HOUSTON – For the first time since they opened Training Camp, the Texans wore pads for their morning practice and with that, came some added intensity.
“Obviously, it got a little testy this morning and that’s a good thing,” said head coach Gary Kubiak after practice. “I thought we were very good, guys were competing.”
During a portion of the morning workout, Antonio Smith wrapped up running back Dustin Johnson and took him to the ground. Center Chris Myers took exception to the play by Smith and some pushing and shoving ensued before their teammates separated the two.
No worries for the Texans. All is well.
“You don’t want to come out here and have it be like a patty-cake session,” said defensive end J.J. Watt, who helped calm everyone down. “You want there to be a little bit of a flare up. I think it’s good, I think it shows the aggression you have.”
“It’s physical man, that’s just the nature of the game,” said nose tackle Earl Mitchell. “You want guys on your team that aren’t going to get pushed around.”
Putting on the pads is also when players start to differentiate themselves from each other.
“This is when you find out who’s a football player and who is a guy that looks like a football player,’ said Watt. “This is what gets you going. If you’re a real player, you love coming out to practice with your pads on because you get to hit every day and you get to prove yourself.”