The 49ers are coming. The 49ers are coming!! But, they're not here just yet, so the Texans had one final practice before Kyle Shanahan's group arrives at the Houston Methodist Training Center. Here's the Harris Hurry-up from Tuesday's workout.
-- Early in camp, defensive back Johnson Bademosi knocked passes away with regularity. He did that again today, matching and mirroring the route of the receiver before knocking away the pass on an out route.
-- Receiver Braxton Miller can absolutely lose coverage in one-on-ones, especially inside the numbers. He did that today to get wide open for a completion.
-- Receiver Will Fuller V is still fast and he went by a couple of Texans defensive backs in one-on-ones. I just want one day of my life to be as fast as Will.
-- Fellow receiver Sammie Coates got loose downfield as well during one-on-ones.
-- I spent a decent majority of practice watching the Texans outside linebackers. It hit me how truly youthful that group is as I watched them during individual period. Brennan Scarlett is the grizzled veteran (without Whitney Mercilus today) and he's only going into his third year.
-- Speaking of Scarlett, he made an excellent play on a wide run to his side. He was put in conflict yet still ran down the ball carrier in the backfield. Going back to watch the KC game, Scarlett was a major problem and he's done nothing but get better.
-- For all the great things that Deshaun Watson does as a quarterback and all of his assets, one that's not often discussed is his quick release. He can reload and release with the best of them and he showed that on a throw to rookie tight end Jordan Akins during team drills. Ball was on the money, too.
-- Watching DeAndre Hopkins do his work is a joy. On one route against Johnathan Joseph, J-Jo was in perfect position matching Hop's cut perfectly. But, Deshaun Watson threw the ball higher than usual and Hopkins went up and snatched it out of the air for a catch.
-- Later in the same one-on-one drill, Hopkins was matched against a different defensive back (I couldn't see who it was through a menagerie of bodies). He stacked him off the line of scrimmage, which essentially put the defensive back in a losing position. The ball was overthrown though, so he didn't get a ball he could catch.
-- Cornerback Aaron Colvin came up with a pass breakup down the field today covering Bruce Ellington.
-- The catch of the day may have been made by tight end MyCole Pruitt who snagged a one-hander as he was draped in coverage by Tyrann Mathieu. The safety seemed genuinely surprised that Pruitt came down with the catch as he had perfect coverage on the play.
-- The offensive and defensive lines had a physical inside drill period called half-line. They popped the pads a bit and had some intensity early in practice.
-- The O-line will get a stern test from the 49ers defensive line throughout the next couple of days. Size, length and power are definitely in the 49ers defensive line wheelhouse.
-- Running back Lamar Miller flashed an impressive jump cut as he wove through the defense during a team drill.
-- On a 3rd-and-short run during team drills, running back Alfred Blue hammered through the line to ensure the offense could stay on the field. Quite honestly, it was as tough a short yardage run as I've seen in camp/preseason games and good to see.
-- I don't often say much about special teams periods, but safety Kurtis Drummond seemed to be straight mauling gunners during a punt protection drill.
-- Quarterback Stephen Morris connected with the newest Texan Quan Bray on the final play of a team drill, pretty clean pitch and catch - good recognition of coverage and finding the error in coverage by the defense.
I'll have much more tomorrow when the 49ers arrive in town. See ya then, everyone.
Check out some of the best shots from Tuesday's Texans Camp practice in Houston.