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06-11-2013, 10:42 AM
Stephanie Stradley ‏@StephStradley (https://twitter.com/StephStradley)

3 days of #Texans [mandatory] minicamp start today. Then break until end of July for training camp. Have any questions you'd want me to birddog for you?

From a practice rules standpoint, mandatory minicamps are much like organized team practice activities (OTAs). In short, these are workouts, not training-camp practices or games.

“There will be no contact work (e.g., “live” blocking, tackling, pass rushing, bump-and-run) or use of pads (helmets permitted) at minicamps,” Article 22, Section Five of the CBA states.

Teams can conduct two-a-days twice in three days of minicamps. One of the practices must be a walk-through lasting a maximum of 60 minutes. The other, more-involved session can’t exceed 2.5 hours. All told, a player’s work day cannot exceed 10 hours.

Rey
06-11-2013, 01:03 PM
Well...

Dobbins showed up today and worked out on the field with the young guys.

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06-11-2013, 03:43 PM
Stephanie Stradley ‏@StephStradley (https://twitter.com/StephStradley)
RT @JPalmerCSN: "If you ask my trainers, you ask my doctor, they can't believe where I'm at right now." - #Texans Ed Reed about his recovery

OTAs have 1st team vets. Minicamp doesn't. Today hats, not full speed. Catching young guys up. #Texans RT @mayj6: dif in minicamp and otas?

@HoustonTexans minicamp: FWIW, Tim Dobbins looks in great condition. So mostly, no story, move along now, nothing to see here

@HoustonTexans minicamp: Biggest beneficiary of extra rookie reps? Maybe Quessenberry. Kubiak was positive about his work at RT.

@HoustonTexans minicamp: Kubiak described Foster/D Brown as doing good, said good things about Posey doing rehab on side field.

Best news for #Texans fans? Ed Reed characterized his labrum tear as slight compared to previous hip surgery he said was much more involved

Today's news RT @taniaganguli: Reed said he thinks this might have happened when "a certain quarterback" (Tom Brady) kicked him in playoffs[laughing]

The Ed Reed "goal" is NYC. His general response was he won't have good sense of timetable for return until camp. #Texans

Now THIS is a media scrum. Ed Reed speaks. Pretty detailed-except didn't volunteer any rehabilitation details http://mypict.me/o8U9T

PDS ‏@PatDStat
TE Adam Schiltz (6-4, 256lbs.) from Emporia State who was signed last week got his first work at mini camp today. #Texans

Also undrafted tight end out of Rice, Taylor Cook is on a tryout basis with the #Texans during mini camp.

#Texans also had tryout players in LS Brandon Hartson and TE Nathan Overbay.

Love Leach as much as the next person. Financials and mainly Greg Jones will prevent that from a Leach return. #Texans

Mini camp focused on younger players. Veterans taken care of by Kubiak. Dobbins did go through entire practice. #Texans

Oh. RT @Zepp1978: And the plot thickens. RT @ProFootballTalk: Vonta Leach wants to return to the #Texans http://wp.me/p14QSB-9bS7

Slow day at mini camp. Reed and Dobbins were the main attraction. #Texans
Lance Zierlein ‏@LanceZierlein (https://twitter.com/LanceZierlein)
In meeting w/ the media, Reed gave the standard veteran answer (rehab is a process) when asked if he would be ready by week 1. Didn't commit

Slippery slope for Reed and other vets. How much do they confer to teams about their injuries and dings during free agency?

Reed didn't think the injury was all that bad before signing with Texans, but "all parties" decided to check it out more afterwards.

After listening to Ed Reed speak about his hip issue, it is seems obvious to me that the Texans did NOT know about it before signing him

Reed didn't think the injury was all that bad before signing with Texans, but "all parties" decided to check it out more afterwards.


Tania Ganguli ‏@taniaganguli
Spoke to someone familiar with Reed's visit who said he had multiple MRIs during his initial visit and none revealed a torn labrum.

#Texans had 3 tryout guys at minicamp today. One was former Rice TE Taylor Cook. Another former UH long snapper Brandon Hartson.

Oh, also, despite Devier Posey's statements last week, Kubiak is not going to have him doing healthy player stuff this week. #Texans

also, Kubiak said that. RT @lancezierlein: After listening to Ed Reed speak, it is seems obvious Texans did NOT know about it before signing

Oh, also, those of you saying Reed should get over Brady kicking him: he is over it. Was laughing as he mentioned it. #Texans

Reed volunteered the note bout the MCLs to answer "if you've got any questions about my heart and how I play and how I work." #Texans

Reed also said he played in the Super Bowl with two MCL sprains including a second degree MCL sprain in his left knee. #Texans #Ravens

Arthroscopic hip surgery recovery time can increase significantly if you need bone work. That Reed didn't is a good sign for him. #Texans

Last time Reed had this hip surgery, it required shaving a bone spur also. This time just soft tissue work, less significant. #Texans

Reed said he did not have an MRI on his initial visit but did when he "came back." unclear if that's before or after signing. #Texans

Reed didn't say Brady's name at first, we coaxed it out of him. He said Brady called him later to apologize. #Texans

Ed Reed said he thinks this might have happened when "a certain quarterback" (tom Brady) kicked him in the playoffs. #Texans

12 minutes with Reed. Here he is leaving. #Texans http://twitpic.com/cwpfu5

Tim Dobbins said Kubiak made it clear he was disappointed in Dobbins' decision not to attend OTAs before they started. #Texans


Nick Scurfield ‏@NickScurfield
"My goal is New York. It’s not San Diego, it’s not Baltimore, it’s not New England, it’s not the Colts. It’s New York." -Ed Reed #Texans

"Yeah, I’m older, but I’m still gonna give everything I have to give. I made promises that I intend to keep." -Ed Reed

Ed Reed called this a “minor procedure” compared to reconstructive hip surgery that caused him to start 2010 season on PUP

Ed Reed said only play he can figure caused hip issue was kick from Tom Brady in playoffs, "but that's neither here nor there"

Ed Reed said he didn’t know he’d need surgery when he signed. Decided to look at hip again after he joined #Texans & started running

Ed Reed said only play he can figure caused hip issue was kick from Tom Brady in playoffs, "but that's neither here nor there"

Ed Reed said he didn’t know he’d need surgery when he signed. Decided to look at hip again after he joined #Texans & started running

Ed Reed: "It’s going well right now. There’s really no timeline. We’re just gonna keep on grinding & keep on working & shoot for September."

Ed Reed said he had "minor" hip surgery in Vail, CO, on April 30 to fix a "slight tear in the labrum" #Texans

6th-round pick David Quessenberry has gotten 1st-team reps at right T b/c of injuries. Is impressing Gary Kubiak #Texans

Rookie T Brennan Williams will be back for training camp but is still out w/ a May knee injury. Has missed most of the spring

Gary Kubiak on Case Keenum: "He's gonna be very competitive when we go to camp. He took advantage of last year." #Texans

QBs Matt Schaub and TJ Yates are not practicing during mini-camp. Case Keenum ran the show in practice today #Texans

Tim Dobbins: "I hope they understand that I'm here and when I'm here, I'm giving them 110% of everything I have." #Texans

"It wasn't a statement. I appreciate the contract they gave me." -ILB Tim Dobbins on missing OTAs #Texans

Tim Dobbins said he missed OTAs b/c he was renovating his house in Nashville. Has done it all himself, trying to learn a new skill set

ILB Tim Dobbins is practicing at mini-camp after sitting out (voluntary) OTAs for what he called family obligations #Texans

Gary Kubiak on Ed Reed: "We're just working the rehab process and continuing what he's been doing in Atlanta. It's good to have him back."

