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Texans random thought of the day

TheRealJoker

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My random thought is where are all those Andre Dillard lovers who destroyed the Texans for drafting Howard instead of trading up for Dillard…those who hate trading up now as a waste of draft capital? Dillard missed all of last season and although listed as the starting LT the Eagles press seems to believe his back-up is the more refined LT and could push him to a back-up role. He is supposed to have this “new focus and energy” but many aren’t buying it.
People typically don’t come back to eat crow when a draft pick they champion isn’t living up to expectations (I was a Brian Brohm over Matt Ryan kinda guy as my cross to bear).

But its a bit early to deem Howard a clear upgrade over Dillard. Partially due to coaching miscues. Mainly because its only been 2 years and neither has stood out in a good or bad way to warrant much.
 

TheRealJoker

Hall of Fame
But if we’re talking about Texans getting destroyed over a draft pick nothing tops Mario being taken over Bush and Vince Young. Unfortunately while Mario was the superior player in his NFL career to both he was not a transcendant talent like Watt was that could make up for a less than stellar supporting cast on his side of the ball to help this team do much beyond .500 football.

Would have been nice if he hadn’t gotten injured 5 games into his final season with the most talented roster the Texans ever had in 2011.
 

OptimisticTexan

2021 Building Block 1 / Go Texans
My simple position….if the Texans and Eagles are in the same bed in regards to a Watson trade, I wouldn’t mind if Dillard was part of the package. Eagles would probably go along with this if they’ve demoted him to backup. He’s been injured and hasn’t lived up to his draft position but that doesn’t mean he might not rebound with a new team.

If he’s a finesse LT…..should be the perfect LT to backup Tunsil while he plays out his contract.
 

Lucky

Not like this. Not like this.
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My random thought is where are all those Andre Dillard lovers who destroyed the Texans for drafting Howard instead of trading up for Dillard…those who hate trading up now as a waste of draft capital? Dillard missed all of last season and although listed as the starting LT the Eagles press seems to believe his back-up is the more refined LT and could push him to a back-up role. He is supposed to have this “new focus and energy” but many aren’t buying it.
Proof that Jack should never have fired Brian Gaine.
 

Dejaview

Veteran
People typically don’t come back to eat crow when a draft pick they champion isn’t living up to expectations (I was a Brian Brohm over Matt Ryan kinda guy as my cross to bear).

But its a bit early to deem Howard a clear upgrade over Dillard. Partially due to coaching miscues. Mainly because its only been 2 years and neither has stood out in a good or bad way to warrant much.
Don’t forget the Eagles, to get him at 22, gave up a 25 , 127, and a 197. My random thought for tomorrow is I will be interest to see how Greenard and Blacklock develop given many have written them off after only a one year COVID trial.
 

badboy

Hall of Fame


He played 2020 for 2 million $. Much cheaper than I thought.
 
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welsh texan

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He played 2020 for 2 million $. Much cheaper than I thought.
Is he going to be able to play on his knee?
 

Dejaview

Veteran
Random thought. I’m really liking this DC-NC environment. First I’ve never seen the openness we now have towards GM, HC and player pressers. DC has been ridiculed here for his recent comment that he is learning to be a HC Even though this is his first HC job. mob mentality at work here. He was being somewhat whimsical and humble when he made that statement. The following questions he gave snap answers to. He knows what to do And what he expects. Kudos to NC for seeing him for what he is. Just a placeholder…bullshit at least not by design. Never have I seen players as a group talk constantly about responsibility, accountability, holding on to the ball and taking it away on the other side. Psychologists say the first step in achieving a goal is to first clearly state it. That gets the process moving. Kudos to NC and DC for instilling this mantra. I believe the Lovie D has already produced side benefits. The players on the DL are loving the fact that they now have an identity, they are a unit Like never before. It takes a unit to jell like an OL. I also believe it is putting more players in their natural positions and players like Martin love it and are putting in extra time with other players to work on technique. DC is creating a great atmosphere while still giving the impression that you better not let him down. So kudos dC and NC.
 

