-The team was outside on the Methodist Training Center grass fields for the first half of the two-hour practice Friday morning. They went inside around 9 a.m. As the team filed in, a quartet of veterans went to work on the JUGS machine and caught extra passes. Safety
-Reed, Johnson and Foster all wore long sleeves, despite the 90-degree heat and humidity.
-Foster did a 1-on-1 after practice with future Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson. The piece was live on the NFL Network.
-Swearinger was also happy to see former high school teammate and fellow rookie
-Former Houston Oiler and current CBS Sports studio analyst Spencer Tillman was at both the morning and afternoon practices. In addition to his college football duties on Saturdays during the fall, he’ll serve as the color commentator with play-by-play voice Joel Meyers for Texans preseason television broadcasts.
-Wide receiver Andre Johnson was “excited” to be back out, but said the team still has a “lot to build on”. He was impressed by about some of the younger receivers reeling in tough catches in traffic.
“We had a bunch of guys out making plays on the ball. That’s what it’s all about: when you get opportunities you go out and make plays.”
-Earlier in the week, outside linebacker Sam Montgomery was placed on the team’s Non-football injury list. Thursday afternoon, he was pulled off it. Friday morning he practiced. He explained that “it was a wakeup call” and that he needed to improve upon his nutrition and eating habits.
-Rice head coach David Bailiff watched the morning practice.
-In the afternoon practice, head coach Gary Kubiak held a handful of veterans out of certain portions of team drills. Combined with some players being on the Physically Unable to Perform list, that resulted in combos like
-At the age of 31, with eight years of NFL experience, defensive end
"If I'm like the old teacher...then Ed Reed is like Yoda.”
-Lechler and kicker
-Following the afternoon practice, general manager Rick Smith met with and thanked a trio from the U.S. Navy. The three men are enlisted maintenance crew from the Blue Angels.
-Every morning during camp on Texans Radio, Rick Smith will join Marc Vandermeer to break down a position group. He spoke about the running backs today.