The 2021 Houston Texans made their padded practice debut on Tuesday at the Houston Methodist Training Center.
“We’ve been waiting on this day right now for six days, and we got out there, and what I saw and what I heard was exactly what we expected, guys playing football the way you’re supposed to play football,” head coach David Culley said. “The thing we found out today out there with pads on today is when you don’t have pads on like we’ve been in this ramp-up period is you don’t really get to see leverage finish. You don’t get to see guys when they take the angles. If you take a bad angle with pads on, it’s different than taking a bad angle when you don’t have pads on, and so today that was good.”
Tight end Pharaoh Brown and cornerback Lonnie Johnson practiced for the first time after starting camp on the Active/Non-Football Injury list. According to head coach David Culley, Brown and Johnson are still going through the “ramp up” right now and have limited reps.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson was not on the field for the team’s first day in pads.
“As I said before, we’re day-to-day with it,” Culley said. “The only thing that’s changed from the standpoint of that is we make decisions every day based on what’s best for our football team, and I’m going to leave it at that.”
The Texans got to work…