OptimisticTexan

2021 Building Block 1 / Go Texans
Random thought. I’m really liking this DC-NC environment. First I’ve never seen the openness we now have towards GM, HC and player pressers. DC has been ridiculed here for his recent comment that he is learning to be a HC Even though this is his first HC job. mob mentality at work here. He was being somewhat whimsical and humble when he made that statement. The following questions he gave snap answers to. He knows what to do And what he expects. Kudos to NC for seeing him for what he is. Just a placeholder…bullshit at least not by design. Never have I seen players as a group talk constantly about responsibility, accountability, holding on to the ball and taking it away on the other side. Psychologists say the first step in achieving a goal is to first clearly state it. That gets the process moving. Kudos to NC and DC for instilling this mantra. I believe the Lovie D has already produced side benefits. The players on the DL are loving the fact that they now have an identity, they are a unit Like never before. It takes a unit to jell like an OL. I also believe it is putting more players in their natural positions and players like Martin love it and are putting in extra time with other players to work on technique. DC is creating a great atmosphere while still giving the impression that you better not let him down. So kudos dC and NC.
Great post!!!!
 

CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
My simple position….if the Texans and Eagles are in the same bed in regards to a Watson trade, I wouldn’t mind if Dillard was part of the package. Eagles would probably go along with this if they’ve demoted him to backup. He’s been injured and hasn’t lived up to his draft position but that doesn’t mean he might not rebound with a new team.

If he’s a finesse LT…..should be the perfect LT to backup Tunsil while he plays out his contract.
Dillard's biceps rupture was the more serious distal rupture (rather than proximal). With Dillard's less than stellar record since coming into the league, I would be hesitant to make him anything than a "gimme" in a trade. Here is a recent article than should explain my concern.:

J Shoulder Elbow Surg

. 2021 Feb;30
(2):346-351.
doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2020.06.023. Epub 2020 Jul 7.
Return to play and performance after surgical repair of distal biceps tendon ruptures in National Football League athletes

Nicholas R Pagani 1 , Matthew I Leibman 2 , Michael S Guss 3


Abstract
Background: The purpose of this study was to determine whether surgical repair of distal biceps tendon ruptures in professional football players would lead to a decrease in postinjury performance when compared to preinjury performance and control-matched peers. We also sought to define return to sport, postinjury career length, and games played per season in National Football League players following surgical repair of distal biceps tendon ruptures.

Methods: Data for National Football League players who underwent surgical repair of distal biceps tendon ruptures during a 20-year time period were collected. A total of 25 cases in 22 players were included in the analysis. Matched controls based on player position, age, experience, and performance statistics were identified. Performance scores for cases and controls were calculated using a standardized scoring system specific to player position.

Results: Of the 25 cases, 21 (84%) were able to return to sport in the National Football League. The overall 1-year survival rate of return to play in players undergoing surgical repair of distal biceps tendon ruptures was 76% and overall 2-year survival was 56%. Players who underwent surgical repair of distal biceps tendon ruptures had significantly shorter postinjury career lengths and played fewer games per season postinjury than matched controls. There was no significant difference by position in postinjury performance scores when compared to matched controls.

Conclusion: National Football League players undergoing surgical repair of distal biceps tendon ruptures have a high rate of return to sport, though many retire within the next few seasons following surgery. Players who do return to competition can be expected to perform at a level comparable to their peers.
 

badboy

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It’ll be interesting to see how this season plays out….with all the changes. Like I mentioned in the past…..1st,2nd, or 3rd pick in RD1 is aok with me as long as the guys are playing with no quit.
I agree about one through three pics if and that's a big if Davis Mills is the guy for our future. If not we need one of the first two picks in round 1 of 2022. Eagles, Detroit, Philadelphia and perhaps the Giants in my opinion will be looking for quarterbacks. All could be in any of those top three to four spots.
 

