The Final few players selected in the 2003 NFL Draft and
the Supplemental Draft, were signed to Houston Texans contracts on Thursday, not
all as late as Tight End Bennie Joppru who only signed one hour before he had to
report to his professional training camp.
Linebacker Antwaan Peek signed with the team on Wednesday,
and he was followed by the signing of Running Back Tony Hollings who was
selected in the 2003 Supplemental draft, after he was declared ineligible for
the NFL College Draft in April. Quarterback Dave Ragone and Tight End Bennie
Joppru who al signed 4 year contracts with the Texans, Thursday morning. Meaning
all of the Texans players will be at camp on time.
Quarterback Dave Ragone has signed a four year $1.35
million deal with the Texans including a $440,000 signing bonus. Running Back
Tony Hollings also signed a four year deal worth $2.3 million with a $933,000
signing bonus, and Tight End Bennie Joppru signed a 4 year deal worth $3
million, including a signing bonus of $1.635 million. The rest of the Texans
draft picks have been signed with OT Seth Wand signing a three year deal worth
$1,425,000, RB Domanick Davis signed a 3 year deal worth $1,244,000, DT Keith
Wright also got a three year deal worth $952,000, FS Curry Burns got a 3 year
deal worth $949,500 and finally Chance Pierce got a 3 year deal worth $941,500.
More good news going into camp, is tat Running back Tony
Hollings who was injured in the fourth game of his 2002 season with Georgia
Tech, has been cleared to play and will be competing along with the 4 other
Rushers on the Texans roster. This is great news as it was originally feared
that Hollings would be placed on the physically unable to perform list going
into to Training Camp, but no. Hollings has defied all the odds and will be at
camp. Although he never had any doubts about being at camp on time. "I always
thought I would be out there doing everything at the beginning of training
camp," said the Texans new running back Tony Hollings.
Friday will start early morning at 7:30am with the
mandatory weigh in, and then the team will go through some conditioning tests
all afternoon as they got back to peak fitness. The Team will then start 2 a day
practices Saturday, and the firs practice open to the public will be Saturday
night at 7pm.
The whole of the Texans team is now ready for camp, for the
rookie players it is something new that they will be enduring for the first
time, and will be looking forward to learning with excitement, where as the
veterans now about the hard work ahead of them. Although everyone shares the
same likeness, in that they want to one of the Texans sort after roster spots
and all will have to work hard to achieve one. For the fans the 2003 season
starts today as the first game is only 2 weeks away as the Texans play host to
the Denver Broncos.