Following the draft, many rookies got their first taste of the NFL at the Houston Texans minicamp this weekend.
D.J. Reader: A rookie’s tale by Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle
"Reader was hurting, but this wasn’t from an injury. His heart was broken.His emotions remained raw despite the support of family and friends. Surrounded by his teammates and coaches at football practice, Reader still felt alone.When Reader looked up in the stands, his father was no longer there cheering him on.It had been a year since David Vernon Reader Sr. – an avid supporter who was a fixture at Clemson games and practices and known for his bluntly honest critiques of his son and teammates’ performances – had passed away from kidney failure at age 51."
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Observations from day 2 of minicamp by John Harris, Houstontexans.com
"The second day of minicamp for the rookies is always the most difficult, it seems. The playbook builds on itself and the coaches want to see how much the players can retain from day one, yet absorb day two installation. With that in mind, here are my observations from day two at rookie minicamp.1. One of the things I’ve mentioned often is the ability of this coaching staff to teach and teach well. Some teams decided to make rookie minicamp a non-field activity, but because this staff can instruct as well as it does, these rookies get the best of both worlds. It’s impressive to watch individual position coaches instruct, and also build off of film study from the morning or the night before out on the field."
Wendall Williams looks to make mark by Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle
"The truck driver used to rise at dawn, getting up for work before 5 a.m. in upstate New York to make his deliveries. In between a series of brief junior college stints, he delivered hamburger buns to Five Guys and other local businesses.Now, Wendall Williams is done driving a truck. Four seconds and a bit of change transformed his life."