Ed Reed is back with the #Texans during mandatory mini-camp after rehabbing from hip surgery in Colorado and Atlanta

The #Texans just finished their 1st practice of mini-camp. Veteran starters and a few key backups are resting



James Palmer ‏@JPalmerCSN
"If you ask my trainers, you ask my doctor, they can't believe where I'm at right now." - #Texans Ed Reed about his recovery. #Texanstalk

Ed Reed Said hip surgery didn't require anything concerning bone & was just soft tissue. Added it wasnt as major as previous hip surgery

Reed said that "it happened in a days time" deciding to have the surgery. #texans. #texanstalk.

all vets going in early. Danieal Manning stayed the entire practice in the heat calling plays with Kubiak and coaching #texans secondary

Gary Kubiak said that #texans didn't know that Reed was going to require surgery and didn't know he had a torn labrum. #texanstalk


Houston Texans ‏@HoustonTexans
Picking up Vonta Leach w/ Greg Jones already on #Texans roster seems unlikely, according to @TexansVoice. #TexansRadio

"Even in the Super Bowl I had 2 MCL sprains. So if you got any questions, I think that can answer it about my heart." @TwentyER #TexansRadio

"We'll be fine. Trust me, we'll be fine." -@TwentyER #Texans

"It's going well, there's really no timeline but we're going to keep grinding and shoot for September." @TwentyER on rehab #TexansRadio

He's very comfortable; it's second nature to him now. He ran the team today. He took advatage of last year. -Kubiak on @casekeenum7 #Texans

"I'm not so concerned about the physically part, I'm finidng out where they are mentally." -Kubiak on young players in minicamp #TexansRadio

NT @EarlMitchell92 looking good in OTAs, but nose tackle position probably the thinnest for #Texans. -@NickScurfield on #TexansRadio

Kubiak says not all guys will make the team, but all will play in the NFL. Preparing rookies for shot in the League. #TexansRadio

Kubiak using minicamp as a test, chance for young guys to get first team reps & show coaches what they've learned, via @NickScurfield

"My goal is New York," Reed on his and team's main goal.

S Ed Reed said the process of realizing the need to get surgery happened in a day's span. pic.twitter.com/VcLuHMRD19

"Smartest thing is to be ready when it counts,"-- @TwentyER

Safety Ed Reed said his injury was noticed after he started working out w/#Texans. "This 1 was a minor procedure."

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06-11-2013, 05:09 PM
Minicamp begins
http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/wp-content/blogs.dir/2348/files/texans-2013-minicamp/20130611_texans_minicamp_btc_08.jpg

Ed Reed swarmed by media
http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/wp-content/blogs.dir/2348/files/texans-2013-minicamp/20130611_texans_minicamp_btc_04.jpg

Tim Dobbins next up in the limelight
http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/wp-content/blogs.dir/2348/files/texans-2013-minicamp/20130611_texans_minicamp_btc_06-1.jpg
--credit houston chronicle (http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2013/06/ed-reed-says-this-years-surgery-minor-thinks-tom-brady-caused-injury/#13119-1)

Texans_Chick
06-11-2013, 05:19 PM
Dobbins got swarmed because 1. Tons of media there waiting for Reed. 2. No real news. 3. Waiting to speak to Kubiak/Reed.

It was ridiculous.

We were told during practice that Reed would be made available after his workout. He was working out indoors. We had to wait for him for a while after practice, but not too long.

As you can see in the picture, LOTS of media wanting to talk to Ed. I barely got two questions in at the end. You can see just the top of my straw hat in the picture.

For camp, I dress only one step above what I wear gardening, which shouldn't be a look that is seen in public, but sometimes you need to sacrifice fashion for sun protection.

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06-11-2013, 06:18 PM
PDS ‏@PatDStat
Both will be solid players, but have seen a better progression in Montgomery since the beginning of Rookie Mini Camp. #Texans

Still not buying the Sam Montgomery is behind Trevardo Williams. 2 different players 2 different positions in the scheme of things. #Texans

David Quessenberry is going to be fun to watch during training camp. Today was getting the best of the OLBs. #Texans

All rookies were part of mini camp today. Hopkins still going full speed. Looks more comfortable with the offense w/ each practice. #Texans

Saw what I need from Dobbins today. Moved well and looked in top shape. Took part the entire day next to Darryl Sharpton. #Texans

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06-11-2013, 07:04 PM
Stephanie Stradley ‏@StephStradley (https://twitter.com/StephStradley)

Have any questions you'd want me to birddog for you?

Pose minicamp questions to TexansChick (http://blog.chron.com/texanschick/) on her above linked Twitter account or in this thread.

Texans_Chick
06-11-2013, 09:51 PM
Quote sheet Tuesday:

Gary Kubiak
(on ILB Tim Dobbins working out with the team after missing OTAs) “He looked good. He’s on top of his stuff. We had a lot of reps today. I was pleased with what we did at practice. We threw a lot at them and he handled himself today.”

(on the plan with S Ed Reed) “He’s been back for a couple of days now. We’re just working the rehab process and continue what he’s been doing in Atlanta and setting our gameplan for now up until training camp. But yeah, it’s good to have him back.”

(on if he is encouraged with where S Ed Reed is at) “I don’t know. They tell me he’s coming along fine and that everything is going good. It’s just a matter of continuing the rehab process and obviously we’ve got a target date that we’re shooting for and hopefully it will work out.”

(on ILB Tim Dobbins being back at practice) “He looked fine. He did his job today. I thought they all did a good job. It’s good to have him back.”

(on ILB Tim Dobbins saying he hasn’t spoken with Kubiak yet and what his message for Dobbins would be) “I’ve barely seen him yet today. I’m glad to have him back. I’m glad he’s here. We’ve got a lot of work to do and he had a lot of catching up to do, but he was on top of stuff today.”

(on the veterans not participating in minicamp) “They’re just working out. They’re working out with (head strength and conditioning coach) Cedric (Smith). What I wanted to do was take all the young guys and go back, everything we did the last month, and just kind of have a crash course—kind of a test in a lot of ways. I’m not so concerned about the physical part right now, finding out where they’re at mentally. I was impressed with what they did today. They obviously looked at it hard and were ready to practice today so that was impressive.”

(on the fitness level of ILB Tim Dobbins) “We didn’t do much. We were really a jog-through tempo today in what we were doing. We ran a little bit at the end.”

(on if he feels good about where all of the first-team guys are at) “I think I’ve done that the last three or four years. I just think they’ve had 10 good practices under their belts, healthy, relatively healthy with all the things that are going on as far as everybody being ready for camp. They don’t need three more days of the same reps. These young guys need them. I think as a coach, it’s my job to get them in a position where they can compete to make a team. That’s why we’re trying to get them the reps.”

(on WR DeVier Posey’s progress) “I was impressed today. I watched from afar while he was doing his work over there, but I watched him run and watched him work. Like I told him, hopefully he makes a real tough decision on us as we get towards camp and those PUP decisions and that type of stuff. Hopefully it’s going to be a very, very tough one, but he’s doing his job. He’s working hard.”

(on if he will have WR DeVier Posey on the field at all this week) “Posey? No, absolutely not. No.”

(on S Danieal Manning sticking around to watch the younger guys practice) “It means he probably has nothing else to do. No, he’s a great kid. He’s a mentor to those young guys. He’s just one of those guys that loves being around ball all the time. He’s standing back there with me making calls. I think that’s great. As I told the guys just before we left a few minutes ago, everybody can’t make our team, but everybody can make it in this league. So we’re trying to help everybody have a chance to play in the National Football League. We’ve got a lot of guys working hard to do that.”

