Join Date: May 2004
HPF:august 16th training camp
LUCKY"S :8/16 Practice Report
Ta Ta to Two-A-Days
As Camp Kubiak wrapped up two-a-days on a clear Houston evening, several roles on the Texans remain murky. Who will stake claim to the starting left tackle position? Anyone want the right cornerback job? Is there a kick returner in the house? Though these questions remain in flux, one thing remains constant. Andre Johnson has been an unstoppable force during this training camp and appears poised to embark on a monster season.
Dre the Dominator
Andre Johnson was held without a catch in the Texans preseason win over the Chiefs last Saturday night. Johnson’s performance at Wednesday night’s open practice served notice to the fans in attendance that he would not likely be held in check, again. Andre was on the receiving end of David Carr’s first two passes of the evening, the latter on a cross-field corner route that AJ took to the house. Johnson was flawless on out, crossing, and hook patterns. During a short-yardage drill, Dre split double coverage on a seam route, and hauled in Carr’s play action bomb. In fact, the only play that AJ was stopped on was the last of the practice (more on that below).
Showtime Warrants a Curtain Call
Phillip Buchanon has missed a big chunk of training camp thus far with a hamstring injury. But the self-proclaimed Showtime has returned this week and displayed the type of coverage ability the Texans need opposite left cornerback Dunta Robinson. Buchanon blanketed second and third string receivers like Donovan Morgan for much of the practice. During the one minute drill that ended practice, P-Buch’s airtight coverage of Andre Johnson caused Carr’s fourth down desperation heave to go unrewarded. A big game against the Rams receiver tandem of Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce could help Buchanon claim a starting position.
Considering that this was the end of training camp two-a-day practices, there was a surprising number of position shifts occurring. Seth Wand and rookie Charles Spencer are still getting the majority of snaps at left tackle. But during some late drills, rookie Eric Winston (playing right tackle all thru camp) went in at left tackle while Wand moved over to the right side. Difficult to explain what that might portend, as a few plays later Spencer was inserted into left tackle and Winston reassumed his spot on the right. On the defensive side of the ball, the Texans looked at defensive tackle Anthony Weaver at strong-side defensive end in the base 4-3 defense. Rookie Mario Williams relocated to the weak-side end, though both continued to play defensive tackle in the nickel defense.
Kendrick Starling, Chris Taylor, and Damien Rhodes took turns handling kick return duties Wednesday night. Rhodes showed the most promise, but he won’t be mistaken for Pro Bowl return man Jerome Mathis…Domanick Davis was not in pads, but was active on the side working on receiving drills…The demise of 2005 first rounder Travis Johnson may be premature. TJ not only displayed a nice push on the pass rush, but looks like a natural on special teams playing fullback on kick returns...Backup corner Kevin Garrett looked solid in coverage, picking off an errant Quinton Porter toss…While a long shot to make the active roster, rookie free agent wide receiver Richie Ross put on a show with his hands and leaping ability. Ross has the prototype size and athleticism is the Texans are looking for at receiver and should be a strong candidate for the practice squad…Both C.C. Brown and DeMeco Ryans sat out practice with slight injuries.
People who say that they don't know what to get me for my birthday have obviously never been to a liquor store