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Vandermeer's View: Coming home

Other than some injury issues and time away from family, the Texans have to be thrilled for now about what they were able to accomplish in three and a half weeks in West Virginia.

I write 'for now' because Bill O'Brien knows the ultimate profit and loss statement will come at the end of the season with what numbers are under the 'W' and 'L' columns.

The stay concluded with back to back practices with New England. It was a chance to tangle with Belichick, Brady, Gronk and Patriot nation. Maybe it helps lessen the wow factor for the week three matchup. At the very least, it's a terrific simulation of on the job training.

The Texans will wrap up three sessions in five days with the Patriots and will know the personnel extremely well by the time the regular season tilt arrives on the calendar in late September.

For now, let's focus on Saturday night. This will likely be a no frills game plan. But it's my theory that competitive urges can sometimes throw some spice in the broth. O'Brien often describes practicing without a script to keep everyone learning and thinking. Well, game situations might bring up more elaborate play calls than anticipated. You never know.

Tom Savage gets the start and looks to pick up where he left off when he went eight for eight on a touchdown drive against Carolina. He'll be at NRG Stadium where he helped beat Cincinnati in his last home game.

Deshaun Watson will come off the bench and it will be special to see the reception he gets. The Patriots got a long look at him and will have to be ready for his ability to extend plays with his feet as well as throw on target from the pocket.

Each quarterback had a touchdown drive in the opener and will be looking to do at least that with whatever time they're given.

The running backs almost stole the show in Charlotte. D'Onta Foreman makes his home debut, not far from his hometown of Texas City. Lamar Miller will likely get more work than he did last week. And Alfred Blue wants to show out to prove that the burst he displayed against the Panthers could be duplicated weekly. Let's not forget about Tyler Ervin's pass catching prowess. It's been impossible to ignore in camp and the coaches want to see more.

Throwing the ball to the wide receivers could be a bit of an adventure. The Texans have signed five wideouts since camp began. There are a lot of nagging injuries and new faces filling the gaps. They're showing flashes but still learning the ropes. Jaelen Strong had a good week and it needs to continue tonight.

The defense will see three talented quarterbacks, including the greatest of all-time, Tom Brady. Holding the first and second team to 10 points or less would be a nice goal.

This is an excellent quiz at the midway point of the preseason. We won't call it a test because those are for when it really counts come September.

Check out the best shots from Day 14 of training camp practice at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.

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