The Texans held their first padded practice on Saturday. While there was no tackling, the amount of contact definitely ramped up for both offense and defense.
"Really today the big thing is to really play on your feet," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "No diving, no throwing guys to the ground. Just use good technique, good pad level, using your hands properly."
Practice in pads is a big day for offensive linemen. Second-year tackle Julién Davenport has had a good showing in camp the first few days.
"I thought he really progressed well during OTAs," O'Brien said. "I think out here for the first three practices really has improved a lot in some of the techniques we've asked him to improve on. I think as long as he has the attitude of getting better every single day, which I know he does, he'll be fine."
The offensive line unit has been working on its chemistry, both on and off the field. Funniest guy in the group is tackle Seantrel Henderson, according to Davenport.
"Big Trel is hilarious," Davenport said.
The defensive linemen had some fun, posing for pictures in between some drills.
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni was at practice Saturday. D'Antoni visits West Virginia often, as he has a house near The Greenbrier.
Will Fuller V says he gained about 15-20 pounds with the help of Luke Richesson, senior director of sports performance. Fuller wanted to gain more muscle to improve his game.
"Just another coat so I can take those hits and I can be more versatile," Fuller said.
On the flip side, Lamar Miller says he dropped weight to get back to his playing weight at Miami. Miller eliminated red meat and focused on eating more fish, chicken and veggies. He's now down about eight pounds and says he feels quicker and more explosive. He looks it too.
Sammie Coates has made some tremendous catches in camp. The fourth-year wide receiver takes extra care of his body every day, averaging about three massages a day. He also unwinds with some episodes of "Friends" at night.
The Houston Texans have arrived to West Virginia's Greenbrier for the 2018 #TexansCamp.