(on T David Quessenberry) “I’m impressed with how far he’s come. He’s obviously been put in a very tough spot, but sometimes that’s how you find a heck of a player. So he’s working as a starting right tackle in a lot of situations along with (T) Ryan Harris. You never know. There have been some sixth and seventh round draft choices in this league start and be great players. With the work he’s getting, he’s going to get a good chance to have that type of situation as a young player, so we’ll see what happens.”

(on if he thinks ILB Tim Dobbins hurt himself by not coming out for OTAs) “No, they’re voluntary. That’s the way it works.”

(on the health status of RB Arian Foster and T Duane Brown) “They’re both doing fine. Arian is doing good. Duane had to shave the situation he had on his ankle. He’s up and around and doing good.”

(on the progress of QB Case Keenum) “It’s been very impressive. He’s very comfortable in what he’s doing. Its second nature to him now, so you see his talents taking over. He did some great things over OTAs. He ran the team today. It’s going to be very competitive when we go to camp. He knows that. Everybody knows that in what we’ve seen, but that’s what we expected. He took advantage of last year. That’s what a young guy on a practice squad does. He took advantage of it and he’s ready to compete now.”

(on the progress of T Brennan Williams and his knee) “It’s slow. He needs to be out here, but he’s not. Nothing we can do. My biggest concern with him, he’ll be ready for camp, but my biggest concern is his conditioning. All these young guys know what Houston is about and know about the heat and have been doing a pretty good job of that. He hasn’t even begun to figure that one out. That’s my biggest concern right now.”

(on what T Brennan Williams had done to his knee and if he had to have anything repaired) “I’m not sure what he had. He just had a clean-up, whatever that means.”

(on if the team knew S Ed Reed would need surgery on his hip after going through the physical when signing with the team) “I guess the best way for me to answer that is that we did not expect for him to have to have a surgery, if that’s what you’re asking me. After he started to have some issues during his workout routine, we thought the best thing to do was to get it cleaned up like he did the previous time, which obviously we weren’t a part of. He’s been through this process before, but once this started to bother him, obviously we got aggressive in getting him ready to go for the season.”

(on if he knew he had a torn labrum in his hip) “No, obviously I didn’t know.”

Texans_Chick
06-11-2013, 09:52 PM
Quote sheet Tuesday:

ILB Tim Dobbins
(on being at mini-camp) “It’s great being back out here with the team. Running around here, it’s hotter than what I was running in already.”

(on what he feels he missed out on by not being at OTAs) “The camaraderie of the team, as far as that but I’ve been running in this system for eight years, so I’m pretty sure it’ll take just brushing up on my skills and knowledge of our scheme just to get back where I was.”

(on why he was not at OTAs) “I had obligations with my family. We were renovating the house, that’s what it was. We were renovating the whole house. I’ve been having this house for a year already. I (demolished) all myself, I’ve been trying to work on it all myself and just trying to learn another skill, as far as that. But I definitely missed out on some things, learned some names and seen some new faces on this team.”

(on if he feels like he let some of his teammates down or if they understand why he wasn’t at OTAs) “I’m pretty sure I let some of the guys down, but at the same time, I’m hoping they understand. I hope they understand that I’m here and when I’m here, I’m giving them 110 percent of everything I have. There’s nothing left in the tank. So I don’t want them to have that doubt that I’m not going to be a part of this team and give all my effort on this team.”

(on the pros and cons of not coming to OTAs) “The pros; I don’t want to say it but, it’s just more rest even though I was still working out. But it’s still more rest and spending more time with my family. This was the longest time I’ve ever been with my family, which was a treat for me. But that’s pretty much about it.”

(on if he was making a statement that he wasn’t happy with his contract by not showing up to OTAs) “No, it wasn’t no statement. I have nothing against this franchise, this organization. I appreciate the contract they gave me. As a person, you always want more though, but it’s definitely nothing with that at all.”

(on if he’s worried about losing his job or being demoted because he didn’t show up to OTAs) “My first goal here on this team is special teams and I hope they know I know how to do that. As far as being a starter or a backup, I feel like that’s second nature. I feel like my role on this team is special teams. It’d be a positive thing for me to play on defense but I have no control of that.”

(on what head coach Gary Kubiak has said to him) “We have not spoken today. I am looking forward to it. I’m sure it’s not going to be anything polite. I already know how he feels about the whole situation and I feel disappointed in myself, but there was nothing I could do about it. It was something I had to do for my family.”

(on if he would do anything different if he could do it all over again) “No, I would not. I would do it all the same way.”

(on if it was his decision or his agent’s decision not to go to OTAs) “This was pretty much my mine; all mine.”

(on what type of role his agent played in the decision not to attend OTAs) “At first, I was nervous about the whole situation because I had never done this before in my career. I kept calling to make sure there was nothing they could do, to make sure they didn’t want to fire me. I had to make sure what was mandatory, what was not mandatory. So I was pretty much on top of making sure I didn’t miss anything.”

(on what he did to work out while he was not at OTAs) “I trained at D1 (Sports Training) in Nashville, Tenn. I pretty much did some boot camps for a little bit. Then I started practicing with a college guy named Sam that goes to Austin Peay and then I just jumped on his program and started working out and running with him.”

(on how he was received in the locker room) “Everybody, they seemed like they were happy to see me but I was happy to see them. I feel like everybody was happy I came back, but at the same time, I just came here to work.”

(on head coach Gary Kubiak had expressed disappointment that he was going to miss OTAs) “Before I had made a decision, I had came here and worked out for like two days because he wanted me to and I talked to him and he let me know then and there that he was disappointed. But it was still my decision if I would come or not. He just let me know, if I was not here, he was going (to be) disappointed and that he expects me to be here.”

(on if he understands that some fans are upset that he was not at OTAs) “I have no idea about the fans because when I’m gone, I’m gone. I didn’t look at the news, I didn’t watch the news or read the newspapers. I didn’t do anything. But I hope they know I’m here. I’m ready to work because I don’t feel like I lost anything.”

Texans_Chick
06-11-2013, 09:53 PM
Quote sheet Tuesday:

FS Ed Reed
(on if he feels like a Texan now that he is in Houston) “Yeah, man. Once I got everything done with my other team, you know, finished up everything, I gave it a 24-hour grace period to kind of let that soak in and make that transition, to really get acclimated. It’s going good. Guys are welcoming, like it was when I first came. Just starting to get it going.”

(on his timeline in Colorado) “I had surgery on April 30. I was there for four weeks. Just like I had surgery the last time, I stayed for about a month or whatever. That was the best thing to do, as far as the physical therapy. It’s going well right now. There’s really no timeline. I know what I want and I know what we want as an organization. We’re just going to keep on grinding and keep on working and shoot for September.”

(on potentially playing in the first game of the season) “Like I said, we’re going to keep working out this offseason. Once training camp comes I’ll have a better bead on it, as far as my progress. Right now, I can tell you, it’s going well; going really good. No setbacks. I’m actually just coming from working out. As you can see, I’m a little fatigued from them getting the best of me. You know, that’s part of it. It’s looking really good right now.”

(on if he’ll be disappointed if he’s not ready to play in Week 1) “Like I said, we’re going to continue to work out. No disappointments because rehab is a process. I’m going to keep working out. Come training camp, like I said, I’ll have a better bead on it, a better feel for it. Right now, it’s still offseason and everybody’s working out.”

