Nico Collins, WR (HOU)

Works on route running

Collins is working on route running to make sure his body mechanics look the same regardless of the route he's running, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans hope Collins can take a big leap during his second season after finishing a distant second to Brandin Cooks in his rookie 2021 season. In addition to disguising his routes better, Collins worked extensively during the offseason with quarterback Davis Mills in an effort to develop chemistry. The duo hooked up on a couple of throws during the second practice of camp Saturday, indicating the time put in during the offseason is working. The 6-foot-4 wide receiver could become a significant red-zone target for Houston, which ranked 27th in the NFL last year, scoring a touchdown on just 51.3 percent of its red-zone trips.

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Listed third on depth chart

Pierce is listed third on the Texan's unofficial depth chart for Saturday's preseason opener against the Saints, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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RB | HOU

Shares top spot with Mack

Burkhead and Marlon Mack are both listed as the top running backs on the unofficial depth chart entering Saturday's preseason opener against the Saints, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Marlon Mack

Marlon Mack

RB | HOU

Atop depth chart with Burkhead

Mack and Rex Burkhead are listed as the first running backs on the Texans' unofficial depth chart for the preseason opener against the Saints on Saturday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Pharaoh Brown

Pharaoh Brown

TE | HOU

Sheds pounds

Brown shed 18 pounds during the offseason, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Dameon Pierce

RB | HOU

In mix as lead back

Pierce still is in the mix to be the Texans' lead running back, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Chester Rogers

Chester Rogers

WR | HOU

Not dressed Friday

Rogers (undisclosed) was not on the field for Friday's practice after leaving Wednesday's session, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Marlon Mack

Marlon Mack

RB | HOU

Confident in Achilles

Mack said he fully trusts his Achilles and did not get a chance to show how healthy he was in 2021 with the Colts, Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports.