Go Back   Houston Texans Message Board & Forum - TexansTalk.com > The Great Fans of the Houston Texans > Texans Talk
Home Forums Register FAQDonate Automatic Monthly Contribution Members List Mark Forums Read


Texans Talk Football talk only please. Keep it to the game, the players, the coaches and management.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-22-2012   #1
CloakNNNdagger
Hall of Fame
 
CloakNNNdagger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 15,801
Rep Power: 202148 CloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respected
Default Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

You've got to love this kid.

Quote:
Dreadlocks, exploded molars and explosive play: The offseason of Byran Braman

By Nick Scurfield


Second-year Texans linebacker Bryan Braman is growing his hair long this offseason, thinking about possibly going back to dreadlocks. He had them in college at West Texas A&M before his teammates cut them in a prank his senior year at his defensive line coach’s house. Yea.......and he's much more likely to keep his helmet on when on the field.

He’s leaning toward sticking with long hair and forgoing the dreads, but Braman still clearly has them on his mind. He keeps his old ones in a Ziploc bag in his garage.

“I think that’s just because I wasn’t ready to let ‘em go,” Braman said. “The circumstances that I was put in kind of forced me to cut ‘em, so I still have a small attachment to ‘em. Hopefully, someday I’ll be able to let ‘em go, but right now, they’re still with me. My momma, she won’t let me keep ‘em in the house, so I’ve got to keep ‘em in the garage.”

There has been another change in Braman’s appearance this offseason: His teeth.

Braman comes from what he describes as a “pretty low-class family” in Spokane, Wash. Raised by a single mother, he didn’t have health insurance, and for one reason or another, his teeth were a disaster zone by the time he arrived in Houston last year as an undrafted rookie free agent.

Now that he finally has the means, Braman had multiple dentist appointments and surgeries this offseason – nine visits’ worth of work in two trips – to fix a smorgasbord of issues ranging from cavities to rotten, exploded molars.

“It was quite a bit of work with the cavities,” Braman said. “The surgeries were to get caps, implants and stuff – that way I’ve got some teeth to chew with.

“My whole family’s kind of toothless. My dad, he doesn’t have no tooth. My grandpa, he didn’t have any teeth by the time he was about 30. All my uncles, they don’t have any teeth. It’s weird. I want to say it’s genetic, but I guess I could’ve prevented it with a little bit of better tooth care and upkeep with the dentist and stuff. But yeah, we’re a pretty toothless family.”

Teeth and hair are just part of Braman’s intriguing off-field story. At 6-5 in high school, he showed off-the-charts athleticism with an 11.1 100-meter dash, 6-9 high jump and 21-foot long jump. At Long Beach City College, he modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch and did casting calls in Los Angeles.

Early in his senior season at West Texas, Braman was suspended indefinitely for manufacturing psilocybin, a hallucinogen found in mushrooms. Last summer during the lockout, he worked as a bouncer at a bar in College Station, Texas, as he awaited his chance to sign with an NFL team.

Braman also had a 7-4, 360-pound grandfather from St. Maries, Id.

“He was a big boy,” Braman said. “I kind of think that’s where I get my size from.”

On the field, Braman is similarly intriguing. In 2011, he went from being a long shot to make the Texans' roster to leading the team with 2.5 preseason sacks to being perhaps their best special teams player by year’s end (Video: Braman makes helmetless tackle). And thanks in part, he believes, to removing the infections in his teeth, Braman bulked up to 250 pounds this offseason after finishing last season between 230-235.

Braman has been moved from Will linebacker on the weakside to Sam on the strongside, where he has a chance to back up Brooks Reed in 2012. An impressive organized team activities (OTAs) and mini-camp certainly helped his cause.

“He’s getting better every day,” Texans linebackers coach Reggie Herring said at the end of OTAs. “His work habits have improved, as goes with the maturity of growing as a football player. His pass rush skills are getting better and stronger, more explosive, because he’s gained weight now, which is a needed must for him as far as his overall development. He’s really a very talented, young, developmental player that has a chance to build on what he did last year special teams-wise and work his way into a position to giving us solid depth along with some pass rush skills in the sub package on third down.

“We’ve been very pleased to date. It’s all ahead of him. He has great growth potential physically and athletically, and as a player development, the sky’s the limit.”

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said during the second week of OTAs that Braman had come a long way. Asked for his own thoughts on how far he had come, Braman said it wasn’t for him to judge.

