Today was day number two and practice number two for the Houston Texans OTAs. There was some news today out of camp and one scary collision that left one Texans player left for further evaluation.
Also, some key veterans took the day off to observe practice but helped when needed with the younger players. The temperature was a little humid and the wind once again provided a nice breeze for the players. Here are some quick notes on day two.
- The Texans had two injuries with Phillip Supernaw and Sunny Harris that were labeled as foot injuries from yesterday. Neither player was present at practice.
- Wade Smith, Andre Johnson, Johnathan Joseph, Greg Jones, Owen Daniels and Antonio Smith were all healthy "watchers" today at OTAs. All were helping in drills and talking to the younger players in between plays.
- Tim Dobbins was absent for the second day in a row and it was reiterated by Coach Kubiak that these were "voluntary" OTAs. Dobbins is coming off a foot injury that landed him on the injured reserve late last season.
- Wide receiver Keshawn Martin looked good today running routes and catching the football. He showed some quickness with the ball in his hands, and caused some issues for the defense in the middle of the field. Martin has gotten off to a good start in the first two days.
- The quarterbacks had some issues today and still look a bit rusty from the offseason. There were some missed center and quarterback exchanges that ended up on the ground, and some inconsistent passing from the group. All four of the quarterbacks still look to being trying to get into the groove with the new players on offense. Matt Schaub is making sure he works with DeAndre Hopkins when he can and learning the new rookie wide receiver. Schaub knows what he is seeing in Hopkins on the field, now he is trying to get on the same page with his new weapon. Hopkins has been giving crisp routes and gaining the trust of Schaub with every pass thrown his way.
- Rookie tight end Ryan Griffin showed some life today catching some tough passes in traffic. He had a couple of drops but overall he had a good day with the absence of Supernaw. Griffin looks the part of an NFL tight end at 6-6, 256 lbs., but like all new players, learning the offense takes time.
- Kareem Jackson came into OTAs at 208 lbs., but in 2012 he played at 192 lbs. He assured us that he trains heavy in the off-season but it will even out when camp approaches. He said he plays lighter during the season and he has always trained like this.
- Defensive tackle Jared Crick looks much healthier and ready to take on a bigger role in 2013. Crick has beefed up to 295 lbs. and looks more durable for the run defense. Also, with his weight he looks like he can fill in at nose tackle in a pinch. He has shown good footwork in drills and power on the sled so he should be fun to watch on how much he has grown as a football player.
- Brandon Harris took a nasty spill when wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins fell on his head and knocked him out of practice. Harris was taken in immediately from the practice field to the stadium for further evaluation. Harris has looked good but getting him healthy for training camp is the most important thing for the Texans.
- Once again rookie A.J. Bouye showed up in practice and made some more solid coverage plays on defense. The cornerback stood out in rookie mini camp and now during the first two days of OTAs. He has gained some good film for the Texans' coaches to evaluate. Bouye is one player to watch, especially with the Texans looking for another cornerback to take the spot of the departed Alan Ball.
- Safety Eddie Pleasant looks like he has gotten a solid grasp of the defense. Today he was constantly lining up linebackers and cornerbacks to formations the offense showed. Pleasant also showed some nice closing speed to plays in front of him. He has an inside track to being one of the safeties in week one.
- Second year wide receiver Jeff Maehl has looked sharp in routes and catching the ball early in OTAs. Maehl has been with the team for three seasons and now is a make or break season for the former Oregon Duck. It is not too far fetched to think Maehl has a real opportunity to make the 53 man roster, especially with DeVier Posey out for the start of the season. That leaves Maehl to compete with Lestar Jean for what looks like the final wide receiver position. Early looks have both wide receivers even at the moment and a situation to watch for training camp.
- David Quessenberry, the rookie guard, is one of the drafted rookies that can be the steal of the draft. Quessenberry moves well at right guard and does a good job of running the zone scheme with Ben Jones and Andrew Gardner. He is one player that will be fun to watch once the pads are put on.
- Cornerback Brice McCain has been doing light work after injuring his foot last season which put him on the injured reserve. He does not have a limp and is moving well. This is a precautionary measure by the team moving forward. According to Kareem Jackson, the Texans bringing back McCain this season was "huge" for the secondary.