OTA Notes: RG is Brooks' to lose

OTA Notes: RG is Brooks' to lose
May 30, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Brandon Brooks has been working with the first team since the beginning of OTAs.

But on Thursday, head coach Gary Kubiak confirmed that Brooks is the team's starting right guard, at least for now.

“He’s right there. That’s his," Kubiak said. "He’s got to line up every day and earn it. I think he worked through it last year and at the end of last year I think he was playing that way so I think he’s earned the opportunity to be that guy, so we’ll see if he can hang on.”

For the second half of last season, Brooks came off the bench and split reps with Ben Jones, who took the starting job from Antoine Caldwell, who is now a free agent. While Jones was the starter, Brooks got significant playing time and at times played much better than Jones.

Brooks has lost about 25 pounds this offseason and is moving much better.

“It’s been really good. The biggest thing is any time you’ve got a young player and you say, OK, you’re a starter.’ The best thing you can have happen is that you don’t really notice him. And that’s kind of what’s happened," Kubiak said. "He went in there, he’s done his job. He understands what we’re doing now. He’s got the tools of a big-time player. So it will all just be up to him. He’s come a long way. I think he’s very comfortable in his own skin right now in what he’s doing and feeling good about himself.”

Injuries

Not much new to report from an injury standpoint. Kubiak said Wade Smith was hit on the elbow but was fine.

"We’ve had a good clean week, other than the Arian (Foster) situation," Kubiak said. "We’ll take our time and get him healthy.”

To recap the injured guys: Ed Reed is still rehabbing. He won't practice until training camp but expect to see him in Houston during the mini camp from June 11-13. Brandon Harris is a full-go after his collision with DeAndre Hopkins in the first week of OTAs. Sunny Harris is still out but there's no boot on his foot. Phillip Supernaw is also out with a foot injury. Brice McCain is getting better but is on-and-off.

Swearinger's confidence

Since D.J. Swearinger arrived for rookie camp a couple weeks ago, his confidence has stood out. And the head coach is taking notice too.

“Confidence. He’s got a ton of confidence," Kubiak said. "He just walks out here like he belongs and he does. I mean, he’s got a ton of ability. He’s a smart player. When the ball is close to him, he’s going to make the play. That’s the difference between a good player and a great player in this league is being in the right spot and making big plays when you get there. He’s got a chance to make those plays.”

Kubiak said that without Reed at OTAs, Swearinger has been getting plenty of reps in the team's dime package.

Observations

Matt Schaub had a really good day on Thursday. He made one mistake, an interception. But aside from that was near-perfect. He delivered a great pass to Keshawn Martin about 30-40 yards downfield toward the sideline.

Actually, all the quarterbacks looked good on Wednesday and Thursday, after a pretty bad day on Tuesday.

Stupid observation of the day: Before each practice, Swearinger walks over to the line on the back of the end zone of the middle practice field and takes a knee -- seemingly a quick prayer before each session.

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