March 24, 2018

New Faces: Texans OTAs

Here is a look at some notes from Monday’s OTAs.


– The Houston Texans made some moves over the weekend with the signings of defensive back Alan Ball and runningback Justin Forsett, and the release of runningback Javarris Williams. Head Coach Gary Kubiak said Forsett will be competing for the 3rd running back position and be a part of the special teams units, he will be wearing #32 for the Texans. As for Ball, he is reunited with his former Head Coach Wade Phillips and likes the fact he is getting refreshed with the defensive system he learned in Dallas. Ball will wear #36 for the Texans.

– Both Ball and Forsett practiced today with the Texans. Kubiak is impressed with both Forsett and especially Ball with his knowledge of the defensive scheme. Kubiak also said both of them will make the Texans better. Ball will be working out at cornerback for the Texans.

– Linebacker Brian Cushing looks like he will be sidelined for a few days of OTAs with a sore knee, and an MRI will be in the plans also. Kubiak said there is no real concern for Cushing’s knee and it is a precautionary move by the Texans entering this week of OTAs.

– Wide Receiver Trindon Holliday injured his ankle last week and will be held out of practice this week to rest his ankle. Holliday has been looking good in OTAs according to multiple reports catching and moving with the football.

– Guard Antoine Caldwell did not practice today, he was under the weather.

– There is a possibility for Kubiak and General Manager Rick Smith to use the weeks leading up into camp to bring in more veterans to make the team better, but right now they are concerned with the group they have.

– Inside Linebacker Darryl Sharpton ran today and is close to returning to practice situations.  Kubiak is waiting for the green light from the trainers to give Sharpton clearance. Sharpton tore his quadricep against the Jacksonville Jaguars last season in week 8 at Reliant.

Roc Carmichael, who used to wear #36, will now wear #20.

-SIs Peter King had some good points about the job General Manager Rick Smith has done during this past offseason.

– Rookie defensive tackle Jared Crick thinks his transition to the NFL has been easier with the help of defensive line coach Bill Kollar. Also, he pointed out all of his defensive lineman have also helped him during OTAs.


You can follow Patrick on Twitter.  He is the Editor of State of the Texans and is a draft analyst on Sideline Scouting.

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