Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien has no timetable to name a starting quarterback, according to Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle. Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer are competing for the starting gig, but that battle will likely continue into training camp and potentially into the preseason. The Texans are in no hurry to give the job to either guy at this stage.
During recent OTAs, Mallett and Hoyer have split the starting reps, while Tom Savage, who has drawn rave reviews thus far, has taken the third-string reps. Hoyer is used to quarterback battles at this point, after beating out Johnny Manziel for the starting gig with the Cleveland Browns last season. Many believe Hoyer will get the job given that he had the Browns off to a positive start last year before dealing with injuries.
However, Mallett led the first team on Monday and had better accuracy than both Hoyer and Savage. He still had a "couple picks" though, Smith said in another tweet. Savage and Hoyer both had strong moments, but "several misfires," Smith added.
How that quarterback battle winds up going will be one of the more interesting storylines in training camp. But Monday was filled with plenty of non-QB, non-Texans news, so we'll take a look at some other notes from the day below.
Beckham dealing with hamstring injury, other Giants news
New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was one of the most prolific and exciting players in the league a season ago. However, before he got around to making spectacular catches there was a long, drawn-out period in which he was dealing with a nagging hamstring injury. Everyone was frustrated -- he missed a lot of time in training camp and wasn't able to suit up until Week 5. Now, Giants fans are having bad flashbacks after Tom Coughlin confirmed Beckham sat out OTAs on Monday due to a sore hamstring.
At this point, it's too early to call it something serious, and Giants fans will be glad to know that Coughlin indicated it's Beckham's other hamstring that is bothering him. After one hamstring cost him the first four games last season, the fact that this new injury is unrelated bodes well for him, which the wide receiver confirmed:
Asked if it's similar to last year, Beckham said "Absolutely not. ... Comparing this to last year is just not even comparable."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) June 1, 2015
Giants tight end Larry Donnell also sat out practice with tendinitis in his Achilles tendon. The Giants are relatively healthy outside of those two -- even punter Steve Weatherford was able to practice. Weatherford, who was with the team despite a car accident early on Monday morning, said that he is "very fortunate to be alive," when talking to the media on Monday.
McFadden will get plenty of chances in Dallas
The Dallas Cowboys had the top rusher in the league a season ago in DeMarco Murray, but he departed in free agency and Dallas wound up signing Darren McFadden. A few years ago, that signing might have been met with fanfare. McFadden once looked like the top back in the league, but he's five years removed from his only 1,000-yard season and has dealt with several injuries throughout his career.
Still, Dallas plans to give McFadden an opportunity to shed his bust label, according to running backs coach Gary Brown, via Todd Archer of ESPN. Brown said that the Cowboys will give McFadden the chance to prove himself, and that he likes what McFadden has shown thus far in OTAs. McFadden does have one thing going for him -- he played in all 16 games with the Oakland Raiders last year, the first time he's played a complete season since he entered the league in 2008.
Reed has another procedure
Washington tight end Jordan Reed underwent knee surgery last week and will miss the remainder of OTAs. Reed is expected to return for training camp, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Reed recently missed OTAs with a sore knee, a troubling trend for the 24-year-old tight end.
Reed looks great when he's healthy, catching 95 passes for 964 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons with Washington. However, he missed seven games as a rookie and five games last season due to multiple injuries. While this latest procedure shouldn't interfere with him over the course of the regular season, his injuries are holding him back from a breakout season. Reed has the potential to be a star, but he'll need to remain healthy to get there.
Sturgis to miss the rest of the spring
Miami Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis will miss the rest of the spring with a leg injury, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. Sturgis is Miami's starting kicker, converting on 78.4 percent of his attempts last season, though that includes 16 attempts of 40 yards or more. Sturgis' job doesn't appear to be in danger by any means -- rookie Andrew Franks isn't exactly impressing at OTAs -- but this isn't the first injury for Sturgis. He was banged up in each of his first two seasons and the Dolphins may want to look for someone more stable in the future.
Regardless, Sturgis is expected back in time for the regular season.
Ray practicing with Broncos
The Denver Broncos spent a first-round pick on Shane Ray, but the pass rusher has been absent from OTAs with a toe injury. On Monday, he suited up and participated in drills for the first time. That's a big deal, since there was some thought that Ray might need surgery on his toe. It sounds like things have healed effectively at this point, and right on schedule -- head coach Gary Kubiak said that Ray was close to returning just a few days prior. It's possible that Ray will see limited reps throughout OTAs and possibly even training camp though, just to take it easy on the toe.