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Old 08-15-2009   #1
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The Texans came to training camp loaded with centers — starter Chris Myers, veteran backup Chris White and talented third-round pick Antoine Caldwell.

No one paid much attention to Brett Helms, an undrafted rookie from LSU.

With Myers out because of a high ankle sprain and Caldwell also learning to play right guard, Helms has worked hard to impress his coaches and teammates. When he plays against the Kansas City Chiefs tonight, Helms will have a chance to impress them even more.

Helms (6-2, 295 pounds) is smart, quick and tenacious. He’s learning Alex Gibbs’ system. The more he learns, the better chance he’ll have of making the practice squad.

Helms, 23, brought a lot of playing experience from Baton Rouge. Unlike some underclassmen who enter the draft early, Helms played in 49 games and started 41, including 39 at center. The Tigers were 30-9 when Helms started at center.

Helms, who earned a degree in general studies, knows how to win. His high school team Stuttgart, Ark., finished 14-0 and won a state championship. In 2007, his junior year at LSU, the Tigers won a national championship.

There are few players on any team’s roster who can claim they played for state and national champions before they arrived in the NFL.

Kubiak’s message

Before the Texans left for Kansas City and tonight’s preseason opener against the Chiefs, coach Gary Kubiak had a talk with his players.

“I told them that people tend to say preseason games aren’t important,” Kubiak said. “I told them I thought that would be an insult to the guys and what I’ve put them through the past two weeks — to tell them this Saturday night’s not important.
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Quarterback Dan 
Orlovsky needs six more touchdown passes to give him 14 in his career. That would break Pop Williams’ record of 13 for University of Connecticut players in the NFL. Williams’ record has stood since 1932.

By the numbers

5.1 Average yards rushing to the right side in 2008.

3.5 Average yards rushing to the left side.

3.3 Average yards rushing up the middle.

6.4 Average yards rushing to the left sideline.

5.0 Average yards rushing to the right sideline.
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Well, he's certainly got a lot of things going in his direction. 6-5 295 that's a big ol' boy. Size, youth with good experience, starters entrenched in front of him giving him ample time to learn (under the mad scientist Gibbs) and an opportunity to show what he is capable of. Seems like the kind of guy Gibbs would attract, being a UDFA and all...I remember there was good talk of another UDFA OL from Oklahoma or something but he was released for a DUI? I think it's a plus to see the coaching staff getting something out of players who have little to no expectation.
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