CloakNNNdagger

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He played 2020 for 2 million $. Much cheaper than I thought.
He visited the Giants yesterday and the Bengals before.
 
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Texansballer74

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Star quarterback Deshaun Watson, amid a trade request and legal investigation into alleged sexual misconduct, is still doing little to nothing during practice. Off the field, the team shop is selling jerseys of four Texans players. Watson's is not one of them.
"I do feel bad," Texans fan Shonda said when she was asked about her emotions toward the quarterback. "I feel like anybody can say anything and it's not true. I feel like it needs to be investigated fully before the book is just thrown at him."

The lawyer of Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson has provided an update on how far along the criminal investigation against his client has come as he faces 22 civil lawsuits alleging inappropriate behavior.
Chris Hall said his 8-year-old son, Arian, who was named after former Texans running back Arian Foster, was hoping to see his favorite player, Watson, on the field Saturday morning.
"It was a tough conversation coming in today because that's who he came to see," Hall said. "He wants to know why. That's why he came out here. To see Deshaun. I told him not to be upset if you don't see him practice."
With Saturday being fans' first chance to see and shout at Watson since the saga began, Loretta LaCour made her voice heard.
"Please, Deshaun!," she exclaimed. "Come back to Texas! We don't want to see you go!"
His jersey is gone from the team shop at training camp, but Texans fans' affinity for their star quarterback is still present.
 
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steelbtexan

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Star quarterback Deshaun Watson, amid a trade request and legal investigation into alleged sexual misconduct, is still doing little to nothing during practice. Off the field, the team shop is selling jerseys of four Texans players. Watson's is not one of them.
"I do feel bad," Texans fan Shonda said when she was asked about her emotions toward the quarterback. "I feel like anybody can say anything and it's not true. I feel like it needs to be investigated fully before the book is just thrown at him."

The lawyer of Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson has provided an update on how far along the criminal investigation against his client has come as he faces 22 civil lawsuits alleging inappropriate behavior.
Chris Hall said his 8-year-old son, Arian, who was named after former Texans running back Arian Foster, was hoping to see his favorite player, Watson, on the field Saturday morning.
"It was a tough conversation coming in today because that's who he came to see," Hall said. "He wants to know why. That's why he came out here. To see Deshaun. I told him not to be upset if you don't see him practice."
With Saturday being fans' first chance to see and shout at Watson since the saga began, Loretta LaCour made her voice heard.
"Please, Deshaun!," she exclaimed. "Come back to Texas! We don't want to see you go!"
His jersey is gone from the team shop at training camp, but Texans fans' affinity for their star quarterback is still present.
Maybe this dude should let his daughter go spend the weekend with this POS. MJ style.
 

steelbtexan

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Quoted for truth.

Guy got hurt and I was possibly to high on him He had the measurables and athletic ability to be an above avg LT for along time.

His career is just starting. Who knows how he will turn out. I will probably have missed on Dillard, it happens.

Overall, I'm pretty good on OL. I really liked Sewell/Slater in this last draft. I didn't like the Howard pick due to his feet. I think he will make a fine LG though.

I've got a question for you? Would you rather not have Howard on the roster and have Caserio as GM rather than have to go through the BOB GM yr?
 

OptimisticTexan

2021 Building Block 1 / Go Texans
The practicing OL over the past couple of practices seem to be doing a nice. Just reading the stories about practices seem to like the current lineup. I also liked the coaches stating that the best 5 will be the starters…..which is nice and probably keeping all OL personnel on their toes in the hopes of taking one of those spots.

I think having Britt at Center may be contributing to this sudden surge in OL competence. Of course Tunsil is also practicing like one of the top NFL LT’s should….only the left side has been looking solid b/c of the insertion of Howard at LG. Tunsil, Howard, to Britt is making the left side look pretty good. The surprise…..Heck’s arrival at RT. He’s evidently arrived this season with NFL strength and ready to take the starting job on the right side. It’s early but if the observations continue to show daily improvement it could be worth watching the first Pre Season game on the 14th to see how 12 days in pads have worked. It’s also being stated that Scharping is doing just fine at RG. Between him, Britt and Heck…..they’re opening holes for the running game that may finally permit the Texans to take their running game to that side of ball with some authority while possibly gaining enough confidence to force defenses to plan for the running game to both sides. Anyway, the Texans offensive success for the 2021 season really does hinge on how the front 5 perform. I hope the Texans finally have the right personnel, coaches, and scheme in place to make it happen.
 
