Like everything else in the world, Texans training camp is drastically different in 2020 than it's been in the past.
Peter King of NBC Sports wrote a lengthy piece about how General manager/Head coach Bill O'Brien and the rest of the coaches, players and staff have adjusted because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Give it a read, but many things stood out in King's story. Here are just a few tidbits:
- All told, the full team is together for an average of one hour per day. Due to Zoom meetings, social distancing, separate locker rooms, no cafeteria time for meals, and a range of other measures to fight COVID-19, the team gathers together on field for the walkthrough. Otherwise, the Texans are segmented.
- Even though the temperatures hover in the mid-90's or worse, the players still wear masks.
- Professional sports can be transient. Players get traded, drafted, signed and released, so there are constantly new faces appearing each offseason, and sometimes during the season. Because of that flux, and because everyone is in masks at all times, new receiver Randall Cobb had an interesting conversation with offensive coordinator Tim Kelly. Or did he?
- In some ways, according to defense end J.J. Watt, this type of training camp has it's advantages over typical camps. The meetings via Zoom can be more productive, there's less rushing around to get to meetings, and much of the day's business can be conducted from the comforts of home.
Houston Texans players get to work out on the practice field.