On Sunday, the Houston Texans will transition into Phase 2 of this year's modified training camp.
Until now, the Texans have been in Phase 1 which consisted of strength and conditioning, walkthroughs, COVID-19 testing and Zoom meetings. While camp in 2020 has been modified due to social distancing during the pandemic, the team has been productive, according to head coach and general manager Bill O'Brien.
"You can definitely, you can get a lot done," O'Brien said. "It's a lot. It's mental, but you can do some drill work. You can't really go against each other. You don't have helmets on. Our guys have been great. They've been out there, very attentive. We've been able to get a lot accomplished. We'll do it for about three more days and then we'll start to move into the next phase which is like a Phase 2 relative to the offseason program where now they can put helmets on and protective jerseys. We'll do that on the 9th. We have about three more days of walkthroughs."
In Phase 2, players will ramp up with non-contact work on the field until padded practices begin on Friday, August 14. Under the modified camp rules, teams may conduct a total of 14 padded practices, the only opportunities for live action with preseason games cancelled. The Texans plan to also incorporate intra-squad scrimmages during the final weeks of camp.
"I think the one thing that would be something that would be missed would be the opportunities that the younger players get in the preseason games," O'Brien said. "They're not going to get as many opportunities, so they really have to take advantage of the opportunities that they do get, especially now, but especially once we put the pads on and when we get to scrimmages and things like that. It's definitely different, definitely different."
The Texans kick off their 2020 regular season on Thursday, September 10 against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. CT on NBC and SportsRadio 610.
Houston Texans players get to work out on the practice field.