Originally Posted by steelbtexan
Right now Caldwell is going to be out for awhile. So right now Jones is the better option. Caldwell has chronic ankle problems. IMHO (Doc could speak better about this) So it would be foolish to count on Caldwell to be your starting RG.
Caldwell and Jones have played about the same so far this yr. IMHO Jones has a much better upside and should be the much better RG by the end of the season.
Jones is a smart tough player. He is the future of the Texans interior OL. Caldwell not so much, BTW Brooks is a stud that just needs to learn what it takes to be a professional football player. The reason Brooks has been inactive is the Texans have only been playing 7 guys on gameday. Jones is the OG/C backup and Harris OT backup.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak addressed the media on Saturday following the team's final practice in preparation for the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.
Head Coach Gary Kubiak
(opening statement) “Practice-wise, (RB Ben) Tate did practice. (RG Antoine) Caldwell did practice. I would rule out (WR) Lestar Jean and (FS Quintin) Demps as of today, but Caldwell is definitely ready to go
. I’ll go back and look at Tate. I expect him to go but I am very comfortable with (RB) Justin (Forsett) and the practices he’s had if he’s our two in the game. He will do a good job for us. We’ll see.”
I've already said many times that I like Ben Jones better as a prospect out of college.
However, as of right now, I still see Caldwell as the better player on the field, despite playing with some kind of injury to his knee and ankle.
He was already listed with an ankle injury before the Jaguars game.
Kubiak liked him enough to make him the starter.
I'm not a team doctor, so I can't comment on his injuries, whether they will be recurring or not. I won't label him injury-prone just like I didn't label Schaub as such some years back.
All I can comment on is his plays.
We have been moving the ball better with Caldwell than with Jones.
Take the number of subpar plays divided by the total number of snaps a player took and one can see that Caldwell's ratio is better.
Or you can go back and find one of Kubiak's presser; you will find that Kubiak did note that Jones played "like a young guy, like a rookie."
That pretty much sums it up.