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Training Camp Diaries Week 1: Sammie Coates Jr.

Follow our training camp series as wide receiver Sammie Coates Jr. gives us a look inside his first training camp as a Houston Texan.

5:30-6:00 a.m. Waking up

Sammie Coates begins the process of waking up and getting mentally ready for his day ahead.

"I usually wake up around 5:30, 6 o'clock. Try to get myself going, take a shower. Sit in bed and just think about how this day is going to play out. It's usually a long day so I got to get my mind set for it."

7:00 a.m. Breakfast

Breakfast is usually just eggs and some spinach, according to Coates, but nothing too heavy before practice.

"Sometime I go and sit in my locker and eat and just hang out, think, listen to some music and just get my mind right for that day. Today I had a mixture of everthing, a little rap, a little country, a little pop. I listen to everything. I'm one of those guys that whatever comes on my playlist is what I listen to."

7:30 a.m. Getting physically ready for the day

Coates hits the hot tub and gets his muscles rolled out, warming up his body prior to practice. He grabs some coffee and heads to his meetings because he says, his day "is terrible without coffee!"

8:00 a.m. Meetings

Despite being one of the newer players, Coates feels comfortable in meetings being a fourth-year veteran. He even has an old teammate to sit by in meetings.

"I usually sit by (fullback) Jay Prosch. We played at Auburn together so Jay is a good guy to sit by. He gets a little bored so he'll tap you or something. He's a great guy to be around. He keeps you up to date on the meeting and stuff like that so I like being around him."

After meetings…

"You try to get you a massage in. I got to get my body worked on somehow. Your body is the most important thing in this sport. If my body is hurting, that means I'm going to have a terrible day. If my body feels good, it's going to be money day."

Coates gets taped, hits the hot tub again, more stretching and rolling – all of his pregame rituals before each practice.

10:40 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Practice at the Greenbrier practice fields

Coates makes some big catches and gets plenty of work on special teams. But, it will be the plays he didn't finish that will nag him.

"I'm going to go back and look at all of them, even the ones that I didn't finish. So the most of the ones that stand out to me are the ones that I didn't finish and that's the worst. When you don't finish a play so I'll go look at the ones I didn't catch and go see how I can make that play."


"After practice, I usually try and eat dinner and then I'm going to go get a massage right before bedtime. I try to go get a massage about nine"

9:00 p.m Massage No. 3

9:30 p.m. Warm bath with Epsom salt

"Warm water helps you sleep better."

After his bedtime ritual, Coates unwinds with some Netflix and one of his favorite shows, Friends.

"Episode 6. Monica and Chandler started to get together and Ross said Rachel's name at the altar. I get a good laugh in and mellow out. I drink about three bottles of water and then I go to bed."

Check out the top 20 shots from the first week of Texans Camp at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.

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