(on if he was surprised that he needed surgery and how that worked out) “Yeah. I mean, I really didn’t know. I knew there was something there but it didn’t seem major at all. Honestly, it was a slight tear and we did due diligence on both sides. Me, my doctor, Kap (Texans director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer Geoff Kaplan), the head doctor here and Dr. (Marc) Philippon; we all put our heads together to make the best decision and that was the best decision. We’re going through the process.”

(on if his hip injury was something that showed up after he had his physical before he signed) “Yeah. We just really had to look into it. Like I told Kap (Texans director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer Geoff Kaplan), once I came here and started to run, it’s like, ‘Let’s look at this again.’ We did an MRI, sent it to (Dr. Marc) Philippon and had a better image of it. It revealed two things. The other one was slightly and I thought it was a minor procedure that I had to have done, but being that it was a slight tear in the labrum. It took me back to when I knew it could have had happened but I played in the Super Bowl. It’s something that happened. Injuries happen in football all the time. We’re doing everything and I’m in the right place to rehab and to get this thing rolling.”

(on if he got an MRI when he was here for his visit) “No. After I came back, I got an MRI. We did everything. We did all kinds of stuff when I was here last time.”

(on when he thinks the tear occurred in his hip labrum) “If I go back to it, the only play I can look at is when I got kicked by a certain quarterback. But like I said, even then, I played in the Super Bowl and you saw what happened there. Even then, I had two MCL sprains; a second-degree one on my left in the Super Bowl in the first quarter and played through that. So, if you’ve got any questions, I think that can answer your questions about my heart and how I play and how I work. We’re going to go through this, process.”

(on if the quarterback he was referring to is Tom Brady) “It was, but it happened. (Tom) Brady called me after and apologized, but that’s neither here nor there. What happened, happened and we’re moving forward.”

(on how this latest hip injury is different from the one he had a couple years ago) “Aw, man, the one a couple years ago, he had to take a piece of my IT band. I had to have reconstructive surgery. I had to have some bone spurs shaved down. This was a minor procedure. I definitely feel a lot different than I felt last time. Like I said, it’s minor to the one I had in 2010, so the recovery is going a lot different. Being that I had surgery then, same surgery, I think the body is more receptive to it. I’m doing a lot of things differently than I was then; eating differently. When I stayed out in Vail, I had a chef out there who really helped me out, according to my diet. That helps to recover a lot better. Like I said, I’m a lot stronger. If you ask my trainers, if you ask my doctor, they can’t believe where I’m at right now. But it’s still a process and regardless, we’re going to be smart through it because at the end of the day the smartest thing to do is to be ready when it really counts; that’s the latter part of the season, when you’re trying to make that run or you’re making that run to the playoffs and on to the Super Bowl in New York.”

(on if having this injury could be a benefit in the sense that if he’s not ready to play until Week 3 or 4, he may be fresher at the end of the season) “We’re going to go through the process. I don’t know when I’ll be back. I know what my goal is and I know what the team goal is. But I know being here and just talking to everybody and even when you see Mr. Bob (McNair) there, it’s about being smart and getting the longevity out of it. The season is a grind, man. The season is a grind. Of course, you never want to have surgery. I fought with it, man, because I had to sit in an office by myself and they were like, ‘You’ve got to make a decision.’ And I’m in the office by myself, just praying, ‘Lord, I don’t know what to do.’ Because I don’t want to have surgery if I don’t have to. But the smartest thing to do, the smartest decision at the time was to have surgery.”

(on if it was in April that his hip was bothering him enough to have it looked at again) “It was like March, April. Yeah, like right before.”

(on how long he waited between thinking he might need surgery and actually deciding to have the surgery) “All it happened in like a day’s time. It happened like that. I talked to (Houston Texans general manager and executive vice president of football operations) Rick (Smith) and Rick was like, ‘Let’s get the doctors on it and see exactly what it is.’ The decision and everything happened so quick. It happened within a day’s time and I flew out to Vail. I really just flew out to Vail to get evaluated and if I had to have surgery, I was already there. Dr. (Marc) Philippon saw a tear and was like, ‘Look, a tear would heal pretty much everything else in the hip.’ Him and Dr. Myers had a talk in which; if you do the history, they know each other very well. Like I said, it was the right decision; had every head on it here. We’ll be fine. Trust me, we’ll be fine.”

(on if he had to have any bones shaved down during his surgery) “No. Not at all.”

(on if he will tell the media his goal) “I mean, when you set goals, do you tell people your goals? My goals are simple. My goal was to be part of this organization that welcomed me, that wanted me, that respected what I did knowing what I’ve done on the football field and know what I’m capable of doing. Yeah, I’m older but I’m still gonna give everything I’m going to give to this sport and definitely to this organization for what they’ve done for me, my family and how they’ve backed me. I’ve made promises that I intend to keep.

“I mean, my goal is New York, if you really want to know. And I think everybody knows that because that’s the ultimate goal at the end of the day. It’s not San Diego. It’s not Baltimore. It’s not New England. It’s not the Colts. It’s New York and I’m talking about Super Bowl, if you must know. That’s my goal. That’s our goal.”
(on the talent on the Texans’ defense and playing with them) “Oh, man. That was part of the decision to come here. I knew what these guys had. I knew what they’ve been going through. I knew the grind, I knew the battle that we’ve had when I was part of the Ravens. Like I said, they welcomed me. The door was open and I just want to be that piece that fits right in to the defense, that keeps that train rolling and start to make some plays.”

(on President Barack Obama giving him grief at the White House) “He wasn’t giving me grief, man. That’s the President. If you’re in any situation, any of those surroundings, when you’re with a team and the President’s talking to you; that’s what he’s doing. It was more like a conversation, man. He wasn’t joking on me or anything. That’s the President. I actually was answering him back and forth, so it was good, man. I enjoyed it.”

(on President Barack Obama saying he looked like an old man) “I mean, he’s not lying. I’ve been having the gray hairs since high school. My foundation, working with kids and stuff, it tends to do that. When you’re trying to help people, it tends to put a little bit more stress on you than the norm. It’s something I embrace, Obviously, I don’t cut my hair. I’m not putting the Just For Men in there to try to hide the gray and what not. It’s something I embrace as part of me. It says a lot. I have a lot of wisdom and I’ve experienced a lot.”

(on what he was saying back to President Barack Obama at the White House) “I just told him, ‘You know what your job can do to you.’ And he was like, ‘I understand exactly what you’re saying.’ It was a great time and I really enjoyed it.”

(on where he is at in his rehabilitation) “Week 7 tomorrow.”

(on what sorts of things he is doing in his rehabilitation) “Rehabbing and working out now.”

DocBar
06-11-2013, 10:26 PM
So, basically, the Texans have Roger Clemens pitching from the Safety position without the publicity of saying Reed will only play home games and not travel with the team. Am I misreading this?

CloakNNNdagger
06-11-2013, 11:24 PM
Tania Ganguli ‏@taniaganguli
Spoke to someone familiar with Reed's visit who said he had multiple MRIs during his initial visit and none revealed a torn labrum.


Reed had many reasons to have MRI exams of any one of many of his joints.........previous ankle, knee, shoulder and hip injury history. The problem is that MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) will pick up most joint abnormalities and are moderately decent at picking up shoulder labrum tears. However, they are poor in picking up labrum tears of the hip. MRA (magnetic resonance arthrogram) is the same as the MRI, except that it is performed after contrast material is injected into the joint space to better identify and better outline existing abnormalities. It is the MRA that is the exam that demonstrates the hip labrum and its tears with high sensitivity and accuracy. I assure you that an MRA was performed just prior to the decision to proceed with surgery.

