10 observations from Day 8 of Texans camp

10 observations from Day 8 of Texans camp
August 3, 2014, 1:15 pm
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The Texans were back on the practice fields for Day 8 of training camp on Sunday. They have two more days before their next off day and five days until their first preseason game.

Here are 10 observations from Sunday:

1. The Texans split up jerseys on Sunday by depth chart instead of offense or defense so there were offensive and defensive players in blue and white jerseys. That confused this reporter as the players first started to run on the field. I thought Zach Potter had lost his mind and wore the wrong color jersey.

2. The Texans are really starting to do more situational football, which includes down and distance as well as incorporating special teams into the mix. It makes sense. The first game is creeping up.

3. Case Keenum threw a great ball to a streaking Ryan Griffin. It was his best play of the day and then things got worse. Keenum air-mailed four balls in a row and began to struggle mightily. It was his worst day of camp.

4. Posey made two really nice catches in 11-on-11s. If anyone has the most to gain by Andre Johnson’s missing practices, it’s Posey because he’s the next outside wide receiver on the depth chart. DeAndre Hopkins is going to get first team reps either way but Posey is getting plenty of work in with Ryan Fitzpatrick and the first unit.

5. Hopkins had the best play of the day … again. He made a great jumping catch on a ball from Fitzpatrick and tip-toed his way along the sideline and into the end zone for a touchdown. Posey was the first one to help him celebrate.

6. A really nice day from defensive lineman Ricardo Mathews. He batted down three or four balls by himself on Sunday. That’s been a strength of the Texans’ defensive line in recent years.

7. J.J. Watt took his turn at the JUGS machine after practice catching balls with one hand. He also watched a portion of 11-on-11s (when he wasn’t in there) by himself and helped coach the players during the play.

8. Sunday was the first day the team was in shells and not full pads since the first day in full pads on Monday. It was a little lighter of a practice.

9. Ryan Griffin had a nice rookie season last year but it’s pretty easy to see the way the team thinks about C.J. Fiedorowicz, the rookie from Iowa. He already seems like the tight end who will be on the other side of Garrett Graham in two-tight end sets.

10. The best part of each day is watching Fitzpatrick play with his kids after practice.