Texans | Tue, 1 Aug 2006 05:13:57 -0700 Dale Robertson, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans LB DeMeco Ryans admits he prefers playing middle linebacker instead of one of the outside linebacker spots. Ryans practiced at middle linebacker Monday, July 31. Defensive coordinator Richard Smith said, "We're really pleased with what we saw in the minicamps and offseason work. DeMeco is very knowledgeable and was obviously well-coached in college. We think his movement skills are perfect for the position. He's smart. He'll handle it. He upgrades the athletic ability at the position."