HOUSTON -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Houston Texans training camp.
The Texans suffered two significant injuries on their first day of training camp, then signed two outside linebackers after it was over. Offensive lineman Cody White suffered a torn Achilles while receiver Alan Bonner, a second-year player who has showed some promise at times, suffered a broken foot. Both players were waived/injured, which means if nobody claims them off waivers, they'll be placed on injured reserve. One option for the team is to reach an injury settlement with the players, which would then release them completely. It's really a shame for Bonner, who also spent last season on injured reserve. Replacing their roster spots were a pair of outside linebacker, Quentin Groves and Lawrence Sidbury.
Fewer heat issues today as the Texans, at least the ones who weren't used to it prior, acclimated. Coach Bill O'Brien brushed off the issue of heat. "I mean, it is Texas. It is hot, whatever. These guys are doing fine. We’re not expecting an Alaskan cold front to come in wiping through here."
Ryan Fitzpatrick had a nice day, especially when doing the things he does best -- short and intermediate routes. His deep balls were more of a mixed bag, though he had some nice throws there, too. It was difficult to see all of practice because of the way the media is quarantined now, but I saw two interceptions, one to rookie cornerback Andre Hal and one to veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph.
The backup quarterback battle is one the Texans are going to take their time resolving. Right now, Case Keenum holds the spot. He got significantly more reps than rookie Tom Savage today, but Keenum had a bit of a rough day. He struggled with accuracy on several passes.
The Texans' afternoon walkthroughs are closed to the public and media, but O'Brien said today that he uses them to go over mistakes from the morning with the team. Coaches watch film of practice between the sessions. "We correct some things that have to be fixed," O'Brien said. "We talk a lot about fixing problem within a game. You’ve got to fix problems in the game. You can’t wait until halftime or Monday to fix something that came up in the game. We’ve got to fix those problems either on the practice field or in the walkthrough, and then move on to the next practice."