Training Camp 8/7/21: Notes and Quotes

I had a pre-snap penalty in the scrimmage and he let me have it, and that’s no different from the Coach Culley that I had when I was a rookie and I dropped two balls against Minnesota and he benched me during the middle of the game. Wide receiver Chris Conley

The Houston Texans went primetime for Day 10 of Training Camp presented by Xfinity. Practice kicked off at 7 p.m. at the Houston Methodist Training Center outdoor fields with over 1,900 spectators watching under the bright lights.

Practice was full pads with a lot of team drills, red zone and two-minute work that lasted about an hour. Tyrod Taylor and the offense had multiple scoring drives but it wasn't perfect, according to head coach David Culley.

"I didn't get out of it what I wanted," Culley said. "I wanted us to be mistake-free from the standpoint of pre-snap penalties and that didn't happen tonight. We had fewer than we'd been having, but one is too many. Our goal is to not be that kind of football team and tonight it killed us on three drives and we can't play football that way and we won't play football that way."

The NFL referees were on hand for Saturday's practice. Despite yellow flags on the drive, Taylor overcame the extra yards and threw his first touchdown pass of the night to tight end Pharaoh Brown.

"That's what he (Brown) does," Culley said. "First of all, he's a good player from both end, from run game and pass game. It's good to have him back. He's not all the way right now back, but he's doing a nice job for us and doing what we expect him to do."

On another drive, Taylor faked a handoff and then launched a 30-yard pass to Brandin Cooks in the left corner of the end zone.

"Bubble wrap," Voice of the Texans Marc Vandermeer said, referring to the fact that the team could safely stow No. 13 until the start of the season in order to avoid any injury or mishap.

Wide receiver Chris Conley said he's taking advantage of working with Brandin Cooks and learning from the veteran receiver. This offseason, he also had an opportunity to work with Taylor and get to know the quarterback better.

"Tyrod's all about consistency, about getting his work in every day and really stacking those days and it's rubbing off on the offense," Conley said.

The defense made several big plays, including a tackle for loss by Jacob Martin.

Rookie Garret Wallow tipped a pass in the middle of the field.

Lonnie Johnson snagged an interception in front of the fans and was immediately surrounding by a sea of white defensive jerseys celebrating his big play. Johnson said he's ready for a fresh start with his new number and is counting on more takeaways this season.

In a two-minute period, Taylor executed another successful scoring drive. Jordan Akins caught passes on back-to-back plays and extended the series with a first down catch on his second reception. Taylor threw a deep pass to Cooks who caught the ball at the 10-yard line to set up first-and-goal. The crowd erupted in cheers.

"Bubble wrap," Vandermeer repeated.

Akins ended the drive with an eight-yard touchdown catch. Taylor gave out fist bumps to the offensive players on the sideline after the play.

As Andre Roberts smoothly fielded a punt and as he ran by the sideline, a player's voice (likely Cooks) could be heard chanting, "All-Pro! All-Pro!"

Kirby the Texans Pup also made an appearance at practice, as well as the Houston Texans Cheerleaders.

The Texans have a day off on Sunday and will return to the practice field on Monday for Camp a the Houston Methodist Training Center.

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