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Harris Hurry Up: Day 5 in West Virginia

The Texans on field workout was a bit shorter than it's been since they started training camp but they still got plenty done. Here's the Harris Hurry-up from Day five of Training Camp.

-- Receiver Sammie Coates continues to catch the football with regularity and that's great for his roster making chances. Today, without DeAndre Hopkins at practice, he got plenty of reps with both Deshaun Watson and Brandon Weeden and made the most of his time.

-- The receivers all had an opportunity to get plenty of reps and targets due to the absence of All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins. He was/is tending to a personal matter and Coach O'Brien noted that he will be back on Thursday.

-- Interior lineman Greg Mancz had the best catch of the day, though, on a field goal drill. There's nothing like seeing an offensive lineman snag the pill, score a TD and then celebrate. EVERYONE loves it, actually.

-- Cornerback Johnson Bademosi had another pass break up during one-on-ones down in the red zone.

-- Receiver Will Fuller V turned around a defensive back on a goal line route for an easy pitch-and-catch touchdown as well.

-- When it was time for team drills, Kevin Johnson made the best play of the drill. On a third down scrimmage play, quarterback Deshaun Watson hit one of his receivers (I forgot to write down who it was, sorry) for what should've been a first down, but Johnson kept after the receiver and ripped it out for the incompletion.

-- Most of the practice, though, I spent watching O linemen/D linemen/rushers, try to get a better feel for the big sexy people on this roster.

-- Defensive lineman Christian Covington is going to be a problem for teams this year and it's evident how much stronger he is than in previous years. Watching him in drills, he seems to be moving offensive linemen wherever/whenever he chooses.

-- Interior offensive lineman Kyle Fuller looks like a different player than he did last year. Whether it's been at guard or center, he seems to have much more pop in his pads and delivers a blow each rep.

-- We talked to GM Brian Gaine this morning and he spoke highly of defensive lineman D.J. Reader...and with good reason. He is much more than a bull in a china shop but when he needs to get out the handy bull rush and assert his strength in a nasty way, he does. He did that during one-on-ones a couple of times.

-- Tackle Kendall Lamm utilized his patience facing outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett on his one and only pass rush rep.

-- Guard David Quessenberry had an extraordinary rep in pass protection as well, holding up to the bull rush from one of the team's defensive tackles.

-- One of the best matchups during pass rush one-on-ones was tackle Julien Davenport against outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus. It was fascinating to see each player try to assert his assets and dominate the other, all in the same rep.

-- Mercilus followed that up with a pair of competitive reps against tackle Seantrel Henderson in one-on-one pass protection, as well.

-- I like the look of rookie outside linebacker Duke Ejiofor (Alief represent, yo!). His length is an issue and when he uses it properly, he's tough to block.

-- Of course, during the time I was watching the big fellas, linebacker Dylan Cole picked off a pass during seven-on-seven, which got the defense mega-hyped again.

-- One of my notes says "4 throws darts". That would be Deshaun Watson and, yeah, he does.

-- One guy I'll be curious to watch more during the rest of the week and in preseason games is tackle Roderick Johnson. Watching him in one-on-ones, he was patient and handled the rush of rookie Davin Bellamy well. 

-- During team drills, Watson found Coates wide open after reading the coverage perfectly for a long touchdown. Coates bookended the drill with a catch to start the drill and that TD to end it.

-- Watching rookie tight end Jordan Thomas catch a pass and sprint upfield, I couldn't help but think of a text I got from a friend of mine who saw every game of Thomas' career at Mississippi State - "Probably still doesn't realize how much potential he has." He's starting to, or so it seems.

Well, that's a few notes from a little shorter workout on Tuesday. Tomorrow, it's full pads and some serious banging one week away from leaving for Kansas City and preseason game one. See ya then, everyone.

Check out some of the best shots from Tuesday's practice at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.

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