Gary Kubiak is worried about the Texans’ current situation at right tackle.
“Obviously there are some concerns,” Kubiak said. “Up front, the right tackle has got me concerned right now. Guys have missed a lot of time, but I think the work has been good. We got out of this thing healthy. All these guys that have missed a little time will be back.”
Derek Newton, the team’s starting right tackle, started 14 games for the Texans in 2012. Newton hasn’t taken a single snap during OTAs because he is still recovering from an offseason surgery to repair the patella tendon in his right knee. The injury sidelined him for two games in December and Newton isn’t slated to get any action in mini-camp this week and should be ready by training camp.
Since the day he was drafted, Brennan Williams, a third round pick out of North Carolina, was set to compete with Newton for the starting right tackle position this offseason.
“As far as where he fits into our plans, he’ll come in and compete initially at the right tackle spot,” offensive line coach John Benton said back on April 26. “We’ve got kind of an up-in-the-air situation with Derek Newton being injured. We’ll put Brennan in there right off the bat and compete and we can only get better through that competition.”
The problem is that Williams injured his left knee during just the second practice of rookie camp and also hasn’t taken a snap in OTAs. Williams said last week that he doesn’t think he’ll get any work in until training camp.
“The guys are all there,” Kubiak said on the final day of OTAs. “The problem is that they’re just not healthy right now. Newton is going to be healthy. He’s going to be ready for camp. Williams is going to be ready for camp. The competition is there. The answerers are there, but we have to get them out here.
“I think, as a team, you never say never about anything, but the fact that those guys are in place and everybody is going to be ready to go on the 25th (of July), that makes me feel good.”
With both Williams and Newton out, Ryan Harris and rookie David Quessenberry took over the bulk of the workload at right tackle throughout OTAs.