TEXANS PRESEASON

11 observations from the Texans' 26-7 win over the Packers

The Texans won their first preseason game, 26-7. Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans earn a win in Green Bay as plenty of positives jumped off the screen.

1. Despite the depth at tackles being depleted, Tyrod Taylor took care of his work in his brief appearance. The team's top quarterback was perfect on the evening hitting Chris Conley for two of his three completions. The drive stalled out and led to a field goal, but Taylor looked solid in his little bit of work.

2. Chris Conley continued his strong preseason with a handful of catches. The four snags netted him 51 yards. It will be interesting to see if Conley gets on the field with Brandin Cooks and Keke Coutee in the preseason or if that look is reserved for the regular season.

3. Davis Mills got plenty of action as he took over for Tyrod Taylor after Taylor's lone series. The results were mixed from the rookie quarterback. Mills' best toss of the night saw him find Keke Coutee on a nice strike.

4. Mills blew a few easy throws and tossed a red zone interception. Mistakes are to be expected but basically throwing a groundball on a screen and going too high on some easy tosses need to be cleaned up faster than other tosses.

5. Second-year player Jonathan Greenard forced a fumble as he dispatched the Packers offensive lineman and knocked the ball loose from Jordan Love's hand. Greenard would leave the game with what head coach David Culley called an ankle sprain.

6. Wide receiver Anthony Miller has a shoulder injury. He left the game on a cart. Miller has had a nice camp and hopefully isn't out too long.

7. Vincent Taylor continued his success on the practice field in this game. Taylor is a load for defenders but knifes through offensive lines with surprising quickness. Taylor was in on more than a few plays including almost sacking Packers quarterback Jordan Love.

8. Camp standout Roy Lopez did get a sack. Lopez earned it but DeMarcus Walker helped force it. There wasn't a tremendous amount of pressure from the defensive line, but the line was much more solid against the run.

9. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan had a few nice plays. Jordan also had a drop as well, which is something that has popped up in camp a few times. Jordan should be trusted in the receiving game ahead of every tight end besides Pharoah Brown and Jordan Akins.

10. The linebackers, led by Kamu Grugier-Hill, had a solid night chasing the ball and stuffing the Packers in the running game. Green Bay rushed for just three yards in the first half.

11. Overall, a solid night for the Texans without many gaping holes. Not many, if any, Packers starters played significant snaps. The Texans had a fair amount of their own players set to be starters sitting as well. Preseason game two should see a few more expected starters on the field.

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1. The Houston Texans had a mentally tough practice Saturday. The team has worked a lot in pads and Lovie Smith noted the days starting to build up on them during this practice. The head coach said this is a good practice because it is like the fourth quarter of the games the team will end up playing.

2. Davis Mills threw one of the best passes he has thrown all camp on Saturday. In a red zone drill, he dropped back and whipped a pass between two defenders into the tightest window he has had all camp. Nico Collins hauled in the threaded pass for a score.

3. A few reps later Davis Mills struck again. With traffic from linebackers and defensive backs, he found Chris Conley for a score. It wasn’t as tight of a window as the first one, but Mills snapped it off nonetheless.

4. Pharaoh Brown made something hard look very easy on Saturday. With Mills rolling out and tossing the ball to Brown in the back corner Brown hauled in a one-handed catch and had both feet down. Touchdown. Brown then acted like it was no big deal.

5. Pharaoh Brown has had a wonderful camp. Lovie Smith named him the starting tight end. The thing that really jumped out to me today is he makes his work look easy. He isn’t straining to excel in his opportunities. The good ones always make it look easy and it has looked easy for Brown so far.

6. Rookie linebacker Christian Harris is on the shelf for a few days. He joins fellow rookie Kenyon Green as players who are injured. Max Scharping played left guard with Green down. Wide receiver Phillip Dorset practiced while veteran wideout Chester Rodgers did not.

7. Roy Lopez flashed again today. While Friday was about the rushing attack and Lopez made his presence felt at defensive tackle, he got into the pass rush Saturday. Lopez would have had a bone-crushing sack in a live rep.

8. Ross Blacklock hasn’t been consistent. A statement like that is good and evil. There are some plays where Blacklock looks like he isn’t a factor. I watched one today. A play later he had what would have been a sack on the play. He’s a player to watch in the preseason games closely.

9. Don’t expect to see Derek Stingley in the preseason opener next Saturday. Lovie Smith wouldn’t commit to the rookie cornerback playing in the preseason. Smith did say Stingley is on track to play week one in the regular season.

10. Brevin Jordan has had a nice camp and should be an important piece for the team. Jordan had a bad drop in 7-on-7 drills that he was beating himself up over for a few minutes. That was out of the norm. He’s been used a lot and will be on the field a bit it seems for the Texans.

11. Brevin Jordan also rattled off a few contenders for the quote of the day. He exclaimed he had taken care of himself this offseason and he finally had abs. He also revealed he’s quite the fisherman and once caught a 125-pound tuna. When asked what he did with the tuna Jordan laughed and said “RIP tuna!”

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