Nov 16, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) talks with Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) after the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Houston Texans at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Texans beat the Browns 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
That’s how long until the Houston Texans face off against the San Francisco 49ers in the first preseason game of the Texans’ 2015 season.
Seems a bit closer than I thought it was. So as the season gets closer and closer, head coach Bill O’Brien has to get his team in shape. That all starts today with Organized Team Activities, or OTAs for short.
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OTAs are a huge deal for both coaches and fans alike. Coaches get to see how their teams will look, and see how certain players fit as they all scramble towards a roster spot. Fans are just as excited because they get to see the players they love doing the thing they do best: play some football.
So as OTAs begin, what exactly should fans be paying attention to? Here at Toro Times, we’ve compiled a list of 5 things you should study as camp begins.
1. Quarterback Battle
This one should be the most obvious. Unproven Ryan Mallett verses underrated Brian Hoyer. Both were coached by Bill O’Brien back in New England, so they both have some familiarity with the system. But Mallet has been in this system for a year now, and should come into camp in a better position than Hoyer.
Will Hoyer overcome and take the starting gig? Or will Mallet’s potential be too much to pass up on? This probably won’t be answered in OTAs, but will be interesting (or fun) to watch either way.