Today is a big day.
At 8 a.m. the players report for the start of the voluntary offseason conditioning program. The Texans will gather together in bulk, for the first time since their playoff game against the Chiefs on January 9.
"Very important," Bill O'Brien said of today and offseason conditioning. "There are a lot of moving parts right now."
The players will go through weight training and conditioniing work in NRG Stadium and at the Houston Methodist Training Center. It will progress into on-field work in just under a month, and culminate with a minicamp in late June.
"It's a nine week program," O'Brien said. "What we have to do is make sure that individually our players are getting better. Then as we progress toward the team part of it, which is the last four weeks, that now we're putting it together as far as getting ready for training camp."
The chance to actually talk football with the players for the first time in four months, is huge for O'Brien and the coaching staff.
"Any time you have a chance to talk to your players about football, about what they've been doing during the offseason, it's very exciting for our coaches," O'Brien said. "That's why you coach. You coach to have the relatioship with the player and watch the player improve."
The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 5/7/2021)