There’s a million questions surrounding the Houston Texans’ upcoming training camp. However, the one thing that’s clear is that they’ll complete this training camp without a competitive scrimmage against another team. Either due to COVID-19 restrictions or other teams not wanting Houston’s stench to rub off on them, the Texans will be on their own for training camp.
Training camp scrimmages are a staple of the NFL preseason and provide an opportunity to hit an opposing jersey after over half a year of no to limited contact. Players attempting to make the roster miss out on potential key moments to show the coaches that they’ve picked up on the system they plan to play in.
Not every team is following the Texans’ reservations heading into training camp. 19 other NFL teams will be participating in training camp scrimmages. In fact, the Rams and Cowboys will scrimmage each other on August 7th even though they won’t face each other in the preseason. Both the Colts and Titans will be scrimmaging this offseason against other squads. The Colts will host the Panthers while the Titans will travel to Tampa Bay to play the defending champs.
Not only are teams training together outside of their preseason games, six teams are doing it twice. The Rams, Panthers, Jets, Patriots, Eagles, Giants, and Dolphins are throwing caution to the wind and scrimmaging not one but two teams this preseason. None of those squads had an overwhelming 2020 season, but they are taking the opportunity to better themselves heading into this 2021 campaign.
Here’s a chart of who will be scrimmaging each other this preseason and when/where it will take place.
There is not another team in the league that needs to take advantage of every single opportunity afforded to them like the Texans do. From a cast of new players to the rookies who are entering the NFL to the new coaching staff, they all need as much practice and experimenting as possible to resemble a competent club.To top it off, the Texans, along with every other team, only get three preseason games. We know Bill O’Brien already shot them in the foot. Former or current management has already rid the team of most of the talent, and now the Texans are limiting their ability to train and improve as a team. It’s another case of mismanagement and a missed opportunity by the Texans.
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