HOUSTON There was no time for rookie coddling, hand holding or intensive individual instruction. Post-lockout haste negated all of that.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and linebacker Brooks Reed were forced to swim after being tossed in the deep end of the pool as rookies out of sheer necessity last season, and each showcased an inspiring amount of adaptability by contributing to a unit that ranked second in the league.
Cornerbacks Roc Carmichael and Brandon Harris weren't afforded the same sink-or-swim luxury; the Texans' depth at cornerback prevented the team from requiring rookies to man the secondary last season. What Carmichael and Harris did not experience qualifies as both a blessing and a curse. Both have been around long enough to grasp the system, yet haven't had the opportunity to apply that knowledge on the field.
"I think they're rookies still," Texans defensive backs coach Vance Joseph said. "Until you play in this league it's hard to say if you're ready to play. S...