Brisco_County
06-12-2013, 12:16 AM
Stephanie Stradley ‏@StephStradley (https://twitter.com/StephStradley)

3 days of #Texans [mandatory] minicamp start today. Then break until end of July for training camp. Have any questions you'd want me to birddog for you?

Not so much a question, but a progress report on Keenum since he's getting extra reps this week.

And the OLB situation with Braman. He didn't garner much attention after day 2 last week, so I'm assuming the experiment won't last much longer.

Rey
06-12-2013, 01:06 AM
(on T David Quessenberry) “I’m impressed with how far he’s come. He’s obviously been put in a very tough spot, but sometimes that’s how you find a heck of a player. So he’s working as a starting right tackle in a lot of situations along with (T) Ryan Harris. You never know. There have been some sixth and seventh round draft choices in this league start and be great players. With the work he’s getting, he’s going to get a good chance to have that type of situation as a young player, so we’ll see what happens.”



I think quess is going to take that spot.

thunderkyss
06-12-2013, 01:15 AM
As far as the Reed situation goes, sounds like Reed's hip wasn't considered an issue before we signed him. It wasn't like he thought he needed surgery & kept that from the Texans. He's old, he's a football player, he thought it was something he could work through.

& he probably could have. But our doctors & trainers didn't like what they saw, they did their due diligence to get to the bottom of the issue & determined the best course of action was surgery.

Texans_Chick
06-12-2013, 07:52 AM
(on T David Quessenberry) “I’m impressed with how far he’s come. He’s obviously been put in a very tough spot, but sometimes that’s how you find a heck of a player. So he’s working as a starting right tackle in a lot of situations along with (T) Ryan Harris. You never know. There have been some sixth and seventh round draft choices in this league start and be great players. With the work he’s getting, he’s going to get a good chance to have that type of situation as a young player, so we’ll see what happens.”



I think quess is going to take that spot.

I asked that question because of our discussion on RT. And because of the work he was getting.

Also asked about Foster/Brown, though I pretty much knew what he was going to say.

steelbtexan
06-12-2013, 10:59 AM
As far as the Reed situation goes, sounds like Reed's hip wasn't considered an issue before we signed him. It wasn't like he thought he needed surgery & kept that from the Texans. He's old, he's a football player, he thought it was something he could work through.

& he probably could have. But our doctors & trainers didn't like what they saw, they did their due diligence to get to the bottom of the issue & determined the best course of action was surgery.

Spin...... Spin......Spin......

Reed didn't tell the Texans about his hip and the Texans doctors foolishly didn't run a MRA despite a previous injury to Reeds other hip. Looks like Dr. Lowe and crew screwed the pooch on another one. (Not that I blame Reed for not being truthful.)

Someday the Texans Dr.'s are going to be called out for either being the Texans Lackey, or inept at their jobs. With that said, hopefully Reed will get well and become an upgrade over Quin.

PapaL
06-12-2013, 11:07 AM
Day 2 and I'm already tired of reading about Reed...and I like the guy. Gonna be a long preseason.

Rey
06-12-2013, 11:21 AM
I asked that question because of our discussion on RT. And because of the work he was getting.

Also asked about Foster/Brown, though I pretty much knew what he was going to say.

Thanks.

I thought I had read somewhere that he was getting first team reps due to the injuries, so that was nice confirmation.

Insideop
06-12-2013, 11:36 AM
Question: Does it look like any of the 3 UDFA RB's or Deji Karim rising to the top and separating themselves from the other RB's, or is it too early to tell anything?

The Pencil Neck
06-12-2013, 11:40 AM
Day 2 and I'm already tired of reading about Reed...and I like the guy. Gonna be a long preseason.

^^^ This.

I skipped over his whole interview.

Playoffs
06-12-2013, 12:51 PM
Tania Ganguli ‏@taniaganguli
Not much news coming out of Texans minicamp today. Another day for young guys. Ed Reed swung by at the end of practice to watch.

James Palmer ‏@JPalmerCSN
"I think our young guys have probably come as far this offseason as we've ever had a young group come." - Gary Kubiak. #texans #texanstalk

Gary Kubiak said that he is just so impressed with DJ Swearinger. Said he plays with just so much confidence. #texans #texanstalk

deucetx
06-12-2013, 01:13 PM
I hate that I have to ask this but with Reed's injury situation and working with the unknown....*sighs*

Who is working behind Swearinger? If it is Keo is he at least looking slightly better? He was rather slow to react in the past so hoping he is making some sort of reads/adjustments out there because the 3rd safety is rather important unless they are going to use one of the corners in that spot for the sub/dime instead.

Rey
06-12-2013, 01:14 PM
I hate that I have to ask this but with Reed's injury situation and working with the unknown....*sighs*

Who is working behind Swearinger? If it is Keo is he at least looking slightly better? He was rather slow to react in the past so hoping he is making some sort of reads/adjustments out there because the 3rd safety is rather important unless they are going to use one of the corners in that spot for the sub/dime instead.

Keo is running with the first team I believe.

Brisco_County
06-12-2013, 01:49 PM
Keenum's reps described as "automatic."

Head coach Gary Kubiak used the word “automatic” to describe how Keenum’s reps are this year. Keenum agreed.

“There’s certain things from play calls to just knowing progressions on routes that I don’t have to grind out and think through every time I hear a play call,” Keenum said. “It just automatically comes and I can think more about defenses and keys and what I need to be thinking about instead of just, ‘OK I’ve got this footwork, I’ve got this route, this guy’s got this, this.’ I just know it.”

Link (http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2013/05/case-keenums-the-elder-statesman-at-texans-rookie-mini-camp/).

Texans_Chick
06-12-2013, 02:19 PM
Question: Does it look like any of the 3 UDFA RB's or Deji Karim rising to the top and separating themselves from the other RB's, or is it too early to tell anything?

Today Kubiak talked a bit about it.

Said that it is hard to eval RB/FB without pads on but that he's happy with things he is seeing.

As it relates to RB, it comes down to being able to pass pro, help with special teams too.

Texans_Chick
06-12-2013, 02:20 PM
Keo is running with the first team I believe.

Eddie Pleasant getting some time too.

Manning looks ripped, BTW.

HOU-TEX
06-12-2013, 02:20 PM
Tania Ganguli ‏@taniaganguli
Not much news coming out of Texans minicamp today. Another day for young guys. Ed Reed swung by at the end of practice to watch.

James Palmer ‏@JPalmerCSN
"I think our young guys have probably come as far this offseason as we've ever had a young group come." - Gary Kubiak. #texans #texanstalk

Gary Kubiak said that he is just so impressed with DJ Swearinger. Said he plays with just so much confidence. #texans #texanstalk

Y'all think this might be related to actually having a rookie camp this year? I do

Texans_Chick
06-12-2013, 02:26 PM
Not so much a question, but a progress report on Keenum since he's getting extra reps this week.

And the OLB situation with Braman. He didn't garner much attention after day 2 last week, so I'm assuming the experiment won't last much longer.

Keenum looks better than last year. More comfortable, knowing where the ball goes.

Despite what some fluffy reports said last year, he did not look like a world beater last year.

That he knows where the ball goes is A Good Thing.

But minicamp isn't 100% tempo, and no real pass rush. Keenum's bigger tests will likely happen during the preseason.

As for Braman, just because you haven't heard about a guy doesn't mean anything usually about that guy other than some media member didn't ask about him. Berman I think is doing a big interview with him tonight, asked a Braman question or two. Kubiak very complimentary.

To me, Braman looks good...looking forward to seeing what he does in preseason.

