The first week of OTAs take place next week and for those wondering what the difference between OTAs and practice is, well, honestly, there’s not much difference. It’s essentially a practice session without the pads and the hitting. Now, there isn’t much of an inside 9-on-7 drill either, but they’re similar on a number of levels. As such, I’m pumped to see the 2017 squad, or the initial makeup of the 2017 squad, take the field. Here’s why.
I’ve always loved watching
When I moved back to Houston and first went to practices in the late 2000s, I couldn’t wait to see young defensive backs attempt to cover legendary receiver Andre Johnson. It’s the same way I feel watching
The rookies are usually a bit lost in the beginning, but typically there’s one or two of them that start to make an impression early.
When second-year players take that next step, it can be significant. We got to interview a bunch of them during Texans media days and it was clear that they appreciated being one rung up from rookie status. As such, there will be one or more that takes a significant step toward being a top-five player on either side of the ball, displaying the fruits of offseason work in OTAs.
The receivers are now coached by John Perry, a tremendous coach who did great work with the tight ends the past three seasons. He’s moved over to coach a still relatively young group of pass catchers. The addition of Wes Welker to the coaching staff, though, cannot be overstated. His experience in the slot will mean the world to
Nothing really can separate the right tackle competition at this point of the year, but the candidates all know that the position is wide open with no
Man, I really want to see some pass rush 1-on-1s, but that’ll have to wait until the Greenbrier.
That should get the pump primed, which is a phrase I’ve used for a long time... just in case you were wondering. I’ll have some observations from OTAs beginning next week. See you then.