That's a wrap for offseason practices. The Texans concluded organized on-field work for now and, like some other teams, have elected to forego mini camp and prepare for Training Camp in late July.
Coach David Culley and his staff had great player attendance during the voluntary sessions and liked the quality of work that was done. Plus, the players knew that if they showed up and put in the time, they would likely start their summer break before mid-June.
"A month ago, our team leaders came to an agreement that it was more important for us to make sure that we had as many people that needed to be here as possible to be able to learn what we're doing," Culley said.
"That's why we decided not to do the mini camp – because our attendance has been great for us. We got accomplished what we wanted to get accomplished.
"We needed to make sure for that for at least a good four weeks during the offseason, we had as many players here as possible, this being voluntary, to be able to learn our culture, our system, new defense," He added.
With a new coaching staff and literally dozens of new players, the offseason work was necessary to get everyone acclimated to everything from the playbook to the facility to the city.
Media never saw actual live offense vs defense practice this offseason, but there will be plenty of time for that in training camp. Coaches moved a lot of players around and didn't want to talk about who might start because they like the competition. Why not keep it going into camp?
At some point, they'll have to get the squad ready for Jacksonville, but there's a long way to go until then. Starting in late July, there will be about two weeks of practice until the Texans take on the Packers at Lambeau Field in their first preseason game under Culley.
We'll have to wait to see how they divide the playing time. A big boost for all teams will be a bye after game three of preseason. Squads will have two weeks to get ready for their openers.
We're seven weeks away from Training Camp, and it can't come soon enough.
The Texans hit the Houston Methodist Training Center on Wednesday during the third week of OTAs.