View Full Version : Texans hit the field for Day 2 of workouts

04-07-2009, 06:19 PM
One of the players the Texans will be counting on to step up this season is left tackle Duane Brown, who started 16 games as a rookie last season. Brown reported for workouts lean; he looks about 20 pounds lighter than when he showed up overweight for training camp last year as a rookie.

“I think he’s lighter than I am now,” left guard Chester Pitts (6-4, 310) said. “I think he’s about 310, something like that. I think he played last season closer to 320. I think he’s taking it a little more seriously and he has learned the way of becoming a professional. I think he’ll take huge strides and steps this year and really hold that left side down.”

Brown’s former backup, veteran Ephraim Salaam, was released by the team on Feb. 25. The Texans’ No. 1 pick of a year ago knows that much is expected out of him in his second season.

“Everybody told me the biggest step you take in your career is from your rookie season to your second year,” he said. “I got a chance to experience everything, and now it’s just all about preparation mentally and physically going into next season. I’m very focused.”

Defensive end Antonio Smith completed only his second workout with the Texans on Tuesday. But the former Arizona Cardinal, who signed with the Texans this offseason, said he already feels right at home with his new teammates.

“I think I am going to enjoy it (here),” Smith said. “They work hard out there. One thing that I did see is that they are a team. Everybody is together; everybody is coaching each other on.

“One thing I was nervous about was how we were going to kick it and how we were going to meet each other and things like that. But as soon as I got here, they just started interacting with me as though I had been here the whole time.”

New head strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright, who oversaw Tuesday’s outdoor workout with assistant Matt Schiotz, continued to draw positive remarks from players.

"Ray learned from Dan (Riley), and Dan had been doing what he had been doing for 40 years," Pitts said. "Ray basically took the best stuff that program had and added a little flavor to it.


04-07-2009, 06:56 PM

Music to the ears of ANY shiny happy fan. :splits:

04-07-2009, 07:09 PM
Wow actual players running around on grass football news.

How exciting. :chickendance:

04-07-2009, 07:34 PM
Great news, my favorite read was the Antonio Smith lines. I had my reservations about how he might have been received, given that he his one of our highest paid players and is new to the team while other guys on the team want to get paid too, but it looks like that wasn't even a thought amongst players.