After seeing the same faces in a competitive setting for three days, it was smart of the two coaching staffs to put players in shorts and jerseys. "Chippyness" was the buzz word for the past two days and it wasn't quite as bad on Thursday but there was still some leftover hostility.
Hopefully not seeing each other on Friday will allow the warm and fuzzies to return, but I wouldn't plan on it. A short practice will help keep observations in check (16 today, 48 yesterday), so let's roll.
1. Texans FB
2. After stretching, the Texans defense went to one end of the field in three groups. Here they are in shorts and jerseys and the first thing the defense worked on? Tackling. Three different groups doing a tackling circuit for 15 minutes. I smiled.
4. The Broncos then worked on a drill down on the other end of the field. I assumed it was a defensive drill in large part because Peyton Manning stayed down near us for the second straight day. He threw goal line routes to Montee Ball yesterday and today and also some to WR Emmanuel Sanders as well. On Wednesday, he pointed out some goal line route nuances to Ball as they worked on routes throughout that ten minute period.
5. When the Texans offense went into the 7-on-7 period, QB
6. Speaking of
9. During 11-on-11, the Broncos defense got the best of the Texans. It's just amazing to me that a pass rusher the quality of Von Miller drops into coverage at all. Thing is he can do it and he does it well. But, like Clowney, I'd rather just see 58 rush the passer all day long. Well, just not on Saturday night, ya know?
10. Broncos S Rahim Moore made an impressive break on the football and nearly came away with an interception on a Fitzpatrick pass. But you know what they say about defensive backs and why they're not receivers? Either way, it was a tremendous break on the football and an excellent play.
11. Texans rookie QB
12. But, the best play of the 11-on-11 period was Fitzpatrick's aformentioned gem to Foster down the right sideline.
13. As I was watching the Texans offense v. the Broncos defense, I missed some shenanigans from the Broncos offensive line with
Let's put it this way: every OL in the league wants a shot at Watt but doesn't really want to trifle with
Yesterday, he whipped Chris Clark in pass rush 1-on-1s which caused Clark to "start something" with Watt. Today, apparently, a couple of Broncos did it again, not once but twice. Watt has entered that phase in his career when players all believe they can build their own reputation stopping or slowing him.
Heck, Hard Knocks spent nearly 20% of Tuesday night's show on Watt and the Falcons trying to stop him, in particular. And, by the way, his entrance scene on Hard Knocks is just flat awesome. I was envious because they could've done that for me too. Oh well, next time.
14. When situations started, the Broncos went first with :22 seconds left and no time outs, down by two. On the first play of that drive, the Texans defense forced Manning to three pat before he finally released the football incomplete. On the second attempt though, Manning threw a great ball to WR DeMaryius Thomas for a first down and a much shorter field goal attempt.
15. The rest of practice was 18 different situations that each team worked through - offense, defense and special teams.
16. I can't finish observations for the week without one on Broncos HOF QB and current GM John Elway. He likes sunflower seeds but that makes sense because he was a former baseball player. Yeah, that's all I got.