Texans camp Day 6 notes: New guy, rule changes

Texans camp Day 6 notes: New guy, rule changes
August 1, 2014, 3:15 pm
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The Texans had two new players at camp on Friday: Joe Adams and Brice Schwab.

Schwab is an offensive tackle and Adams is a wide receiver who is also a noted return man. Adams was already participating on Friday as a receiver and in the return game.

“Special teams is a big key for me,” Adams said. “I love playing special teams. It’s a one play change for a game, so whatever I can do on special teams to help the team, that’s what I’m here for.”

Adams was a former fourth-round pick in 2012. He played nine games with the Panthers in 2012.

“Second chances don’t really come to a lot of people,” Adams said, “and God blessed me with a second chance, so I have to come out here businesslike and take it one day at a time.”

Adams has a really good relationship with running back Dennis Johnson. He and Johnson know each other dating back to high school and were teammates at Arkansas.

Adams this year played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League before being released on June 5. Adams is happy to be back in the NFL.

“I love playing in the NFL, there is no greater feeling playing for a team in the NFL,” he said. “I love Texas; it’s not that far from home for me, so I have a lot of people that will come here to watch me play.”

Roster cuts
In order to add Adams and Schwab to the roster, the team needed to create two roster spot. To do so, they waived/injured Bryan Witzmann and cut former fourth-rounder Trevardo Williams.

Williams is just the latest 2013 draft pick to go. The Texans have just three of their nine 2013 draft picks on the roster and ready to play: DeAndre Hopkins, D.J. Swearinger and Ryan Griffin.

The team previously cut Brennan Williams, Sam Montgomery, Chris Jones. Alan Bonner is on IR for the second straight season and David Quessenberry is battling cancer.

Defense is ahead
Head coach Bill O’Brien previously said the Texans’ defense was ahead of the offense. On Friday, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel agreed.

“Generally, defense comes along a little bit faster than offense,” Crennel said. “Offense, they have a tendency to do a lot of things, more things than we’re doing. Defense, if you can react and you run and chase the ball and tackle, then you can make plays. Even if you do screw up, you can make a play and you still look halfway decent. Offensively, there’s more precision on that side of the ball, so generally it takes them longer to jell and show up.”

NFL rule changes
The NFL was in town on Friday and some officials went over this year’s new rule changes. Tony Corrente spoke to some of the Houston media about the rule changes. Here are a few notes:

  • The one new interpretation that will bother many is the way the NFL will crack down on defensive holding. Any initiation of contact from a defensive player after five yards on a receiver while the QB is still in the pocket is a defensive holding. This includes things like little jersey tugs. This rule is already bothered many defensive backs, Corrente said.
  • On the flip side, the officials are told to enforce pushoff calls against wide receivers, especially at the top of their routes. Often, wideouts get separation by pushing off.
  • The NFL is cracking down on unsportsmanlike conduct. Officials will be listening for offensive language, racial slurs, comments about sexual orientation, etc.
  • Outside of the two-minute warning, a sack won’t stop the clock. It’ll continue to run. This was an outdated rule.
  • In the Hall of Fame game and in the first two weeks of the preseason, the league will push the extra-point try back to the 15-yard line.
  • The No Fun League has outlawed use of the football or goalposts in celebrations. In the video shown to media (same one they show to players) the NFL gave a reason: these celebrations “lead to ill will between opponents.” Yeah, sure.


Quote of the Day: “There’s great effort by everybody. You cannot help but see J.J. (Watt). He just shows up with his effort and the way he goes about his job and working at it.” -- Crennel

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