You know, there's something cool about Andre Johnson's demeanor. Yeah, he's quiet, but it's a cool quiet. I can't quite point out what exactly it is. I can't imagine him being the guy to entertain a group of friends for hours upon end, but I do think hanging out with him would be a cool experience. What am I saying? No idea. Check out his all access video.
Not many links today, unfortunately, aside from the usual practice recaps. Speaking of, here's the Chronicle's as well as the team website's. It's good to hear that Eugene Wilson is backing up a solid end to last season with an impressive training camp. You had to question how much of an impact he could make when he came to the Texans, but he's really solidified himself as the starting free safety of the team since his arrival. The real big news from the day came from the announcement that Brice McCain, a sixth round pick, would start opposite Fred Bennett for the pre-season opener against the Chiefs. McCain has been the most impressive corner at camp so far, even holding his own (if that's even possible) with Andre Johnson on some occassions. He's one of the, if not the, fastest players on the team and some thought his immediate contributions would be in the return game. Few could have foreseen this from the speedy corner out of Utah.
Second-year cornerback Antwaun Molden, who is on the physically unable to perform list while he recovers from foot surgery in December, improves every day. He could come off PUP as early as next week, or the Texans could wait until the week after. He stays after practice every day to work by himself. It’s against the rules for him to practice with his teammates. - John McClain
It's good to see Molden on his way back to practices. He flashed some noteworthy skills last year around this time and was a force to be reckoned with on special teams before he injured his foot and ended up missing the last two games of the season. He could provide a boost to what is an otherwise depleted secondary with no Dunta Robinson and an injured Jacques Reeves.
(on the playing time schedule for Kansas City) "Our first group will probably play 12 to 15 snaps in the game. There are some guys in our first group, very young players, who will play more than that. They will play probably 20 to 25 snaps. Our twos will basically play the second and third quarters, then our threes will play the fourth quarter, so that's the way we go about it. There'll be an adjustment here or there." - Gary Kubiak
I know I'll be most looking forward to how the backups play. I'll be paying attention to the starters the most when the third game rolls around and they play for three quarters or so. Until then, young players such as Glover Quin or Dominique Barber will have my eye most of the time.
I'm excited to see how (DT) Amobi (Okoye) plays. I think he's had a great camp. I want to see how he plays those 15 snaps." - Kubes
Kubes seems genuinely excited about Amobi's progress thus far. It looks like he's really moved on from last season's troubles and evolved into the playmaker he was his rookie year. Let's hope he continues to improve, as he is an integral part of the upcoming season.
Also, check out Chris' analysis of Kubiak's quotes. He's much better at this gig than I am. Have a good Friday all and be sure to be a part of the gamethread here tomorrow.