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kiwitexansfan
05-01-2006, 10:44 PM
More OL competition.

Texans | Team signs E. Salaam
Mon, 1 May 2006 16:23:56 -0700

HoustonTexans.com reports the Houston Texans have signed free agent OL Ephraim Salaam (Jaguars) to an undisclosed contract.

http://www.kffl.com/hotw/nfl

bdiddy
05-01-2006, 10:53 PM
More OL competition.

Texans | Team signs E. Salaam
Mon, 1 May 2006 16:23:56 -0700

HoustonTexans.com reports the Houston Texans have signed free agent OL Ephraim Salaam (Jaguars) to an undisclosed contract.

http://www.kffl.com/hotw/nfl

Good signing, provides added depth. He could challenged Wand and/or Weigart for a starting Tackle position should the rookies not be ready.

I think Winston will be able to play from day one at right tackle. Weigart and McKinney will battle it out for right guard spot.

TheRealJoker
05-01-2006, 10:54 PM
GAMES PLAYED
Year Team G GS
1998 Atlanta Falcons 16 16
1999 Atlanta Falcons 16 16
2000 Atlanta Falcons 14 10
2001 Atlanta Falcons 14 13
2002 Denver Broncos 16 16
2003 Denver Broncos 14 14
2004 Jacksonville Jaguars 15 12
2005 Jacksonville Jaguars 5 2
TOTAL 110 99

Ephraim Salaam, T
Height/Weight: 6-7/295
Birthdate: 06/19/1976
Birthplace: Chicago, IL, USA
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
College: San Diego State
NFL Experience: 9

http://cbs.sportsline.com/nfl/players/playerpage/12674

Texas
05-01-2006, 10:54 PM
Anyone got a link to this guys NFL profile?

hot pickle
05-01-2006, 10:55 PM
i've never heard of him
but...
i like his size, and if hes got quick feet, he might be a line man we are looking for

i like this signing

TheRealJoker
05-01-2006, 10:56 PM
Ephraim is a solid lineman. I dont think he got to play very much last season because of Khalif Barnes but he has been good enough to start in this league for quite a long time. If he doesn't win the LT job he'll be VERY good depth on the line. I support this pick, its great to see our offensive line is not only getting better starters but better depth as well :yahoo:

bdiddy
05-01-2006, 10:58 PM
My only concern is how much he has left in the tank.

outofhnd
05-01-2006, 10:59 PM
Wasnt eprhraim the guy lepsis replaced on Denvers line? he was the premeir LT during their Super Bowl run... Sounds like someone with a lot of knowledge to help our lineman adjust to the new blocking scheme. I don't think he has muched left in the tank as far as starting at LT maybe RT.. since he is aging..

Grid
05-01-2006, 11:03 PM
hes only like 30 years old. Thats still fairly young for an Olineman.

TheRealJoker
05-01-2006, 11:03 PM
He is a Kubiak coached lineman, I dont believe Kubiak would've wanted him on our team if he didn't think Ephraim could help us out. He may be the starting LT on opening day. Spencer may be the starting LT though by the end of the year depending on how he develops. Ephraim is a very good guy to learn from though.

bdiddy
05-01-2006, 11:07 PM
He is a Kubiak coached lineman, I dont believe Kubiak would've wanted him on our team if he didn't think Ephraim could help us out. He may be the starting LT on opening day. Spencer may be the starting LT though by the end of the year depending on how he develops. Ephraim is a very good guy to learn from though.

This would be the ideal scenario.

However, I think Spencer will need a two full training camps and an offseason before he is ready to take over. He has the tools and is a good athlete but needs time to improve his technique, as well as shed some weight.

The Preacher
05-01-2006, 11:11 PM
Kubiak keeps on working his magic there will be no room for slackers on this team. :thumbup Looks like he is out to make sure he knows exactly what his line is capable of.

TheRealJoker
05-01-2006, 11:13 PM
All these veterans will only make our two rookie tackles that much better

Grid
05-01-2006, 11:29 PM
Quote from a Bronco fan on another board.

All I know is that when he was a Bronco... He straight dominated... He held Freeney to absolutely nothing a few years back.

That's probably the Bronco-Kubiak connection kicking in again

Grid
05-01-2006, 11:45 PM
He's a product of Denver's system. In Jacksonville, I could block better than him. He was absolutely horrendous.

But since it is Kubiak that was his coach in Denver, he might be decent in Houston.

From a jag fan. Sounds like one of those Denver style linemen that can be great in a zone blocking scheme..but looks terrible in a traditional setup.

Kaiser Toro
05-01-2006, 11:48 PM
I am feeling to good about everything right now. Can someone please start a Carr thread so I can start checking myself? I am joking of course.

:superman:

WiiBrawler
05-02-2006, 12:10 AM
I think I remember Salaam being an over hyped bust, I dont know i could be talking about someone else.

HJam72
05-02-2006, 12:18 AM
Geez, we're gonna see a lot of OTs in Preseason. :)

infantrycak
05-02-2006, 12:23 AM
I think I remember Salaam being an over hyped bust, I dont know i could be talking about someone else.

Don't know about overhyped bust--he was a 7th round pick. The Jags were underwhelmed by him so he got beat out by a rookie. Seems like a Denver connection and depth signing.

