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Texans Notebook: Texans Working the Pro Day Circuit With Quarterback and Offensive Tackles in Focus
The Houston Texans are working hard on the pro day circuit and keeping a close eye on two position groups.
SILENCE MEANS NOTHING
The talk about what the Texans are working on to find a quarterback solution has been practically nonexistent outside of NRG Stadium, but the team will not show their hand if they are interested in landing a top option. Sitting at #25 in the 1st round, there is a good chance that an option will be available for the team to consider.
The only known quarterback with whom they sat down at the NFL Combine was Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech). They had firsthand looks at Sefo Liufua (Colorado), Nathan Peterman (Pittsburgh), C.J. Bethard (Iowa), Davis Webb (Cal), Joshua Dobbs (Tennessee), and Antonio Pipkin (Tiffin) at the Senior Bowl as well.
The Texans have been on the trail of the pro day circuit, paying particular attention to the quarterback group. They took in Brad Kaaya (Miami), Deshaun Watson (Clemson), DeShone Kizer (Noter Dame), and took another look at Dobbs, Mahomes, and Peterman at their respective pro days.
The organization is working in the shadows and has been working double overtime hard to keep a lid on the meeting with quarterbacks; however, it is clear they doing plenty of leg work keeping up with the group.
KICKING THE TIRES ON OFFENSIVE TACKLES
Pro days are wrapping up and the Texans are clear on their goal of landing an offensive tackle somewhere in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Texans have interviewed and worked out a good number of offensive tackles through the draft process. As a matter of fact, all of the names that have surfaced have only included those of offensive tackle prospects.
To this point, the Texans have met with Taylor Moton (Western Michigan), Ryan Ramczyk (Wisconsin), Garett Bolles (Utah), and Dan Skipper (Arkansas). Mike Devlin, the Texans offensive line coach, worked out Julie'n Davenport (Bucknell) and Brad Seaton (Villanova), plus the organization has one of their pre-draft visits lined up with Avery Gennesy (Texas A&M).
Considered a weak position group by many who deal wth the draft, the Texans are vetting a big portion of the offensive tackle group to find fits. The offensive tackle position is a huge need for the Texans heading into the draft and it could be just as important as the quarterback situation. Duane Brown is still playing at a solid level and age is an issue which should be on the back burner as the uncertainty with the right tackle situation is the bigger concern. Derek Newton appears to be set to miss the 2017 season and Chris Clark is the swing tackle. Too many snaps for Clark is not in the best for the team, as seen last season.
The Texans know they have an offensive tackle issue and are clearly in the market for younger options.
TEXANS NOT DONE ADDING PLAYERS
There has been a small meltdown by fans concerning the Texans lack of movement with the roster, only bringing back three of their own. Workouts for the season start on April 17th, which is ultimately the phase to open up the season. Here is what will take place in Phase One of the Texans off-season.
- Two Weeks | Limited to Strength and Conditioning Activities (DEAD BALL); Only Strength and Conditioning Coaches Allowed on the Field
- 90 Minute Max on the Field
- Clubs Can Only Specify 2 Hours for Players to be at the Facility
- Players Choose the Other 2 Hours
- Workouts are strictly voluntary
O’Brien did mention that all 65 players under contract should be there when workouts open. He also added that the Texans, he is sure, will have three or four quarterbacks in the room after the draft. With two currently on the roster in Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden, there are only a few options of where these mystery quarterback can come from.