7 Players Turning Heads at Houston Texans Training Camp

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7 Players Turning Heads at Houston Texans Training Camp
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Take everything you hear or read with a grain of salt during training camp up until we get to about the third preseason game; that includes what you'll read from me because no one is right all the time.

This article is about the players who have stood out and perhaps surpassed expectations during the first few days of training camp. Training camp will last for about a month, so playing well over four days isn't enough to issue a final report card.

Just think back to last year when many people were impressed with how rookie receiver Alan Bonner performed or in 2012 when writers on this site said that Lestar Jean would be the Texans' third wide receiver; things change rapidly in the NFL, which is why some say it stands for "Not For Long."

So when you read the following slides don't take my explanation of how well these players have performed as a declaration that they'll be the big breakout stars for the Texans in 2014.

They've played well, and that may give them a chance at more playing time than most initially believed they would receive.

I'm not saying you shouldn't get excited; just curb your enthusiasm (that was intentional, we need a season 9, Larry David).

Now that I've done an amazing job of selling the optimism that should accompany this article, let me say I do believe in several of these players as potentially having a big role on the team this year.

The Texans roster had more turnover this year than in most offseasons it seemed, so there are many opportunities available for young players who haven't received an opportunity in the past. Players in this article have taken the first step by performing well early in training camp; hopefully they take the next several steps as well.

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