Training Camp 7/31/21: Notes and Quotes

The Houston Texans held their first training camp practice in front of fans on Saturday. NFL Network was on hand for its "Back Together Saturday" coverage.

"It felt great and for it to be youth football guys back here, it was great," head coach David Culley said. "There was a little buzz when we came out to practice. It was almost like we were playing a game. Believe it or not, in practice, when we get into those 7-on-7s and those team periods, those guys feel that."

The Texans got to work in the red zone. Head coach David Culley called it "Red Zone Day." Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was excused from practice for personal family reasons and will return Monday. So, rookie Davis Mills got a bigger portion of reps.

"Red zone day, everything is tight, everything happens in a hurry and then for a rookie, things happen quickly and they were getting after it today especially in team period," Culley said. "I thought they handled themselves well. We got what we expected. We'll go back and watch the video and make the corrections but it was great work for them."

Justin Reid had a couple of interceptions in practice. In one of the team periods, Reid outran everyone down the sideline in perfect view for the fans.

Rookie Nico Collins made a tremendous catch in coverage during 1-on-1 drills.

With the ball in his hands, running back Mark Ingram II made defenders miss, impressing the fans.

Ingram spoke to media, did a 1-on-1 interview for NFL Network and then signed a number of things for youth football players from Alief Jags.

Several players, including linebacker Kamu Grugier Hill, threw their gloves into the stands for young fans.

Laremy Tunsil said the offensive line has a new mindset under position coach James Campden. He worked out in Lynchburg, Virginia this offseason, an isolated, peaceful environment where he's trained since his rookie season.

"We just got to go in there and dominate," Tunsil said. "Offensive line has got to be the biggest ones on the team, got to have the best mindset of the team and we just got to be tough."

"I told him that's crazy. I told him you can't be telling people that." Ingram when he heard Phillip Lindsay told reporters he has been watching him since elementary school.

Christian Kirksey has been impressed with Zach Cunningham and believes the Texans fifth-year linebacker is underrated and "one of the better linebackers in the league." Kirksey said the position group has been getting after it in camp.

"We can be a great linebacking corps," Kirksey said. "We got some guys out there that can run."

Texans players have a day off on Sunday, but will return for training camp practice on Monday at the Houston Methodist Training Center.

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