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EllisUnit 08-18-2011 09:09 PM

A LeSTAR (Jean) is born
 
http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...6-2543889a8bdf


didnt see this posted, i liked the article.

It took Lestar Jean’s mother two attempts to get her infant son’s birth certificate properly recorded.

“The people doing my birth certificate thought it was an error,” said Jean, whose first name is pronounced Leh-STAR. “My mom had to send it back in.”

Jump forward a couple of decades, and we find Jean trying to convince the Texans they didn’t make a mistake when they signed him to a free agent contract after the end of the NFL lockout.

He’s no longer just a number after two weeks at the Texans training camp. He’s caught the eye of coach Gary Kubiak in practice and had a couple of fancy catches for 53 yards in Saturday’ 20-16 preseason victory over the New York Jets.

It was enough to get Jean more playing time for Saturday’s preseason game at Reliant Stadium against the New Orleans Saints.

“He’s done good, and his reps have picked up,” Kubiak said on Thursday. “He’s going to play more in the game. More of a load came at him today, but he handled it good.”

Jean grew up in Florida and played football at Florida Atlantic, where he earned a degree last December in criminal justice. He’d make an impressive law enforcement officer at a muscular 6-3, 216.

Still, he’d prefer a long career with the Texans.

“I just come to work and try to do enough that they’ll want to keep me,” Jean said.

Life is tough for a street free agent, and especially this year because of the lengthy lockout period that forced Jean and other undrafted players to wait five months before finding a team and a hope.

“It was a long wait,” he said. “I was just working out hoping a team would pick me up. That got kind of boring. I just wanted to play football and compete. I kept working out and staying in shape.”

After the lockout ended, seven pro teams – the Texans, Ravens, Vikings, Bills, Packers and Dolphins – inquired about signing Jean. He decided his best shot was with the Texans.

“They told me they were only going to sign two other receivers, and the others were signing nine or 10,” Jean said. “They were honest with me, and I felt I had the best opportunity here.”

Jean is still fighting a numbers game to catch on with the Texans. There are 11 wide receivers in camp.

He has improved his chances of at least a spot of the practice squad.

“He’s making some strides,” wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey said. “He’s had a lot to learn in two weeks, and then he goes out the other night and makes some plays. He’s got a good head on his shoulders and he’s got some athletic ability. He does a nice job adjusting to the ball.

“He has some skill, but he has a way to go. He’s learning on the run. So far, he’s done a nice job, and we need to see him improve in the next ballgame.”

On the heels of his eyebrow-raising performance on Monday, Jean at least has fans and media scrambling for the pronunciation guide to find out who was making those big catches against the Jets.

“I felt good about it,” Jean said. “I was ready. I’ve been working every day. I wasn’t surprised. I want to keep doing it so they’ll keep me around. In college, I helped my team by making big plays. I just go play and make plays to help my team win.

“It’s a blessing, to come from where I came from to get to this spot, it’s a blessing.”

What Kubiak hasn’t seen with his own eyes, Texans defensive backs have told him.

"He’s a big-body kid, and I’ve had some of the DBs come over to me and say, ‘Hey, Coach, that guy is tough to handle,’” Kubiak said. “He’s got a lot of ability. He’s got that big body. There’s going to be two young receivers on this team, so it’ll be interesting to see who they are.”

Jean could become another diamond in the rough unearthed by general manager Rick Smith.

“I told the guys you only get a certain amount of draft picks, so you have to have all those guys evaluated and ranked,” Smith said. “We just felt good about his ability, and he’s come in and done a nice job.

“In the salary cap era and the free agency era, it’s important to find players that aren’t your high draft picks that are able to come in and are capable of making an impact on your team. That’s how you round out a solid roster.”

The Texans opened with five wide receivers last season, and Jean has plenty of competition ahead of him to join that group. Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones are locks. Dorin Dickerson leads the rest of the pack that includes Jean, Derrick Townsel, Terrence Toliver and Jeff Maehl.

Meaningless preseason games? Not to Jean and the others.

“I’m just trying to do something to make them want to keep me around,” Jean said.

