Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/27/12

Organized team activities have begun for most NFL teams by this point. The Houston Texans have completed their first week of OTAs, consisting of three practices held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. While OTAs in late May probably don’t have a profound effect on a team’s performance in December and January, they serve as a building block and the first formation of the upcoming season’s squad. Coaches begin to evaluate the talent they have and shape their squad respectively. There is plenty to take away from OTAs, from those who impress to those who disappoint, injuries, and rookie progression. The Texans are no exception, so with that being said, here are some notes from week one of OTAs:

  • As expected, QB Matt Schaub did not participate and wont until training campas he recovers from injury. That means extra reps for T.J. Yates, John Beck, and Case Keenum. Yates, a second year man, is much further along than a year ago and continues to prove he can lead the offense in the absence of Schaub.
  • Several injuries struck the Texans. Most notably was WR Andre Johnson, who had his knee scoped two weeks prior to the start of OTAs will be out for 3-4 weeks. Like Schaub, ILB Darryl Sharpton is recovering from injury and is likely out until training camp.
  • Speaking of the injury to Johnson, it has opened up a lot of opportunity for reps for the young corps of receivers the Texans have behind Andre. The coaching staff has been pleased with their progress and will continue to rotate so they can be further evaluated.
  • Rookies and other young players in general continue to get extra attention from the coaching staff. Like the wide receiver position, all young guys are being assessed on their abilities and prepped for training camp.
  • Lastly, ILB Bradie James has impressed with this knowledge of the defense and his overall leadership, immediately filling a role widely believed to be vacated with the departure of former captain ILB Demeco Ryans.

By and large, head coach Gary Kubiak and his coaching staff seems pleased with their opening week of on field activity. The team has off until after Memorial Day Weekend, and will get back to work Tuesday, May 29th. Kubiak will amp up the mental intensity after the four-day weekend, stating, “Next week is probably the biggest week of information they’ll get, and (we’ll) just kind of see who can keep up and then go sort it out and then come back. We’ve got three days next week and then four the last week. (We’ll) just keep pushing information.”

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