"Our chemistry is just – it seems like we've been knowing each other for a long time, since we were little kids." Deshaun Watson on DeAndre Hopkins
The Houston Texans returned to the practice field after a day off for the players on Tuesday. The team practiced indoors in full pads. Rookie tight end Kahale Warring practiced for the first time since the start of training camp. The 6-5, 252-pound water polo standout from San Diego State was placed on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list before the start of camp but moved to the active roster on Wednesday.
A highlight from the day's practice was a series of goal-line drills that involved live contact. Offense and defense took turns making big plays, resulting in players from both sides cheering after a touchdown or defensive stop.
J.J. Watt still takes naps in the Texans equipment room. He brought in a bed a few years ago because of his love of naps. A must for Watt who wakes up at 4:45 a.m. every day.
Johnathan Joseph changed up his training regimen heading into Year 14. He worked out with younger players, some even from University of Houston, and new faces.
“Body fat went down, came back a little stronger,” Joseph said. “I was around different guys that I didn't know and they were able to push me there.”
Cullen Gillaspia said he is fortunate that he can visit his parents on the players’ off days. The rookie fullback from Texas A&M grew up in Katy.
“I came up, did a little work on my body and then I got to go home and see the family,” Gillaspia said. “Had my mom help me out with a little bit of my laundry, got to lay out on the couch. It was a good day.”
Deshaun Watson is looking forward to next week’s joint practices in Green Bay and hope to absorb some knowledge from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
“One of the best ever,” Watson said. “A guy that I've definitely been looking up to, and excited to be able to get up there to Green Bay and watch him work. And watch and see how he practices, and see how he goes about his business each and every day. So, I'm a huge fan.”
Darren Fells played professional basketball in Europe but there’s one teammate he thinks would present a tough challenge in a 1-on-1.
Greg Mancz said Watson has joined the offensive linemen at their dinners, which they have opened up to include anyone on the offense.
Watt likes how rookie defensive lineman Charles Omenihu is willing to learn every day.
“He works, he asks questions, he wants to learn and he wants to get better,” Watt said. “And that’s really all you can ask for out of a rookie is a guy who’s gonna put in the time and who’s gonna want to learn. I think that he definitely wants to learn, so I’m always willing to help anytime he wants to learn.”
The Texans will hold their first 2019 training camp practice open to the public on Thursday at the Houston Methodist Training Center.
Check out some of the best shots from the fourth day of training camp in Houston.