Corrosion 08-18-2011 09:15 PM

Re: A Lesters (Jean) is born
 
Learn to spell .... Its LeStar Jean. :vincepalm:


Edit: I just love givin you a hard time :chickendance:

EllisUnit 08-18-2011 09:18 PM

Re: A Lesters (Jean) is born
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Corrosion (Post 1754942)
Learn to spell .... Its LeStar Jean. :vincepalm:


Edit: I just love givin you a hard time :chickendance:

i'm lucky i spelled that right i'm out of town on a lap top and everytime i look up the cursor moves and i am typing in the middle of an already typed sentence haha oh well

TdotTexas2Step 08-18-2011 10:21 PM

Re: A Lesters (Jean) is born
 
I think we have to realistically temper our expectations.

Reports were coming out that Mario was unstoppable because now he could pick up some steam with a running head start, yet he (in some people's mind) failed to show anything of substance against NY

Then you have the rook Harris who also had rave reviews and also didn't look too spectacular in the first game.

However, the logical thing to do is remember that it's only one game, and in Mario's case - only a minimum number of snaps - and the fact that they haven't had much time to learn. Who knows, maybe in the next game, Mario gets a couple of sacks while Harris gets a pick. We should keep the big picture in mind in regards to personnel.

The flipside applies to Jean. He had a nice game against the Jets, but if he struggles this week, we can't all jump off the bandwagon.

Rey 08-18-2011 10:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Corrosion (Post 1754942)
Learn to spell .... Its LeStar Jean. :vincepalm:


Edit: I just love givin you a hard time :chickendance:

Yeah.

A LeSTAR is born kinda sounds better.

LoL.

Lucky 08-18-2011 11:33 PM

Re: A LeSTAR (Jean) is born
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TdotTexas2Step (Post 1754984)
The flipside applies to Jean. He had a nice game against the Jets, but if he struggles this week, we can't all jump off the bandwagon.

I think this is a case of seeing Jean make noise during camp, then back it up under the lights. Yes, Lestar's playing against guys who are likely to be cut. But, the talent is undeniably there. I'd venture that if Jean had been a 2nd or 3rd round pick, he would be getting even more hype than garnered thus far.

EllisUnit 08-18-2011 11:35 PM

Re: A LeSTAR (Jean) is born
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Lucky (Post 1755020)
I think this is a case of seeing Jean make noise during camp, then back it up under the lights. Yes, Lestar's playing against guys who are likely to be cut. But, the talent is undeniably there. I'd venture that if Jean had been a 2nd or 3rd round pick, he would be getting even more hype than garnered thus far.

yeah i wonder why he was undrafted though. i mean we all see the talent so how come noone else saw it ?

Lucky 08-18-2011 11:53 PM

Re: A LeSTAR (Jean) is born
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by EllisUnit (Post 1755022)
yeah i wonder why he was undrafted though. i mean we all see the talent so how come noone else saw it ?

I think Jean is a classic late bloomer. He didn't start until his junior year at a small non-BCS school. Lestar didn't put up good numbers until his senior season. And his combine and pro day numbers were so-so. Put it together, and Jean had the resume of a late pick/free agent. Now, he's showing that he may be more.

The Pencil Neck 08-19-2011 12:49 AM

Re: A LeSTAR (Jean) is born
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by EllisUnit (Post 1755022)
yeah i wonder why he was undrafted though. i mean we all see the talent so how come noone else saw it ?

Small school talent. He's basically another flavor of Jacoby Jones except much, much slower. He only ran 4.59 at the combine and for a small school guy, that's not going to cut it.

The question was going to be whether he could even play with the big boys.

EllisUnit 08-19-2011 12:53 AM

Re: A LeSTAR (Jean) is born
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck (Post 1755044)
Small school talent. He's basically another flavor of Jacoby Jones except much, much slower. He only ran 4.59 at the combine and for a small school guy, that's not going to cut it.

