Setting Realistic Training Camp Expectations for Each Houston Texans Rookie

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Setting Realistic Training Camp Expectations for Each Houston Texans Rookie
Pat Sullivan/Associated Press

The opening dates of training camp for the Houston Texans have finally been announced. The rookies will report on Monday, July 21, to be followed by the veterans on Friday, July 25.

Camp will be held at the Methodist Training Center in Houston. The locale and conducting full practices in the dog days of the Texas summer will be familiar reminders of seasons past to most of the veterans.

The rookies will be in for the shock of their young lives while they try to adjust to the rigors of the professional game. Even if some of the novices are accustomed to running conditioning drills with the heat index hovering around 110 degrees, the expectations placed upon them will be something new altogether.

Over the next six weeks, a steady diet of new terminology and techniques combined with the spine-rattling contact and head-snapping speed of larger and faster players will prove too much for most of them. Those who meet the expectations of playing at the highest level of the game they love will enter a new realm of athletic achievement.

The potential of these survivors must be tempered by the reality of their youthful inexperience and relative talent. This will be taken into consideration while realistically predicting what the near future holds for them.

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