The Texans got to work Friday, practicing in full pads for the first time this training camp. With inclement weather in the forecast, the team practiced earlier in order to finish before heavy rain moved into the area. Head coach Bill O'Brien was pleased with what the team's intensity and what they were able to accomplish on Day 3.
"It was a good start to the first day in pads," O'Brien said. "I thought that both sides of the ball had their moments. I think we're a lot more physical on special teams, which is good to see. Goal line period – look, defense came out and did a nice job on the goal line – but I thought that the offense responded well during practice. So, I was pleased with the first day here of pads."
The competition level intensified during both individual and team drills. The Texans defense enthusiastically celebrated goal-line stops. While not an easy task for any offense facing Houston's front seven, Tom Savage improved his chemistry with DeAndre Hopkins, receivers and tight ends while rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson adjusted to the speed of the NFL.
"(Savage) did a good job – led us down the field there in a competitive situation, connected with Hopkins a few times – looked good," O'Brien said. "Deshaun did a good job too – led us down the field on a drive that he had. So, I thought it was a good day for both guys."
The Texans continue with Day 4 of training camp at The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center on Saturday.
Check out some of the best shots from the third day of training camp at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.