The question was going to be whether he could even play with the big boys.

he dont really look slow, of course i havent seen him against a 1st string defense

76Texan 08-19-2011 01:19 AM

Re: A LeSTAR (Jean) is born
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by EllisUnit (Post 1755047)
he dont really look slow, of course i havent seen him against a 1st string defense

Like I've said in another thread, Jean was a very lean WR at the beginning of the year.
In an earlier game (either week 1 or 2) he was very lanky and looks the part of his listed weigth at the time (195 something).
At the time, he was reported to run around 4.5

He put in more weight at the combine (can't remember the number of the top of my head) and ran a 4.9 like TPN said.

His strong suite is the catch over the shoulder, and if he can't be ahead of the DB, it can't materialize.

So either he needs to train to regain his speed or he needs to learn to get the ball in different ways better than he showed in college.

If he can do both, we've got ourselves a diamond in the rough.

beerlover 08-19-2011 01:29 AM

Re: A LeSTAR (Jean) is born
 
It takes a physically gifted positional athlete to be a one or two. Helps if your work ethic exceeds expectations, your coachable, willing to do whatever is asked & durable. However you want to say his name Jean is a lean mean catching machine.

SAMURAITEXAN 08-19-2011 02:47 AM

Re: A LeSTAR (Jean) is born
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 76Texan (Post 1755058)
Like I've said in another thread, Jean was a very lean WR at the beginning of the year.
In an earlier game (either week 1 or 2) he was very lanky and looks the part of his listed weigth at the time (195 something).
At the time, he was reported to run around 4.5

He put in more weight at the combine (can't remember the number of the top of my head) and ran a 4.9 like TPN said.

His strong suite is the catch over the shoulder, and if he can't be ahead of the DB, it can't materialize.

So either he needs to train to regain his speed or he needs to learn to get the ball in different ways better than he showed in college.

If he can do both, we've got ourselves a diamond in the rough.

Yeah if he can do both, can you imagine one side AJ and other side Jean and Walter they all over 6'3" not to mention JJ and Dickerson are both over 6'2"(listed 6'4" but his like 6'2" right?)! That is one tall WRs.

Go Texans!!!

Rey 08-19-2011 07:54 AM

Jeans field speed is faster than his forty indicates and he has made plays against all kinds of competition.

He also takes good angles on the field.

GuerillaBlack 08-19-2011 08:02 AM

Re: A LeSTAR (Jean) is born
 
What's the best comparison to Jean? Late bloomer like Miles Austin?

drs23 08-19-2011 10:05 AM

Re: A LeSTAR (Jean) is born
 
As noted Jean is perhaps a 1/4 step slower than Jacoby but the difference being LeStar Jean CATCHES everything thrown even close to him. That's the common remark made about him. He CATCHES the ball most every time. Big difference IMO.

spurstexanstros 08-19-2011 11:47 AM

Re: A LeSTAR (Jean) is born
 
:kubepalm: to the bad pun of a thread


I did like the guy from what I saw, I liked how on the slants he reached out and grabbed the ball instead of waiting for it to get to body. I think catching it like that makes it harder for dbs to poke it out like they do when WR waits till it gets into the body.

i like em the more Wideouts the merrier.

Corrosion 08-19-2011 01:26 PM

Re: A LeSTAR (Jean) is born
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck (Post 1755044)
Small school talent. He's basically another flavor of Jacoby Jones except much, much slower. He only ran 4.59 at the combine and for a small school guy, that's not going to cut it.

The question was going to be whether he could even play with the big boys.

Speed isnt everything ... Route running , making crisp cuts gaining seperation , good hands , proper technique attacking the ball at its highest point and body control can all be as critical if not moreso than straight line speed.

Some guy's are great athletes , some are football players .... This cat is a football player.
Sure , the really great players are both top flight athletes and have that football player in them too ....

Lucky 08-19-2011 07:10 PM

Re: A LeSTAR (Jean) is born
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GuerillaBlack (Post 1755098)
What's the best comparison to Jean? Late bloomer like Miles Austin?

I was thinking Pierre Garcon, but Austin might be a better example.

False Start 08-19-2011 07:14 PM

Re: A LeSTAR (Jean) is born
 
I hope this kid turns out to be a steal, him along with AJ, Dorin, Walter, and JJ (I guess) could be like the old Oilers Run and Shoot WR group back in the day. :texflag:


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