Texans Training Camp: Day Eleven

Texans Training Camp: Day Eleven

The Houston Texans wrapped up their last official practice before the head off the Arizona for their preseason opener.

-Head Coach Bill O’Brien confirmed that Andre Johnson and Arian Foster would both not be available for the upcoming preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals. This comes as little surprise with Johnson and Foster limited in camp to this point.

-Outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney returned to practice and looked like there was no ill-effects of his groin wile practicing. Clowney has missed some time on the practice field since being pulled last week. He looks healthy and is moving well on the field and it appears he should get playing time against the Cardinals this Saturday.

-Rookie wide receivers Kofi Hughes and Anthony McClung both returned to practice for the first time since training camp opened. They have some work to do to catch up to the rest of the wide receiver group.

-Case Keenum struggled today in practice throwing some costly interceptions where one was returned for a score and got the defense excited. Keenum is starting to feel the pressure, and the expectations that this offense requires the quarterbacks to use seems to overwhelm the third year pro. It will be on Keenum to perform and keep his backup position with the Texans and it starts in less than two days.

-Defensive tackles Ricardo Mathews and Jeoffrey Pagan look healthy and ready to contribute on the defensive line. Their size and ability to hold up against the run will be a big difference from previous years and what was expected from the defensive line. Both provide big bodies that will allow linebackers to roam and make plays and finally give an identity to what a 3-4 defensive line should be in the NFL.

-Andre Hal continues to build on a strong camp and he intercepted a pass when a receiver slipped in his route. He continues to take advantage of some average cornerback play in front of him and his play making ability has started to shine.

-Josh Victorian has had an up and down camp in terms of coverage on the field but today he made a nice interception for the defense. He has gotten his hands on some footballs in the air but he has struggled to make his mark on the defense. Victorian has shown he can produce on special teams, but he is going to have to up his value defensively to find his spot on the roster.

-Jason Ankrah has boosted his stock during camp. He is in position to take over the fourth outside linebacker position if he can hold off Quentin Groves. Ankrah arrived to Houston as a defensive end from Nebraska in a 4-3 defense that never played a standup edge player. The Texans had every intention of playing him at the outside linebacker position and he has shown some promise in his new position. Ankrah can set the edge in the run game and has some work to do as a pass rusher, but he fits the mold of a throw back outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

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