The Texans’ practice was short on Wednesday, so they worked quickly.
The Texans held an early morning practice so they could attend a memorial service for four fallen firefighters. So in their hour-and-a-half practice, they worked quickly. Head coach Gary Kubiak said the team worked on its hurry-up offense.
Matt Schaub, T.J. Yates and Case Keenum took their turns leading the offense down the field in their two-minute drill. Kubiak again praised Keenum’s play.
Kubiak said the practice went well but admitted the fast-pace threw some young guys off. He said he was impressed with some others though.
Worked out a tight end
After practice on Tuesday, the Texans worked out tight end Billy Bajema, according to a league source.
Update: The Texans signed a different tight end, Adam Schiltz from Emporia State.
Bajema spent last season with the Ravens. He was selected in the seventh round of the 2005 draft by the 49ers. He spent four seasons in San Francisco, and three in St. Louis before joining the Ravens last year.
He played in eight games and started one in 2012 but didn't have a catch. From 2008-2011, he started 35 games. He started 20 games in his final two seasons in St. Louis. His best year as a receiving tight end came in 2010, when he caught 14 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
The Texans have their two top tight ends, Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham. The battle for that third spot was supposed to be between sixth-round pick Ryan Griffin and Phillip Supernaw. Supernaw injured his foot early in OTAs and still hasn't returned.
While Supernaw has been out and since Daniels gets some days off, Griffin has been given extra reps and has been impressive.
“He’s got a chance to be a really good player and I think he can get bigger too,” Kubiak said of Griffin. “We’re excited. He fits a mold with what we do at tight end, with the guys we have. He’s very smart. He made a few plays out here today.”
Where’s Ed Reed?
Reed was in Washington on Wednesday as the Ravens made their trip to the White House.
Kubiak said Reed will be in Houston next week for the team’s mandatory minicamp.
“He’ll be here for basically just an evaluation process,” Kubiak said. “Obviously, he can’t do anything. We’re on top of what’s going on with him in Atlanta and we’ll get him here next week.”
While the big injury news of the day was Duane Brown’s having a bone spur in his ankle scraped, another player did miss practice also.
Undrafted rookie Earl Okine, out of Florida, missed practice with a leg bruise but is expected back next week.