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Rookie center Nick Martin looking "impressive"


That's how Brock Osweiler describes rookie center Nick Martin's early showing in training camp. The two are have quickly become friends and developing chemistry on the field too.

"I've had a ton of fun with him on and off the football field," Osweiler said. "So, he's a great guy, but more importantly, as a football player he comes to work, he has an edge about him, he comes to work every single day, he wants to get better, and every single day he does get better. A rookie center coming into this system and going out there and playing at the level he is, it's truly impressive."

The Texans second-round draft pick is getting a fair share of reps with the first team. Not only is he adjusting to the speed of the NFL and a new playbook, he has to do it against a strong defensive front led by a 13-year veteran in Vince Wilfork.

"Obviously, I haven't been in the system that long, a lot of studying, a lot to learn but just trying to pick something out every day and learn one or two things every day whether it's offense or even from the defensive standpoint, understanding the game of football even more is really big."

The team practiced in full pads for the second consecutive day on Wednesday. Head coach Bill O'Brien likes what he sees so far in the rookie from Notre Dame.

"It's been good," O'Brien said Wednesday. "He's a good player. He's tough. He's strong. Very smart guy. He'll have his ups and downs, just being a rookie and having to deal with the different physical nature of pro football versus college football but he's one of the better rookies that I've been around."

Training camp continues for a fourth consecutive day on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the Houston Methodist Training Center. Players have a day off on Friday.

Take a look at the best photos from #TexansCamp Day 3.

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