Texans TraIning Camp Report 7-29

Our Sean Coffey At Texans Camp Monday

Our Sean Coffey reports from Texans Training Camp.

Newscenter 25 Sports is here at Texans Training Camp, where this team that managed 11 wins a season ago despite an 0-3 start is out to prove that was no fluke.

Said linebacker Whitney Mercilus, “Everybody’s practicing right now in order to fortify their team and find that right 53, in order to win the division, make the playoffs and go win the Super Bowl, as far as that goes. And our division has definitely gotten thick in the competition area and all that, but that’s where the excitement is. It’s like ‘let’s go prove ourselves again.”

The Texans’ formidable climb to the playoffs in 2018 signaled an arrival of sorts for one the NFL’s brightest young rosters. Less than a year later, there’s a feeling around camp the team’s just getting started, fueled by their rapid ascension.

Said Texans TV host Drew Dougherty, “You gain a lot of confidence when you’re able to weather that storm and then peel off nine wins in a row, eleven eventually. There’s high expectations, and they don’t mind that the rest of the world thinks, ‘Hey, it’s the Colts, that’s the AFC South. But, they think they can hang with anybody.”

The catalyst for that confidence, their play caller, who racked up 31 total touchdowns and his first pro bowl nod as a sophomore. According to his number one target, Deshaun Watson’s still getting better

Said DeAndre Hopkins, “Of course. Deshaun, he’s only getting better every year. You look at what he can do at practice, and it relays to the game “

It’s easy to fantasize about the future with number four under center, but a veteran like Mercilus knows this time of year is all about building a culture.

“The thing is, finding the right 53 in order to make this team, in order to understand that same message, and it’s to understand that same philosophy, and really put that to heart.”

You would think a team that rattled off nine straight wins a season ago might have garnered more respect around the league, This group seems perfectly content to play with a chip on their shoulder. In Houston, Sean Coffey, Newscenter 25 Sports