With just over four weeks until the team returns for training camp, Deshaun Watson and the Texans quarterbacks finally have a chance for some down time.
No matter what the vacation plans, Watson will not be completely disconnected from football. The Texans starting quarterback will still be watching film and staying sharp.
"I'll always have prepared cutups for those guys so they can watch everything we've done through the spring by concept, kind of lump everything together so they can study it, what was good, what was bad, what is there to improve on," quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan said.
Bill O'Brien also keeps in touch with Watson, peppering him with observations or questions to keep him in that mode of quick decision-making. In addition to staying mentally sharp, players are expected to keep their physical conditioning and strength levels steady and not lose the hard work and effort that they gained over the nine-week offseason program.
For Watson, OTAs (organized team activities) were the first opportunity to throw to his receivers following last year's season-ending knee surgery. When possible, players often find ways to meet up and keep that momentum building as they head into training camp.
"You always encourage those guys if you can, to work together at some point and kind of build that chemistry on their own so, no you would never want them to step away from the whole thing for five weeks," Ryan said. "You're hoping the process keeps going."
Texans players will report for training camp on Wednesday, July 25. Houston Texans Training Camp presented by XFINITY will begin on Thursday, July 26 at The Greenbrier in West Virginia for the second year in a row and will continue in Houston following the Texans' first preseason game at the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Aug. 9.
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