Broncos OL tested by Texans front

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Teams have various strengths, and one of the major benefits of practicing against a different team is the chance to test those strengths and learn from them, consequence free.

For the Texans' defense, that's come this week through facing Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his wide array of weapons.

One of the biggest challenges for the Broncos' offensive line is dealing with the Texans' front.

“I like it for them because it’s a different animal for us," Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said. "J.J. [Watt], [Jadeveon] Clowney. I mean, the rest of that crew is tough. ... It’s a great test for our guys to see where we are at and where we can adjust and improve.”

Watt has excelled this week against the Broncos' offensive line, even outside that now-famous one-on-one drill when tackle Chris Clark ripped off his helmet. Clowney has also had his moments against Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady. As much as the Broncos line is being tested, the talented rookie is learning a lot from those bouts.

“We struggled yesterday, and I think today with pads on, we were a little better," Gase said. "But still, when you see No. 99 flashing in there every once and a while and you see one of those hands go up you are just hoping he doesn’t get a piece of it. We were better today than yesterday and hopefully, when we get to the game Saturday, we will play better.”