Texans_Chick
06-12-2013, 02:27 PM
Y'all think this might be related to actually having a rookie camp this year? I do

Yep. Also think that Hopkins/Swearinger are pretty impressive players.

Texans_Chick
06-12-2013, 02:33 PM
^^^ This.

I skipped over his whole interview.

Don't blame Reed. Reed just answering questions...some assuming bad motives.

My write up on the essential Ed Reed info for fans (http://blog.chron.com/texanschick/2013/06/the-essential-ed-reed-news-for-texans-fans/).

Basically, I focus on the stuff you want to know with a little commentary.

Personally, I think some of the hype about Reed getting one over on the Texans etc is overblown. It's a curiosity, and talk show thing but bygones. I think he is just an experienced player, coming off a long season so you are going to feel a bit dinged up, had a thorough physical that missed a slight labrum tear. Once he started really working out in earnest, it stuck with him, they checked it out, decided on surgery now.

He doesn't want to set a timetable for return because he is in middle of rehab process, hopes for no setbacks. Which is a totally reasonable point of view.

Nice to see him come out for 2nd day of minicamp to watch the young players.

thunderkyss
06-12-2013, 02:52 PM
Reed didn't tell the Texans about his hip and the Texans doctors foolishly didn't run a MRA despite a previous injury to Reeds other hip. Looks like Dr. Lowe and crew screwed the pooch on another one. (Not that I blame Reed for not being truthful.)



I believe CnD said an MRI wouldn't have revealed what they found anyway. Should have done an MRA for the hip. Whether they screwed up & ordered an MRI instead of an MRA, I don't know.
I still don't believe this would have stopped the Texans from signing him, or warranted a smaller contract. If Ed wanted to retire, that was out there & we needed to offer him enough money to make him not want to retire. We're not necessarily looking for an "upgrade" to Glover Quin. Ed Reed won't be used the way we used Quin. We wanted some "street creds" over the deep middle. Reed should still be able to provide that for us.

thunderkyss
06-12-2013, 02:56 PM
Today Kubiak talked a bit about it.


Can you ask him what's his opinion of the Patriots signing Tebow? Will we alter our game plan any when we face them because of that?




j/k

:sarcasm:

Texans_Chick
06-12-2013, 03:02 PM
Can you ask him what's his opinion of the Patriots signing Tebow? Will we alter our game plan any when we face them because of that?




j/k

:sarcasm:

Actually, I've been meaning to ask him about defense preparing against pistol/spread. Green Bay consulted in the off-season to figure out how to defend against pistol better.

badboy
06-12-2013, 03:19 PM
On radio this morning I heard Kubiak say today was to see how mental was not so much physical. Over all I am well pleased with what we know especially if Newton, B. Williams, Cushing and Reed are healthy by game one. Posey coming back early would be gravy for the chicken.

The Pencil Neck
06-12-2013, 03:45 PM
Don't blame Reed. Reed just answering questions...some assuming bad motives.

Oh, no. Don't get me wrong. I hoping for a good year or so out of him. I expect Wade to be able to use him to improve our D while Swearinger comes up to speed.

But... I'm not even in Houston and don't get Texans info anywhere but the net and I'm already over-exposed on Reed's hip. :)

I don't blame Reed for that. I don't really blame anyone for that, actually. Media's going to report on the stuff they think people want to hear about or what they think might lead to some sort of controversy.

I'm just going to skip over that stuff for now to save myself irritation at reading the same things over and over.

Rey
06-12-2013, 03:53 PM
Today Kubiak talked a bit about it.

Said that it is hard to eval RB/FB without pads on but that he's happy with things he is seeing.

As it relates to RB, it comes down to being able to pass pro, help with special teams too.

Can you ask Kubiak if there if there has been any discussion about trying Brennan Willams at Guard...

76Texan
06-12-2013, 04:14 PM
Who in the world would describe an UDFA QB as a world beater in his rookie camp, what I want to know. :mariopalm:

Playoffs
06-12-2013, 08:38 PM
James Palmer ‏@JPalmerCSN
"I wouldn't say I feel like a vet, maybe a 2nd or 3rd year player" - DJ Swearinger on how he feels during practices. #texanstalk

Nick Scurfield ‏@NickScurfield
Gary Kubiak on DJ Swearinger: “He sure has handled himself like a 2nd-/3rd-year guy. I think he’s gonna be a big contributor early.”

Gary Kubiak said WRs Lestar Jean, Keshawn Martin have “had really good offseasons. They’re pushing to play very quickly.” #Texans

Undrafted rookie OLB Willie Jefferson has generated some buzz this spring. Raw pass rusher drawing comparisons from coaches to Bryan Braman

CloakNNNdagger
06-12-2013, 08:48 PM
James Palmer ‏@JPalmerCSN
"I wouldn't say I feel like a vet, maybe a 2nd or 3rd year player" - DJ Swearinger on how he feels during practices. #texanstalk

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And that's with a 28 Wonderlic...........:vincepalm:

drs23
06-12-2013, 08:53 PM
And that's with a 28 Wonderlic...........:vincepalm:

Sounds like a confident young man to me Doc. I sure liked watching him lay the wood for the Gamecocks. He's gonna be a beastly safety when he learns to rope in "just a little" of that on field aggression.

Great draft choice I think. I like the pick.

Texan_Bill
06-12-2013, 08:54 PM
Day 2 and I'm already tired of reading about Reed...and I like the guy. Gonna be a long preseason.

When is it not? :kitten:

Texan_Bill
06-12-2013, 08:55 PM
And that's with a 28 Wonderlic...........:vincepalm:

C'mon Doc! That could be a good thing! :gun:

CloakNNNdagger
06-12-2013, 09:04 PM
Sounds like a confident young man to me Doc. I sure liked watching him lay the wood for the Gamecocks. He's gonna be a beastly safety when he learns to rope in "just a little" of that on field aggression.

Great draft choice I think. I like the pick.

C'mon Doc! That could be a good thing! :gun:

I love the Swearinger pick. If he ends up looking anywhere as good during the real season as he has so far, we've will have hit big time gold. But he may need a little assistance in expressing himself for a little while, despite a decent Wonderlic.:handshake:

Texan_Bill
06-12-2013, 09:12 PM
I love the Swearinger pick. If he ends up looking anywhere as good during the real season as he has so far, we've will have hit big time gold. But he may need a little assistance in expressing himself for a little while, despite a decent Wonderlic.:handshake:

I hear you!!

There's a caller on the sports talk shows known as Clemson_Tom. Well he lauds the Texans for the DeAndre draft choice, as a Clemson Tiger he hates Swearinger (form USC) but lauded him as well.

And for people that don't know the USC (U of South Carolina) and Clemson rivalry is akin to UT and TAMU.

***************

As an aside, once USC (California) played USC (South Carolina) in Columbia and there was a sign that said:

"Your Trojans can't cover our C*cks*

BRILLIANT!!!

Rey
06-12-2013, 10:02 PM
I love the Swearinger pick. If he ends up looking anywhere as good during the real season as he has so far, we've will have hit big time gold. But he may need a little assistance in expressing himself for a little while, despite a decent Wonderlic.:handshake:

Ha ha..

It's a generational thing doc...

Young guys use the word vet as meaning long established...not the literal meaning...

Brisco_County
06-12-2013, 10:03 PM
I like confidence, but overconfidence does no one any favors. No NFL rookie in preseason should be saying they feel like a 2nd year player.

thunderkyss
06-12-2013, 10:08 PM
I like confidence, but overconfidence does no one any favors. No NFL rookie in preseason should be saying they feel like a 2nd year player.

