While they’re busy fighting a legislative battle against the NFL, players are also trying to keep themselves in shape and ready for next season. Obviously it’s not a fact that there will be a next season, but the common wisdom points to the prepared groups being ready earlier. Thus, it makes all the sense in the world for players to get together and begin working out.
The Texans offense has worked like a well-oiled machine in this regard. They’ve been meeting almost since the day of the lockout, usually practicing at Rice Stadium. It’s not a surprise that they are the better organized of the two Texans units, seeing as how the defense has a whole lot more to take in, but it’s looking like the offense will be NFL-ready by the start of the season.
The defense is a different matter. Captain DeMeco Ryans is rehabbing his injuries on his own at the University Of Alabama. Some of the defensive players are working out against the offense, and some of them are working out at an entirely different location. It also doesn’t help matters that the defense has many more rookies than the offense, and thus is much less tight-knit at this point.