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2017 rookie class off to promising start for Texans

The Texans rookies just concluded their first five days of training camp, and their head coach likes what he's seen so far.

"I like our rookie class," Bill O'Brien said on Sunday. "You've got guys that are really battling. That was three straight days of full pads, very physical practices, and I thought that the young guys did a decent job."

From first round pick Desaun Watson, down through to undrafted free agents like Dylan Cole, the Texans rookies are absorbing a new playbook, as well as a new physicality on the field.

For third-round running back D'Onta Foreman, the first week has been all about the "L" word. He was asked 10 questions in his Wednesday press conference, and he said the word 'learn', 'learning' or 'learned' a total of 10 times. He made it clear that he's a long way from his college days as a Doak Walker award-winning back at Texas.


"I think that's the biggest thing right now, for this being my first training camp, is just learn how things go, learn how to be a pro," Foreman said. "That's the biggest thing because you never can just come into something like this and just feel like you know everything or feel like that it's just going to be easy."

Watson said getting "comfortable" in the offense has been a top priority for him.

"It's brand new," Watson said. "So I'm just trying to find ways so I can be myself and do the things that Coach OB asks me to do."


Check out some of the best shots from the first week of training camp at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.

Despite their inexperience, O'Brien believes a few of the rookies will pay immediate dividends in 2017.

"I think we've got some good candidates in that group to help us during the season," O'Brien said.

The Texans won't practice on Monday. They'll resume work on the field Tuesday at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.

Check out photos from Day 5 of training camp at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.

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