Jul 26, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) practices during training camp at Houston Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Training camp, week one is in the books. The Texans are on their off day, taking a much earned and deserved break before next week when they start adding in actual game prep to the mix. Saturday August 9th the Texans will be in Arizona to face the Cardinals. Assuming, and we’ve not heard otherwise, the Texans follow the standard build up this game should see limited time for the starting units and mixed second team play from there on out.
The good things we’ve seen. Jadeveon Clowney is healing well and rearing to get turned loose. Every account of his performance has been “How is a man that big so fast?” A close, if not tied for first good thing would be the return of Andre Johnson to the field. That moment was a highlight of the first week of real camp. The cherry on the top of this goodness is the team is for the most part, picking up the new system, the coaches are inspiring the players, drama now that Andre is back is limited to a snarky Arian Foster. We can live with that.
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Then there is the down side. Alan Bonner was released on waivers. Last season he sat out with a hamstring injury, this year he broke his foot. Talk about tough luck. Good news for him, is he cleared waivers and will spend the season on IR, again. Tough, but it could have been worse. Cody White also was waived, cleared and on the Texans IR list. His injury is equally painful, blown Achilles. We wish both men the best in recovery.
The ugly. Interceptions were frequent, and while some leeway for a new system must be allowed the fact is it was too many. Texans players, Texans fans, Texans period aren’t going to tolerate a season of fail again. If the team plays close games and loses heart breakers, it is one thing. Watching the other teams defense score on bad passes, well let’s not see those mmkay?
It’s still early, there are promising signs, and some things to worry about. Regardless, it’s going to be fun to watch as the Texans spin up for another season of Houston Football!
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