Texans Notebook: Mandatory Mini-Camp Come to an End

Mini-camp comes to an end for the Houston Texans and plenty of questions remain what is next for the organization.

The Houston Texans wrapped up their off-season work with the conclusion of mandatory mini-camp. The Texans with all of their work in the rearview mirror are headed on a long stretch of recharging their batteries during an extended break heading to training camp.

There is work to be done for the Texans to find their next general manager, but the business is still expected to operate as usual despite the ongoing interviews. The Texans will be heard from next when the 2019 season officially kicks off with the start of training camp in late July.

Mandatory Mini-Camp Notes

With the practices in the books, there have been risers and fallers from the work the Texans have put in. Here is the early list for the Texans.

Fallers

  • Xavier Crawford- the rookie draft pick cornerback is going to have to put together a strong camp to latch onto a spot in the cornerback group. The position group full of veterans and the Texans do not have time to wait for development.
  • Briean Boddy-Calhoun- the question now for the Texans is either Boddy-Calhoun is a cornerback of safety but his versatilely to help at both position could help him in the long run. Either way, he is going to need a solid camp to solidify his spot.
  • Darren Fells- one of the off-season additions to help the tight end group but with the youth in-front of him. Fells is behind a young talented core of tight ends and odds are not in his favor.

Risers

  • Tyron Johnson- the rookie wide receiver from Oklahoma State has put in solid work since he arrived during rookie minicamp. Johnson is a strong route runner and is more advanced for a rookie than expected.
  • Tytus Howard- Howard is on track to help the Texans on the offensive line when the season opens in 2019. He makes the offensive line more athletic and he will get an opportunity to prove his first round status.
  • Josh Ferguson- Bill O’Brien has been talking up Ferguson since the start of off-season. He will get a chance to win a roster spot and at the moment he is the favorite to land the #3 running back role.

Speaking of Josh Ferguson, head coach Bill O’Brien has been pushing the idea since the end of last season. Ferguson spent last season on the Texans practice squad and now the offense wants to see if he can handle the sub back role behind Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman.

“We’ve had some backs and we've got to continue to develop Josh Ferguson and see if he can be that guy,” O’Brien said of the third running back situation. “But that's something that we're still talking about value waiting thinking about the program and what role is.”

Ferguson will get the first crack to lock down the third running back role behind the first two on the depth chart.

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Former NFL Running Backs Visit the Texans

Past running back that ran the same offense came to visit the Texans running backs this off-season. Former Patriots running back Kevin Faulk and Danny Woodhead took time to visit during the off-season to meet with the position group and team to discuss the offense and give pointers.

Roster Movement on Gaine’s Additions

The exit of former general manager Brian Gaine has already being felt on the current 90-man roster. With mandatory mini-camp coming to a close, players that Gaine worked hard to land in free agency in the two off-seasons he ran are now in positions of uneasiness. In just a weekend, there have been subtle changes to the roster composition and with those changes expect it to continue to take place until the new general manager is in place.

With the long break coming before training camp, there is are thoughts that more roster change could be coming.

Houston Texans Training Camp

The Texans are expected to start training camp on in late July at the Methodist Training Center. It will return to Houston after being at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

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