Quick hitters from the Houston Texans work day during the second week of Phase III of OTAs.
The Texans gave some key veterans time off from work today. J.J. Watt, Johnathan Joseph, Chris Clark and Brian Cushing (shoulder surgery) all took in practice from the side while wearing team-issue gear. Duane Brown was a no-show once again and Keith Mumphery was not in attendance at practice after news coming out regarding an incident at Michigan State in 2015 that has him banned from campus until late 2018. The Texans were still gathering information on the incident that hit newswire early this morning.
Rookie running back D'Onta Foreman hit the field for the first time all spring and was instantly plugged into the offense to get him used to the scheme. Foreman has been working to get back on the field since rookie mini-camp and missed that three-day period plus the first week of OTAs, as he was working to get into NFL shape. Bill O’Brien mentioned Foreman’s conditioning levels at the start of OTAs and the Texans will take no chances with players who are not ready to hit the field. It was clear Foreman was trying to get his footing early and became more comfortable as the practice went on. He showed some of his
Braxton Miller returned to the field and it is clear that he is way more comfortable with the offense and his role in it. He made a nice catch on a ball thrown behind him and was able to turn his body, making the catch in between two defenders. Miller is looking confident getting in and out of his routes. Last season he was able to win one on ones with pure athleticism. Now he is winning with refined route running. It is clear Miller has worked on his craft over the off-season.
The offense looked much better with Tom Savage running the show. If anything, Savage looks more comfortable with his role as the starting quarterback. That alone has settled him down compared to last week and he was able to throw some nice strikes to receivers. He hit Hopkins early in the day with a quick throw for a touchdown in red-zone work, and he has done a good job of getting the ball out on time.
There continues to be a learning curve for Deshaun Watson regarding how he is acclimating to the game, the offense, and just NFL life in general. It is easy to see, EARLY in the process, that he is overmatched. There is plenty of time for him to continue to work on his game and continue to learn the system. Watson had a few good throws and then some really bad ones today, but when he does make the good throws, it is pretty clear that he has the attributes necessary to succeed in the NFL. Getting him slowed down and confident in his ability to work within the system will be a process. One thing Watson is doing plenty of is asking questions to coaches and his fellow quarterbacks after reps on the field. He works late after practice with receivers and centers trying to iron out his game which is a plus for any player at this level.
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