Minicamp notes: Reed’s gray; vets take it easy

Minicamp notes: Reed’s gray; vets take it easy
June 11, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Ed Reed (right) shakes hands with President Barack Obama (left) on June 5.

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Ed Reed was in Houston on Tuesday for the first day of the team’s mandatory minicamp. He talked about his surgery, how the hip injury happened (Tom Brady) and his goals.

He also talked about meeting President Barack Obama during the Ravens’ trip to the White House.

During that trip, Obama noticed the veteran safety’s gray hair. “You’re looking like an old man,” Obama said.

“I mean, he’s not lying. I’ve been looking like you, man,” Reed said to a media member while breaking into a smile on Tuesday.

“I’ve been having the gray hairs since high school. My foundation, working with kids and stuff, it tends to do that. Trying to help people, it tends to put a little more stress on you than the norm so… It’s something I embrace.

"Obviously, I don’t cut my hair. I’m not putting the Just for Men in there to try to hide the gray or what not. It’s something I embrace. It’s part of me. It says a lot. I have a lot of wisdom. I’ve experienced a lot.”

Posey on the field

Wide receiver DeVier Posey was working with the side group at practice for the first time on Tuesday. Posey had been at OTAs but wasn’t able to do any work on the fields.

“I was impressed today,” said Kubiak, who added that Posey won’t be working with the team this week. “I watched from afar when he’s doing his work over there, watched him run, watched him work. Like I told him, hopefully he makes it a tough decision on us as we get toward camp. Those PUP decisions, hopefully it’s going to be very tough.”

Posey tore his Achilles in the Texans' playoff loss to the Patriots last season. He was in a position to possibly challenge for the No. 2 receiver spot this season before the injury.

Easy week for the vets

Veterans don’t take many reps during head coach Gary Kubiak’s minicamps and it’s been that way for several years.

In fact, many veterans are already off the field before the team breaks into seven-on-seven and 11-on-11.

“I think, as a coach, it’s my job to get (young players) to a position where they can compete for a team so that’s why we’re trying to get them the reps,” Kubiak said.

Brandon Brooks, DeAndre Hopkins and Darryl Sharpton were the only starters on the field during practice on Tuesday.

Three tryout players

The Texans had three players on the field on a tryout basis on Tuesday: tight ends Taylor Cook, Nathan Overbay and long snapper Brandon Hartson.

Cook is from Eagle Lake, Texas and went to Rice. Hartson is from Fairfield, Texas and went to the University of Houston. Overbay, from Eastern Michigan, was released by the Lions on June 4.

Stupid observation of the day: The players wore hats on Tuesday but DeAndre Hopkins had some trouble with his. The first-round pick has a whole lotta hair and the hat just sat on top of his head. Every time he ran fast or made a quick cut, the hat flew off.