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Volume 7, Issue 1 8/07/12 - старонка 11


 Morgan Burnett (SS), M.D. Jennings (FS), Jeron McMillian (FS), Micah Pellerin, Anthony Levine

Houston Texans


A Lisfranc injury caused Matt Schaub to miss the last half of the Texans 2011 season as well as offseason OTAs, but he was on the field and practicing without restrictions at the start of training camp. Schaub opened camp

with a pair of completions to Andre Johnson

in 9-on-7 drills. "It was like riding a bike because we’ve been doing it for so long together now and working all summer," Schaub said of playing with Johnson. “It was good to get him the ball early and get it his way and get everyone going. It was nice to be out there." Schaub reported later in the week that

physically he was feeling great, and everything was going well.

The main competition for TJ Yates at backup quarterback is rookie Case Keenum, who according to head coach Gary Kubiak has been

"up and down"

so far after having doing well in OTAs. The team had a brief scare when standout left tackle

Duane Brown suffered what turned out to be a bone bruise

. Brown

should return this practice this week



Though the biggest news at running back going into camp was

Arian Foster’s switch to a vegan diet

, the Texans running backs drew praise from coach Kubiak who said not only are Arian Foster and Ben Tate pushing each other, but that

it\'s the best set of running backs he\'s ever been around

. Undrafted rookies Davin Meggett and Jonathan Grimes have their work cut out for them in trying to beat out free agent signee Justin Forsett. Forsett has been wowing the crowd during open practice sessions,

breaking off several long runs in the open field.

He has been displaying explosiveness and excellent vision along with sure hands as a receiver out of the backfield.


Andre Johnson has created a bit of anxiety in fantasy owners first by

having his knee scoped

in early May, and then by

being held out of practice for a groin injury

in his first week of practice. Coach Kubiak said of the situation that they were just being overly cautious, and Johnson

is expected back to practice

after sitting out a week. The injury to Johnson gave second year wide out Lestar Jean more repetitions with the first unit, drawing mixed praise from the coaching staff. Kubiak was impressed with his work, but also indicated

he needs to make plays when he has the opportunity

. On Wednesday, Jean joined DeVier Posey with the second squad, while Keshawn Martin and Kevin Walter played with the first unit, with Bryant Johnson as a third wideout. Martin is so far making the most of the opportunity,

drawing praise from coaches and teammates alike

. Matt Schaub said of Martin, “You can really see him working, and he just makes plays. He creates a lot of separation from corners to give you a chance to make a throw where he can catch it and make something happen.” Backup T.J. Yates agreed, saying, “K-Mart is so quick on the inside. He’s fierce in and out of his cuts, which is really going to help us, I think, get a different look.” Lestar Jean then rose to Martin’s challenge at the end of the first week, looking like one of the stars of camp as he had a number of catches including

a deep ball from Schaub and also a one-handed catch

against Brice McCain.


Though tight end is a position to watch for the Texans with the departure of Joel Dreessen to Denver, the first week of practice was relatively quiet.

The team is giving Owen Daniels more rest in camp this year

, which gives backup Garrett Graham more opportunity to show he can fill in for Dreessen. Kubiak was impressed with Graham’s play, saying Graham is

one of the more improved players on the team right now

. Graham

has looked good at both blocking and receiving

, which he will need if he wants to earn significant snaps.


Houston’s defense has started with some nicks, the worst being

the dislocated left elbow of defensive end J.J. Watt

. The coaching staff says they know what they will get from Watt and will not rush him back, but

expect Watt will be ready to play week one

. Another injury is inside linebacker

Darryl Sharpton’s injured hip, which will keep him out three weeks

. In addition, going down to a hamstring was cornerback Kareem Jackson,

though he is set to return this week

. Along with the injuries has been some standout play, especially by cornerback

Brice McCain, who was called the day’s MVP

by defensive backs coach Vance Joseph after McCain broke up a fade in the end zone. Second year player Brandon Harris also drew praise from Kubiak

who called him a different player

after his improved play in OTAs and training camp. First round pick outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus is also benefiting from the team resting Connor Barwin in a number of practices, and by accounts, he

has looked outstanding so far


Special Teams:

Eight days into camp, rookie kicker Randy Bullock was 23 of 28 (82.1%) on field goals while veteran Shayne Graham was 13 of 17 (76.5%). Head coach Gary Kubiak commented, “I think it’s a battle. I think Randy has had quite a few good days, had a couple misses the other day. I really like the way he works at his craft and he has a strong leg. Shayne is a veteran guy, pretty automatic inside the 40 and those types of things. He’s missed a day or so with some leg soreness and those types of things. They can both kick in this league. Which one is going to kick for us? We’ll find out.”

Texans Depth Chart


 Matt Schaub, T.J. Yates, Case Keenum, John Beck


 Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Justin Forsett, Jonathan Grimes, Davin Meggett


 James Casey (TE), Derrell Smith, Jason Ford, Moran Norris


 Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, Lestar Jean, Keshawn Martin (PR), Devier Posey, Bryant Johnson, Jeff Maehl, Juaquin Iglesias, Trindon Holliday (KR)


 Owen Daniels, Garrett Graham


 Duane Brown, Nick Mondek


 Wade Smith, Brandon Brooks


 Chris Myers, Ben Jones


 Antoine Caldwell, Shelley


 Rashad Butler, Derek Newton


 Randy Bullock, Shayne Graham


 Shaun Cody, Earl Mitchell


 J.J. Watt, Antonio Smith, Tim Jamison, Jared Crick, Ra\'Shon Harris, Mitch King, Keith Browner


 Brian Cushing, Darryl Sharpton (inj), Bradie James, Tim Dobbins, Mister Alexander, Keyaron Fox


 Connor Barwin (W), Brooks Reed (S), Whitney Mercilus (W), Bryan Braman (S), Jesse Nading


 Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson, Brice McCain, Brandon Harris, Sherrick McManis, Roc Carmichael 2014-07-19 18:44
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