Any word on how Zabransky has looked?

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  1. drewmar74

    drewmar74 disgruntled

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    Haven't heard anything about him... didn't expect anything to come of him getting signed but having watched that game against Oklahoma, I'm curious.

    Practice squad material?
     
  2. MorKnolle

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    He's been fairly shaky but hasn't seen many reps from what I saw. He is a decent athlete with an ok arm but seems to be struggling with his timing, accuracy, and reading the field. I think he'll be a career-long backup/practice squad type of guy, he may stick around here on the practice squad, depending on who they end up liking better between he and Quinton Porter, or if they decide to go ahead and leave Van Pelt on the active roster.
     
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    "seems to be struggling with his timing, accuracy, and reading the field"

    Sounds like what I saw out of Porter in NFLE....
     
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    So you've obviously attended some of the OTAs.
    What thoughts do you have about any of the other rookies ?
    I dunno, so I wonder how much access we fans will have to the TC practices this year ?
     
  5. vtech9

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    along those lines, I'm curious to see how Enoka Lucas is doing. From watching video on him, I think he has a good chance of replacing one of our current centers, and since he can also play OG, he could back up there as well.
     
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    You know, in my very modest career in HS/College ball I played in the backfied & LB, yet in recent years I've become totally captivated with OLineman. It's really entertaining to watch those 300 pounders move like they do, especially when they take on other 300 pounders in the DLine on those one-on-one pass blocking drills. That's when they see what they've got.
    I doubt the Texans really start to rate their rookie OLinemen until TC starts and they can see the skills these OLineman have thru one-on-ones.
    So I'm also anxious to see how Lucas does, 'cause we need all the help we can get in the OLine..
     
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    You're probably right, but I've noticed over the years that a lot of the undrafted guys get cut before training camp to try out someone else, so the team obviously does some kind of rating before then. Honestly, I wasn't real impressed with Flanagan last year. He just seemed slow and didn't have much punch. From watching the video of Enoka, he seems to have a very quick first step, and seems to have a pretty good punch.
     
  8. MorKnolle

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    I plan on writing up a blog entry on the couple OTA practices I've been able to see sometime this week, and I'm hoping I'll be able to get off work and be able to get into one of the minicamp practices this week to see one more practice worth of progression out of the guys, but at this point I don't know if I'll be able to make it. Either way I hope to have a more extensive write-up by mid-late week, but I'll post a couple quick thoughts on some of the rookies.

    Amobi Okoye looks like a solid starter right now, easily our best DT FWIW. I think he will develop into a very good player and will be a valuable addition to our young defense. The DLine coaches are looked like they are really working with him and Mario because they expect so much out of the two of them.

    Jacoby Jones is starting to look like a solid contributor as well. The early practice I saw he looked a little rough, but he's made progress already. He seems to be running routes noticably better and he definitely has good size and athleticism. I think he could end up pushing Kevin Walter for the other starting WR spot by mid-late season and should be our 3rd WR from week1, plus he looks like he will be solid in the return game as well.

    Fred Bennett is progressing decently as well. The early practice I saw he mainly worked with the 3rd team, but this last one it looked like he was lining up with the 2nd team, although I didn't see him with the 1st team nickel at all (Jamar Fletcher was still in there). Hoke and Dunta seem to be working with him in position drills and on the side during team drills, so I expect he'll be receiving good instruction and progress well. Right now he is a little rough technique-wise and he has a reputation for being somewhat soft in the tackling department, although you can't tell anything on that during OTAs. I think by the 2008 season he could be a starting CB for us, he has good size and athleticism and once he refines his technique and gets accustomed to the level of play here I think he can have a successful career.

    Brandon Harrison hasn't practiced yet due to Stanford not having graduation until June 17th (according to their website).

    Brandon Frye has looked ok. I would compare him to a poor-man's Eric Winston. They have similar size and build, Winston is more athletic but Frye is still solid in that department. Frye is a little underdeveloped this point in terms of his technique, but if anything he is probably a little stronger than Winston, at least in his upper body. From what I remember of Frye in college I recall he had a decent meanstreak too when he got going. I think he'll be a solid backup OT, hopefully replace Ephraim Salaam as our swing tackle in 2008 and back up Winston and Spencer.

    Kasey Studdard has also looked ok. He hasn't really stood out one way or another, which is generally a decent sign for OLinemen. He doesn't look quite like the prototypical ZBS lineman on the field, but I think he could be an ok backup, I would guess he lands on practice squad this year.

    Zach Diles looked ok in the few reps I saw of him. He isn't overly big or athletic but he seems to have a good head on his shoulders and seems like he reads things fairly well. Obviously I can't tell anything about his tackling abilities at this point so we'll wait until the preseason games for that. He has mainly been in on 3rd string other than one practice this last week I think he filled in as 2nd string MLB when I think Danny Clark was out. He could make the roster as a special teams type of guy for now, I think he will likely end up on practice squad this year though.

