http://www.houstontexans.com/news/a...-is-born/bb437a53-8ce5-4628-9ff6-2543889a8bdf didnt see this posted, i liked the article. It took Lestar Jeans mother two attempts to get her infant sons birth certificate properly recorded. The people doing my birth certificate thought it was an error, said Jean, whose first name is pronounced Leh-STAR. My mom had to send it back in. Jump forward a couple of decades, and we find Jean trying to convince the Texans they didnt make a mistake when they signed him to a free agent contract after the end of the NFL lockout. Hes no longer just a number after two weeks at the Texans training camp. Hes caught the eye of coach Gary Kubiak in practice and had a couple of fancy catches for 53 yards in Saturday 20-16 preseason victory over the New York Jets. It was enough to get Jean more playing time for Saturdays preseason game at Reliant Stadium against the New Orleans Saints. Hes done good, and his reps have picked up, Kubiak said on Thursday. Hes going to play more in the game. More of a load came at him today, but he handled it good. Jean grew up in Florida and played football at Florida Atlantic, where he earned a degree last December in criminal justice. Hed make an impressive law enforcement officer at a muscular 6-3, 216. Still, hed prefer a long career with the Texans. I just come to work and try to do enough that theyll want to keep me, Jean said. Life is tough for a street free agent, and especially this year because of the lengthy lockout period that forced Jean and other undrafted players to wait five months before finding a team and a hope. It was a long wait, he said. I was just working out hoping a team would pick me up. That got kind of boring. I just wanted to play football and compete. I kept working out and staying in shape. After the lockout ended, seven pro teams the Texans, Ravens, Vikings, Bills, Packers and Dolphins inquired about signing Jean. He decided his best shot was with the Texans. They told me they were only going to sign two other receivers, and the others were signing nine or 10, Jean said. They were honest with me, and I felt I had the best opportunity here. Jean is still fighting a numbers game to catch on with the Texans. There are 11 wide receivers in camp. He has improved his chances of at least a spot of the practice squad. Hes making some strides, wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey said. Hes had a lot to learn in two weeks, and then he goes out the other night and makes some plays. Hes got a good head on his shoulders and hes got some athletic ability. He does a nice job adjusting to the ball. He has some skill, but he has a way to go. Hes learning on the run. So far, hes done a nice job, and we need to see him improve in the next ballgame. On the heels of his eyebrow-raising performance on Monday, Jean at least has fans and media scrambling for the pronunciation guide to find out who was making those big catches against the Jets. I felt good about it, Jean said. I was ready. Ive been working every day. I wasnt surprised. I want to keep doing it so theyll keep me around. In college, I helped my team by making big plays. I just go play and make plays to help my team win. Its a blessing, to come from where I came from to get to this spot, its a blessing. What Kubiak hasnt seen with his own eyes, Texans defensive backs have told him. "Hes a big-body kid, and Ive had some of the DBs come over to me and say, Hey, Coach, that guy is tough to handle, Kubiak said. Hes got a lot of ability. Hes got that big body. Theres going to be two young receivers on this team, so itll be interesting to see who they are. Jean could become another diamond in the rough unearthed by general manager Rick Smith. I told the guys you only get a certain amount of draft picks, so you have to have all those guys evaluated and ranked, Smith said. We just felt good about his ability, and hes come in and done a nice job. In the salary cap era and the free agency era, its important to find players that arent your high draft picks that are able to come in and are capable of making an impact on your team. Thats how you round out a solid roster. The Texans opened with five wide receivers last season, and Jean has plenty of competition ahead of him to join that group. Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones are locks. Dorin Dickerson leads the rest of the pack that includes Jean, Derrick Townsel, Terrence Toliver and Jeff Maehl. Meaningless preseason games? Not to Jean and the others. Im just trying to do something to make them want to keep me around, Jean said.