WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. - The Houston Texans were back at practice on Friday following their Wednesday night preseason opening loss to Carolina.
Several players who missed that game were back on the field working out, including linebacker Benardrick McKinney, tight end Stephen Anderson and cornerback Treston Decoud.
When asked how they McKinney and DeCoud looked today at practice, head coach Bill O'Brien quipped, they looked "like world beaters, (they looked) fantastic."
Here are some observations from today's workout:
The play that drew the most noise from the team involved fullback Jay Prosch on a pass route down the sideline. He put a move on linebacker Avery Williams, totally shook him, and Prosch then easily hauled in roughly a 30 yard touchdown pass. He got a huge ovation from the players on the sidelines.
Deshaun Watson was looking for Stephen Anderson in the corner of the end zone, but he was well covered by Dee Virgin, who batted the pass away as it arrived. Virgin had a second nice PBU moments later on a ball intended for Devin Street after Watson pump-faked, Virgin stayed in tight coverage and broke up the play.
Both Watson and Tom Savage led drives setting up "game-winning" field goal attempts. Ka'imi Fairbairn took both kicks - the defense celebrated after each.
With Watson leading the drive, he was forced to eat the ball on back-to-back play when the rush got through very quickly. Clowney blew up the first play. He did it again on the following play, but had help up the middle from safety Corey Moore
Watson threw a nice dart to Dres Anderson, who was covered very well in the flat, but Watson's pass was buried in Anderson's chest, which forced it through the hands of the defensive back and Anderson was able to hang on.
Oh and before practice began, the daily 4-square game was played. Defensive end J.J. Watt won the title for Friday.
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