A look at underdogs from Texans training camp


(SportsRadio 610) - After five days of practice, one of the most noticeable things in Texans camp thus far, has been the stark difference in the first teamers and everyone else.

Granted, some twos are getting work with ones and vice versa, but there is a noticeable drop off in those players that have certainly been around, versus those that are just breaking into the league.

One of those guys that has stood out thus far is linebacker Blake Cashman.

The Texans traded a future (2023) sixth-round pick to the New York Jets for Cashman this past off-season.

Cashman, has struggled to stay on the field since being drafted by the Jets in the fifth-round back in 2019, as he’s dealt with a multitude of injuries that cost him 8 games his rookie season, 12 his sophomore campaign and 14 games last season.

He’s hoping for a chance to latch on with the Texans this year, and is off to a helluva start.

Cashman recorded two interceptions in Wednesday’s practice, picking off Davis Mills once during 7-on-7, then ending practice with a pick of of backup Kyle Allen during the teams 2-minute drill.

The Texans have a number of players on both sides of the ball like Cashman that are trying to find their spot and make an impact.

One of the best ways to do just that is by flashing in your position group and showing they can contribute in special teams.

That’s exactly what special teams coach Frank Ross has seen in a guy like Cashman.

Ross said Cashman has done a great job of attacking and executing the playbook this far.

“Done a great job of taking the playbook, trying to apply what I'm asking him to do, the calls we're making. But on top of that, the guy can run. So, hopefully he's using all of our fundamentals and techniques and then playing with those explosive traits that's in his body when it's time to go out there and make the plays.”

It comes down to one simple thing sometimes, you hear every coach say it at some point, versatility.

And for some other younger players such as Cashman trying to find their way in the team, defensive backs like M.J Stewart and Isaac Yiadom have made early impressions as well.

“You guys see it every year, new additions to rosters. Even if they're veterans, those guys obviously as they join the group, they're willing to do dirty work, and that's kicking game, that's fourth down. They've done a good job so far at that.”

One of the other standouts on the offensive side of the ball after about a week of camp has been receiver Chad Beebe.

He’s shown good burst off the line, quickness, good footwork and ability to get open, catch and finish string through contact as well as making an impact on special teams.

That may bode well for the son of former NFL wide receiver Don Beebe, who appeared in six Super Bowls while spending parts of nine seasons in the NFL with the Bills, Packers and Panthers back in the early 90’s.

Ross says he has an appreciation for guys like Beebe (5’10, 183lbs) and defensive back Grayland Arnold (5’10, 190lbs) who are shorter players.

“Love the guys that have maybe a height disadvantage. Okay, I come from that world. Got to play a little bit lower, a little twitchier. Those guys are doing a good job so far putting their head down, doing whatever is asked, returning footballs, getting extra work. We feel good about where (Chad) Beebe and Grayland (Arnold) are so far,” Ross said.

With one week just about in the books, and a long way to go in camp, we’ll see if the underdogs can continue to stack more good days together than bad. That underdog mentality that the Texans will surely take on this season can fuel the fire for young, developing players trying to make their mark in the league.