If there was one big takeaway (not involving Deshaun Watson) from my time in West Virginia observing the Houston Texans training camp last week, it was the level of physicality. Pretty much anything they did wearing pads that involved player combat — drills, 11-on-11, etc. — was executed with maximum pop, and they even had one day of padded 11-on-11 where the coaches allowed tackling.
You rarely saw this when they practiced in Houston, and that’s likely an effect of the weather. In Houston, you’re going against your opponent AND the heat. In West Virginia, the heat was a virtual non-factor. So we got some lively hitting!
Read more: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/what-to-watch-for-in-the-texans-panthers-preseason-game-9675121
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