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Speedy

Former Yeller Dweller
It’s early but if the observations continue to show daily improvement it could be worth watching the first Pre Season game on the 14th to see how 12 days in pads have worked.
Only problem there is I doubt those projected to start see many, if any snaps next Saturday.

I’ll keep banging the drum. Need weekly scrimmages instead of these dumbass preseason games where no one plays.
 

Rich Schmidt

Myopicone
The practicing OL over the past couple of practices seem to be doing a nice. Just reading the stories about practices seem to like the current lineup. I also liked the coaches stating that the best 5 will be the starters…..which is nice and probably keeping all OL personnel on their toes in the hopes of taking one of those spots.

I think having Britt at Center may be contributing to this sudden surge in OL competence. Of course Tunsil is also practicing like one of the top NFL LT’s should….only the left side has been looking solid b/c of the insertion of Howard at LG. Tunsil, Howard, to Britt is making the left side look pretty good. The surprise…..Heck’s arrival at RT. He’s evidently arrived this season with NFL strength and ready to take the starting job on the right side. It’s early but if the observations continue to show daily improvement it could be worth watching the first Pre Season game on the 14th to see how 12 days in pads have worked. It’s also being stated that Scharping is doing just fine at RG. Between him, Britt and Heck…..they’re opening holes for the running game that may finally permit the Texans to take their running game to that side of ball with some authority while possibly gaining enough confidence to force defenses to plan for the running game to both sides. Anyway, the Texans offensive success for the 2021 season really does hinge on how the front 5 perform. I hope the Texans finally have the right personnel, coaches, and scheme in place to make it happen.
Sounds like Charles O was wrecking the interior line yesterday, so hopefully it is more he is stepping up in his third year versus them not being very good. I am optimistic on OL, there seems to be enough players and we finally have a competent coach, but I don't expect them to be fully ready game 1. Will take them time to get used to each other
 

thunderkyss

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The surprise…..Heck’s arrival at RT. He’s evidently arrived this season with NFL strength and ready to take the starting job on the right side. It’s early but if the observations continue to show daily improvement it could be worth watching the first Pre Season game on the 14th to see how 12 days in pads have worked. It’s also being stated that Scharping is doing just fine at RG
Which makes me wonder how much can we put into these preseason “reviews”

Taylor & Canon will start on the right side.

Are Scharping & Heck that good or is our DL that bad.

It would be nice if we had weekly scrimmages, instead of these worthless games where nobody plays.
 

Dejaview

Veteran
The practicing OL over the past couple of practices seem to be doing a nice. Just reading the stories about practices seem to like the current lineup. I also liked the coaches stating that the best 5 will be the starters…..which is nice and probably keeping all OL personnel on their toes in the hopes of taking one of those spots.

I think having Britt at Center may be contributing to this sudden surge in OL competence. Of course Tunsil is also practicing like one of the top NFL LT’s should….only the left side has been looking solid b/c of the insertion of Howard at LG. Tunsil, Howard, to Britt is making the left side look pretty good. The surprise…..Heck’s arrival at RT. He’s evidently arrived this season with NFL strength and ready to take the starting job on the right side. It’s early but if the observations continue to show daily improvement it could be worth watching the first Pre Season game on the 14th to see how 12 days in pads have worked. It’s also being stated that Scharping is doing just fine at RG. Between him, Britt and Heck…..they’re opening holes for the running game that may finally permit the Texans to take their running game to that side of ball with some authority while possibly gaining enough confidence to force defenses to plan for the running game to both sides. Anyway, the Texans offensive success for the 2021 season really does hinge on how the front 5 perform. I hope the Texans finally have the right personnel, coaches, and scheme in place to make it happen.
If I understood Kelley correctly it is Howard’s versatility that will allow the OL to start its five best players. It’s his ability to switch positions that opens a spot for one of the five best to start. He sounds like the linchpin in the line. Invaluable.
 

CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
Welcome Brooks Kubina who has joined the Chronicle as Aaron Wilson's replacement.


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Back on field, Texans' Pharaoh Brown expected to assume bigger role
Brooks Kubena, Staff writer
Aug. 6, 2021

Tight end Pharaoh Brown is starting to get acclimated after he returned to practice Tuesday from the reserve/COVID-19 list. He’s expected to be a crucial part of the position’s depth, especially now that Darren Fells, who led Texans tight ends with four touchdown receptions last season, is playing for the Lions.

At 6-6, 258 pounds, Brown is the biggest tight end on the roster, which gives him the sort of frame that helps in the run game and red zone.

“It’s good to have him back,” coach David Culley said. “Obviously, size does matter. Getting him back and getting him in the swing of things. You know, he came off the COVID (reserve list). He’s starting to get more and more reps right now with us. He’s one of those guys that we’re counting on that position to help us.”
Tight end Pharaoh Brown is starting to get acclimated after he returned to practice Tuesday from the reserve/COVID-19 list. He’s expected to be a crucial part of the position’s depth, especially now that Darren Fells, who led Texans tight ends with four touchdown receptions last season, is playing for the Lions.

At 6-6, 258 pounds, Brown is the biggest tight end on the roster, which gives him the sort of frame that helps in the run game and red zone.

“It’s good to have him back,” coach David Culley said. “Obviously, size does matter. Getting him back and getting him in the swing of things. You know, he came off the COVID (reserve list). He’s starting to get more and more reps right now with us. He’s one of those guys that we’re counting on that position to help us.”
 

badboy

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Why would anyone want to go into the newspaper business especially the Houston Chronicle? Good luck Brooks and hope you are better than the guy you replaced.
 

thunderkyss

Just win baby!!!
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I remember there was a time the Texans rarely played the Patriots. We were at the bottom of a bad division. They were at the top of their division. Out paths rarely crossed.

Over the last 8 or 9 years the Texans were at the top of that same bad division & seems likethe Texans played the Patriots every year.

Texans got spanked nearly every time.

kinda like getting spanked by the Colts all those years.

I get the feeling we’ll be playing the Patriots every year for a while to come. But not because the Texans are at the top of a bad division.
 

CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
Just a few examples of Locker's on-air brilliance:

"If the Texans would have only went that direction,............"

"If Watson hadn't did it,............"

"The Texans could have ran it by Watson,................."



Landry Locker's educational background:

Education

Texas Tech University Graphic
Texas Tech University

Broadcast Journalism>>Journalism, English
2005 - 2009

Activities and Societies: Daily Toreador student media, KTXT University radio station, Delta Tau Delta, Texas Tech Recreation sports official

Bachelor's in Broadcast Journalism. Sports Host at KTXT and Daily Toreador Student Media, lead columnist at the DT.
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Speaks highly of Texas Tech's Broadcast Journalism school. :toropalm:
 

badboy

Hall of Fame
Welcome Brooks Kubina who has joined the Chronicle as Aaron Wilson's replacement.


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Back on field, Texans' Pharaoh Brown expected to assume bigger role
Brooks Kubena, Staff writer
Aug. 6, 2021

Tight end Pharaoh Brown is starting to get acclimated after he returned to practice Tuesday from the reserve/COVID-19 list. He’s expected to be a crucial part of the position’s depth, especially now that Darren Fells, who led Texans tight ends with four touchdown receptions last season, is playing for the Lions.

At 6-6, 258 pounds, Brown is the biggest tight end on the roster, which gives him the sort of frame that helps in the run game and red zone.

