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Re: Texans random thought of the day
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Reed joined JJ up in Wisconsin to workout in the offseason.
If the Texans are going to get their best players on the field at the same time, Brooks Reed finally may have to move to inside linebacker in their base 3-4 defense.
Reed, a starter on the strong side for three seasons, may have to move inside next to Brian Cushing to make room for J.D. Clowney, the first overall pick in the draft.
Whitney Mercilus, who registered seven sacks in his first season as a starter, could replace Reed. The easiest transition for Clowney in the base defense would be on the weak side, where he’d have limited coverage responsibilities before dropping and rushing in passing situations.
“They have for the past three years,” Reed said on Monday about the coaches talking to him about the possibility of moving inside. “Obviously, we drafted some talent. The coaches will adapt, switching the players as need be.”
Last year, outside linebackers Sam Montgomery (third round) and Trevardo Williams (fourth) were selected with the hope that one would eventually be able to start, allowing Reed to move inside.
Montgomery was waived midway through his rookie year, and Williams spent the season on injured reserve.
“From the beginning, I’ve been preparing to play inside ‘backer if I had to,” Reed said. “I’m ready if they do (move him).
“It’s a little different. They’re different positions in a 3-4. It’s something I’ve done in the past, minimally. It’s something I’m up for if it happens.”
To prepare for the season, Reed went to Wisconsin to work out with J.J. Watt in February and March.
“I was there for a couple of months training with J.J. and maybe more after OTAs,” he said. “You can imagine what it’s like. It’s tough. I’m looking to raise my game this year and help this team.
“Me and J.J. talked about it before the season ended. We talked about how we wanted to get better. I wanted to get to a different environment, get in the cold. I thought it was kind of fun.”
Watt wanted to rough it. Training back home in Wisconsin, he said he slept on a mattress he placed on a friend’s floor.
So where did Reed sleep?
“Uh, I was in a hotel room,” he said.