“I don’t know if anybody watched Game of Thrones, but it’s like my Targaryen side." Will Fuller V on his blonde locks
The Houston Texans and Detroit Lions wrapped up their second and final day of joint practices on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s preseason game.
Players competed in full pads again and accomplished a good amount of work, according to head coach Bill O’Brien.
“I think we've done a lot of situational work,” O’Brien said after Thursday’s practice. “I think we've got to get better in some of our two-minute situations, but I we got a lot of red area work, a lot of third-down work. Yeah, I thought we got a lot done, no doubt. A lot of red area today, which was good. It was really good.”
Lions head coach Matt Patricia answered questions at his press conference before the start of practice, but said he “couldn’t be happier,” with coming to Houston for a few days of camp.
“The Texans have been unbelievable,” Patricia said. “Hospitality has been amazing. Obviously, the practice facilities, what they have given us as far as everything inside the stadium to get ready to go.”
Houston’s starters got about 80 reps of practice against the Lions over the course of two days. Whether or not they will see action in the preseason game against Detroit has not yet been determined.
“I think we were six-for-six with the ones in the red area,” O’Brien said. “We had a good day today. We're getting better."
Will Fuller V did not play in the Texans preseason opener, but would like to knock off some rust.
“I think I need to play in a preseason because I haven't played a football game in a long time," Fuller said. "Just getting back out there and feeling the game speed again, getting hit again – I haven't gotten tackled yet, so just getting all of those things behind me.”
Former Texans and Lions safety Glover Quinn was at practice. He brought his sons too, telling them that one of the perks of being retired was the ability come watch practice with them.
Former Houston Rocket and three-time NBA All-Star Steve Francis was also a spectator on the sidelines of practice.
DeAndre Carter made a number of tremendous catches in practice, less than one week after coming off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. The second-year wide receiver and return man said the biggest challenge for him was to slow down and get his timing back.
O’Brien said he had full confidence in Carter to play if Keke Coutee was not ready to return in the regular season opener. Coutee was injured during Thursday’s preseason game at Green Bay.
Tackle Matt Kalil had the day off on Thursday and third-year tackle Roderick Johnson “earned the right to get those reps,” according to O’Brien.
DeAndre Hopkins had a guest at camp named Calder Hodge, a 14-year-old quarterback who lost both legs at the age of two and has a dream to play in the NFL. Hodge played catch after practice with both Hopkins and Andre Johnson on the practice field.
Carter, a former substitute teacher, gave students headed back to school some advice.
“Do your homework and you don’t get a C,” he said. “Knowledge is power.”
Kickoff for Saturday's preseason game against the Lions is set for 7 p.m. CT on ABC-13 and SportsRadio 610.
Check out the best shots from Day 14 and the first joint practice against the Detroit Lions in Houston.