“It’s good to have him back,” coach David Culley said. “Obviously, size does matter. Getting him back and getting him in the swing of things. You know, he came off the COVID (reserve list). He’s starting to get more and more reps right now with us. He’s one of those guys that we’re counting on that position to help us.”
Tight end Pharaoh Brown is starting to get acclimated after he returned to practice Tuesday from the reserve/COVID-19 list. He’s expected to be a crucial part of the position’s depth, especially now that Darren Fells, who led Texans tight ends with four touchdown receptions last season, is playing for the Lions.

At 6-6, 258 pounds, Brown is the biggest tight end on the roster, which gives him the sort of frame that helps in the run game and red zone.

“It’s good to have him back,” coach David Culley said. “Obviously, size does matter. Getting him back and getting him in the swing of things. You know, he came off the COVID (reserve list). He’s starting to get more and more reps right now with us. He’s one of those guys that we’re counting on that position to help us.”
pharoah had some good please last year and I was upset that he was cut. Glad to see him back also
 

thunderkyss

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I don't think I understand what they are trying to say.

BO'b won a lot of games because he took over a top 5 defense with a veteran, lauded DC. He was gifted a competent OL & imo should have been an All Pro RB & WR.

Culley wasn't left any of that. However, though I don't agree with everything Caserio has done, Culley should have at least a good OL & better than average backfield.

As bad as BO'bs roster management, Caserio has put together damn near a whole new team.
 

CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
This guy is already the most polished sports writer The Chronicle has had since Mickey Herskowitz, low bar but still. Sentence structure, vocab, punctuation, direct, no apparent look at me agenda... leaves everybody else in the dust. Simple little article = pretty revealing.

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Charles Omenihu tailor-made for Texans' new defense
Brooks Kubena

In a swirl of chirping whistles, shoving bodies and smack-talk exchanges, Texans defensive end Charles Omenihu emerged from the first scuffle of training camp with swaggering strides, a burst of an energy within a reconstructed defense that controlled Houston’s offense for most of a full-pads practice Saturday night.

A Texans defense tasked with producing more takeaways after producing historic lows last season was a disruptive unit against its offensive teammates. There were multiple sacks. An interception. Constant pressure. The scuffle happened after Omenihu knocked down Tyrod Taylor during a throw. Center Justin Britt confronted Omenihu. A crowd of players briefly engaged to separate them.

“He’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing,” Omenihu later said of Britt. “It is what it is.”

Pass rushers pursue quarterbacks. Blockers protect their guy.

“Yeah, it’s cool,” defensive tackle Maliek Collins said. “We’re ready to go up against somebody else, though.”

The Texans play their first preseason game at Green Bay on Saturday, the first opportunity to see if Houston’s 30th-ranked defense has improved following first-year general manager Nick Caserio’s roster overhaul and the transition to new defensive coordinator Lovie Smith’s attacking 4-3 scheme.

Omenihu is expected to become a consistent starter within Smith’s defense. The 23-year-old lineman showed promise in five starts playing opposite J.J. Watt, recording four sacks and five tackles for loss in a mostly supporting role to Carlos Watkins and P.J. Hall.

Watt (Cardinals), Watkins (Cowboys) and Hall (free agent) all departed in the offseason, and the path is clear for Omenihu to build on the success in his young career.

“I just kind of want to keep that momentum going,” said Omenihu, who has seven career sacks and two forced fumbles in two seasons. “It’s a new defense, new guys. I think as a defensive line, we want to just kind of go out in the first game and just kind of prove a point. It’s a whole bunch of new guys, like I said, so everybody’s got a chip on their shoulder.”

Among 40 defensive players on the roster, Omenihu is one of just 18 who were on the team last season, and the burden of proof rests upon a young (average age: 26) and relatively inexperienced (average tenure: five seasons) unit to show this year’s defense won’t struggle mightily like it did last season.

There’s pressure to perform, too. An abnormally high 22 of 40 of Houston’s defensive players are in the final year of their contracts, and 18 of them were free agents who signed one-year deals. Omenihu is one of eight defenders in the second-to-last year of his contract, a period in which some players battle to prove they’re worth signing to an extension.

