Houston (CBS Houston) – “This is an evaluation weekend.”
Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien knows the goal this weekend for his rookie mini-camp. He wants to find out if his players, who played football all their life, can play football in the NFL.
“It’s a really good opportunity for us as a coaching staff to watch these guys perform in the drills and the schemes we’re going to ask them to be in,” he said.
O’Brien mentioned a lot of these players have spent time, sometimes by themselves, getting ready to be drafted, but that is changing now.
“The first thing that they need to do is realize they’re back to being a part of a team and what it means to be a Houston Texan.”
O’Brien knows they will throw a lot at his new players over the weekend.
“They’re really here to learn our system, to learn how we do things,” he said. “To kinda get on our program. This is the way we meet. This is the way we walkthrough. This is the way we practice.”
The head coach went on to mention there is little time for these players to not be focused on football which could be a little different than their life just a few weeks ago while they were getting ready to be drafted or signed.
Previously the players followed their own schedule prior to being associated with a team. O’Brien mentioned the routine will be important for the players joking they might have played video games after lunch on their time. Now they are on the Texans’ time.
“What time do you wake up in the morning? Set your alarm clock for, whatever, 5:30, 5:45, let’s get over here early…They’ve got to get into a consistent weekend. That’s part of the weekend too.”
From this point forward, it isn’t about draft position or anything else. Just about football.
“It really doesn’t matter where you were drafted. That’s where you were picked. Ok, that’s great, that’s in the past. Now it’s about what you do from this point forward.”
Notes and Quotes from O’Brien
-Versatility was the buzzword of the day from O’Brien saying “with all these guys we’re looking at versatility within the position that they play.” O’Brien mentioned that former Toledo offensive lineman Greg Mancz is an example of a guy that can play different offensive line positions when he is healthy.
-Fifth round wide receiver Keith Mumphery will work this weekend on special teams. O’Brien mentions he would see what he could do at all the “core special teams” in addition to his wide receiver duties.
-Jaelen Strong will stick to outside wide receiver to start according to O’Brien. He mentioned that it isn’t always easy for younger players to learn that position.
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