HOUSTON Sometimes it's easy to forget how quickly things are unfolding for Texans right tackle Derek Newton, to overlook the haste with which some expect him to transition from an athletic-yet-raw Arkansas State product to a starting lineman for a prolific offense.
Newton has had plaudits heaped upon him, praise that belied his repetitions as a rookie. One can distort context of the speed of his development. In 12 months Newton has graduated from a behemoth with ample tools yet insufficient technique to a legitimate heir to Eric Winston, or at least a viable option in the competition to replace him.
It was difficult to dismiss contemplation of where Newton is heading as he logged game repetitions last Saturday against the Panthers. His potential has been touted so frequently that it felt natural to cast an overly critical eye on his performance when, in truth, Newton has plenty of room to grow. His strides are simultaneously massive and miniature.
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