HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The Texans signed veteran inside linebacker Joe Mays yesterday and many were hoping to see the former Bronco on the field this morning at training camp. Head coach Gary Kubiak said, “He should be in the building this afternoon. I don’t know if you’ll see him at practice. As a matter of fact, I don’t think you will, but he will be back with us tonight as a teammate and will be on the field tomorrow.”
The Texans have to make room on their roster for Mays; which is a move that’s necessary as the team is looking at him to provide much needed depth at inside linebacker. Coach Kubiak spoke about Mays’ talent, “He’s a veteran player. He’s got a lot of skill, can run. He was a great special teams player in his day. The bottom line is we’ve got a need for some experience right now with what’s going on with our linebacker situation.” For now, Mays will be behind starters Brian Cushing and Darryl Sharpton. Cushing was cleared at the start of training camp but the team is taking its time with acclimating Cushing 100%. Sharpton is on the non-football injury list, due to an injured groin during his personal workouts.
Mays, 28, was cut last week by the Broncos because they didn’t want to pay his $4 million base salary. “Him getting let go in Denver, I think he was looking for the best opportunity and I think he looked at us and see an opportunity to help our football team,” Kubiak continued, “We’re just pleased to get him. It gets competitive out there for players at this point when you’re losing a guy here or there. Just pleased to get him.”
Most Texans’ fans remember Mays from his hard-hitting shot he took on Matt Schaub in Denver last season. The hit was so brutal, Schaub lost a chunk of his ear and the NFL suspended Mays for one game. Mays apologized to Schaub saying it wasn’t intentional. Yesterday at training camp Schaub said, “We’re way past that. That was gone as soon as we walked off the football field that day, it’s just a physical, hard-nosed game and he’s a physical player and that’s just part of football. I don’t fault him for that; he’s a good player and a good guy so it’s definitely water under the bridge.”