HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – After being sidelined for the past six months with a knee injury, Derek Newton will be ready for the first day of Texans training camp.  The starting right tackle, who missed the final two games in December, underwent offseason surgery to repair the patella tendon in his right knee.

“I’m feeling good. I can say I’m a lot more calm now after being so anxious to get back but you know I had to take my time.  I understand that’s part of the game so I just got to be ready when I’m called upon,” Newton said via Texans All Access Radio on SportsRadio 610.

Newton said that while he missed the entire offseason so far, he knows exactly what he will be working on during training camp.

“I missed out on a lot with OTAs so I figured that during camp I need to focus on getting my technique down.”

The Texans were thin at right tackle during OTAs and mini-camp with both Newton and third-round pick Brennan Williams both out with knee injuries.  Williams suffered a knee injury during the second day of rookie mini-camp on May 11 but an MRI later cleared him of any serious issues.  The Texans will begin training camp on July 26  at the Methodist Training Center.