Hanging out with the defensive line Friday, Texans coach David Culley watched with major approval while they slammed into the blocking sled.
"Man, it did something to me," Culley said. "I'm talking about it's like they were firing off. They were hitting. I love that right there."
The clanging of the sled only whet Culley's appetite for more hitting, setting the stage forTuesday morningwhen the Texans will be in full pads for the first time since the start of training camp.
“I can't wait to see them get in pads," Culley said. "Here's the thing, you don't find out if someone can play or not until you see them in pads. Training camp, we're still in that ramp-up period. We've got another couple of days. Tuesday we'll get into pads. When we get in pads on Tuesday, then we start to really be able to evaluate. That's what we're doing right now all across the board.”
When asked if disgruntled quarterback Deshaun Watson will practice in pads, Culley said "Nothing has changed from previous times."
Of course, quarterbacks are off-limits for contact and wear protective red jerseys.
Culley will be careful, too, to stay out of harm's way.
“They asked me one time if I would get on that sled," Culley said. "I got Allen (Smith), one of our coaches, that's on the back of that sled, and when they pop it, it goes back up. Let me tell you what you will not see happen to me out there. You will not see me demonstrating anything, been there and done that.”
Aaron Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 seasons, including the Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has previously written for The Houston Chronicle and The Baltimore Sun. He’s on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7128.