Jaelen Strong arrived at Texans training camp with a renewed focus for the 2016 season.
"He came in, he nailed the conditioning test and did a great job in that," head coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday. "He's been able to really refine his skillset as a receiver. I think he picks out one or two things every single day to get better at. That's good to see. I think he's going to be better and better every single day."
It's a marked change from his rookie camp. Strong had missed time in OTAs with a hamstring issue and felt the pressure to catch up with his teammates in 2015. This year, he was one of the most improved players in the offseason, according to O'Brien.
When he looks back on last year's camp, Strong can't help but agree. This year has been noticeably different for him.
"Way better, less stress, less things to worry about," Strong said in an interview with Texans TV. "Just coming in every day trying to get better."
Strong's chemistry with Brock Osweiler is steadily improving too. The two spent time together in Arizona before the Texans nine-week conditioning program even began. The second-year receiver feels he still has more work to do, setting goals for himself in camp.
"Just getting out of my breaks right, smoothly," Strong said. "Staying downfield with speed, not really showing too much in my routes. A lot of work left to be done."
The Texans continue training camp on Wednesday with practice beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Houston Methodist Training Center.
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