3 significant signs to watch for before Houston Texans training camp begins

CJ Stroud working with his receivers is first on the list. Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images.

July is upon us. Baseball season is in full swing. Basketball offseason has people talking. But let's be honest. We're all waiting on football season, right? Astros are rounding into form slowly. Rockets have made moves to show some promise. But it's the Texans everyone is waiting on.

Training camp starts in a few weeks. The new coaching regime is in place and DeMeco Ryans is ready to get to work. General Manager Nick Caserio has been hard at work this offseason reshaping this roster into something fans can be proud of, and will want to pay to support. Every offseason, there are things everyone looks at or looks forward to. Here are three things I'm looking at and forward to as we're closing in on training camp:

1) Videos of CJ Stroud and his receivers working together: Offseason workouts are essential. Whether they're team organized or individual, these workouts can often dictate how the upcoming season is going to go. Every year, we see QBs get with their receivers and get some reps in. It helps with timing, chemistry, and establishes a foundation for the season ahead. My favorites are the ones that are either heavily produced or very raw. The heavily produced ones will highlight all the good stuff, music, and graphics get you hyped, then they leave you thinking anything less than a Super Bowl run is failure. The raw footage is gritty and shows the players in their truest form. Not much team issued gear is worn. Typically stuff from sponsors of things they find cool/comfortable. I need to see videos of CJ and his receivers working out together. I want to see the chemistry being built. I want fans to get hyped when they see him connect on a deep ball. I want the receivers to talk about how well his places his passes.

2) Kicking the tires on leftovers: If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know that I LOVE to cook! I'm talking about every meal, every style, desserts, whatever. When you like to cook a lot of food and can cook well, you're going to have leftovers from time to time. Leftovers hit the spot when you don't feel like cooking after a long day. They often come in clutch when you least expect it. The best ones are the ones that are better the next day. The same can be said for some free agents still on the open market, or the ones that get cut during camp. Kicking the tires on some of these guys could be well worth it. Every year there are injuries, players who don't pan out, or other situations out of anyone's control that require a team to look for replacements. Cap casualties are the ones that sometimes still have something left in the tank, but were too expensive to keep around. With a team trying to get back to prominence, it's good to look under every rock to try to discover a hidden gem. You never know when a change of scenery can help revive a guy's career.

3) Derek Stingley Jr workout videos: When a player gets hurt and is on the comeback trail, nothing gets you more interested in the return other than a hype video. The music, the monologues, the graphics, and the carefully curated editing to enhance the condition the athlete is in all hit home when executed properly. I need one from Stingley! He's been labeled a bust and injury prone. To make matters worse, Sauce Gardner was an All Pro as a rookie and was picked one selection behind Stingley. Corners are supposed to have a short memory. Get burned one play, make a pick the next play. It's the nature of the beast. Stingley needs something to let people know he was highly recruited and drafted number three overall for a reason. He holds one of the keys to this defense as their lockdown corner. Which is why I feel he needs something to get everyone back into the thought process of who he is and what he can bring to the table. It's time to rev up the hype train! Get the ball rolling on why your next contract should be on par with the guy everyone said should've been drafted here instead of you!

These three are just the tip of the iceberg for me. There are more things I'm looking forward to as well. Maybe I'll speak on those more in the future. For now, this is where I'm at. Yes, I get this list is more about hype and possibilities that may not come to fruition. However, if the possibilities come to fruition and the hype gets lived up to, this could be a much more exciting team to watch than we're thinking. Some will say this team is a four to five win team. I say they should win at least six or seven, with a shot at wining a few more. All in all, there's plenty to watch for these last few weeks leading into camp. What are some of the things you're looking forward to?

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