“I really feel like I’m trying to be the best player that I can and kind of sitting back and just listening to the coaches, taking their coaching the best that I can and just trying to come out and improve every day,” Braman said. “First of all, being a better practice player – showing the coaches that I can do it in practice so that they will trust me to be able to do it in the game. Obviously, it’s every player’s dream to be able to have more snaps on offense or defense, whichever side of the ball they play on. I love special teams. Every facet that I’m on, I love it. I just love playing the game, and it’s been a lot of fun.”

Herring said Braman still has a ways to go, but the Texans’ hope is that Braman can improve on defense this year the way he improved on special teams as a rookie.

If he does, the Texans might have found themselves a gem.

“At the end of the day, it’s hard to find a guy on the street in this league that is 6-5, 6-6, that can run like a deer, has athleticism and is young,” Herring said. “You couldn’t ask for a better project to develop, and this league is about developing players. As long as he stays focused, he continues his mental maturity, his growth process physically and mentally and stays the course, he has a chance to provide us with some excellent depth.

“He is a classic diamond in the rough, so to speak. He’s not a diamond yet, but he has a chance to shine some day. He has a chance to get there and be what you want. They’re very hard to find on the street – that long, that lengthy, that athletic, and can run. I really think – and I always felt this with him starting out last year – that if he would commit to lifting weights, to improving his overall play strength and body strength, that he could become a very explosive player. The word consistency comes into play. He’s not there yet, but he’s closer than he was last year, and he has a chance. And that’s all we ask.”


You can scour the net for pictures of Braman........and you are unlikely to find one without his lips closed. This season, he should have lots of reason to show off his new pearly whites!
CloakNNNdagger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2012   #2
thunderkyss 
& so it begins
 
thunderkyss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Texas
Age: 42
Posts: 34,374
Rep Power: 240492 thunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respected
Send a message via Yahoo to thunderkyss
Default Re: Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

I'm hoping we've found the next James Harrison
__________________
thunderkyss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2012   #3
mussop
Hall of Fame
 
mussop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 6,136
Rep Power: 92801 mussop is a quality contributor and well respectedmussop is a quality contributor and well respectedmussop is a quality contributor and well respectedmussop is a quality contributor and well respectedmussop is a quality contributor and well respectedmussop is a quality contributor and well respectedmussop is a quality contributor and well respectedmussop is a quality contributor and well respectedmussop is a quality contributor and well respectedmussop is a quality contributor and well respectedmussop is a quality contributor and well respected
Default Re: Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

Quote:
Originally Posted by thunderkyss View Post
I'm hoping we've found the next James Harrison
I'm hoping we've found the next Jack Lambert.
__________________
"I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots." Albert Einstein
mussop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2012   #4
Brisco_County
Texans worthy
 
Brisco_County's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Austin
Posts: 2,321
Rep Power: 63514 Brisco_County is a quality contributor and well respectedBrisco_County is a quality contributor and well respectedBrisco_County is a quality contributor and well respectedBrisco_County is a quality contributor and well respectedBrisco_County is a quality contributor and well respectedBrisco_County is a quality contributor and well respectedBrisco_County is a quality contributor and well respectedBrisco_County is a quality contributor and well respectedBrisco_County is a quality contributor and well respectedBrisco_County is a quality contributor and well respectedBrisco_County is a quality contributor and well respected
Default Re: Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

I'm sure that rotted teeth can't make it easy to bulk up. He'll have no trouble now.

More UDFA's moving up the depth chart reflects very well on the coaches.
Brisco_County is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2012   #5
Texan_Bill 
Subscribed Contributor
 
Texan_Bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Houston. Mediocrity Lives Here!!
Section: Bull Pen!!
Age: 47
Posts: 48,230
Rep Power: 116095 Texan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respected
Default Re: Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

Quote:
Originally Posted by mussop View Post
I'm hoping we've found the next Jack Lambert.
I volunteer you to knock out "The Next Jack Lambert's" teeth!!!

*Please remember to keep me in your will for the season tickets*
__________________
We SUCK AGAIN!
Texan_Bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2012   #6
CloakNNNdagger
Hall of Fame
 
CloakNNNdagger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 15,801
Rep Power: 202148 CloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respectedCloakNNNdagger is a quality contributor and well respected
Default Re: Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

Quote:
Originally Posted by Texan_Bill View Post
I volunteer you to knock out "The Next Jack Lambert's" teeth!!!

*Please remember to keep me in your will for the season tickets*

What's the matter. Bill?.....................


