Houston Texans 2013 Training Camp Preview

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REPORT DATES: July 21st (rookies), July 25th (veterans)

SITE: Methodist Training Center, Houston, TX

CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: The window hasn't shut in Houston but the Texans certainly have to tweak things if they hope to match last season's 12-4 record. The Houston defense should be fine since it possesses the best defender in all of football, J.J. Watt, and will be getting back its captain, stud linebacker Brian Cushing, who missed the last 11 games in 2012 with a knee injury. That said, Houston struggled down the stretch last season and showed a disturbing inability to handle quick rhythm, spread offenses, meaning more speed and athleticism is needed in the back seven. Veteran Ed Reed certainly provides leadership and playmaking ability, but not that. Rookie safety D.J. Swearinger could, though. Offensively the team hopes it finally has a complement to Andre Johnson at wide receiver in rookie DeAndre Hopkins.

PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):

Aug 9 - at Minnesota, 8:00 PM Aug 17 - vs. Miami, 8:00 PM Aug 25 - vs. New Orleans, 4:00 PM Aug 29 - at Dallas, 8:00 PM

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