HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Texans’ head coach Gary Kubiak gave his first impressions seeing the Texans’ rookies alongside veterans for the first day of OTAs. immediately following the day’s practice.
Darryl Sharpton is getting back to work after being placed on injured reserve in Week 17 against Indianapolis. The Texans will remain cautious with him, according to Kubiak:
“Sharpton’s good. He’s getting back to work today. We’re kind of going to be a little protective with him. Keep him out of some special teams drills and stuff but he’s back to work.”
Brian Cushing, still undergoing rehab after his ACL surgery last season, is eager to get back on the field but will be out until at least training camp.
“I’m doing all my on the field stuff. There are no restrictions so I think if anything, we’re just being patient right now,” Cushing said.
Brooks Reed was back on the field after off season surgery and a groin injury that nagged him throughout the 2012 season. Ed Reed moved inside opposite Sharpton for Day 1 of OTAs. Kubiak said the move was made to allow the rookie outside linebackers to get their reps and for the team to properly evaluate them. Reed and Sharpton were playing opposite inside.
“I think the most important thing right now is that we get these guys in position to rep. Brook is repping inside right now so that lets Sam (Montgomery) and Trevardo (Williams) rep with the first and second groups,” Kubiak said after Monday’s practice.
“We know Brooks could line up and play outside tomorrow if we opened the season so we’re very concerned about getting him his reps inside from a mental standpoint right now.”
“The expectations are for him to leave Colorado some point this week from a rehab standpoint but it’s going good,” according to Kubiak.
Reed will not return until training camp after undergoing arthroscopic hip surgery for a torn labrum.
The Texans’ first-round draft pick earned himself a spot with the first-team. Kubiak felt that interacting with the starters would give Hopkins the extra coaching to get him up to speed both physically and mentally with the pace of the NFL.
“He’s not only getting coached by us, but he’s getting coached by Matt (Schaub) in the huddle and getting coached by Andre (Johnson) in the huddle. That’s the best thing for a young player like that, to put him in an environment where he’s getting help from players as well as coaches.”
Texans wide receiver Devier Posey, who is still out for a torn Achilles, seemed ahead of schedule in his rehab. Last year’s third-round pick is expected to open the season on the physically unable to perform list. Kubiak was encouraged by his progress.
“A big key to him is going to be when we go to camp, is he a PUP guy or is he somebody that looks like he’s going to be ready early in the season. I don’t know. Right now, he’s doing good though.”
David Quessenberry, the Texans’ sixth-round pick out of San Jose State, has been continually impressing everyone.
“(He’s) smart, played all over the place during minicamp and handled it. The guy’s going to get a ton of reps at right tackle now with the (Derek) Newton and the (Brennan) Williams situation.”
Williams, a third-round pick, tweaked his knee in minicamp.
Williams’ left minicamp early but the MRI was clear. Newton will be out until the training camp due to offseason knee surgery.
The rookies may have a lot to learn in OTAs, but J.J. Watt hopes that one message comes across loud and clear.
“We have to set the tone. We got a lot of new faces on this team and we have to let them know what it’s like to play in this organization, to play in this city for this team. There’s a culture around here. You work your butt off.”