ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- We continue a look at some highlights from today's practice between the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos. Wednesday was the second of three joint practices before the teams face each other on Saturday night.
We've written a bit about the offense already today, so this post will be focus more on the defense.
Offensive line versus defensive line one-on-one drills are always great fun to watch. Today didn't disappoint. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt faced Broncos tackle Chris Clark. Watt destroyed Clark, much to Clark's chagrin. The offensive tackle respond by swiping Watt's helmet in frustration, revealing a grin. Watt then chastised him, saying he shouldn't get mad just because he got beat. I was also impressed with the push nose tackle Jerrell Powe got against his opponent.
During a red zone drill, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes. Watt might have sacked him on one of them if the drill was live, but Manning got the ball out just as Watt got to him, so maybe not. After those two touchdowns, the Texans defense got their hands on a few balls. Defensive end Jared Crick knocked down one pass. Then, cornerback Brandon Harris had a pass breakup.
The award for the funniest moment of practice goes to the aftermath of a pick-six by cornerback Elbert Mack. As Mack sprinted toward the end zone, safety D.J. Swearinger, cornerback Josh Victorian and linebackers coach Mike Vrabel sprinted with him in celebration. Then Swearinger and Mack did that same hand-slapping celebration that drew a flag against the Falcons. "Yes, we did get flagged for that," Swearinger said. "I don’t know why, but I guess we can’t do it in the game no more. We’ve got to come up with something else."
Swearinger had his own interception, picking off Manning late. And he figures the tensions that boiled between the teams at the end of practice started with his play.
Texans center Chris Myers did not practice for the second consecutive day. He also missed last weekend's game against the Falcons. Myers did leave a practice against the Falcons early, last week, but O'Brien said today that Myers isn't hurt. "Here's a guy that's played a lot of football in this league and we're making sure that he's ready to go on September 7."