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Quessenberry completes cancer therapy

Carr Bombed

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As someone who's been through it, I'm happy he's cancer free.

However its damn near/very slim odds that he'll be able to return and perform at a high level after that kind of layoff. Especially after the way he had to break his body down fighting that disease. If he does and scratches out a above average career that would be amazing.
 

axisv

Practice Squad
I think he is going to be a pleasant surprise next season. He has been working very hard to get back.
 

IDEXAN

Hall of Fame
Contributor's Club
As someone who's been through it, I'm happy he's cancer free..
And I hope that you too are cancer free Carr Bombed ! The most important person in my life is cancer free after battling that terrible stuff > 10 years ago and she just had her annual check-up at MD and she's still doing OK.
Congrats to young Mr Quessenberry for finally doing OK. Coincidentally I just happen to have my "Texans DQ" t-shirt on today. I'm happy for him.
Now about making the team, just anywhere on the roster has got to be a long-shot and of course we will all be pulling hard for him but remember he's already had the biggest win of his life - he's got it back.[/QUOTE]
 

Seegara

Guitar Picker, Dog Lover, Woodworker
I certainly wish him the best in life, and for that matter, in football. Hopefully he can play a few years but he has lost several years to therapy and may not have long as a player.
 

DocBar

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I'm happy for Q to get to play and sad for the reason he's getting the chance.
 

Scooter

Funky
Random drunk thought - I wonder if Quess focused on it that he could be the 6th offensive lineman that O'Brien likes to use. If that's going to be a significant part of our offense, why not have a 'guy' for it. Work on his weight and use him as a 280-290lb blocking tightend for the 6-man fronts and short yardage situations. And heck we don't use a FB anyway so save money by cutting Prosch and use Quess in those few situations.
 

welsh texan

All Pro
Random drunk thought - I wonder if Quess focused on it that he could be the 6th offensive lineman that O'Brien likes to use. If that's going to be a significant part of our offense, why not have a 'guy' for it. Work on his weight and use him as a 280-290lb blocking tightend for the 6-man fronts and short yardage situations. And heck we don't use a FB anyway so save money by cutting Prosch and use Quess in those few situations.
The thing Is, before his diagnosis, he had a lot of hype about what he was going to do for our OL.

I know people focus on the feel good factor of him getting over cancer etc. But I'd like to dream that maybe a year on from getting cleared, this guy can walk into OTAs this off season with a starting job to win, because the talent is there to hold down one of the positions and I also don't think the Texans carried him on the active roster out of sympathy, I still think and hope there is potential there.
 

CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
Random drunk thought - I wonder if Quess focused on it that he could be the 6th offensive lineman that O'Brien likes to use. If that's going to be a significant part of our offense, why not have a 'guy' for it. Work on his weight and use him as a 280-290lb blocking tightend for the 6-man fronts and short yardage situations. And heck we don't use a FB anyway so save money by cutting Prosch and use Quess in those few situations.
Strength last year was still one of Q's main limitations. Following the negative bodily effects from his extensive chemo (much of which can be permanent), it may never be something he will physically be able to overcome.
 

Scooter

Funky
The thing Is, before his diagnosis, he had a lot of hype about what he was going to do for our OL.

I know people focus on the feel good factor of him getting over cancer etc. But I'd like to dream that maybe a year on from getting cleared, this guy can walk into OTAs this off season with a starting job to win, because the talent is there to hold down one of the positions and I also don't think the Texans carried him on the active roster out of sympathy, I still think and hope there is potential there.
I absolutely do not believe he has the talent to hold a position at an average level, and will not be a top end player. He may have had potential as a strong guard/center 5 years ago, but still wasn't likely to be all-world. He's got talent, but it's not going to be in the front 5. Since that is my opinion, I would rather see him used in a designed role rather than forced into a position that he can't handle - or retained out of sympathy.
 

Scooter

Funky
Strength last year was still one of Q's main limitations. Following the negative bodily effects from his extensive chemo (much of which can be permanent), it may never be something he will physically be able to overcome.
Exactly, which is why I propose moving him to a heavy tightend position. He's quite talented IMO, but is never going to be a full time offensive linemen. I value versatility as much as any coach, but I don't think enough is said about specialists. If we're going to call 10 plays per game that include an extra lineman - have someone who can do that job. Don't half ass it by throwing a rookie out of position.
 

CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
Exactly, which is why I propose moving him to a heavy tightend position. He's quite talented IMO, but is never going to be a full time offensive linemen. I value versatility as much as any coach, but I don't think enough is said about specialists. If we're going to call 10 plays per game that include an extra lineman - have someone who can do that job. Don't half ass it by throwing a rookie out of position.
As a big blocking TE or HB, strength is still going to be a limiting factor.
 

