Houston Texans: What We've Learned Through Week 1 of Training Camp

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Houston Texans: What We've Learned Through Week 1 of Training Camp
David J. Phillip/Associated Press

One week of training camp is in the books, and we're inching closer toward finally seeing the Houston Texans back on the field!

What we can't do after one week of training camp is jump to conclusions, but we can start evaluating the early progress and trends.

Like cooking a complex meal, there are many ingredients and steps to building up a good team during training camp; so to continue with the cooking analogy, the water has barely began to boil.

The first several days of training camp were almost like an extension of OTAs and minicamp because the players didn't practice with pads on. Now that pads have been on for about five days, the image of the team is starting to come into focus like an old Polaroid picture.

Some of the news has been positive, some of it has been negative, but it's important not to get either too high or too low at this time of the year.

One thing that not all fans or even media members realize is that the goal of a training camp practice or a preseason game isn't necessarily the same as it would be for a game during the regular season. During the regular season the only goal is to win the game, but the same isn't true for the earlier parts of the process.

Like a pitcher in spring training who is working more on getting his feel back for his arsenal of pitches, or even working on a new pitch rather than trying to get the hitter out, the goal of preseason games and training camp is to find out what the team's strengths and weaknesses are and then work to improve them, not to win the game.

If you can win the game in the process then that's great, but it's not the main goal like it would be during the regular season.

All that being said, here are a few stories and developments that have popped up during Week 1 of training camp that warrant watching as the Texans move forward.

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