Defensive end J.J. Watt evolved into a for-real overnight sensation as a rookie in 2011, and he reported for his second Texans training camp, in his words, “much bigger, much stronger and much faster.” But the additional size, muscle mass and foot speed couldn’t get Watt through the first week of practice unscathed.
When quarterback T.J. Yates arrived in Houston shortly after he was drafted last year, he was driving a black 1998 Toyota Avalon he had owned since high school and throughout his career at the University of North Carolina.
“There are a lot more eyes looking at you now and that’s fine,” Cushing said. “I learned from some of the best guys and they taught me a lot. It’s something I accept and going into this year I could say it was pushed on me, but it was also earned. So I feel good about it.”
Rookie guard Brandon Brooks, who has been battling weight problems, had to be taken to the training room Thursday morning after suffering from heat-related issues. But the heat and humidity haven’t been as big a problem for the Texans this summer.
Many of the Texans have followed interesting paths into the NFL, but rookie Inside Linebacker Shawn Loiseau (pronounced Low-EE-so) has faced far greater adversity than the average athlete. He was relatively unknown as a linebacker at Merrimack College, a small division II school in Massachusetts, but had a life-changing experience in high school that almost prevented him from playing college football anywhere.
With Duane Brown, Andre Johnson, Kareem Jackson, Daryl Sharpton, and now JJ Watt injured during training camp it’s clear that the Texans still have some issues staying healthy. Here are today’s top stories from training camp.