D-ReK
05-02-2006, 12:29 AM
I think I remember Salaam being an over hyped bust, I dont know i could be talking about someone else.

You're thinking about former Colorado and Chicago RB Rashaan Salaam...

Anyway, I like this pick...Depth and competition is never a bad thing...

MasterC25
05-02-2006, 01:16 AM
Wasnt eprhraim the guy lepsis replaced on Denvers line? he was the premeir LT during their Super Bowl run... Sounds like someone with a lot of knowledge to help our lineman adjust to the new blocking scheme. I don't think he has muched left in the tank as far as starting at LT maybe RT.. since he is aging..

You are correct he was a cornerstone to those old Broncos team.

infantrycak
05-02-2006, 01:19 AM
You are correct he was a cornerstone to those old Broncos team.

Which old Broncos team? Salaam was with the Broncos in 2002 and 2003--neither hallmark years for the Broncos.

Specter
05-02-2006, 01:45 AM
My only concern is how much he has left in the tank.
he's gonna be 30 in june so i would say enough to come off the bench for sure

Rovator
05-02-2006, 02:15 AM
He started against Denver in the Super Bowl when Atlanta played them.

Texans86
05-02-2006, 02:31 AM
This is starting to scare me. Bob McNair is opening his pocketbook like never before, and signing anyone and everyone Kubiak wants. It also scares me because I don't know how much time Wand will get now. I really liked him, and felt he got the short end of the stick.

D-ReK
05-02-2006, 03:15 AM
This is starting to scare me. Bob McNair is opening his pocketbook like never before, and signing anyone and everyone Kubiak wants. It also scares me because I don't know how much time Wand will get now. I really liked him, and felt he got the short end of the stick.

If Wand doesn't get any PT, it will be because he hasn't earned it...With the new staff in place, everyone will have to earn their spot on the team...Well, maybe not Carr, but that is for discussion at a different time in a different thread...I have that Coach Kubiak will put the best 11 on the field at all times...

mancunian
05-02-2006, 03:27 AM
Geez, we're gonna see a lot of OTs in Preseason. :)

a bit of competition for places never hurt anyone.

Games are won and lost in the trenches - look at what the Kubiak has done. He's brought in FA's and drafted on both lines. The pre-season competition for places will be high and if you want to play for the Texans next season you'll have to work for it.

done88
05-02-2006, 11:14 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2429927

Does this mean Wade is on his way out????

Hookem Horns
05-02-2006, 11:16 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2429927

Does this mean Wade is on his way out????

Nice to add depth but I am not too excited about this one. He is joining his 4th team in 8 years.

SnakeOilTanker
05-02-2006, 11:18 AM
not a bad move.

I might be wrong but I think he did very well while with Denver.

TheOgre
05-02-2006, 11:18 AM
This is a solid addition.

Exascor
05-02-2006, 11:20 AM
Original Thread (http://www.houstontexans.com/fan_zone/messageboards/showthread.php?t=22735)

Yeah, hopefully Salaam can add nice depth, competetion and experience with the system to the team. It's not Orlando Pace but it's a solid signing.

El Tejano
05-02-2006, 11:24 AM
Great insurance policy/possible starter. Once again, Kubes is showing that competition is going to be heavy at all positions this year.

Rightnow
05-02-2006, 11:26 AM
Capers once said that a foundation of a team are the defensive and offensive lines. He spoke the truth, but didn't get the job done.

I like this pick up. I wouldn't be surprised if we add a couple of more veteran linemen to offense and defense before training camp and see who pans out.

Htown34s
05-02-2006, 12:59 PM
Even if he doesn't start, he could be priceless in helping the other linemen with Kubiak's zone blocking. Good enough for me. Plus, we have depth at tackle now. Definately a new thing for us.

RWBinJax
05-02-2006, 01:15 PM
Don't know about overhyped bust--he was a 7th round pick. The Jags were underwhelmed by him so he got beat out by a rookie. Seems like a Denver connection and depth signing.

I watched him on the field and on one of the the Monday night Jaguars shows when he was in Jacksonville. He has a great sense of humor, is witty, and entertaining. You will like his personality. However, he did not pass block at all and was an under-achiever at run-blocking.

He has the size and maybe the talent. Perhaps another change of venue will help him and he will perform better in Houston.

El Tejano
05-02-2006, 01:24 PM
I wonder how he did in Denver?

TexanAddict
05-02-2006, 02:01 PM
I know he played briefly in Denver and we're hoping his knowledge of the system helps, but the Jags MB isn't too broken up about seeing him go. Quite the opposite, I'd say.
http://www.jaguars.com/mb/default.aspx?f=9&m=834683

Htown34s
05-02-2006, 02:16 PM
I know he played briefly in Denver and we're hoping his knowledge of the system helps, but the Jags MB isn't too broken up about seeing him go. Quite the opposite, I'd say.

But the Jags don't use zone blocking, right? I'd say that's the key here.

Texans Fever 2006
05-02-2006, 02:51 PM
i've never heard of him
but...
i like his size, and if hes got quick feet, he might be a line man we are looking for

i like this signing

You mentioned his size.....it's funny that Mario is the same size. Man, that guy (Mario) will be a beast on the defensive line.