Home Sweet Home!
The Texans held their first 2018 training camp practice at the Houston Methodist Training Center on Saturday morning. Practice was open to fans who arrived early to get seats in the now-covered bleachers at the practice fields.
"It's always great to come back home and be in front of our fans and have them support us and show love and we can put on a show for them," Deshaun Watson said. "I'm glad that we're back in Houston and getting football back again."
Players returned to newly renovated meeting rooms, cafeteria and an expanded training room at NRG Stadium. The weight room, now renamed the Texans Sports Performance Center underwent a makeover in the spring.
Fans watching practice cheered loudly during team drills, especially when Will Fuller V caught pass right in front of the stands.
Watson said he felt good after Thursday's preseason game at Kansas City.
"I just played five snaps, handed the ball off, threw one pass," Watson said. "So, it wasn't too bad. Good to just go out there for a couple plays and then watch everyone else perform."
Head coach Bill O'Brien said Watson's knowledge of the offense and understanding of the defense has increased over the past year, but there is still room for improvement.
"I think there's areas where he and I need to grow together, like in the red area," O'Brien said. "We're a little bit behind there but we have to work together on that and see if we can execute better down there, but I think there's a lot of areas where he's gotten better and better and he'll only get better and better because he works at it and the experience he gets will really help him."
Andre Hal, diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in June, watched his first camp practice. The fifth-year safety is on the NFI (Non-Football Illness) list for 2018 but did do some work on the side field.
Inside linebacker Josh Keyes told Drew Dougherty that the one player who can energize him up and calm him down is Dylan Cole.
Practice was shorter for the first day back in the Houston heat. Sammie Coates and a number of players ran sprints afterwards. Coates said he wanted to work on his conditioning and speed up his game.
A few players practiced their quarterbacking skills with Deshaun Watson, aiming for the field goal posts after practice. Included in the group were Bruce Ellington, Brian Peters and former quarterback Benardrick McKinney.
A young fan accompanied Brandon Weeden on the sky bridge over Kirby. The little boy was carrying Weeden's helmet and a had a chance to talk football with the quarterback.
Players are off on Sunday with practice resuming Monday at the Houston Methodist Training Center. The Texans and 49ers will hold joint practices on Wednesday and Thursday.
Take a look at a few key Traveling Texans that made their way to Kansas City to watch the Texans earn their first 2018 preseason win against the Chiefs.