Training Camp Diaries Week 3: Sammie Coates

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In Week 3 training camp, Sammie Coates and the Texans are back in Houston. The fourth-year wide receiver is welcomed back with the August heat and humidity on Saturday morning.

"I'm still thinking about it. Practice is over and it's hot out there and the sun wasn't even out today.

Coates spent the 2017 season with the Cleveland Browns and, the two years prior to that, in camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"The most important thing on being in Week 3 is your body's a little tired, you're banged up. It's about going out there and fighting through that and you've just got to adjust to the schedule. Different timing and different weather so you've got to come in and get your body ready and you got to get hydrated and drink the right things so it's important this week. It's big especially when you're back in this heat. It's important to take care of your body."

The upside to being back home is that there are a lot more fans at practice, according to Coates. Many line up before the sun rises to sit in the heat and cheer on their Texans.

"It's fun. That's most important part of football. The way you come out here and you're excited the whole time and it makes us play better."

After the team's first Houston practice last Saturday, Coates ran sprints on the field like many of his teammates. In the heat, the players like the conditioning they get in Houston.

"You can never get enough running. Playing wideout and special teams like I do you always got to be ready so I know I need to get more conditioning in so I just stay out to get a couple little sprints in."

Coates is happy to be back in Houston but had not seen his family yet. He wore a pair of custom cleats with his wife and son's picture to practice.

"They aren't back yet. They are still in Florida. I'm going to give them time so I can get used to everything before I get them up here. My son is a wild child so it's going to be crazy when he gets here but I'm excited to see him. I miss them a lot. It's good to be back and I'm ready for them to come back too."

The Texans began joint practices this week with the San Francisco 49ers. Coates, who felt like he knocked a little rust off with the preseason opener at Kansas City, is looking forward to getting extra work in this week.

"They don't know you. You don't know them so it's always something new but it's always good to compete with somebody that hasn't been going against you all camp so for us to just go out there and beat them. I don't care if it's practice or a game, just beat them."

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