The current situation at right tackle is the biggest concern for the Texans heading into training camp.
“If you look at our roster it looks good,” Gary Kubiak said. “But the bottom line is the guys aren’t out there so that’s concerning for us as a team and me as a coach.”
Rookie Brennan Williams was expected to compete with Derek Newton for the starting job at right tackle. Newton, the starter last season, had offseason surgery on his right knee and will be out until at least training camp.
“I loved the way Newton has worked, I think he made a lot of progress as a player last season,” Kubiak said. “He played hurt at the end of the season which was hard on him and us as a team.”
Williams, a third-round pick out of North Carolina, injured his left knee in the morning session on the second day of rookie camp on Saturday, May 11. He hasn’t played since.
“We drafted a young man with a lot of ability that hasn’t been able to be out here yet,” Kubiak said of Williams. “I like what Ryan (Harris) has done, he’s had a good offseason. I like what I see in (David) Quessenberry because he’s gotten all the reps.”
Quessenberry was a sixth-round pick out of San Jose State and it appears mentally he is picking up the Texans’ offense. Training camp will show if he can play the position physically.
Kubiak was asked Thursday if Williams would be ready for training camp.
“I’ll listen to our trainers,” Kubiak said. “There’s no doubt everybody is going to be ready to go expect for (DeVier) Posey as of right now. But we’ll have to see, we got a month.”
The uncertainty that surrounds right tackle doesn’t just concern the Texans’ head coach.
“Our four starters are locked in up front, putting Brandon (Brooks) in there with those guys,” Kubiak said of his offensive line heading into training camp. “I think even those guys are looking and saying, ‘Ok, who’s it going to be? And who’s going to step up and take this job and play here for the next ten years and play right tackle for the Texans?’
“I think we’re all watching that,” Kubiak said. “I think Newton took a step toward doing that last year and now he’s got to take another big step.”
With no team workouts scheduled until the start of training camp in late July, the only thing to do is wait.
“It’s all in place, but somebody has to step up and do it,” Kubiak said. “Hopefully they’re all there when we go back to work.”