Saying he feels like a 2nd year player isn't the same as saying he believes he is as good as a 2nd year player.

He's only saying that he feels like he's got a handle on what he's doing. & we're only in OTAs. when the ball starts flying around in TC, we'll see how he feels then.

Rey
06-12-2013, 10:45 PM
Saying he feels like a 2nd year player isn't the same as saying he believes he is as good as a 2nd year player.

He's only saying that he feels like he's got a handle on what he's doing. & we're only in OTAs. when the ball starts flying around in TC, we'll see how he feels then.

Yeah pretty much.

He's just saying that he feels he has a good understanding of what we want him to do. That's a good thing.

He didn't say that he feels like a 10 year vet (which was what he meant with his not a vet comment)...he said he feels like a year two guy. That to me says confident but not over confident.

Playoffs
06-13-2013, 12:41 PM
Nick Scurfield ‏@NickScurfield

The #Texans just finished their 3-day mini-camp. Next practice is 1st day of training camp July 26

Stephanie Stradley ‏@StephStradley

Kubiak said good things about @Nukdabomb / DeAndre Hopkins' progress. Working w/ 1s helped progress. /love how aggressively he grabs catches

Tania Ganguli ‏@taniaganguli

"Who's going to step up and take this job and play here for the next 10 years and play right tackle for the texans?" Kubiak #Texans

Mini-camp done. Gary Kubiak said there's "no doubt everybody's going to be ready to go" by training camp except DeVier Posey.

Wrote about OT David Quessenberry for today's paper, focusing more on his development than the infamous truck http://ow.ly/lZUJi

James Palmer ‏@JPalmerCSN

Kubiak is impressed wt Hopkins mentally bc last 3 days were without Schaub & Andre to coach him and he still picked everything up.

Kubiak thinks the other 4 starters on OL are thinking who's it going to B 2 step up at RT? He thinks every1 is watching. #Texanstalk

HOU-TEX
06-13-2013, 02:28 PM
Nick Scurfield ‏@NickScurfield

The #Texans just finished their 3-day mini-camp. Next practice is 1st day of training camp July 26

Stephanie Stradley ‏@StephStradley

Kubiak said good things about @Nukdabomb / DeAndre Hopkins' progress. Working w/ 1s helped progress. /love how aggressively he grabs catches

Tania Ganguli ‏@taniaganguli

"Who's going to step up and take this job and play here for the next 10 years and play right tackle for the texans?" Kubiak #Texans

Mini-camp done. Gary Kubiak said there's "no doubt everybody's going to be ready to go" by training camp except DeVier Posey.

Wrote about OT David Quessenberry for today's paper, focusing more on his development than the infamous truck http://ow.ly/lZUJi

James Palmer ‏@JPalmerCSN

Kubiak is impressed wt Hopkins mentally bc last 3 days were without Schaub & Andre to coach him and he still picked everything up.

Kubiak thinks the other 4 starters on OL are thinking who's it going to B 2 step up at RT? He thinks every1 is watching. #Texanstalk

I sure hope the bolded is true and not just fluff. It'd be great if he could become a big contributor by week 1

Texans_Chick
06-13-2013, 05:46 PM
I sure hope the bolded is true and not just fluff. It'd be great if he could become a big contributor by week 1

I think it is true and not fluff with what I've seen. Very much enjoy watching how he catches, how he conducts himself. Most impressive WR I've seen in Texans offseason ever other than Andre Johnson. Which would make sense.

When I watch players in the off-season, I sort of try to ignore who is who. Hard to do with numbers, but it is a game I play. I'm wanting to try to figure out who is actually good versus who is expected to be good.

And when I do this, I try to see if certain players stand out for some reason. Hopkins is a standout sort of WR.

How that translates, I do not know. Not sure of Kubiak's all time history with incorporating wide receivers. Anyone? I know the Walsh tree is very reluctant to overtax young wide receivers.

Texans_Chick
06-13-2013, 05:48 PM
I love the Swearinger pick. If he ends up looking anywhere as good during the real season as he has so far, we've will have hit big time gold. But he may need a little assistance in expressing himself for a little while, despite a decent Wonderlic.:handshake:

I don't know. I don't think he has any trouble expressing himself.

Very engaging interview.

I think if you play in the secondary, you have to have some level of confidence in yourself because you are exposed if you goof up.

The Pencil Neck
06-13-2013, 06:03 PM
Not sure of Kubiak's all time history with incorporating wide receivers. Anyone? I know the Walsh tree is very reluctant to overtax young wide receivers.

Kubiak is from that tree. Very much so.

His first year in Denver, Anthony Miller was the #1 receiver with over 1000 yards and Shannon Sharpe was #2 with almost 800 yards. All of their main receivers had experience although they had an UDFA buried on the bench who would grow into the greatest WR in Broncos History, Rod Smith.

Second year, same basic deal except that Shannon Sharpe moved up to #1.

And after that, it was all Rod Smith, Ed McCaffery, and Shannon Sharpe in some statistical domination.

The most productive rookie was Ashley LeLie who went 35/525.

BUT. If Hopkins is The Guy we hope he is, watch out. This offense absolutely rocks when there are two wideouts who are productive. At least, the Denver one did.

76Texan
06-13-2013, 06:18 PM
Kubiak is from that tree. Very much so.

His first year in Denver, Anthony Miller was the #1 receiver with over 1000 yards and Shannon Sharpe was #2 with almost 800 yards. All of their main receivers had experience although they had an UDFA buried on the bench who would grow into the greatest WR in Broncos History, Rod Smith.

Second year, same basic deal except that Shannon Sharpe moved up to #1.

And after that, it was all Rod Smith, Ed McCaffery, and Shannon Sharpe in some statistical domination.

The most productive rookie was Ashley LeLie who went 35/525.

BUT. If Hopkins is The Guy we hope he is, watch out. This offense absolutely rocks when there are two wideouts who are productive. At least, the Denver one did.I think it will depend on AJ's health and the depth of the receiving corp, but also how the opponent decide to play us (whether they will roll help more toward AJ's side.)

If Martin, Jean and/or another guy - Bonner, Maehl, or whoever else - steps up and AJ, OD, Graham all stay healthy, we will probably see the type of production more in line with historical records.

The D and special team plays will have an effect, too, IMO.
If Lechler's leg can provide a decisive advantage in field position and the Texans get a 10 point lead consistently, you just know Kubiak is going to run the ball.

Or if the Texans keep seeing third and long, LOL!

Texans_Chick
06-13-2013, 06:36 PM
Thursday quotes. And then, an NFL wasteland until end of July:

Head Coach Gary Kubiak
(on how he feels about how the offseason workouts have gone thus far) “I feel good about our offseason. Obviously, we’ve had a couple of nicks, but it’s nothing that anybody is not going to be back when we get ready to go. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ve got some injured players that have a lot of ground to make up to be sure they’re ready to go when we come back. I think our young guys are further along than we’ve had them, since I’ve been here, and that was a point of emphasis. Obviously we’re trying to catch (WR) DeAndre (Hopkins) up, catch (S) D.J. (Swearinger) up. I think these guys are probably as good of a position as our young players have been as far as competing and pushing some of our older guys. I think it’s been good; time for them to get away from us, but not get away from their work, and get ready to go.”

(on if the progress of some of the young players is exciting) “Yeah, it is really is because I think it was a big key to our success in our season last year. We replaced some good players with some young guys that played really well for us. With our younger players here, it’s going to be key again in about four or five spots. At the same time, us getting Cush (ILB Brian Cushing) to opening day the right way, things like that. Can we get (WR DeVier) Posey back? Can we get (DE) Tim Jamison back and playing the way he was playing? Obviously the right tackle, those two guys have to get on the field to make us better, so there’s a lot of stuff still yet to get done before we get back to work.”

