Day Two Notes
- We can’t get over how much bigger offensive tackle David Quessenberry looks this year. Last season he was well put together for a rookie, this off-season has been good to Quessenberry. He has the ability to play offensive guard or tackle, so there is still some work for him to be done to find a permanent position. He should be a factor for the offensive line when training camp opens for the Texans.
- Oustide linebacker Ricky Sapp is making some quick impressions with his raw ability. Not being able to catch on with the New York Jets, the Texans claimed him last season in the middle of the season. At 6-4 and 252 lbs. he has long arms and quick twitch movements that have some nice explosion off the edge. A far way from full contact Sapp was never really given a chance to play last season, but his early returns through two days is something to watch moving forward.
- Inside linebacker Justin Tuggle has worked to make himself better in space and it shows in his change of direction. Tuggle who was the teams best special teams player in 2013, has shown through two days how much better he has become moving as an inside linebacker. Today in 7 on 7 he picked off a pass on a deflection that he would have returned for a touchdown.
- Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick showed how much he understands the offense in two days on the grass. He has a much quicker release than this offense has seen from their previous signal callers from Matt Schaub, T.J. Yates and Case Keenum. Not blessed with a big arm, Fitzpatrick has shown how quick he can get it out of his hand before the secondary can react. There is still some misses on open routes from all three quarterbacks, but Fitzpatrick has separated himself from the other two quarterbacks.
- Wide receiver Mike Thomas made a positive impression on O’Brien today. Thomas has the ability to lineup outside or onside and his veteran presence is being felt. Thomas working out of the slot open some eyes today, especially him working in space after he catches the ball. O’Brien was concerned with the teams lack of slot wide receivers on the team, but after two days things have already change. O’Brien said this about the slot wide receiver and Thomas;
“I did say that and now being out here for a few days, including our coaching sessions, there are a few guys, including Mike, that have the skill set to play in the slot and to play outside. That’s why these camps are good.”
- Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been a model of consistency and has been doing what he has always done, catch the ball. He makes it look effortless and it taking advantage of the extra work he is getting with Andre Johnson still absent from camp.
- Second year tight end Ryan Griffin is another big target who is building off his late season success. He is running routes with purpose and making himself a viable option for this offense in 2014. He has made some solid catches on the field, and it making the tight end position more athletic than ever before for the Texans.
- The coaching staff is trying to instill positive practice habits to this team by staying on them by not giving up on plays and finishing everything on the field. This is not a dig against the previous coaching staff, but the atmosphere and expectations are completely different. The pace is fast and the coaches are coaching on the fly. Most impressive is seeing O’Brien coach players, no matter what position, non stop.
- Offensive tackle Derek Newton looks like he has lost some considerable weight from last season. Newton who struggled majority of the 2013 season looks like he is moving better and completely healed from his knee issue last season. He looks like he has more bend that previous seasons and will have the first shot to lock down the right tackle position.
- Running Back Andre Brown is a strong runner and showed he has some explosion on the field. He adds some speed out of the backfield that the Texans have not had in previous years. If he can stay healthy he will be a good complement of Arian Foster during the season. Brown can ask contribute with the return game when needed.
- J.J. Watt has been all business on the field and has kept it short and sweet with the media in interviews. It looks like Watt has taken to the new staff with his business like approach and has fallen in line like the rest of the team.