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Texans Training Camp/ Pre-season Thread

Discussion in 'Houston Texans' started by Fantasma Negro, Jul 26, 2018.

  1. EddieWasSnubbed

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    I like Thomas, but for some reason it bothers me that we hear more about him, as a sixth round pick, than we do about Akins as a third. I hope they're both good.

    While it's great to get a steal in the sixth, a lot of people thought Akins was a big reach in the third. Having a bust from the third round would offset the steal from the sixth.


    Can't wait for tonight!
     
  2. donkeypunch

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    Were not used to having successful draft picks in the 3rd anyway. Gaine is just trying to stay true to form, but I think its just the sheer awe factor of how big Thomas is and the coaches maybe trying to utilize him in glamorous roles in training camp(end zone) that get the most media attention.
     
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    I am so curious to see the so called "Rocket Arm" of Mahomes. This might be a good test for our cornerbacks.
     
  4. Nimo

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    Thomas was a 6th rounder. I think we have our annual 3rd rounder fail in Rankins ( yeah I know injuries but I didn't like the pick from the get-go) and maybe a bonus fail in Akins.
     
  5. Omihall23

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    I've heard good things about both of them and I'll certainly take Tyrann Mathieu's word for it until shown otherwise. I think Thomas is more talked about because he's a physical freak whereas Akins is a bigger and better version of Stephen Andersen. Which would you be more hyped about, prime Rob Gronkowski or Delanie Walker? I would go with Gronk in that match up and essentially that's what's happening here.
     
  6. Rockets FTW

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    Can we get a Gameday Thread!
     
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  7. Uprising

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    Can we get an Amen!

    So happy the day has finally arrived. And then 3 weeks till college ball! 0_0
     
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    I think this suppose to be the game thread as well. But hey you can get it started yourself.
     
  9. HillBoy

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    Unfortunately, the NFL Network won't show the game until 3 PM Saturday afternoon. By that time, I'll know everything anyway so there'll be no incentive to watch.
     
  10. Uprising

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    Google Reddit NFL Streams
     
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  12. barongan

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    I love this thread, nice
     
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    https://www.houstontexans.com/news/19-observations-from-texans-vs-chiefs

    "Winning is good, no matter what. Yes, it was a preseason game in which a decent chunk of players did not play, but that doesn’t matter. A W is a W and after two weeks in West Virginia, it was the right way to finish the trip. Here are my observations from the win in Kansas City.

    1. There wasn’t a day that went by during the last week in which I wasn’t asked whether Deshaun Watson would play against Kansas City. My answer was the same each time...“five to seven plays”. That felt right. One drive, regardless of the outcome and that’s exactly what the plan was for the second year signal caller. He certainly wanted more action, but he handled his business the same way he always does.

    2. We’ve talked throughout camp about the lighter, sleeker Lamar Miller and how that is paying dividends with his quickness and explosiveness. That was evident on four runs on that first offensive drive. He looked like he was shot out of a cannon on his 19-yard run up the left sideline. He darted in, then out and took off once he cleared the first level.

    3. The offensive line will be a talking point for a while, especially if it struggles in any way shape or form in the near future. But, BUT, that wasn’t tonight at all. It wasn’t pristine and there are some interior blocks they’d like to have back, but the pass protection was really good, in my opinion. Quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Joe Webb III were able to throw without much in the way of pressure in their face.

    4. Weeden was sharp throughout the night and one impressive thing he did was spread the ball out to all of his weapons. On the first scoring drive, he hit Bruce Ellington, Braxton Miller, Troymaine Pope, Sammie Coates and finally rookie Jordan Akins for the touchdown. He finished 9-of-11 on the night.

    5. Webb III made stellar plays throughout the night but nearly made his best play on the second Texans kickoff of the night. He shot past the initial blocking wave and made contact with Chiefs return man Damien Williams at the 10-yard line. Webb III couldn’t finish the tackle, but it was impressive to see a quarterback sprint down and make an effort on a tackle on kickoff coverage.

    6. His scramble in the fourth quarter, though, might have been the play of the game. I saw it happened live and I’m still not sure what I saw. He was nearly back to the 40-yard line after avoiding the Chiefs rush before he was clear of the rush and able to sprint ahead for a big gain. You can see that run below.

    7.The defense was without J.J. Watt, D.J. Reader, Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus, Benardrick McKinney, Tyrann Mathieu and Johnathan Joseph, but that didn’t stop Romeo Crennel’s unit from shutting down the Chiefs explosive first team offense. The defense yielded a scant two first downs on two drives with Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and the first team offensive line, a quintet thought to be one of the best in football.

    8. One of the many injured players that the Texans really missed last year was Christian Covington. He’s really had an excellent training camp and he produced a ton of pressure against the Chiefs first offensive line. The power and leverage that he’s playing with are impressive and he was awfully difficult to block on Thursday night.

