http://www.houstontexans.com/news/blogs.asp?post_id=153 One week of OTAs is over. The one thing that stuck out to me the last three days was the chemistry that the guys already seem to be enjoying on the field. New players such as Matt Schaub and Shawn Barber have already become locker room favorites and Barbers unique break down after stretching has been one of the highlights of each practice. I guess its my job to be an internal optimist when it comes to the Texans, so of course any opinion expressed here has to be taken with a grain of salt. However, its hard to imagine the Texans not being a better team in 2007 than they were in 2006. If you think about it, you would probably agree. This time last year, who was the Texans middle linebacker? Now, Houston employs one of the best in the league. This time last year, who was Houstons starting running back? Coach Kubiak said Friday that he thinks that running back is now one of the Texans deepest positions with Ahman Green leading the way. Speaking of Green, hes looked fantastic so far. You would never know that this time last year, he was recovering from a relatively serious knee injury. Hes showing no signs of slowing down. The one thing I like about Green is the way he walks off the field. What does that mean? If you look at a lot of these guys when theyre not moving full speed, many walk favoring one side or with a slight hitch in their step. Not Green. I see him walk in every morning and not once yet have I seen him favor a sore knee, a tight hamstring or even a stubbed toe. That has to be a good sign. That could be because of his unique way of warming up for practice which Green talked about with Jim Carley here. Of course the other high profile offensive performer is Schaub. Hes really got a classic delivery and even in windy conditions for much of the week, he didnt seem to have trouble throwing a tight spiral. His performance was inconsistent, but you would expect that with a new quarterback. I think by mini-camp in mid-June, Schaub will be clicking on all cylinders. Its also been nice to see Mario back at full speed this week. He really is a freak of nature. He can run like a safety and is the biggest guy out there. Im expecting big things from the defense this season. OTAs continue next week.