Here are five things you need to know about the Houston Texans 2019 training camp:
1. Home Sweet Home
The 2019 Houston Texans training camp returns to Houston after a two-year hiatus when camp took place at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Fans can watch at any of five open practices: Thursday, Aug. 1; Saturday, Aug. 3; Saturday, Aug. 10 and Thursday, Aug. 15.
2. Dealing with the heat
Houston is scorching in the summer, but the players don't have to be. On most days, Texans training camp practices are scheduled to start at 9:10 a.m. and end at 11:45 a.m., but the team has a number of ways to help beat the heat.
"We have added a number of things," Texans chairman and C.E.O. Cal McNair said on Texans All Access. "We have added a CRZ unit - which everyone in Houston should have actually in the backyard – but it's a Cold Recovery Zone. We have it out by the fields so players can walk right out of practice and into this CRZ, cool their temperatures down and aid in the recovery from the heat."
The Texans may also practice indoors more than they have in the past, thanks to a new turf installed recently inside the Houston Methodist Training Center.
3. We Are Texans, literally.
The most popular home state of Texans players is…Texas! A total of ten players are from Texas including: WR Floyd Allen (Houston), WR Keke Coutee (Lufkin), NT Javi Edwards (Houston), OLB Duke Ejiofor (Houston), RB D'Onta Foreman (Texas City), FB Cullen Gillaspia (Katy), S Tashaun Gipson Sr. (Dallas), DE Charles Omenihu (Houston), CB Bradley Roby (Fort Worth), DE Ira Savage-Lewis (Houston).
4. Joint practices are back
The Texans have held joint practices with at least one other team every season under head coach Bill O'Brien and 2019 is no exception. Houston will travel to Green Bay for two practices (Aug. 5 and Aug. 6) against the Packers ahead of their preseason opener on Aug. 8. Two weeks later, the Texans will host joint practices with the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, Aug. 14 and Thursday, Aug. 15.
5. The bikes will be new, sort of.
Packers players have been doing it for years, but Texans players will also get to share in a pretty cool tradition in Green Bay.
And Wisconsin native J.J. Watt approves.
Texans training camp begins on Thursday, July 25 at the Houston Methodist Training Center.
The Houston Texans Rookies took a splash at the Houston Texans YMCA with a bunch of young, excited fans!