    9. Due to the fact that Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus were unavailable, the Texans started a rookie opposite Brennan Scarlett at outside linebacker. That rookie Duke Ejiofor, my pregame choice for sideline spotlight player of the game, made a significant impression to say the least. He was constantly in the backfield, no matter who he faced throughout the night. Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz is one of the best in the NFL and Ejiofor went toe-to-toe with him.

    10. Scarlett made one heck of a play as well during his stint on the field. The Chiefs ran zone read and he squeezed down with the running back. When he did, Chiefs quarterback Chad Henne pulled the rock and ran. Scarlett re-directed and tracked him down for a small gain. Quite honestly, it should’ve been a much larger gain but Scarlett ran it down.

    11. Linebacker Zach Cunningham came up with a pick off a Dylan Cole tipped pass in the second quarter. That wasn’t the play I’ll remember. On the second play of the game, the Chiefs threw a quick screen out to star receiver Tyreek Hill. Cunningham ran right through Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce and ran Hill right out of bounds for a two-yard gain. I saw him make the tackle live but didn’t see what he did to Kelce until I watched the first quarter on the bus to the airport. 41 is a bad man and when he’s on the field with Cole, there is some serious speed on the field at inside linebacker.

    12. Speaking of inside linebackers, Josh Keyes had the hit of the night and the runner-up hit of the night. Keyes nearly decapitated a Chiefs running back on an angle route across the middle. I mean, I heard it through my headphones. But, he also had a resounding hit on a kickoff return in the first half.

    13. Keyes played most of the second quarter and second half with Kennan Gilchrist who also made his presence known, securing a number of tackles on the night.

    14. I said it in the Harris Hurry-up throughout our two weeks in West Virginia - running back Troymaine Pope is pocket dynamite. How did his night go? He beat a cornerback on a hitch route for a first down reception on the first scoring drive. He had two screens for significant yardage and made a couple of strong runs from scrimmage. He has impressed a lot of people since he arrived last fall and had continued to impress on Thursday night.

    15. Even though he gave up a reception to Travis Kelce, rookie safety Justin Reid couldn’t have had a better test. Nothing, or no one, will prepare him for week one’s test (Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski) more than Kelce. For that reason, I was glad that Kansas City played its offensive stars.

    16. Tight end Jordan Akins couldn’t have had a better start to his career. Two catches, two touchdowns. No player in Texans history had ever done that in a preseason game. What I loved more than anything else was that when I asked Akins about the touchdowns after the game, all he could say was that he was thinking about what he needed to do next on special teams.

    17.I mentioned it during the broadcast but one of the few silver linings in a 4-12 season was the opportunity for Bill O’Brien and the coaching staff to lead the South team at the Senior Bowl. The team’s starting tight end during that week? Jordan Akins. That week gave them a great look at the type of player/person he is.

    18. Receiver Braxton Miller had a strong two weeks in West Virginia and it showed in the way that he played on Thursday night. He and Bruce Ellington both made a number of plays in the passing game, finishing with a handful of catches from Watson, Weeden and Webb III

    19. Cornerback Josh Thornton made the biggest play of the second half on the Chiefs final offensive play of the night. At the outset of the play, Thornton wasn’t aligned, but he got to tight end Alex Ellis in time to lock him down and knock away the final pass of the night to preserve victory. He had three pass break-ups in the fourth quarter."
     
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    No shot Ellington is left off
     
  16. Nimo

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    And they need a real swing tackle. I don't think it is Chad Slade. I think it'll be Kendall Lamm or Roderick Johnson. Slade might make it as a guard but he'll be battling DQ for that slot.
    The backup secondary scares me. I hope they get better help than Drummond, Decoud, and Bademosi.
     
  17. zeeshan2

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    Per FB: Clowney tripped on stairs walking to practice today. Limped back to stadium with several trainers. I’ll keep ya updated as I know more.

    Update: Ok sigh of relief, Clowney did slip, but is fine. Was told he banged his knee on the step and just had to walk it off. Did some side field stuff away from team drills.

    https://www.facebook.com/HoustonTexansNewsTalk/
     
  18. zeeshan2

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    From Pats TL

    JJ Watt looks spry today. Active off the edge. #Texans

    CB Josh Thornton and Andre Chachere with nice pass breakups in team work.

    #Texans defense giving Deshaun Watson and the offense fits. Cunningham and Jackson both had near INTs.

    Mathieu ends the Watson’s offensive group with tight coverage. Forces a bad pass. #Texans

    Brandon Weeden carving up the second defense. Hits Jester Weah for the touchdown. #Texans

    Seeing Joe Webb running to special team drills and quarterback work is great. Like small school football.

    Seantrel Henderson just stoned JJ Watt in 1 on 1 pass rush drills

    Duke Ojiofor using his dip move to get the corner. Such good bend to stay low off the corner

    Sammie Coates having a strong day. Past two practices putting together good film for the coaches

    Brandon Weeden just threw a dime to MyCole Pruitt in the back of the endzone. Weeden is lining up to be the backup to Watson for the season

     
  19. conquistador#11

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    That's some MLB stuff right there.
     
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    Kendall Lamm is ****ing terrible, so Roderick Johnson better beat him out for that spot.
     
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