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

Minicamp notes: Reed’s gray; vets take it easy
June 11, 2013, 5:00 pm
Share This Post

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.

Texans - Team News
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. Blue got first-team reps with Arian Foster (knee) not practicing. The Texans also held out Andre Johnson (ankle) on Wednesday.
Oct 29 5:15PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps for rest purposes. He didn't suffer any setbacks last week and should be fine for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Oct 29 3:43PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) did not practice Wednesday. It's a new injury for Foster. Coming off his three-touchdown performance, it's possible the Texans are getting him some rest. Foster will be a top-three running back in Week...
Oct 29 3:18PM Read More
Zac Diles - LB
Texans signed LB Zac Diles. CB Elbert Mack was waived in a corresponding roster move. Diles' addition is a sign the Texans aren't expecting Brian Cushing (knee) back for Week 9.
Oct 28 4:04PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham was held without a catch in the Texans' Week 8 win over Tennessee. Graham was targeted just one time on the day, a seam shot from Ryan Fitzpatrick that predictably fell incomplete. Graham has been a very minor part of the offense, making...
Oct 26 4:53PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught seven passes for 55 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Johnson saw a team-high dozen targets. He was followed by Titans top CB Jason McCourty for much of the afternoon, leaving DeAndre Hopkins to work on sophomore Blidi...
Oct 26 4:44PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught five passes for 95 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Hopkins was targeted 11 times compared to 12 for Andre Johnson. Hopkins picked up chunk yards on all of his grabs, and was stopped at the five-yard line on one grab where...
Oct 26 4:24PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 42 yards on 14 carries in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Blue added a 22-yard catch. With the Texans clobbering the Titans late and Arian Foster having already piled up 173 yards and three touchdowns, Blue got plenty of run late...
Oct 26 4:11PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed just 19-of-35 passes for 227 yards, one touchdown, and zero... Fitzpatrick was pretty bad for most of the day, begging to be picked off, but the Texans rode Arian Foster's legs to victory. Fitzpatrick's lone touchdown went to Foster on...
Oct 26 3:45PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-16, Week 8... Foster managed just 36 yards on his first 10 carries, but broke a 34-yard touchdown and had no trouble finding holes in the Tennessee defense from there on. Foster caught a...
Oct 26 3:21PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is active for Week 8 against the Titans. Clowney will play on a "pitch count," likely in pass-rushing and third-down situations. Good luck with Clowney and J.J. Watt, Zach Mettenberger. Inactive for the...
Oct 26 10:34AM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is likely to play against the Titans, but will be on a... "I thought what he did what he had to do this week," coach Bill O’Brien said. "I think he’s got a good shot to play on Sunday." Clowney has been...
Oct 25 9:13AM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 8. Johnson practiced in full Friday after being limited early in the week. He'll continue to play through his ankle injury. Johnson is a mid-range WR2 for Sunday's game...
Oct 24 5:19PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Johnson doesn't need full practices at this stage of his career. He's a solid WR2 for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Oct 23 4:37PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) said he'd be surprised if he doesn't play in Sunday's game... Clowney hasn't played since tearing his meniscus in Week 1. He says he plans to "push through" the soreness that's still in his knee. If the training staff lets...
Oct 23 11:41AM Read More

More Team Talk