Day 4 Texans training camp observations from Landry Locker

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(SportsRadio 610) - Another padded practice is in the books for the 2022 Houston Texans.

These are the training camp observations from Tuesday:

1. Rookie Teagan Quitoriano is on the field and practicing with the Texans tight ends, his first practice of camp.

2. Chris Moore had a one-handed catch in the back of the end zone in early red zone drills that had some media types ooing and awwing.

3. Speaking of receivers… Andre Johnson continues to be in attendance and a very close, active observer of the receivers.

4. Special teams coach Frank Ross gets the most out or his special teams periods during practice. There’s no telling how many calories he burns during them.

5. Rookie guard Kenyon Green got his first action with the first-team today.

6. Wide receiver Nico Collins has had trouble keeping his feet under him a couple times during camp. Yesterday he tripped during red zone and today he lost his feet on a hitch on the sidelines.

7. The next rep, shortly after he lost his footing, Collins rebounded with a leaping 40-yard TD catch over Steven Nelson in one on one drills.

8. Early in practice was the most crisp Mills has looked in camp. He found Brandin Cooks and Pharaoh Brown for consecutive touchdowns during seven-on-seven and didn’t force it when it wasn’t there.

After a check down to Moore he found Brown again for a TD, his third TD in four reps.

9. Moore had a fumble in red zone on seven-on-seven and punched the ground in disgust as he walked back to the huddle.

10. The second team offense was having a lot of trouble getting open today, forcing backup QB Kyle Allen to hold the ball for a long time.

11. Pep and Andre Johnson spent a lot of time together during practice, which makes sense because they worked together in Indy. It’s clear Dre has a lot of respect for this staff and is much more an active part of things.

12. In other news, Jack Easterby’s days of running on the field throughout practice and playing coach on the sidelines have been minimized, if not eliminated, early in camp. Thought No. 11 and No. 12 may or may not be connected.

13. Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett remained sidelined, but appears to be much more giddy and anxious.

14. Quitoriano was on the sidelines icing his knee an hour into practice. Could’ve been a load management thing, but his first practice as a pro wasn’t a long one.

15. John McClain recommended my favorite restaurant in town when I first started working with him, Ambassador Chinese Restaurant. Today during practice he was selling the place to new beat writers D.J. Bien-Aime (ESPN) and Jonathan Alexander (Chronicle). The place really is fantastic, but his pitch is even better. I don’t think there’s a college coach that can sell their program better than McClain sells our favorite restaurant.

16. Attendance at practice in the stands was full. Last year it was about 20 percent capacity, but on a hot summer Tuesday morning there were a lot of fans observing practice.

17. Brown continues to stand out over the tight ends. He made a lot of big plays including a couple touchdowns and a couple of big plays during 11-on-11. There was even a tight end screen that would’ve gone for a nice gain in a real game.

18. Marlon Mack looks very shifty and fresh early in camp. He and Dameon Pierce are the two backs that stick out the most early.

19. Seth Green made some big plays at tight end. He might be a developmental guy, but there’s potential there.