Camp Blog Week 1: Texans wrap up first week of camp

Sunday was autograph day at Texans camp.

Houston Texans Training Camp began Wednesday as the team took the field in preparation for the 2017 season.

This year’s camp is being held at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. and will be the first time in franchise history the Texans hold training camp outside of the city of Houston.

Follow KHOU 11 Sports Anchor Jason Bristol as he and photojournalist Bob Luna provide the latest updates from training camp.

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PHOTOS : 2017 Houston Texans Training Camp at The Greenbrier

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Sunday, July 30, 2017, Day 5

11 p.m. Update 

Sunday was autograph day at Texans camp.

More than a dozen players signed after practice. Linebacker Sio Moore is quickly becoming a fan favorite; he climbed into the crowd and also photobombed group photos with other players.

Brian Cushing was asked if he would hold a baby. He obliged.

He was also asked if his sister-in-law would be marrying J.J. Watt. "You have to ask me that, huh?" Cushing replied with a laugh.

Most interesting item I saw being signed? A Greenbrier golf hole flag.

This was probably the best day of camp so far when it comes the weather. Temperature at practice time was around 70 degrees with sunny skies.

Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer attended today's practice, which both J.J. Watt and Clowney sat out (no injuries, just veterans getting rested).

I saw Deshaun Watson take off for a big run. Not sure if it would have been a big gainer under normal game conditions, however.

Bill O'Brien said he really likes this group. "I'm positive about this team. I think this team is a very competitive team."

The players have Monday off.

In case you missed it, I did a tour of Lewisburg, West Virginia (the 2011 coolest small town in America) on Facebook Live.

 

Saturday, July 29, Day 4

WATCH: Getting a tour of The Greenbrier

11 p.m. Update

Day 4 of Texans training camp was all about rain.

But Bill O'Brien has no issues with that.

“It’s good to practice in the elements," O'Brien told reporters after practice. "We’re going to play some outdoor games. It’s good to get out there and handle the wet football. Those are the things that come up in those rain games, whether it’s in special teams, in the return game, or the passing game on offense. We just need to continue to do a better job of that when it is like this. I thought the guys battled hard today.”

O'Brien also gave some veterans the day off.  How does he manage them? 

“I think about it in three-day blocks," he said, according to a transcript released by the team. "So, maybe one out of three, I’ll give them a day off here and there. Guys that are 10-plus years or certain players that need a break, that take a lot of reps in practice. So, we just kind of manage that as best we can.”

Speaking of veterans, punter Shane Lechler is starting his 18th season and based his previous experience with the Raiders, he's all for holding training camp away from Houston. He's also, by my count, one of two Texans to major in history in college (Davis Quessenberry is the other), so I asked him if he was planning on exploring The Greenbrier's historical spots, like the bunker here built for Congress in case of a nuclear war.

On his first day off, he'll likely go golfing.

Nothing wrong with that.

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It was a rainy day at The Greenbrier for Texans Training Camp.

Friday, July 28, Day 3

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10:20 p.m. Update

The most famous man at The Greenbrier isn't J.J. Watt. In fact, it's not anyone on the Houston Texans! Meet Frank Mosley, the resort's 85-year-old bellhop who has been working there for nearly 60 years.

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12:20 p.m. Update

How was the first day in pads?

10 a.m. Update

We started Day 3 of Texans training camp with about 65 fans at The Greenbrier Performance Center. That number doubled, though, an hour in.

The reason for the sparse crowd? A 70- to 80-percent chance of thunderstorms. However, it now appears the rain will come this afternoon, not this morning.

Pads are on. With pads, comes more enthusiasm, it seems.

Bill O'Brien is much more animated. He's on the other field and you can hear him from the stands on the opposite side of the complex.

It's cool here. Plenty of cloud cover. Perfect weather for practice.

The VIP seating area today is extremely crowded. We've already seen Jerry West and Mike D'Antoni visit camp (both reside in the area). That section is also for players' family members and special guests.

We're expecting to hear from quarterback Deshaun Watson, cornerback Johnathan Joseph and linebacker Brian Cushing during the interview time after practice.

We'll see the Texans in pads for the first time on Friday.

Looks like rain again at The Greenbrier.

The Texans added a former Cowboys and Jets receiver to the roster.

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Thursday, July 27, Day 2

10 p.m. Update

Football isn't the only sport people have their eyes on during Texans Training Camp in West Virginia. Jason Bristol took a look at falconry, a 4,000-year-old sport visitors can experience at The Greenbrier.

