Texans Camp Report: The team heads indoors for camp

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Thursday, August 4, 2016
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David Nuno and Greg Bailey recap Day 4 of the Texans camp.

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Indoors and a lot cooler.

I know it was a pain for fans that planned to come to an open practice outdoors, but the team needed a break.

Even by Houston standards it's been brutally hot. The work on the field seemed to pick up inside the Methodist Training Center.

First thing I noticed today: more work on special teams for Jadeveon Clowney. You don't normally see that for a former #1 overall draft pick. Clowney joked with us that it's just to give him some conditioning work. But today I asked Bill O'Brien and he told me Clowney is part of the plans on special teams.

A good day for Brock Osweiler. I'm grading on the scale I'll always use for a new quarterback. Osweiler doesn't have perfect timing with his receivers yet. That's not possible on a new team. But he works well with everyone, constantly communicating about different routes. He told us after every drill he asks DeAndre Hopkins, "Where do you want the ball on that route? In that coverage?"

I'm really impressed with rookie center Nick Martin and had a blast talking with him today. You can tell he already knows a lot of the offense which is very unusual for a rookie. He's also tough. Martin drew high praise from O'Brien and quarterback Brock Osweiler. He's a player and a keeper as a 2nd round pick.

Lamar Miller can fly. The Texans have a true "home run" threat in the backfield as they emphasize more team speed.

Braxton Miller made more plays today than I've seen in the first few days. He's another really gifted athlete at receiver. There will be some growing pains for the converted quarterback, but Miller will help the Texans with more big plays.

Fullback Jay Prosch made the block of the day, putting linebacker Brian Peters on his back in pass protection drills. You never see that in the NFL but Prosch is that strong. Amazing to see.