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Texans Training Camp: Things Kick Off Friday

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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.





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.



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.

























































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