'Stifling' was the operative word Tuesday morning at Texans training camp. There wasn't a breeze, the heat index cracked the century mark and there were zero clouds in the sky.
Since the practice was closed, the sidelines were a lot emptier than they'd been the first four days, and here's a few things we saw from that vantage point:
- Like yesterday, tight end Joel Dreessen turned in the Texans training camp play of the day. This time he dove and hung on for a catch near the end of practice, despite being covered well on the play.
- With Zac Diles sitting out the morning practice, rookie Darryl Sharpton was with the first team as a weakside linebacker.
- Defensive tackle Frank Okam blew up a run play featuring rookie Ben Tate. Okam met Tate a few yards behind the line of scrimmage. Okam was there in a hurry, and Tate didn't have any place to go on the play.
- As Scurf mentioned in a previous blog post, Rice head coach David Bailiff was at practice this morning. So was J.C. Harper, the head coach at Stephen F. Austin. On October 23, he and the Lumberjacks will take on Sam Houston State at Reliant Stadium.
- For the third straight day, a youngster took part in the 2010 Texans Junior Reporter Contest. A fifth-grader from Louisiana named Zach got to ask wide receiver Jacoby Jones five questions. They had a lot of fun, and Jacoby said he enjoyed talking with a fellow citizen of Louisiana.
- The Texans and the Texas lottery are joining forces, and you can buy a Texans Scratch-Off ticket now. Plus, you might win something more than money.