Found July 31, 2013 on State of the Texans:
The second day of open camp lead to the Houston Texans waiting on a much awaited arrival of reinforcements on the inside linebacker position. The deal was finalized yesterday and it led to much anticipation for today’s morning practice.     Camp Notes Joe Mays - It didn’t take long for people to realize who Joe Mays was and despite his short stature he is built solid. Mays stands at 5-11 and 245 lbs. and looks the part for what the Texans want to team next to Brian Cushing. Whispers say the Texans are not interested in starting Mays because of Darryl Sharpton, but this feels like an open competition for the position. He was thrown right into the mix in drills next to Cushing which is a good indication of what the Texans want from Mays. They will give Mays every opportunity to win the spot for week one. - Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins had his best day of training camp with his performance versus Johnathan Joseph. Today in one on one drills Hopkins outplayed Joseph in red-zone work, especially in the jump ball situations. Hopkins has the ability to snatch the ball with authority out of the air and he put that trait on display today. Also he was matched up on Danieal Manning in the slot and he was too quick in space for Manning to control and it led to a nice catch and run. Hopkins showed today what he can bring to this team and it could be a big boost for an offense who needed youth infused into the lineup. - Quarterback Stephen McGee struggled today in the passing game and his passes were erratic. Some were high and some were low for intended receivers and right now he is on the outside looking in. He has been average since the start of camp and with three better quarterbacks on the roster it could be a short stay for McGee. - Brandon Harris had a strong day today in coverage and was breaking up passes left and right. Harris played strong in one on ones against Lestar Jean and he carried it to the team portion of practice. Harris needs to get off to a good start to hold his spot in the depth chart. Harris also had a nice interception off the arm of T.J. Yates on a pass intended for Alec Lemon. Both Lemon and Yates hesitated and gave Harris the room to make the interception. - Deji Karim, Danieal Manning, Keshawn Martin and Alan Bonner all worked on returning kickoffs today during special teams. - Also, more about Deji Karim as a runningback should not be over looked. Much of the focus has been put on the younger players at running back but Karim has slowly adapted to the offense. He can catch out of the backfield and fits well into the zone scheme of this offense. Throw in that he has a good idea about the return game, Karim is one player not to write off for the final spot of the runningback position. - It was a step to increase Brian Cushing’s workload when he lined up with the defense in team drills against the offense. He worked through blitzes and went full speed on the field with his teammates. Still no contact for Cushing, the team is slowly easing him back into the swing of things before the start of the regular season. Earl Mitchell - Nose tackle Earl Mitchell looks confident as his first year as the starter for the Texans. His technique and confidence have gotten better and it shows despite no contact in practice. Mitchell does a good job of keeping the center off of him and using his arms and strength to shed blockers. Also, his quickness to get off the football is impressive and his days of being a college fullback show with his ability to turn and run. - Tight End Garrett Graham participated in his first practice of training camp after sitting out for 5 days with a virus. It is said that Graham has lost about seven pounds with the illness but getting Graham back on the field is important for the offense. - Rookie cornerback A.J. Bouye answered the call after a down day yesterday. Bouye intercepted a pass in one on ones and almost had a near interception in team drills that popped loose when he hit the ground. He has looked good early and seeing him respond like he did today is an encouraging sign for the young rookie. - Wide receiver Lestar Jean has been the same player that we saw last year at training camp. He does everything well but there is not one trait that really stands out. Jean’s future with the team hinges on if DeVier Posey can come back before the season from his injury, but the clock is ticking on Jean. - Duane Brown returned today after a slight twisted ankle yesterday during a team session. The team held him out yesterday after the scare but today he returned with no noticeable issues with the ankle. - J.J. Watt surprised fans by coming out from the crowd to get to the field. He took a detour from the regular entrance from where the players enter the field. - Sam Montgomery (ankle), Jeff Maehl (Hamstring), Delano Johnson (Groin) and Whitney Mercilus (Hamstring) all sat out of practice today. - Rookie tackle Brennan Williams who had an MRI yesterday on his knee had the same knee drained. Williams has a history of injuries in college and he has started slow at training camp.     You can follow Patrick on Twitter.  He is the Editor of State of the Texans.  

Ed Reed: “Get Me to Houston.”

