Preseason Game #1: Texans vs. Packers
Today is the moment that we have been waiting for. Although it’s only preseason, it is time for some Texans football! For the first time since January, we will be seeing the Texans in live game competition against the Green Bay Packers.
If you have been paying attention, the Texans have been in Wisconsin since Sunday. They have participated in two joint practices with the Packers. According to Texans reporter Patrick D. Starr from State of The Texans, the Texans have had a successful two joint practices. The Texans was so riled up, that rookie Lonnie Johnson got carried away and leveled Packers TE Jace Sternberger.
Via Lonnie Johnson Instagram
Now that we got the joint practices out the way, here’s what I will be looking for in tonight’s game vs. the Packers.
The Return of Will Fuller
Will Fuller is scheduled to participate in tonight’s game after returning from his devastating ACL injury last season against the Dolphins. After watching Fuller live in training camp, I see that he is moving and playing well. Tonight will be a big indicator of where Fuller is at post injury. Will he still have his same game changing speed? Will he have any problems with his knee? Can he still get open against top NFL competition? I am interested in finding out.
Showtime, Tytus Howard and Max Scharping!
Stating the obvious, but there’s a difference between training camp and live game action. This is directed to rookie draft picks Tytus Howard and Max Scharping. The reason I state this is because both players have been having a great training camp, including the joint practices. If you want to know the potential of Tytus Howard, take a look at this clip to get a greater understanding:
While I am sure this makes every Texans fan jump for joy, this is only training camp. I am looking forward to see can Howard do this in a real game. How will Howard and Scharping perform tonight? I am excited to see our two rookies!
Will Lonnie Johnson make it out of Lambeau Field alive?
As stated before, Lonnie Johnson was knocking heads in Green Bay day one of joint practices. He was kicked out of practice by Bill O’Brien not only to protect other players, but to protect himself. Several Packer players voiced their displeasure of Johnson’s actions, and sound like they are looking for revenge. Johnson is scheduled to play tonight, and I am hoping he makes it out of Wisconsin alive. I am also looking forward to how he performs. He has been reported to have a strong camp up to now. Let’s see how he performs in a real game.
Texans Tight Ends
I am ready to see how the Texans Tight Ends will look in a game. This is shaping up to be the greatest group of TE’s that the Texans have had in years. Jordan Atkins, Jordan Thomas, Kahale Warring, and Darren Fells have been tearing up training camp. If they perform well tomorrow as a group, I am predicting a big year from the group in the 2019-2020 season.
The RB Group
After releasing D’Onta Foreman earlier this week, RB Lamar Miller is the only returning Texan in the RB group. Everyone else will be making their debut tonight as a Texan. The two RB’s I am excited to watch perform is Karon Higdon and Damarea Crockett. Both have had strong training camps so far. How will they perform tonight? Will they be able to separate themselves from the pack? Tonight will reveal a lot!
The New Look Secondary
The Texans will have a few new faces in the secondary scheduled to make their debut tonight. Bradley Roby, Lonnie Johnson, Tashaun Gipson, Xavier Crawford, and Briean Boddy-Calhoun are a few names. Reports have came out that they gelled during the joint practice against one of the greatest QB’s in NFL history, Aaron Rodgers. They held their own against the Packers offense both days of camp, which is great news. Can they continue to build chemistry and perform well tonight? I am excited to watch them tonight.
Well, that is it. I am ready to watch Texans football again tonight. Who or what are you looking forward to watching tonight? Go ahead and sound off in the comments section. I’ll see you guys after the game. Go Texans!