As many of you know we couldn't make it out to West Virginia due to doctor's orders. As tough as it has been not only in getting back to my feet, watching from afar has been tough to do.
Lucky for us a loyal follower and friend to the site over the years, Karthik Prasad (you can follow KP here), who lives in Houston but travels took him by the The Greenbrier, decided to be our eyes while we are currently on the PUP list. Big thanks to Karthik for taking time out to jot down some notes and get a better look at what is going on with the Houston Texans.
KPs Overall takeaways:
- Deshaun Watson’s and DeAndre Hopkins' chemistry was evident throughout the day - decisive throws, especially with sideline/back-shoulder catches, precise routes. Those two were tough to cover all day.
- Returning from Injury: JJ Watt, Whitney Mercilus, Nick Martin and Christian Covington looked to be moving well. Watt in particular seems fluid, but also seems that there is more faster/explosive he can get to but seems to be part of the process for him.
- Keke Coutee - flashed all day - he was able to beat Aaron Colvin on a deep route from the slot,used his speed to break off his route on Johnathan Joseph with the threat to get vertical. Coutee has a chance to be a real weapon in the middle of the field
- Rookie tight ends, both had a good day -Jordan Thomas with a great seam catch, Jordan Akins with a nice redzone catch. The two rookies appear tohave real ball skills and move well in the passing portion of practice.
- Kevin Johnson flashed - solid in 1v1s (did get beat once by on a double move), but then came on strong in redzone work, stopping two fades from Watson to Hopkins, finished practice with a leaping pick against Hopkins.
- 2 New Names to Start Monitoring: RB Troymaine Pope and rookie WR Jester Weah
- Several young players have come back noticeably stronger and all are filling out their frames with a strong off-season; Deshaun Watson, Will Fuller, Zach Cunningham.
- There is work for Braxton Miller to do but he has a better understanding of the offense. His routes looked sharp and crisp all practice.
- With Kareem Jackson now making the move to safety, look for the Texans defense to have five defensive backs on the field in nickel and dime situations that have cornerback coverage ability.
- Ka'imi Fairbairn was letting it go today kicking field goal, he hit one today from 60. He was using narrow goal posts when he kicked it.
- Zach Cunningham was active, showed sideline speed still evident with added strength, should have had a pick also. He was covering routes well from the backfield.
- The Texans like what rookie Jordan Akins brings in the passing game and putting him to the test early to see if he can handle it.
- Deshaun Watson was in control of the offense all day, never looked flustered and threw the ball with confidence.
- DeAndrew White flashed but he has to remain consistent in the passing game and try to catch the ball with confidence.
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