Scooter

Funky
As a big blocking TE or HB, strength is still going to be a limiting factor.
Relative. Would he not be a considerably better blocker than Fido, Graham, Anderson or anyone else we put there? Would it be better to play someone like Davenport out of position and complicate their role? I don't believe so. Quess isn't going to make it as a full time lineman, but we have an opening for a heavy blocking tightend and he displayed enough strength on the line last year to prove he can do it. Unless there's a condition that happened after his playing time, I'm not sure where the disagreement is.
 

CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
Relative. Would he not be a considerably better blocker than Fido, Graham, Anderson or anyone else we put there? Would it be better to play someone like Davenport out of position and complicate their role? I don't believe so. Quess isn't going to make it as a full time lineman, but we have an opening for a heavy blocking tightend and he displayed enough strength on the line last year to prove he can do it. Unless there's a condition that happened after his playing time, I'm not sure where the disagreement is.
Our TEs have had relatively poor performance as blockers, even Fiedo who was considered a blocking TE coming out of college. Davennport has not proven his strength, nor in my opinion has Q. Q would also be playing out of position if made a blocking TE. And converting an OL to blocking TE successfully (would need to pass block as well as run block) is not a given in that the angles are much different and more varied. I believe it was Wade Smith that addressed this in an interview a while back.
 

Scooter

Funky
Our TEs have had relatively poor performance as blockers, even Fiedo who was considered a blocking TE coming out of college. Davennport has not proven his strength, nor in my opinion has Q. Q would also be playing out of position if made a blocking TE. And converting an OL to blocking TE successfully (would need to pass block as well as run block) is not a given in that the angles are much different and more varied. I believe it was Wade Smith that addressed this in an interview a while back.
Certainly it would be a transition. That's why I prefaced with Quess focusing on adapting to that singular role. To have someone (of lesser strength, but a sound blocker) doing that job full time would make more sense than using a full time lineman being thrown outside on occasion. I'm not making up the rules, O'Brien is the one using 6 offensive linemen - I'm just trying to put puzzle pieces together.
 

Number19

Hall of Fame
As a big blocking TE or HB, strength is still going to be a limiting factor.
What is it about chemo, if it can be explained simply, that prevents the body from building muscle, post treatment? Why wouldn't a year of diet and exercise start the rebuild?
 

CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
What is it about chemo, if it can be explained simply, that prevents the body from building muscle, post treatment? Why wouldn't a year of diet and exercise start the rebuild?
I've posted quite a bit on the permanent effects of extensive chemo on the body's muscular (including cardiac) system, nervous system and skeletal system in the past. These long term effects can many times be compensated in a "normal" patient. The typical patient when left with residual effects can somehow usually get by and manage and move on with their lives. However, in an elite NFL player, it's not so easy to do so and these negative effect will not go unnoticed.
 

Brisco_County

Texans worthy
I've posted quite a bit on the permanent effects of extensive chemo on the body's muscular (including cardiac) system, nervous system and skeletal system in the past. These long term effects can many times be compensated in a "normal" patient. The typical patient when left with residual effects can somehow usually get by and manage and move on with their lives. However, in an elite NFL player, it's not so easy to do so and these negative effect will not go unnoticed.
As you and I discussed a few months ago, due to my late friend's condition, I had to learn a lot about the symptoms and permanent effects of chemo. By round eight he was describing the permanent nerve damage. He said it was a pins-and-needles sensation in his fingertips and toes, and he'd have it for the rest of his life if he survived. I assumed the sensation was the result of nerve cells dying, which if true would lower any athlete's ceiling for strength and conditioning.
 

IDEXAN

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Quessenberry
PRO: The Titans signed offensive lineman David Quessenberry to the practice squad during Week 2 of the 2018 season. The 6-foot-5-inch, 305-pounder was originally drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round (176th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve, and spent the 2014-16 seasons on reserve/non-football illness list after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in June 2014. He was medically cleared and returned to action in 2017 as a member of the Texans practice squad. He was signed to the active roster on Dec. 19, 2017 and appeared in two contests for Houston. Quessenberry spent majority of the 2018 season on the Titans' practice squad, and in 2019 he spent time on the team's active roster and practice squad. The La Jolla, Calif., native appeared in a career-high four games in 2019 and caught his first career touchdown.
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I dunno guess we gave up on David long before he and others gave up on himself.
Yea I know he's not the starter @ LT but rather filling in for the Titans all-pro starter Taylor Lewin whose on IR.
Starter or backup Davids perseverance is exemplary and its paid off for him - he's starting in an NFL P/O game this weekend.
 
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