Watch: Look out! Fun with falconry at The Greenbrier

7 p.m. Update

With some downtime before the 10 p.m. newscast, Jason Bristol decided to try West Virginia's most famous banana split, Draper's Signature Banana Split, while taking questions from viewers about Training Camp. It's a football-sized dish that features five scoops of ice cream, chocolate sauce, two or three bananas, whipped cream, sprinkles and cherries (but the question is: Did he finish it all?!)

Day 2 is in the books and he's checking in with Benardrick McKinney.

Glad to see this guy on the field, getting reps.

The quotable Jadeveon Clowney.

Maybe the Texans offense could get a few pointers from these guys.

10:30 a.m. Update

Early in and early out. 

With a threat of afternoon rain, the Texans moving up training camp to 10 a.m. from the standard 10:30 a.m. With sun out and fewer clouds, temperature was 75 degrees; much warmer than yesterday at the start of practice.

As for the crowd, about the same. 

I did an unofficial player jersey count. No surprise J.J. Watt leads roughly 9-to-1. Other jerseys spotted in the crowd: Arian Foster; Andre Johnson; a Clemson Deshaun Watson; and Odell Beckham Junior. Beckham seemed really out of place.

I posted a picture on Twitter/Facebook of items fans are prohibited from bringing into the complex here at The Greenbrier Performance Center. Fans are also limited to two outside souvenir items.

Practice almost wrapping up. Until next time...

The Texans moved up practice Thursday for a good reason.

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Day 2 at The Greenbrier underway.

Plenty of great scenery near The Greenbrier.

Seems as though the locals are happy to have the Texans in town for training camp.

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Wednesday, July 26, Day 1

1 p.m. Update

The first day of Texans camp is in the books. 

My biggest takeaways: how many NFL stars like J.J. Watt will walk the entire length of the field signing autographs for fans along the fence? J.J. did just that today after practice.

The team looked crisp and fresh. They should on the first day, yes? I'm guessing weather being in the high 60s and partly cloudy has something to do with that.

The crowd has grew from about 100 people this morning to 200 or so at the end of practice. 

Most of the fans here seem to be from Texas or have ties to Texas. There's a nice section for 12-year-old-and-under fans to watch practice and obtain autographs. The most popular item to get signed: footballs. 

Souvenir prices have a lot do with that. For me the best deal at the concession stand are rubber Texans footballs for $20.

T-shirts are $38!

NFL jerseys of Watt and others are $100 and the white panel footballs for autographs are $35.

The fans here from Houston are impressed with how close they are to the field. It's much more fan-friendly than back home, according to the people I've met who've been to both places.

The staff is very nice and hospitable and everyone here greets you with a nice smile.

Tourism is clearly the big industry. In fact, it's the only thing here. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni attended the first half of practice (he lives in the gated community here) and happily mentioned all the activities here, like golf, fishing, whitewater rafting, etc. We saw dozens of people in work uniforms last night leaving their jobs at The Greenbrier and walking home after another day of work. 

Interstate 64 overlooks the main practice field and you'll hear the tractor-trailer drivers honk their horns. The horn that really got people's attention? The one blasting from the train traveling the tracks behind the Performance Center.

 

All in all, everyone seems pleased after the first day here. All healthy. All good. All over - for now. 

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Seems like the Texans are enjoying practicing away from home.

Fans definitely glad to see J.J. Watt back on the field.

Former UH assistant coach and current West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen also stopped by camp on Wednesday.

Some of our first looks at J.J. Watt as he takes the field at The Greenbrier.

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Another Houston coach made the trip to check out training camp.

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8:30 a.m. Update

Greetings from White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., where the temperature is 66 degrees and partly cloudy at 9:30 a.m. on the first day of training camp for the Houston Texans.

We arrived here last night at around 9:15 p.m. after driving more than three hours from Richmond, Va. I have family in Virginia so the rolling hills and mountains here are very familiar to me.

First impressions of the Greenbrier? The word that comes to mind is 'grand.' Large columns on the outside; trees with lights and doormen awaiting every guest. 

We'll see how many fans are here rooting on the Texans when they take the field in less than sixty minutes. 

An early look at the weather at The Greenbriar

WATCH: Jason Bristol and Bob Luna head to West Virginia

One Texan star was noticeably absent from Tuesday's arrivals.

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The Texans arrived Tuesday in preparation for camp at The Greenbriar.

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