The Texans' three-day mini-camp is a chance for young players and reserves to make a good impression on the coaching staff.
Mission not accomplished on Wednesday.
"Not very good," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said about the second day of mini-camp practice. "I'm trying to push them a little bit, and they look like they are saving a little bit for the last day tomorrow, and you can't have that. We didn't have a very good day. We've got to come back tomorrow. That's football, but we wouldn't have won today, that's for sure."
It was perhaps the Texans' hottest practice of the offseason, with the temperature around 90 degrees coupled with sweltering humidity. Kubiak said a couple players were bothered by the heat during practice.
"We went for about an hour and 35 minutes," Kubiak said. "I told them they're going to have to go for two hours here in about a month, so it let them know where they're at. We just got to keep pushing them.
"We just weren't very sharp on both sides of the ball, and I tried to let them know what is going to be expected of them a month from now. We have to send a message and get it sent here quick. Today wasn't good enough."
Asked if the sloppy practice was a function of young players still trying to learn, Kubiak said it looked like players were ready for their summer break.
"We've got a lot of work to do and we've got to finish on a good note tomorrow, but today wasn't very good," he said. "That's football, but we have to bounce back tomorrow. We didn't win today, I know that."
The final practice of mini-camp is on Thursday.