Mandatory minicamp opened today and will continue on through the 18th. Not exactly sure what minicamp entails but are too afraind to ask? Here's a bit of a primer:
No mandatory veteran minicamp may exceed three days in length, plus one day for physical examinations. The minicamp must be conducted during the week (Monday through Friday), with physicals taking place on Monday but no practice or workouts on that day, practices on Tuesday through Thursday and a day off on Friday. The minicamp must be conducted during week three or week four of Phase Three of the Club's offseason workout program. The Phase Three rules set forth in Article 21, Section 2(b)(iii) of this Agreement shall apply to all minicamp activities.
Two-a-day practices shall be permitted at two of the three practice days of the Club's one mandatory minicamp, subject to the following rules:
(i) players may be on the field for a total of no more than three and one-half hours per day;
(ii) players may participate in one practice for no more than two and one-half hours of on-field activities under Phase Three rules;
(iii) the second practice may only be for the remaining portion of the players' daily three and one-half hour on-field activities and shall be limited to walk-through instruction only;
(iv) no organized team activities (including treatment and taping) may begin prior to 7:00am local time or end after 8:30pm local time, and players shall be given at least one hour for lunch and dinner each;
(v) players may only be asked to participate in Club activities for a maximum of ten hours per day including taping and treatment but excluding meal time. The on-field time limits described above shall begin as soon as position coaches begin to coach players on the field.
During Phase Three, all coaches shall be allowed on the field.
No live contact is permitted.
No one-on-one offense vs. defense drills are permitted (i.e., no offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills, no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump-and-run drills, and no one-on-one special teams drills involving both offense and defense are permitted).
Special teams drills (e.g., kicking team vs. return team) are permitted, provided no live contact occurs.
Team offense vs. team defense drills, including all drills listed in Appendix G to this Agreement, are permitted, provided no live contact occurs.
Clubs may require players to wear helmets; no shells are permitted during Phase Three of the Club's offseason workout program or any minicamp.
How much guaranteed money did the NFLPA gave up in order to secure one hour each for lunch and dinner, I wonder?
So now that you've been made aware, let's get right to it.
Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) June 16, 2015
With Tropical Storm Bill threatening, #Texans practice was moved up two hours and inside. (For the non locals following, this is not a pun)— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) June 16, 2015
Quarterback Battle Update
O'Brien said team mixed players today. Wouldn't read too much into which players ran with 1s, 2s. #Texans "very confident" in both QBs.— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) June 16, 2015
Brian Hoyer ran 1s today. Best practice to date. Much sharper and more in control. Mallett also more accurate. #Texans— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) June 16, 2015
"The most consistent guy," O'Brien says, on how he'll chose his starting quarterback. #Texans— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) June 16, 2015
If today repeats itself through mini-camp and the start of training camp, Brian Hoyer will be named the starter. #Texans— PDS (@PatDStat) June 16, 2015
More From Tropical Storm Bill
Bill O'Brien lists Keshawn Martin, Chandler Worthy, Keith Mumphery, Damaris Johnson, Cecil Shorts as potential returners. #Texans— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) June 16, 2015
"Cecil has done a good job along with Nate Washington," O'Brien says. Says both have studied the offense well. #Texans— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) June 16, 2015
Asked about John Simon, O'Brien says he's been consistent. Worked a lot here in the offseason. Says Whitney Mercilus has, too. #Texans— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) June 16, 2015
Media complimenting players
Cecil Shorts stood out. Several highlight-worthy catches. #Texans— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) June 16, 2015
High energy practice by #Texans inside bubble. Step up from OTAs, with first team offense taking on No. 1 defense in full-field action.— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) June 16, 2015
Brian Hoyer is very natural in this offense. He told me this offense is like coming home and it shows during practices. #Texans— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) June 16, 2015
Players Complimenting Each Other
Vince Wilfork on @JJWatt: "Intense. The way he practices is the way he plays. ... He make me work harder."— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) June 16, 2015
"It's a little more smooth this year...We're more efficient."-Arian Foster on the #Texans offense in 2015 OTAs vs. 2014 OTAs.— Drew Dougherty (@DoughertyDrew) June 16, 2015
Foster said he will help make Alfred Blue a three down back before his time is up here. #Texans— PDS (@PatDStat) June 16, 2015
Wilfork speaking highly of Arian Foster and his work ethic. Calls Foster one of the team leaders. #Texans— PDS (@PatDStat) June 16, 2015
Ben Jones is "a highly intelligent guy" who seems to have a photographic memory, says Brandon Brooks. #Texans— Deepi Sidhu (@DeepSlant) June 16, 2015
Foster said it was good to be looked at as the "OG" in the locker room by the younger players. #Texans— PDS (@PatDStat) June 16, 2015
Duane Brown says when Arian Foster gets to the second level, he turns into a fan watching the RB. #Texans— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) June 16, 2015
Duane Brown is asked what it's like to see Wilfork across the line. He starts: "Seeing him block out the sun?" #Texans— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) June 16, 2015
Player Injury News
O'Brien said Strong "has a long way to go" but it was good to see him back today. Recovering from hamstring injury. #Texans— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) June 16, 2015
Brandon Brooks had an ulcer last year. Helped him improve diet heading into this offseason. #Texans— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) June 16, 2015
Brandon Brooks said he had a stomach ulcer in the offseason so he had to alter his diet. Get rid of soda, junk foods, greasy foods. #Texans— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) June 16, 2015