In an effort to preach ball security, Bill O'Brien has made things harder on Texans running backs during OTAs. How? By encasing the footballs they carry in a slippery blue fabric.
The silky covering makes the ball harder to grip and players must concentrate on keeping the ball locked in while they run. This week, the running backs used this exercise during individual drills in OTAs. To further reinforce this lesson, players who drop the ball will take an extra lap around the field.