    Jon Abbate is another smallish LB, at least height-wise. He is built pretty well. He reminds me a little of Troy Evans, probably not as enthusiastic or hard-working yet but he's probably more talented overall. He's that same type of smallish LB that isn't especially athletic but will likely be solid on special teams and spot duty on defense.

    Cory Anderson has seen some time with the 2nd and 3rd string as Jameel Cook was sitting out of the practices I saw, I don't know what's up with him. I don't expect Cook to remain on the team with the contract they gave to Leach, so Anderson could end up on practice squad for now as a possible injury replacement. He seems like their type of FB, although I like Quadtrine Hill better last year.

    I haven't noticed a whole lot about Victor Degrate or Deljuan Robinson outside of position drills and 1 on 1s. Both look like training camp bodies IMO.

    Onrea Jones and Terry Richardson have looked ok but I doubt either makes the roster. Jones may make it on the practice squad, as of what little I've seen I probably like him a little better, but I wouldn't expect either to contribute during the season.

    Brandon Mitchell looked ok early on but was out the last time I went with some kind of injury. He was a little rough technique-wise and but seemed to have decent size and athleticism, he may end up making it as a backup somewhere but I doubt it would be here since it looks like he's missed some time and we have a decent amount of DBs duking it out right now.

    I haven't noticed much of Enoka Lucas and Tavo Tupola outside of position drills. I think both look like decent fits for a ZBS but I don't know how talented either of them is. I could see Lucas making it on the practice squad this year.

    Darius Walker has looked ok although he's only seen time with the 3rd team. I seriously doubt he makes the active roster with 5 guys all in front of him at this moment (plus any others that become available on roster cut-downs later). He is similar to Domanick Davis/Williams only not as good in any category, but he's got ok size/build and is decent at almost everything. He could end up on practice squad unless they drop Lundy or Taylor down.

    Jared Zabransky as I mentioned before has looked a little shaky but it looks and sounds like he is putting in some extra time to improve. He could end up on practice squad but especially with Schaub getting his contract this year and Sage looking entrenched as the backup I don't expect to see Zabransky here long-term.
     
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    Morknolle- Thanks for the great updates! I hope to hear more stuffs as the season approaches! Here in the Rio Grande Valley- it's ALOT harder to hear/see Texans' updates, mainly, cuz this is Cowboys/Spurts country.:fans:
     
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    Dude, awesome writeup. Thanks for taking the time to post all of that and I look forward to reading the blog entry in its entirety. I'm more than a little jealous that you get to go watch some of the OTA's. Even though I'm only 2-3 hours away, it would be impossible to break away to go see some workouts.

    I found that uber-encouraging about Amobi and Jacoby. Heck, I also raised an eyebrow regarding Bennett and Frye. I don't guess that I expected that much out of anyone else, so anything in addition that was positive was taken as icing on the cake.

    I know that we've still got a lot of "ifs" on this team, but its really hard not to be encouraged.
     
  11. Yankee_In_TX

    Yankee_In_TX Dance Lindsay!

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    OTA's are closed, sessions, right?

    And thanks for the write up!! :)
     
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    I really hope he works out good for the Texans.He would fit perfect with Kubiak and Shanahan.Sign him Kub sign him!!!!
     
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    I believe he's already been signed by the Texans. It's just a matter of him making the team at this point and that's just not very likely.

    As prolific as he was in college, will that translate well into the NFL? I'm not as optimistic as one would expect to be. Now... I sure hope that he breaks everything all open that he's a Texan but we're going to have to sit tight with Matt Schaub at the helm at this point in time.

    I know I'm not saying anything new but I'm certainly one of those who's gunning for Zabransky. I'm not so sure that I want him to challenge Matt Schaub. Schaub is our starter and I'm going to sit pat on that. If he were to challenge Schaub then that would reflect poorly on the front office for paying such a price for Schaub.

    I'm not saying that we overpaid. I'm just saying we paid a lot and for a guy to come on off the practice squad and put him out just isn't a very likely scenario. I see the front office sitting pretty with Matt Schaub regardless of his performance this season. He will be our starter and Zabransky can only hope that he can make the roster as a third QB.
     
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    Hagar Drink up yall, its the Texans!

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    After all the money the Texans have spent on DTs, a 19 year old rookie is "easily our best DT". Thats so sad you have to laugh.
     
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    Really, help my memory out here and list off all the money the Texans have spent on DT's?

    I'll spot you TJ--and?

    Let me save you a few attempts--Walker DE, Weaver DE, Babin DE/LB, Payne DT but solid when healthy and no longer on the roster so not available for comparison, Robaire--DE.

    Where is all the DT money?
     
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    One thing I've learned while watching OTAs last year and this year is that you can't make accurate predictions on anything in June (except that TJ is still a slug). Observations belong to the eye of the beholder for the most part.
     
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    Please tell me you are being whimsically sarcastic regarding TJ. If not, is it that noticeable?
     
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  20. real

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    Same thing I was thinking...

    Not to discount anyone's opinion or anything though....
     

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