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2 standout pieces of news ahead of Houston Texans 2022 training camp

Players are going to love playing in Pep Hamilton's system. Composite image by Brandon Strange

With the Houston Texans wrapping up offseason workouts this week, we react to Pep Hamilton and Lovie Smith's comments about the strength of the rookie class, the injury status of three key rookies, and how the Texans offense will be more player driven than system driven. A stark contrast from the Bill O'Brien era.


Finally, we highlight the influence Pep Hamilton appears to have when it comes to drafting receivers over the last two years, and how he will deploy the playmakers in his system.

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After Yordan Alvarez suffered an injury on Thursday from colliding into Jeremy Peña in short left field, many fans and media are questioning whether Alvarez should DH exclusively to keep injuries like this from happening.

While this may prevent injuries from happening in left field, there are numerous ways of getting hurt, such as running the bases, and we saw Alvarez miss some time recently with a hand injury from swinging the bat.

Plus, playing Yordan in left where he's at least an average outfielder, allows veterans like Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve to slide in the DH spot to get some much-needed rest over the course of the season. And there's an argument being made that Yordan is better at the plate when he's playing the field.

Be sure to check out the video above as we debate this hot topic!

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