With several players that contributed significantly over the past few years now gone, the Texans began their annual off-season training program Monday at Reliant Stadium.
Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans and Eric Winston, among others have moved on to other teams and names like Daryl Sharpton, Rashad Butler and the newly acquired Bradie James will now move into primary roles. Williams, Ryans and Winston were all part of the Texans' 2006 draft class. With three other members of that class long gone (Charles Spencer, Wali Lundy and David Anderson), Owen Daniels remains as the only player from that draft still on the roster.
"If you would have asked me, 'do you think you'll be the last one?' I would have said no way," Daniels said. "We were lucky to be able to play together as long as we did. You don't get that a lot, guys playing six years together and doing as much as we did to help a franchise. We had a good run but we're looking forward to some better years here."