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Old 04-11-2013   #21
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This is good news. I fully expect Brooks to be the starter at RG next season, Jones will be the primary backup at all interior O-line positions, and I expect the Texans to draft an OG in the 3rd - 5th rounds to be a backup and rotate at LG with Wade Smith and then replace him in 2014. With the signing of Ryan Harris, I don't expect an OT to be drafted this year.
I think that would be a huge mistake. Harris is at best an OK "swing tackle" that can be used to fill in when the starter goes down. With Newton recovering from knee surgery that leaves only Mondek or Gardner to backup Harris. That would be awful risky if you ask me.
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Boy is Big Country; surely he wants to spend sometimes with his mom on their 500-acre ranch. Hunting and fishing are his game; he's not going miss quail season, I don't think.

There might be a girl friend too, you know.
Let's see you have a "short" chance to make millions of dollars and develop into a player for 8 years.. do I sit at home with my "gf" or do I take advantage of a opportunity that less than .05% of people have..

Hmm... I think that's an easy answer
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Quail season is football season.
In Texas, it doesn't end until Feb 24th; in Georgia, Feb 28th.
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Let's see you have a "short" chance to make millions of dollars and develop into a player for 8 years.. do I sit at home with my "gf" or do I take advantage of a opportunity that less than .05% of people have..

Hmm... I think that's an easy answer
I dunno Silvr, players are human, too.
Some of them have wife and kids (even some rookies.)
For the rookies, it had been a long season.
They spent a lot of time the previous training to get ready for the combine and/or their work-out before the draft. Some have many private work-outs in different cities all across the country (lot of traveling.) In a normal year, the OTA follows shortly and their schedule never really stopped until the end of the play-offs (for those whose teams made it that far.)
This is the first real chance for them to have a little time off.

Besides, according to the new CBA:

Prior to the commencement of the Club's official offseason workout
program:

... (ii) play*ers are not permitted to participate in Club-supervised workouts, Club-supervised
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... and (iv) play*ers' activities may not be directed or supervised by any coaches.

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There's not much difference staying or going home for a short while.
And I would say time-off for reflection is always beneficial, but that's just me.
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Down to 325 lbs, that's great news, sounds like he's coming into the upcoming season with the right attitude.
So I wonder where does this leave Ben Jones, the teams starting RG beginning 'bout mid year and lasting thru the playoffs last season ? Does Brooks & Jones become the starters at guard and they release Wade Smith, or are the starters Brooks and Smith and Jones is the backup at center & guard ?
Jones was benched late in the season ... and Brooks took over the starters spot. I dont recall if Jones started the Cincy game but I know for a fact that he didnt start the final playoff game against the Pats.
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Jones was benched late in the season ... and Brooks took over the starters spot. I dont recall if Jones started the Cincy game but I know for a fact that he didnt start the final playoff game against the Pats.
According to both NFL.com and HT.com, Jones started every game - including playoff games - from the Ravens game on.
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I want to see Jones behind Myers learning that center position. We are slowing building our backup depth and improving some starting positions such as RT and hopefully in draft WR2 and ILB. In the thread I posted about Step up Texans, there are some players who could relieve my mind (and coaches also, lol) with quality improvement this season. It would be sweet to enter 2014 draft seeking only quality backups with ability to draft pure BPA every round.
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Jones was benched late in the season ... and Brooks took over the starters spot. I dont recall if Jones started the Cincy game but I know for a fact that he didnt start the final playoff game against the Pats.
I can't remember if Jones started or not but I do remember the Texans saying something about having Brooks play since he was bigger and might be able to handle Wolfolk a little more. Jones doesn't have the "sand" in his seat, so to speak, to handle the bigger NT's. Plus he may not have had the upper body strength then that he needed to play in the NFL. Hopefully that will be remedied by the beginning of this season.
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I can't remember if Jones started or not but I do remember the Texans saying something about having Brooks play since he was bigger and might be able to handle Wolfolk a little more. Jones doesn't have the "sand" in his seat, so to speak, to handle the bigger NT's. Plus he may not have had the upper body strength then that he needed to play in the NFL. Hopefully that will be remedied by the beginning of this season.
Problem is after the Bengals game (in which Jones and Brooks split the number of snaps equally - Snap counts can be found at Football Outsiders), Jones took the majority of the snaps against the Patriots.

The Pats weren't particular about it though; they had Wilfork working Wade Smith over (and somewhat thoroughly) just the same. That guy is just difficult to game plan for now that both of their edge guys are pretty good at setting the edges (Ninkovich and Chandler Jones).

We need another blocking TE and Greg Jones so that we can run the outside zone plays better. That's the only way to wear Wilfork (and Kyle Love) down, IMO.
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Problem is after the Bengals game (in which Jones and Brooks split the number of snaps equally - Snap counts can be found at Football Outsiders), Jones took the majority of the snaps against the Patriots.

The Pats weren't particular about it though; they had Wilfork working Wade Smith over (and somewhat thoroughly) just the same. That guy is just difficult to game plan for now that both of their edge guys are pretty good at setting the edges (Ninkovich and Chandler Jones).

We need another blocking TE and Greg Jones so that we can run the outside zone plays better. That's the only way to wear Wilfork (and Kyle Love) down, IMO.
what's that run outside zone against a big fat guy.. lol yah right I don't think we even attempted that more than a few times. Innovative game planning eh...
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