Kubiak dismisses Texans a day early, has praise for Carr By MEGAN MANFULL Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle Gary Kubiak had his Texans line up on the Reliant Park practice field and watch kicker Kris Brown during practice Tuesday. "If he makes this, there's no practice Wednesday," Kubiak said. Brown promptly split the uprights, and his teammates cheered. Kubiak later admitted Brown could have re-kicked had he missed. After almost a month of practice, Kubiak didn't want to hold the final day of the Texans' scheduled minicamp. The team had made the progress he desired. The Texans have no more mandatory team activities until they check into their hotel for training camp on July 27. The first day of practice is July 28. In just a month, Kubiak liked what he saw from much of the team, especially quarterback David Carr. "I think he's the most improved player from this offseason," Kubiak said. "From the day we walked out here until today, I really thought he was the most improved. Yet he still has a long way to go. "The key to David, like any other player - and I've already spent a ton of time with him - David's got to come back and pick up right where he left off. We can't go back and work on things that we were trying to clean up. Nobody's worked harder." While the players will have time off in the next few weeks, Kubiak will stay busy with general manager Rick Smith watching player developments around the NFL. "How much (the roster) could change depends on what's going on around the league," Kubiak said. "We're going to continue to look. I talked about a veteran running back. We're going to continue to look for a veteran fullback. And this team continues to look for a returner-type receiver guy, so there won't be a day that Rick and I aren't seeing what's going on." The Texans still have their eyes on New Orleans running back Michael Bennett, whom the Saints are interested in trading. New Orleans is in no hurry, though. Reggie Bush missed some of the offseason workouts with injuries, and Deuce McAllister is still rebounding from last season's injury, leaving Bennett to take the majority of repetitions with the first team. "We've talked to them over and over again," Kubiak said. "At this point, they aren't just going to let their starting running back go." Kubiak said running back Domanick Davis will be one of few players who won't have the luxury of taking the next month off. Davis, defensive end Travis Johnson, and linebackers Kailee Wong, Charlie Anderson and Sam Cowart will be expected to focus on rehabilitating their injuries in the coming weeks. Everyone except Wong is expected to be healthy enough to participate in training camp. Wong has made progress, however, and will be reevaluated at the end of July to determine his timetable for a return. "They have to be here full time," Kubiak said. "I told some of these guys that they might need to break away from us - we've been after them for a while. But they don't need a break away from their livelihood, and that's staying in shape and being ready to go for camp."