March 22, 2018

Texans Mandatory Mini-Camp: What to Watch

The Houston Texans open up their mandatory three day mini-camp to give Texans fans’ another small run of news on the team. It is a three day period that ends on Thursday that will finally put the 2013 Texans all in one place and the arrival of two particular players that were the only two absent from OTAs.

It will be a quick three days for the Texans, but there will be some news for Texans fans to soak in until training camp opens up.


What To Watch

– There is speculation that the veterans will be rested for the three-day schedule and this time will be used to help some younger players get some more time on the field. Time will tell how Coach Kubiak will handle the situation, but don’t expect for Kubiak to put his core veterans through strenuous practices.

– Answers from Tim Dobbins and Ed Reed about their absences from OTAs. There will be a media frenzy around the two asking questions to the veterans and after tomorrow it will be a mute point moving forward. The most important thing is that both will be at the mandatory portion of the offseason for the team and that is all that matters.

David Quessenbery #77

David Quessenbery #77

– One player to watch is rookie offensive lineman David Quessenberry and how he fits into the plans off the offensive line. Quessenberry started rookie mini-camp and OTAs at left guard, now he is starting to work at right tackle with the injuries to Derek Newton (knee) and rookie Brennan Williams (knee). This was supposed to be a big moment for Williams to get some quality time at right tackle with the absence of Newton, but the also injured Williams has been on the shelf since the second day of rookie mini-camp. The rookie from San Jose State has taken full advantage of the injuries to get the snaps that were intended for Williams. Quessenberry has some work still to do at right tackle, but his future still looks to be on the interior of the Texans offensive line for Quessenberry.

– The arrival of rookie tight end Adam Schiltz to replace the injured Phillip Supernaw. Schiltz will have enough time to prepare for training camp learning the playbook, but these three days are important for him to get as many reps as he can on the field. The 6-4 and 256 lbs. rookie out of Emporia State will be a new addition to watch.

– If the Texans work some veterans today there could be some insight on what the Texans are thinking on defense, especially at the inside linebacker position with Dobbins back. If Dobbins starts working at inside linebacker next to Darryl Sharpton, Brooks Reed could possibly move back to the outside to his regular position. This is probably one of the bigger story lines of the off-season that is up in the air, and some of the picture could be put on display during mini-camp.


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