Nate Washington may have taken an early lead over the others for the No. 2 wide receiver position, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. After Monday's practice, O'Brien seemed pleased with veteran Nate Washington's contributions so far in training camp.
"If we were to line up right now, we would go with obviously Hopkins and then probably Washington right now but we mix and match a lot," O'Brien said. "(Cecil) Shorts has had a really good training camp. I think some of these younger guys have come on strong."
O'Brien has been impressed with Washington's work ethic, calling him "a pro's pro."
"He practices every day; he's out there," O'Brien said. "He's a good route runner. He's got good hands, he's learned our offense really well so we've really enjoyed having him here."
While it has only been three day of practice, with one in full pads, it's hard to tell what can still change in the weeks to come. O'Brien liked the efforts he saw from rookie Jaelen Strong, who showed up to training camp noticeably trimmer.
"Jaelen Strong has had a good training camp so far," O'Brien said. "He's done some nice things, keeps improving. He'll be in decent shape for rookies. There's a lot of guys doing a good job out there. That's a competitive position."
The Texans head to Richmond this week for joint practices with Washington from Thursday through Saturday.