(on what he can tell about his team without the helmets and pads) “I think every team is different. Obviously we had a heck of a football team last year and had some success and some great leadership. I think this team is going to be different. There’s going to be some different leadership on this team. There is going to be some new young guys. We’re very talented in how we work. Hopefully we stay good and healthy and come together as a group like we did last year. Nowadays and in this day and age in pro sports, football is changing all the time, but our standards have to stay the same and our makeup of what we expect to be as a team has to stay the same.”

(on how much of the offense has WR DeAndre Hopkins has picked up) “I was just talking Rick (Smith) and Cal (McNair), I’ve been impressed. He struggled early, which we knew he would, but I think it helps when you throw a guy in with the ones right away because he gets coached by Schaub. But the last three days, he has impressed me because he doesn’t have Matt. He hasn’t had Andre out here and he’s been on top of what he’s doing. He’s obviously very gifted. We just have to make sure we’ve got to make sure we’ve got him doing what he does best.”

(on the situation at right tackle) “I probably sound like a broken record. If you look at our roster, it looks good, but the bottom line is the guys aren’t out there, so that’s concerning for us as a team and me as a coach. I love the way (T Derek) Newton has worked. I think he made a lot of progress as a player last year. He played hurt at the end of the year, which was tough on him and us as a team. We drafted a young man with a lot of ability. He hasn’t been out here yet. I like what (T) Ryan (Harris) has done. He’s had a good offseason. I like what I see in (T David) Quessenberry because he’s gotten all the reps. It’s all in place, but somebody has to step up and go do it. So hopefully they’re all there when we go back to work.”

(on how concerning or worrisome is the right tackle situation going into camp) “No, it is. I think it is for the guys up front too. Our four starters are locked in up front, putting (G) Brandon (Brooks) in with those guys. I think even those guys are looking, thinking, ‘Okay, who’s it going to be? Who’s going to step up and take this job and play here for the next 10 years and play right tackle for the Texans?’ So I think we’re all watching that. I think (T Derek) Newton took a step towards doing that last year and now he has to take another big step.”

(on if T Brennan Williams will be ready for training camp) “Listening to our trainers, I think there is no doubt that everybody is going to be ready to go except for (WR DeVier) Posey as of right now. We’ll have to see. We’ve got a month.”

(on how he views his linebackers heading into camp) “Very talented and very young, that’s the biggest thing. You’ve got young players. You talk about (OLB Bryan) Braman operating as a starter right now, Cush (ILB Brian Cushing) is healthy, (OLB) Brooks (Reed) going back to SAM (strong-side linebacker) and what happens there, those type of things. You’re looking at (OLB Sam) Montgomery. You’re look at (OLB) Willie (Jefferson). You’re looking at some very, very talented players, but boy they’ve never stepped on a NFL field. It’s exciting for us as coaches looking at the ability, but at the same time it better happen fast.”

(on NFL.com referencing the Texans as ‘stale in a league of innovation’) “I just worry about what we do and if we win games. I don’t get too concerned with that.”

(on if he cares about style points) “Style points? No. I just care about winning a game. That’s all I care about.”

(on FB Vonta Leach wanting to return to Houston and what that would mean for FB Greg Jones) “There is plenty of room for players. If you have a surplus of something at one position, as a coach, you go find a way to make that work. Whether you’re running a different scheme or you’re putting in some new schemes or something. There’s nothing wrong with having a lot of good layers. I don’t know what’s going to happen with Vonta. I don’t know what he’s got going on. I’m just hearing things out there. As a team, we’re always looking to get better, but we’re also very excited about Greg and what he’s brought to us this offseason. That’s why we brought him here.”

(on if they would be stale if they had two fullbacks) “I would hope we would just win the game. That’s my goal.”

The NFL stale question was mine. Quote sheet didn't quite get the question and answer quite right.

Let's just say I am glad that Kubiak does not have laser beams that shoot out of his eyeballs. He was not fond of the question, and I asked it twice.

His basic attitude to it is that it was all BS. I happen to agree.

Last question was McClain's.

76Texan
06-13-2013, 06:45 PM
LOL, it certainly looks like we're going to run the ball on third and long again and let Lechler punt the ball away. :kitten::good:

CloakNNNdagger
06-13-2013, 06:45 PM
I don't know. I don't think he has any trouble expressing himself.

Very engaging interview.

I think if you play in the secondary, you have to have some level of confidence in yourself because you are exposed if you goof up.

The interviews I've heard have indeed been quite impressive. When I pointed out the "vet" comment, it was actually a weak attempt at humor to point out the contrast. Guess it didn't come out that way.:tiphat:

Texans_Chick
06-13-2013, 10:12 PM
The interviews I've heard have indeed been quite impressive. When I pointed out the "vet" comment, it was actually a weak attempt at humor to point out the contrast. Guess it didn't come out that way.:tiphat:

No problem.:kitten:

Texans_Chick
06-13-2013, 10:16 PM
LOL, it certainly looks like we're going to run the ball on third and long again and let Lechler punt the ball away. :kitten::good:

What's interesting is Kubiak making a point of saying a lot how each team is different, and doesn't want the comparisons.

I think what Kubiak will do on third and long has a lot to do with:

1. The continuity on the line and whether they are trustable.

2. How much they get into 3rd and extra long.

3. How the defense is playing. If the defense is wrecking shop, well then, sometimes the strategic way to get down field is punt the ball and destroy them.

Not what you want to do against good QBs, but often you saw Kubiak being more aggressive against better QBs. Denver game comes to mind with play calling.

DocBar
06-13-2013, 11:21 PM
What's interesting is Kubiak making a point of saying a lot how each team is different, and doesn't want the comparisons.

I think what Kubiak will do on third and long has a lot to do with:

1. The continuity on the line and whether they are trustable.

2. How much they get into 3rd and extra long.

3. How the defense is playing. If the defense is wrecking shop, well then, sometimes the strategic way to get down field is punt the ball and destroy them.

Not what you want to do against good QBs, but often you saw Kubiak being more aggressive against better QBs. Denver game comes to mind with play calling. You and every other coach in the league. That's as generic as it comes. Kubiak has that plan in his NFL 101 library for rookies.

Kubiak plays it close to the breast when games are on the line or out of control. When the outcome is uncertain, he has pulled some surprises.

b0ng
06-14-2013, 11:38 AM
How that translates, I do not know. Not sure of Kubiak's all time history with incorporating wide receivers. Anyone? I know the Walsh tree is very reluctant to overtax young wide receivers.

For offense it's been awhile since a rookie has come in and started from week 1. Duane Brown was doing his timeshare with Ephraim Salaam, Foster was a knuckle head his rookie year, and you have to go back to Owen Daniels and Eric Winston starting as rookies week 1 for offensive guys.

I think if we see Hopkins starting week 1, then he's absolutely earned it and was not just handed the job because he was drafted in the first round (Mind you, late as hell in the first round).

Porky
06-14-2013, 02:48 PM
Now we enter the deadest part of the year for NFL junkies.

This is what I think about the next 6 weeks.

:hankpalm: :brickwall: :foottap: :gun:

HOU-TEX
06-14-2013, 02:55 PM
Now we enter the deadest part of the year for NFL junkies.

This is what I think about the next 6 weeks.

:hankpalm: :brickwall: :foottap: :gun:

Agreed......although, my vacation begins in 30 minutes. That'll save me a week of waiting