It might be odd for Texans fans to see the team practicing away from Houston, but the team itself seems to be enjoying the cool mountain air of rural West Virginia.
After Saturday’s rainy practice, cornerback Kareem Jackson expressed some ambivalence about the locale,
“Yeah, you kind of get used to it, but it’s day four. We’re here to get work, to do our jobs and have fun as a team. That’s what we’re here to do. We’re not really thinking about any of the outside stuff.”
Veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph had a pragmatic view of the greatly divergent weather in White Sulphur Springs, where the temp on Sunday was some 30 degrees cooler than Houston.
“I tell you guys all the time you never really take into account how much the sun goes into, factors in, until you’re conditioned and to everything else until you get into weather like this,” Joseph opined. “Out here today and the last couple of days, it’s hard to break up a sweat, so you kind of got to watch yourself on the breaks – you can’t eat too much.”
Running back Lamar Miller, who played both collegiately and in the NFL in Miami before heading to Houston, is definitely on board with the cooler air. A reporter asked Miller if he ever recalled cool weather in summer training camp before.
“No, not at all,” he responded. “I’ve been in the heat for five years. This is my first time having a little breeze during training camp. It’s a good thing.”
So does he like the crisp mountain air? Miller gives it a big thumbs up,
“Yeah, I love it. You’re not really sweating that much, but you’re getting a good little workout. It’s good.”