Houston Texans safety Ed Reed addressed the media for the first time since training camp opened. Reed answered questions about his return date to the field, him getting in playing shape and what he texted Andre Johnson after the Superbowl.       You can follow Patrick on Twitter.  He is the Editor of State of the Texans.  

Texans Training Camp: Day Seven

The Houston Texans were back in shells today to get back to some light pad popping to open up Thursday’s practice. Camp Notes   - The fade route looks like it could be used more than once with rookie DeAndre Hopkins now on the team. Matt Schaub has been learning his new wide receiver and today they showed this new part of the arsenal. Hopkins knows how to high point the football...

Houston Texans Waive One

The Houston Texans have waived/injured rookie cornerback Johnny Adams from Michigan State. Adams has been injured since the beginning of training camp and was waived to open up a roster spot for newly signed Joe Mays.  Adams was signed after the draft and at 5-10 and 172 lbs. he didn’t make a strong enough impression to overtake fellow rookies Travis Howard and A.J. Bouye...

Texans sign free agent LB Joe Mays

Houston has signed free agent Joe Mays after the linebacker was suspended and fined last season for a hit on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. The Texans confirmed the signing on Tuesday. Mays knocked Schaub's helmet off and the star QB lost a chunk of his left ear on the play during Houston's 31-25 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sept. 23. Mays was fined $50,000 and suspended...

Earl Mitchell Talks to SOTT

Houston Texans nose tackle Earl Mitchell talks to us about playing next to J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith , expectations as a starter, playing in his hometown and more.     You can follow Patrick on Twitter.  He is the Editor of State of the Texans.

Reed hopes to play in Texans opener

Safety Ed Reed isn't making any promises that he'll be ready to go Sept. 9 against San Diego. Houston's biggest offseason acquisition spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since he started training camp on the physically unable to perform list after surgery to repair a partly torn labrum on April 30. ''I can tell you that it is close, but I can't say...

New Texan Reed hopes to play in opener

Texans safety Ed Reed isn't making any promises that he'll be ready to go Sept. 9 against San Diego. Houston's biggest off-season acquisition spoke on Tuesday for the first time since he started training camp on the physically unable to perform list after surgery to repair a partly torn labrum on April 30. The nine-time Pro Bowler says he's feeling better and: ...

Texans expecting Arian Foster to return this week

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster was not cleared to join his teammates for the start of training camp due to a lingering calf injury that he suffered earlier this offseason. When camp began, head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that he wasn’t sure when he’d have his star cleared to join the rest of the team. However, Kubiak is now a lot more optimistic regarding Foster’s...

Video: Houston Texans cheerleaders break into dance at grocery store

The Houston Texans cheerleaders held a dance-off in the middle of a grocery, which is just the greatest thing ever. Here's the video.

Arian Foster return 'very close'

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said Monday that he doesn't believe Arian Foster's calf injury will linger with the star running back throughout the season. Smith told ESPN's Josina Anderson that the Texans decided to put Foster on the physically unable to perform list to begin training camp to alleviate any concerns that the right calf strain would linger...

Unknown whether Ed Reed plays Week 1 or not

Hot News for S Ed Reed

Ed Reed texted Andre Johnson ‘get me to Houston’ after Super Bowl win

After the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl, Ed Reed was one of those veteran players who seemed like his time with the team was coming to an end. The Ravens needed to clear out all kinds of salary cap space to be able to sign players like Joe Flacco, so it quickly became obvious [...]

Houston Texans 2013 NFL Season Preview

Introduction In 2011, the Texans won 10 games despite having their starting quarterback and top receiver only play together in 4 games. Before Matt Schaub went down with injury and missed the final 6 games of the season, the Texans were 7-3, scoring 27.3 points per game and allowing 16.6, which would have been 5th and 3rd respectively over the course of the season. Those numbers...

Texans Sign Joe Mays

The Houston Texans have signed inside linebacker Joe Mays  Joe Mays signed a one-year deal with the Texans with $285 K guaranteed. $100 K bonus for making opening day roster, per source. — Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) July 29, 2013   The Texans were the most aggressive team after Mays since he was released by the Broncos. 1 of 10 teams to show interest. — Adam Caplan (@caplannfl...
Texans News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.