New faces "excited" after 1st day with Texans

The Texans got back to work on Monday morning.

The players went through voluntary conditioning workouts at NRG Stadium and the Houston Methodist Training Center. Head strength and condtioning coach Craig Fitzgerald led the exercises, and will do so for the next two weeks.

It was the first time veterans like left tackle Duane Brown and defensive end J.J. Watt, to name two, were reunited with the rest of their teamates from 2014.

Monday was also the first time newcomers like Vince Wilfork, Rahim Moore and Cecil Shorts, III, were with their fellow Texans.

"It was good," Shorts, III said. "I was excited to be here. It was a little different coming from Jacksonville. I kind of knew the routine. It was a good first day and I'm excited about what's to come."

The former Jaguars wide receiver said the workouts in Houston were different than the ones he went through in Jacksonville.

Moore, meanwhile, was excited to be part of a secondary led by cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph and

Kareem Jackson. He also said he "wasn't too anxious", even though he'd spent the first four years of his career as a Denver Bronco.

For Wilfork, a two-time Super Bowl champ with the Patriots, the day provided a positive glimpse into the type of team he's joined.

"One thing I do notice is that it's a tight group," Wilfork said. "They love to play football. I think coming here the first day, guys were excited to get back going. I'm looking forward to the season."

The former New England defensive lineman also joked that the weather in Houston will take some getting used to, once the heat and humidity returns.

The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 4/8/2021)

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