Jalen Camp honors teammate John Metchie by doing his signature touchdown celebration

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The Texans opened their preseason slate Saturday night, scoring a come-from-behind victory over New Orleans at NRG Stadium in Houston. Jalen Camp, who appeared in three games after his callup from the practice squad last season, made the most of his limited workload against the Saints, corralling two of four targets for a team-high 53 yards and a touchdown, the latter coming on a four-yard heave from quarterback Jeff Driskel with 11:50 remaining in the second quarter.

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Camp paid homage to teammate John Metchie by copying his “Crimson Crane” touchdown dance, which became his signature celebration at Alabama. Metchie recently announced he’ll miss the entire 2022 season to undergo treatment for acute promyelocytic leukemia. The wide receiver was still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in last year’s SEC Championship at the time of his diagnosis, but was expected to occupy a major role once healthy.

Doctors expect Metchie to make a full recovery, though his absence has clearly been felt at Texans training camp this summer, with heartbroken teammates supporting the ailing 22-year-old however they can. Looking to rebound from a frustrating 2021 (4-13 record), the Texans shouldn’t lack for inspiration this year, rallying around Metchie in his ongoing cancer battle. Credit to Camp for honoring one of his own, reminding us that some things are much bigger than football.

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