out when he was coming down by Mitchell.
Things you can’t see on the field include Osweiler changing plays at the line of scrimmage and turning it into a big play on the field. Also, Osweiler makes sure he gets practice reps throwing routes with players he knows he will be passing to during the season. He is always directing traffic and taking the lead on drills with teammates.
There is little to be said about the defensive and offensive line until pads go on. There will be plenty more information to come out on that group when they are allowed to haul off against each other.
Quick notes on some work today from the interior.
Kendall Lamm has improved his footwork from last season and it can be seen in pass sets as he gets out of his stance.
Chad Slade is working at both guard and tackle. He is completely healed from a back issue from last year. He looks better suited for the guard position.
Nick Martin is fitting right into his position at center, a true technician with his feet.
Ra'Zahn Howard showed some pop with his hands. He has some impressive strength created with leverage in his rush. He is a load on the interior.