It was confirmed today by Head Coach Gary Kubiak that second year right tackle Derek Newton will be the starter heading into the 2012 Houston Texans campaign. Despite a camp battle with veteran Rashad Butler, it felt like Butler’s poor play is what gave way to name Newton the week one starter.
Newton did show some bright spots and some potential of being a good NFL football player, but playing the game is what is going to help Newton more than anything. We actually had a chance to talk to Newton during training camp before the first preseason game and you can see what he said here.
Newton was drafted in the 2011 NFL draft in the 7th round ( 214th overall) out of Arkansas State, and he appeared in 14 games for the Texans in his rookie season. At 6-6 and 307 lbs., Newton will be looked upon to take the spot of long time Texan and now Kansas City Chiefs starting right tackle Eric Winston. If anything, Winston brought durability to the position where he started 87 of the 92 games he appeared in. With Newton now the new starter, expectations could not be any higher.
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