There are a couple interpretations here: 1) Most of the defensive locker room now has a sense of urgency, intentional or not, to perform or risk not being signed again, and 2) Caserio didn’t take on many long-term risks (only four defenders were signed to two-year deals) so he’d have an unusual range of flexibility to overhaul the roster again if the defense performs poorly again this season.

Bottom line: It’s unclear just yet what this defensive roster will look like in the short term or long term for the Texans. The franchise is carrying 90 players for now, and the roster must be cut to 85 by Aug. 17, 80 by Aug. 24 and the final 53-man limit by Aug. 31.

Caserio has called the roster “a day-to-day endeavor,” and he joked in a radio interview last week that he’d award a hundred bucks to whoever could predict the closest number to how many roster transactions the Texans will have by the end of training camp.

“The competition here is high,” Omenihu said. “So that’s what they’ve been pushing and what we’ve been striving every day, competing and getting better with a group of guys that are very talented.”

Omenihu has a few advantages that make him a particularly special fit within Smith’s philosophy for the defensive line, a fast-paced style that requires lighter, quicker players who can swiftly play on instinct. He thrived in a similar scheme at Texas, where he was named first-team All-Big 12 while mostly playing as a standard 4-3 defensive end and sometimes shifting inside the line as a platoon pass rusher on third downs.

Smith said Omenihu will have the same position flexibility this season. He can be a strong-side defensive end on standard downs, an inside rusher in obvious passing situations.

At 6-5, 280 pounds, Omenihu has the size to hold his own on the interior if an offense decides to run in such situations, which makes him a versatile option Smith can use if he wants to form a platoon unit with former stand-up 3-4 linebackers Whitney Mercilus, Jacob Martin, Jonathan Greenard and Jordan Jenkins.

“If we can all work together,” Mercilus said, “it will be a pretty special group.”

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IDEXAN

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Welcome Brooks Kubina who has joined the Chronicle as Aaron Wilson's replacement.


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Back on field, Texans' Pharaoh Brown expected to assume bigger role
Brooks Kubena, Staff writer
Aug. 6, 2021

Tight end Pharaoh Brown is starting to get acclimated after he returned to practice Tuesday from the reserve/COVID-19 list. He’s expected to be a crucial part of the position’s depth, especially now that Darren Fells, who led Texans tight ends with four touchdown receptions last season, is playing for the Lions.

At 6-6, 258 pounds, Brown is the biggest tight end on the roster, which gives him the sort of frame that helps in the run game and red zone.

“It’s good to have him back,” coach David Culley said. “Obviously, size does matter. Getting him back and getting him in the swing of things. You know, he came off the COVID (reserve list). He’s starting to get more and more reps right now with us. He’s one of those guys that we’re counting on that position to help us.”
Tight end Pharaoh Brown is starting to get acclimated after he returned to practice Tuesday from the reserve/COVID-19 list. He’s expected to be a crucial part of the position’s depth, especially now that Darren Fells, who led Texans tight ends with four touchdown receptions last season, is playing for the Lions.
Kubena
At 6-6, 258 pounds, Brown is the biggest tight end on the roster, which gives him the sort of frame that helps in the run game and red zone.

“It’s good to have him back,” coach David Culley said. “Obviously, size does matter. Getting him back and getting him in the swing of things. You know, he came off the COVID (reserve list). He’s starting to get more and more reps right now with us. He’s one of those guys that we’re counting on that position to help us.”
"Brooks Kubina" ? Interesting surname ? Names interest me.
At first I thought maybe he's Nigerian ? A brother named Brooks, nah I don't think so.
So I see his picture & bio (thanks C&D) and discover he's a local, from here in Clear Lake. You know here in Clear Lake we are known
for producing talented folks, but modesty prevents me from going on too much.
Anyway welcome young Mr Kubina, I hope you do well, best of luck !
 


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