Texans training camp will open Friday, July 30 as the team begins its ninth season of NFL football aiming for its first playoff birth. Here are some notable tidbits:
-The Texans don't have an open training camp, meaning you have to media credentials to attend besides the designated open dates. Fortunately, tomorrow is one of those days. You'll need a ticket to attend festivities, but they are free and can be picked up on The Mothership. The first four practices will all be open, as well as Thursday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 7. You can get a better look at what goes on there for the fans here.
-These will be two-a-days. Judging by the times given on the open practices, I'd guess that 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. is the morning session. ABC-13 reports that the afternoon session starts at 3 p.m., though it is not available to the public.
-Here's a piece from Alan Burge at the Examiner about what to expect while you attend training camp practices.
TEXANS OFFSEASON RECAP
CB Dunta Robinson (Atlanta)
G Chester Pitts (Good luck in Seattle, pal)
RB Ryan Moats (Vikings)
QB Rex Grossman (Redskins)
S Brian Russell (Chronic badness)
S John Busing (Giants)
T Ephraim Salaam (Oldness)
DT Jeff Zgonina (Oldness)
RB Chris Brown (Thank goodness)
LB Khary Campbell
S Nick Ferguson
LS Bryan Pittman
G Tutan Reyes
TE Michael Gaines
G/C Wade Smith (4 years, $12 million, $6.25 million guaranteed)
K Neil Rackers (2 years, $4.1 million, $350,000 guaranteed)
LS Jon Weeks (undisclosed)
LB Danny Clark (undisclosed)
TE Derek Fine (undisclsed)
FB Justin Griffith (undisclosed)
CB Kareem Jackson (1st round-20th, 5 years, $16.3 million maximum, $10.35 million signing bonus)
RB Ben Tate (2nd-58th, signed, terms unavailable)
DT Earl Mitchell (3rd-81st, 4 years, $2.578 million; $788,500 signing bonus)
LB Darryl Sharpton (4th-102nd, 4 years, $2.324 million; $534,940 signing bonus)
TE Garrett Graham (4th-118th, 4 years, $2.27 million; $480,100 signing bonus)
CB Sherrick McManis (5th-144th, 4 years, $1.982 million; $192,000 signing bonus)
G Shelley Smith (6th-187th, 4 years, $1.894 million; $104,070 signing bonus)
WR/KR Trindon Holliday (6th-197th, 4 years, $1.886 million; $96,600 signing bonus)
WR Dorin Dickerson (7th-227th, 4 years, $1.843 million; $53,615 signing bonus)
LB Isiah Greenhouse (undrafted)
S Nick Polk (undrafted)
CB Pierre Singfield (undrafted)
DT Malcolm Sheppard (undrafted)
S Torri Williams (undrafted)
DE Mitch Unrein (undrafted)
T Cole Pemberton (undrafted)
T Steve Maneri (undrafted)
Thanks to Mac's Football Blog for compiling the master list of rookie signings.
NFL ROSTER CUTDOWN DAYS:
August 31: Cutdown to 75 players
September 4th: Cutdown to 53 players.
September 5th: Practice Squad players can be officially signed, maximum of 8 players.
Saturday, August 14th, @ Arizona, 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 21st, @ New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 28th, vs. Dallas, 8 p.m.
Thursday, September 2nd, vs. Tampa Bay, 8 p.m.
Stop by our Texans blog, Battle Red Blog, for daily updates on training camp and more.