????
CloakNNNdagger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2012   #7
Texan_Bill 
Subscribed Contributor
 
Texan_Bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Houston. Mediocrity Lives Here!!
Section: Bull Pen!!
Age: 47
Posts: 48,230
Rep Power: 116095 Texan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respectedTexan_Bill is a quality contributor and well respected
Default Re: Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

Quote:
Originally Posted by CloakNNNdagger View Post

What's the matter. Bill?.....................


????


Doc Jean, I have teefus issues.... yes!!!
__________________
We SUCK AGAIN!
Texan_Bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
Old 06-22-2012   #8
Mr. White
H-Town Beatdown
 
Mr. White's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sugar Land
Age: 41
Posts: 6,014
Rep Power: 18101 Mr. White is a quality contributor and well respectedMr. White is a quality contributor and well respectedMr. White is a quality contributor and well respectedMr. White is a quality contributor and well respectedMr. White is a quality contributor and well respectedMr. White is a quality contributor and well respectedMr. White is a quality contributor and well respectedMr. White is a quality contributor and well respectedMr. White is a quality contributor and well respectedMr. White is a quality contributor and well respectedMr. White is a quality contributor and well respected
Default Re: Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

Here's my favorite quote in the article:

Quote:
“My whole family’s kind of toothless. My dad, he doesn’t have no tooth. My grandpa, he didn’t have any teeth by the time he was about 30. All my uncles, they don’t have any teeth. It’s weird. I want to say it’s genetic, but I guess I could’ve prevented it with a little bit of better tooth care and upkeep with the dentist and stuff. But yeah, we’re a pretty toothless family.”
Toothless or not, I think this guy might be my favorite player on the team. He was an animal when he saw the field.

I would say he was the best value of the draft, but I'm not sure that can be said for a guy that wasn't drafted.
__________________
Quote:
@McClain_on_NFL
John McClain
We b trippin with Nelly. Me and Mr Dancing With the Stars Warren Sapp.
Mr. White is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2012   #9
axisv
Rookie
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 17
Rep Power: 0 axisv is ridin' the pine
Default Re: Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

I was fortunate enough to be able to watch the last OTA practice last Thursday. Braman looked like he needs to gain another 20 pounds. He looks thin but this may make him faster on special teams. Barwin and Cushing were running sprints without their shirts. Barwin was HUGE and ripped. He certainly looks the part.
axisv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2012   #10
Lucky
Moderator
 
Lucky's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 13,164
Rep Power: 153310 Lucky is a quality contributor and well respectedLucky is a quality contributor and well respectedLucky is a quality contributor and well respectedLucky is a quality contributor and well respectedLucky is a quality contributor and well respectedLucky is a quality contributor and well respectedLucky is a quality contributor and well respectedLucky is a quality contributor and well respectedLucky is a quality contributor and well respectedLucky is a quality contributor and well respectedLucky is a quality contributor and well respected
Default Re: Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

Quote:
Originally Posted by axisv View Post
Barwin was HUGE and ripped. He certainly looks the part.
This will be Barwin's 3rd full season (hopefully). His 2nd in Wade's defense. A contract year, with a first round pick behind him. I'm expecting a monster year from this guy, because I believe Barwin gets all of that. To all of the QBs on the Texans schedule...duck and cover.

__________________
“We’re looking for a coach that...works with great energy and enthusiasm and very positive in his approach.” - Bob McNair
Lucky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2012   #11
steelbtexan
Hall of Fame
 
steelbtexan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Age: 51
Posts: 11,970
Rep Power: 84495 steelbtexan is a quality contributor and well respectedsteelbtexan is a quality contributor and well respectedsteelbtexan is a quality contributor and well respectedsteelbtexan is a quality contributor and well respectedsteelbtexan is a quality contributor and well respectedsteelbtexan is a quality contributor and well respectedsteelbtexan is a quality contributor and well respectedsteelbtexan is a quality contributor and well respectedsteelbtexan is a quality contributor and well respectedsteelbtexan is a quality contributor and well respectedsteelbtexan is a quality contributor and well respected
Default Re: Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lucky View Post
This will be Barwin's 3rd full season (hopefully). His 2nd in Wade's defense. A contract year, with a first round pick behind him. I'm expecting a monster year from this guy, because I believe Barwin gets all of that. To all of the QBs on the Texans schedule...duck and cover.

