Obviously it’s a grind; it’s camp. – TE C.J. Fiedorowicz when asked about his camp impressions so far. And so far it has been. For the players that have been here, the O’Brien way is most certainly not the Kubiak approach. When OTA’s were going on, and Coach O’Brien was yelling, playing loud music it was a “that’s different” sort of thing. Now, it’s the norm at camp. It set’s a high energy affair that fans are really starting to appreciate and the players are responding well too.
One of the best things for our offense line is the play of a certain JJ Watt. That’s how you get better, you practice against the best in the league. One player benefiting from this is guard Xavier Su’a-Filo. He’s been bouncing around a little in practice learning more then just playing the guard position. Then there is the real challenge, going up against JJ Watt. His commentary on this is enlightening. “It’s fun, and J.J.’s a good player. You know what I mean, I enjoy competing against everybody and he’s a great defensive player. It’s very fortunate for me to get to go against him.”
While we still don’t really know how the offense is going to come together, one this is clear the tight end position will play a large role in everything O’Brien does. Rookie TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has big aspirations. “Early on it was Tony Gonzalez, but recently, I would say Gronk (Rob Gronkowski), I’ve got his number. I just like the way he plays. He’s a guy who can dominate in the running game, but also in the pass-game. I just like that he’s a well-rounded, old-school tight-end. He’s not afraid to get dirty, but when it’s crunch-time, he’ll make the big play in the end-zone.” was his reply to who his favorite tight ends are. Fortunately for CJ the Texans have a coach that knows how to help make CJ’s dream of being like Gronk. Big ambition, here’s hoping he makes good on that.
Looking ahead, the Texans have practice tomorrow and then Wednesday off. Thursday will be game planning and Friday will be the flight out west to Arizona. I got the drinks in the fridge and the meat thawing for BBQ Saturday night! The preseason might be meaningless in terms of standing but it’s darn sure important for the Texans!
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*Quotes provided courtesy of the Houston Texans PR Department.