Vandermeer’s View: A Strong Week One – Houston Texans News

Vandermeer’s View: A Strong Week One – Houston Texans News

Fast, Physical and Fastidious. That’s how I’d describe the first week of Texans training camp.

I know you’re sick of reading about weather. And I won’t belabor the point. But the Texans have seemingly glided through sessions at the Houston Methodist Practice fields here in West Virginia. Gone are the ‘how hot is it?’ rhetorical questions. It’s all about getting better.

Houston is also working fast. Bill O’Brien has often talked about playing faster. Well, he’s now got enough players who know his system that he’s able to put the throttle down a bit more.

Think about it. Last season, in a three wide set, he was breaking six new players into his system (Lamar Miller, Will Fuller V, Braxton Miller, Nick Martin, Jeff Allen and Brock Osweiler). This season, all the regulars know the drill. It’s a huge plus.

Three days in pads, heading into a day off, gave the team a seasonal re-baptism into the type of ball O’Brien wants to play. Sure he wants to be able to throw it around. And yes, it’s a game-plan offense. But often, the plan is to be a meat and potatoes running team that seeks to smash mouth its will on opponents.

Factoring into that is the stable of running backs that looks much improved with Lamar Miller sporting fresh legs coming out of the off season. And thick third round draft choice D’Onta Foreman shows a knack for running between the tackles. Don’t be surprised if Foreman is getting a bunch of those late game, kill-the-clock type handoffs this year.

Also, Tyler Ervin is proving that the more polished look he displayed in OTAs was no fluke. He can run and catch and inspire colorful on…

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