Is that a penalty? Hands to the helment

Man the God'ell league is changing for the worse.
steelbtexan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2012   #12
edo783
Site Contributor
 
edo783's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Houston, again.
Posts: 7,706
Rep Power: 4641 edo783 is a quality contributor and well respectededo783 is a quality contributor and well respectededo783 is a quality contributor and well respectededo783 is a quality contributor and well respectededo783 is a quality contributor and well respectededo783 is a quality contributor and well respectededo783 is a quality contributor and well respectededo783 is a quality contributor and well respectededo783 is a quality contributor and well respectededo783 is a quality contributor and well respectededo783 is a quality contributor and well respected
Default Re: Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

Quote:
Originally Posted by steelbtexan View Post
Is that a penalty? Hands to the helment

Man the God'ell league is changing for the worse.
Depends on if the QB has left the pocket or not. If he is still in the pocket then yes, that COULD be a penalty. If he has tucked the ball and is running, then he can be treated like anyone else that runs with the ball. However, I wouldn't intentionally swing at a QBs head even when running. Probably going to be that way for everyone this year with all the concern about concussions.
__________________


De Oppresso Liber
edo783 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2012   #13
thunderkyss 
& so it begins
 
thunderkyss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Texas
Age: 42
Posts: 34,374
Rep Power: 240492 thunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respectedthunderkyss is a quality contributor and well respected
Send a message via Yahoo to thunderkyss
Default Re: Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

Barwin has nothing to fear from Mercilus. He's just got to hold Brooks Reed back.

We're going to play two OLBs. Barwin has shown the ability to play both sides. I'm sure he's safe.
__________________
thunderkyss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2012   #14
chicagotexan2
IDBLDogDareU
 
chicagotexan2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Somewhere most interesting
Posts: 7,973
Rep Power: 134405 chicagotexan2 is a quality contributor and well respectedchicagotexan2 is a quality contributor and well respectedchicagotexan2 is a quality contributor and well respectedchicagotexan2 is a quality contributor and well respectedchicagotexan2 is a quality contributor and well respectedchicagotexan2 is a quality contributor and well respectedchicagotexan2 is a quality contributor and well respectedchicagotexan2 is a quality contributor and well respectedchicagotexan2 is a quality contributor and well respectedchicagotexan2 is a quality contributor and well respectedchicagotexan2 is a quality contributor and well respected
Default Re: Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

I should by his jersey and put 'Chimuelo' on the back.
__________________
Whether Andre Johnson ever plays for the Texans again or not he'll always be up there with Moon, Ryan, Olajuwon & Campbell. Thanks Andre.
chicagotexan2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2012   #15
The Pencil Neck
Hall of Fame
 
The Pencil Neck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Dallas, TX
Age: 52
Posts: 18,012
Rep Power: 253531 The Pencil Neck is a quality contributor and well respectedThe Pencil Neck is a quality contributor and well respectedThe Pencil Neck is a quality contributor and well respectedThe Pencil Neck is a quality contributor and well respectedThe Pencil Neck is a quality contributor and well respectedThe Pencil Neck is a quality contributor and well respectedThe Pencil Neck is a quality contributor and well respectedThe Pencil Neck is a quality contributor and well respectedThe Pencil Neck is a quality contributor and well respectedThe Pencil Neck is a quality contributor and well respectedThe Pencil Neck is a quality contributor and well respected
Default Re: Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

Quote:
Originally Posted by steelbtexan View Post
Is that a penalty? Hands to the helment

Man the God'ell league is changing for the worse.
The rules changed last year. Touching the QBs helmet is no longer a penalty. Don't touch his legs, though.
__________________
Adoptee: #55 - Chris Myers.
The Pencil Neck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012   #16
GP 
Go Texans!
 
GP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: TEXAS!
Posts: 17,747
Rep Power: 50777 GP is a quality contributor and well respectedGP is a quality contributor and well respectedGP is a quality contributor and well respectedGP is a quality contributor and well respectedGP is a quality contributor and well respectedGP is a quality contributor and well respectedGP is a quality contributor and well respectedGP is a quality contributor and well respectedGP is a quality contributor and well respectedGP is a quality contributor and well respectedGP is a quality contributor and well respected
Default Re: Braman: Classic Diamon in the Rough

Braman will make the team again this year. His value is in special teams AND depth at LB. We're so freaking stacked at LB. I love it.

Brooks Reed. Bryan Braman. Connor Barwin. Whitney Mercilus. Bradie James. Brian Cushing.

Then a smattering of guys who have all contributed something or another: Alexander, Sharpton, Dobbins, Nading.

Shawn Losieau is my surprise roster guy at LB this year. He's this year's Bryan Braman, a guy who gets it done on special teams. A Bill Bates berserker kind of player that Wade can't keep off the roster.
__________________
GP is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Go Back   Houston Texans Message Board & Forum - TexansTalk.com > The Great Fans of the Houston Texans > Texans Talk
Home Forums Register FAQ Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Ad Management by RedTyger