The first week of Texans’ training camp is in the books. It’s time to recap just who and what stood out during this batch of time.
Outside linebackers have been impressive so far, with Brennan Scarlett, Ufomba Kamalu and Dylan Cole all having strong showings. As John Harris notes, Cole in particular has been starring in coverage duties:
I don’t know that I’ve seen a linebacker run stride for stride with running back Akeem Hunt down the field…deep. Cole did that and knocked away a pass intended for Hunt in 1-on-1s. I wrote in my notes that “51 just seems to be in the right spot all the time.”
Scarlett and Kamalu starred in one-on-ones. Scarlett in particular is knocking fools around:
Fellow outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett had some juice today as well. He was strong at the point of attack and nearly knocked out rookie linebacker Gimel President on a kickoff return 1-on-1 drill. I mean, Scarlett caught him good, but President got right up and won the next rep.
Meanwhile, on Kamalu:
Linebacker Ufomba Kamalu was tough as all get out to block. He was one of my overall standouts on the day. He fired into tight ends and powered them back off the ball. He held his ground when he had to bump inside to play against guards and tackles. He looked like a different dude than this time last year. He was as physical as anyone on the field.
Cornerback Denzel Rice kept his streak alive of forced fumbles as he, and the rain, combined to knock the ball out of a ball carrier’s hands late…
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