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Default Re: Texans OTAs thread (5/20-21, 23, 28-30, 6/3-6).

Kubiak quotes:

Head Coach Gary Kubiak
(on the first week of OTAs) It was really good. Im excited. Our young guys have come a long way. I think the five practices they got in the mini-camp really helped them. Its been good. We had some good work; not too hot. So, make it through and come back next Tuesday and get going again.

(on if hes keeping a close eye on how much the young players grasp) Yeah. As a matter of fact, I told the team after practice, I think one of the keys to longevity in this League success-wise is young players getting better real quick. Its fun for me right now to sit here and watch (WR) Keshawn (Martin), to watch (CB) Roc (Carmichael), (DE) Delano (Johnson), (G) Brandon Brooks all of the sudden become pros at a very young age. If were going to keep going, be consistent at what were doing, guys like that have to step up and contribute right away. I like what I see. I think some young guys have really come in here a lot better football player right now than they were last year.

(on OLB Brooks Reed) Hes doing great. First off, boy, bless him. He probably feels like a yo-yo sometimes; hes bounced around a little bit. We thought it was important that he took his reps inside with where were at as a team right now. Hes fine. I mean, he has no problem mentally. Hes looked really good and hes healthy. Hes coming off that surgery but hes doing good. For the better of the team right now, thats where hes working. Hes doing a good job.

(on CB Brandon Harris injury status) Hes fine. Were putting him through the protocol that you would do during the regular season. A guy gets dinged like that, gets knocked out like he did, well put him through the total protocol. You probably wont see him for a good week as he goes through the process.

(on what he has seen from WR Keshawn Martin) Its automatic for him now. All his talent has taken over because he doesnt have to work so hard at the little things; assignment, those type of things. He just comes out here and plays. Very confident young man and it shows. It shows every day.

(on if there is more pressure on QB Matt Schaub after the team has gone to the same round of the playoffs two years in a row) I think the pressure is the same all the time. I dont think it changes. (QB) Matts (Schaub) goal is to win a championship and weve got to get a team that can get that done. Hes got his job to do with the football team. Right now, this time of year, its about chemistry of the team. Putting this 2013 group together, were going to be different, were going to have a different personality and trying to start to put that together.

(on OLB Whitney Mercilus) Hes done really good. First off, you can tell hes confident. Whitney has probably talked more in a day than he did all last year. Hes coming out of his shell from that standpoint. Hes another player; heres a second-year guy thats being asked to become a great player real quick. If were going to get to where we want to go, those are the type of things that have to happen. Hes off to a good start.

(on how OLB Sam Montgomery looks dropping into coverage) Hes doing fine. The position hes playing, hes not asked to drop a lot. He has gotten in better shape. I think he struggled the first camp we had that weekend. So hes in much better shape and then his ability starts to take over. I think hes progressing well, he and (OLB) Trevardo (Williams) both.

(on if he plans to change the rotation on the right side of the offensive line from last season) Ill do what I think is best for our team and I dont know what that is right now. (G) Brandon (Brooks) is working as the starting right guard. (T Derek) Newton is out. (T) Brennan Williams has not been able to practice. (T) Ryan Harris is on the right side. We have a lot of things going on right now, but if we have two solid starters that are consistent throughout the course of camp, then thats the way well go. But I think with what we went through last year, I think those young guys did a hell of a job.

(on if QB Matt Schaub looks 100 percent) Yeah. He looks fine to me. Hes had a good offseason. Obviously, he hasnt missed anything; plays all last year. I kind of forgot about him missing OTAs last year. But I think its important no matter how long you play, I think you need to get out here and get some reps in. Ive got to protect some of these guys and give them days off here or there, some of these older guys throughout these 10 days. But I think its important that he goes through OTAs again.

(on how RB Arian Foster has changed) How long has (RB) Arian (Foster) been with me now? Four years? Maybe having the best offseason Ive seen him have. Hes doing something a little different training-wise. Hed have to tell you what hes doing. I think he looks a little slimmer. I dont know if he weighs (different). But he just looks a little different, how hes carrying his weight. Hes been excellent throughout the course of the offseason; expects a lot of himself.

(on if hes intending to bring in competition for the kicking position) Well, the young man we have here now can do both. (P Andrew) Shapiro can do both. But the way camp is set up now with the numbers, whoever that other guy is, and so our other guy is Shapiro, you want him to build it. Do both to take something off the punter and your kicker so you can use those roster spots somewhere else. Our plan is to go to camp that way and let them both compete against him because hes a kid thats done both pretty well in college.

(on what hes seen specifically from WR Keshawn Martin that has changed) These three days have been very impressive to me. I just see a guy that, year two, nothings hard for him anymore. He understands everything thats going on so he just comes out here and works and gets better every day. Me sitting (WR) Andre (Johnson) every other day makes him a starter, too, from that standpoint. Im really excited about what Ive seen these past three days.

(on if drafting a wide receiver in the first round may have lit a fire under some of the younger receivers) Im sure. Youre (WR) Lestar (Jean) and (WR) Keshawn (Martin) and youve been working all last year and we draft a one and he goes in the huddle with the first group. Thatll get you going. But I dont think in this case thats whats happened with them. I think that theyve been workers the whole time. I think they see opportunity. I think thats what they see and when guys get opportunities you usually find out what they have.

(on what is different about QB Case Keenum) Confidence. Just confidence. Just watching him operate knowing exactly what hes doing, making all the calls. Hes going to be fun to watch. Hes very competitive right now. Thats a good thing for our team.

(on QB Case Keenum saying head coach Gary Kubiaks praise for him changes nothing) Hes a good kid. I remember talking to (Kevin Sumlin) about him and (Kliff) Kingsbury about him and they said you can say anything you want to him. Hes heard it all. So Im going to assume they coached him pretty darn hard. Hes doing a good job. Hes come a long way.

(on if he is bothered at the criticism of QB Matt Schaub following the loss in the playoffs) Well, we were there because of him. Hell, thats part of playing quarterback. It just makes you better, pushes you every day. Its part of your career, part of your makeup. Hes doing fine. Hes had a really good three days.

(on if he feels he doesnt need to defend QB Matt Schaub because thats just the way people are about quarterbacks) I think its part of the job. If you cant take a little of that in this business, youre probably not going to last very long. Thats what its all about.

(on if he worries about situations and injuries to players in OTAs like that suffered by San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree) Yeah, you do. You get 10 days and to be honest with you, you hold your breath every day. You want to get better as a team. You catch all the young guys up but freak accidents happen. We had (TE Phillip) Supernaw and (NT) Sunny (Harris) the first day. (We) werent even in a team period, just running an individual drill and both of them hurt their foot. Its part of football but its the bad part. Thats why youll always hear us on their tail to stay of the ground, to protect each other. I think its about respect. We usually do a pretty good job but they get tired and those things happen, unfortunately.
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