Houston Texans training camp: 11 observations you need to know about from Day 5

Brandin Cooks looks unstoppable.Composite image by Jack Brame.

The Houston Texans had a competitive practice that saw Davis Mills make some mistakes and immediately bounce back. Here are 11 observations.

1. Brandin Cooks can’t be covered. He only lost one rep today, his first one, and then he dominated the rest of the day. I don’t want to exaggerate when I say he had close to 10 touchdowns today. Cooks hauled in one play at the front of the end zone where Steven Nelson was all over him. As the two went to the ground, Cooks hauled in a catch and kept control for a score. Nobody can cover Cooks at Texans camp. Draft him on your fantasy team.

2. Davis Mills doesn’t rely solely on Cooks though. He spreads the ball around. Multiple players had nice catches from Mills today, including the tight ends and wideouts down the depth charts.

3. Davis Mills finally threw an interception. Two actually. Neither felt like his fault, but he threw them. He’s the quarterback. The first was a GREAT play by the defensive back. The second was a risky pass that was tipped by one linebacker and ended up in Blake Cashman’s hands.

4. There wasn’t much worse from Mills other than those two interceptions. He’s been praised for his poise and ability to bounce back and sure enough, he found the end zone plenty after those interceptions.

5. Derek Stingley intercepted Davis Mills for the first time. It was the first interception of camp for Mills and Stingley's first interception as well. It was an amazing play where Stingley almost knew the route and ran it before the wideout. He came down with the ball with ease. He continues to showcase why he was highly touted and highly drafted.

6. Wide receiver Chris Moore has made some nice plays. He is a factor to make the roster with the uncertainty in the wide receiver room. Moore hauled in a nice play in 1-on-1 work against Desmond King. Moore also had a huge grab during a less-than-two-minute drill.

7. Left tackle Laremy Tunsil is a joy to watch compete against the various pass rushers. My favorite reps are Tunsil against Jerry Hughes, although Jonathan Greenard is quickly climbing the ranks in giving Tunsil fits. The offensive and defensive linemen have mentioned multiple times how much they want to help each other grow.

8. Speaking of offensive linemen, Kenyon Green left practice and I didn’t see him return. This created an opportunity for Max Scharping to play some at guard next to Larmey Tunsil. Center Justin Britt and defensive end Mario Addison had veteran days off. Wideout Phillip Dorsett has yet to have a full practice.

9. Ross Blacklock had a phenomenal two-play series. Blacklock bullied an offensive lineman and blew up a run play. On the very next play, he did it again for another tackle for a loss. There is room for Ross Blacklock if he is playing that way.

10. Blake Cashman had two interceptions today. The linebacker acquired by the Texans via trade with the Jets has had a nice camp. He was brought up unprompted by Lovie Smith on Tuesday when talking about the linebackers on the team. Really, it feels like almost every linebacker has had some nice play at one point through five practices. Neville Hewitt once nicknamed “the tackling machine” forced a fumble earlier this week.

11. Another day, another tight end praise observation. This is a two-man room, but those two men are taking care of business! Brevin Jordan darted across the field in a 7-on-7 drill and wheeled up the sideline for a touchdown. In team drills, Pharaoh Brown took his turn impressing. He leaped and hauled in a Davis Mills pass, getting down for a score. The defense was furious the score was allowed, but Brown got down.

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