Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak told the official team's website he's concerned about how the right side of his offensive line will shake out. That's because both Derek Newton and Brennan Williams, two guys expected to compete for the job, didn't participate in OTAs or minicamp.
"If you look at our roster, it looks good, but the bottom line is the guys aren't out there, so that's concerning for us as a team and me as a coach," Kubiak said last Thursday. "I love the way Newton has worked. I think he made a lot of progress as a player last year. He played hurt at the end of the year, which was tough on him and us as a team. We drafted a young man with a lot of ability (Williams). He hasn't been out here yet."
Newton is a former seventh-round pick who started 14 games last season before suffering a patellar tendon injury. Williams hurt his knee in minicamp in May.
Veteran Ryan Harris and rookie David Quessenberry split reps at right tackle this spring.
"(Right tackle) is (a concern)," Kubiak said. "I think it is for the guys up front, too. Our four starters are locked in up front, putting Brandon in with those guys. I think even those guys are looking, thinking, 'OK, who's it going to be? Who's going to step up and take this job and play here for the next 10 years and play right tackle for the Texans?' So I think we're all watching that. I think Newton took a step towards doing that last year, and now he has to take another big step."SEE FULL ARTICLE