“Being able to step out on the field again and be able to run around, have fun, show much I love being on the field with the guys, show my excitement, my love for the game, and then to go out and make a play, it just felt like the right way to re-introduce myself back onto the field.” Justin Reid
The Texans were back outside without the pads for Monday's practice at the Houston Methodist Training Center. Justin Reid made his training camp debut with an interception late in practice. Reid was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list after getting involved in a car accident just days before the start of camp.
"We just wanted to be extremely cautious and make sure that everything was all right with my body and that I was fully ready and prepared to be back on the field," Reid said. "We have a phenomenal training staff and medical staff. I got to see all the right people and they gave me the go-ahead to be back on the field, and I'm excited as ever to be here."
The second-year safety worked out with about 14 other NFL players out in Arizona this offseason. He said he also picked the brain of his brother Eric Reid, a veteran safety for the Carolina Panthers, on some of the Texans upcoming opponents in the NFC South.
Safety and special teams player A.J. Moore has an identical twin brother who plays for the Detroit Lions. The two trained together in the offseason and will face each other in two weeks during Lions-Texans joint practices in Houston.
NFL Network was covering training camp in Houston on Monday. DeAndre Hopkins told James Palmer about his catching drills, trying to catch small balls or covering one eye.
Hopkins went on to praise his wide receiver groups of Will Fuller V and Keke Coutee.
"I don't want to talk up these guys or myself too much but the sky's the limit," Hopkins said.
Lonnie Johnson did not practice but O'Brien said he anticipates the rookie cornerback to back out on the field "very soon."
Safety Jahleel Addae eats a very specific breakfast at camp.
Rookie offensive lineman Max Scharping has impressed with his hard work and mature approach to the game. He has taken snaps at center, guard and tackle.
"Smart guy, works extremely hard," O'Brien said. "We see a guy that has a good future."
Tight ends Darren Fells and Jerrell Adams both had an impressive day in practice. Fells had a touchdown play while Adams caught a long pass from A.J. McCarron in team drills.
"They've been good," O'Brien said. "Right now with Jordan Akins, Jerell and Fellsy (Darren Fells), those are the only three out there practicing. They've been busting their humps and they've been getting better. They get all the reps so they get better. Fells made some plays today, Jerell has made some plays. That's a very competitive position. Very, very competitive."
Players have a day off on Tuesday, but the work will continue in training camp. Practice will resume on Wednesday at the Houston Methodist Training Center.