Even training camp can be fun once the pads are on.
Enthusiasm and spirited trash-talking during the Texans goal-line drills could be heard from all over The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center.
"It's a very competitive period," Brian Cushing said. "It's the first day in pads so you're just really trying to set the tone, but at the same time you're going against your own team so you want to be smart and protect them. It was a good day. Obviously we have a lot to build upon and continue to work, and we will. It's something that we've been looking forward to for a long time. You have all your OTAs, all your minicamps, your gym-short practices, but this is real football and this is something that anyone who loves it really enjoys coming back out and doing."
The Texans defensive performance at the goal line was a standout in Friday's practice, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. The Texans running backs did score twice during the drills, but the defense didn't make it easy and both sides of the ball competed.
"I think these guys are a fun bunch of guys," O'Brien said. "They have a great work ethic. They love the practice football. They love everything about football, and you can see that. There's no more intense period than a goal line period and those guys were fired up for it."
The Texans continue with Day 4 of training camp at The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center on Saturday.
Check out some of the best shots from the third day of training camp at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.