Trying out with Texans, Klein loves QB

Trying out with Texans, Klein loves QB
May 10, 2013, 8:00 pm
Share This Post

Collin Klein is a quarterback.

Nothing else.

The former Kansas State QB, who was a finalist for this year’s Heisman Trophy, is with the Texans for their three-day rookie camp. He hasn’t signed a contract. Instead, he’s in Houston on a tryout basis but he’s trying to prove he can play quarterback in the NFL.

There had been plenty of talk about the possibility of Klein moving to tight end to make the transition to the NFL. But the Texans brought him in to look at him as a quarterback. And Klein appreciates it.

“That’s what my heart, that’s what I’ve said from the very beginning,” Klein said. “The chance to do that is all that you can ask for.

“It’s just what I love to do. I just love to throw the football, compete out there with my teammates. I love the mental part of strategy that you have to have at that position. It’s a constant game of getting better.”

While he was a good quarterback in college, some are comparing Klein to former Florida Gator Tim Tebow, whose game hasn’t translated well to the NFL. Some thought Tebow should change positions and he hasn’t.

And Klein isn’t in a hurry to give up quarterbacking either.

“I’m gonna go until that door closes with about eight locked latches on it,” he said. “We’re gonna play quarterback. Again, that’s my heart. That’s what I love to do.”

Klein was very good in 2012. At Kansas State, he threw for 2,641 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also ran for 924 yards and 23 touchdowns. He led the Wildcats to an 11-1 regular season record and into the Fiesta Bowl, where they lost to Oregon.

Klein finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting this year behind Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o.

He was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy but on draft day, didn’t have his name called. Klein admitted that not being drafted was disappointing but said it was a “joyful moment” when the Texans called about 10 minutes after the draft concluded. He said the Texans contacted him some leading up to the draft, enough for him to know they were interested.

While there was talk about Klein’s changing positions, he said no teams contacted him about playing another position. He said he thinks they honored his wishes to be a quarterback.

This offseason, Klein has been working with former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer, who reached a level of success in the league while being a mobile quarterback. The two were set up through Klein’s agent and have been working on “little things” like footwork and timing.

Klein has also changed his throwing motion and thinks his new one is much better.

“You know what, I think he’s come a long way,” Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said. “Because I know what he did in college and obviously I’ve talked to Jake (Plummer) and I know what they’ve been working on. The first thing that jumped at me is that he knew exactly what he was doing after coming out of a meeting so that tells you how sharp he is. Obviously, all that other stuff you can work on. Obviously, it’s a big opportunity for him and it’s a step in the right direction this morning.”

The Texans have four quarterbacks on the roster; they would have five if they signed Klein. Matt Schaub is the starter, T.J. Yates is the backup. Case Keenum, who is also in rookie camp, is the incumbent third-stringer and Stephen McGee is a challenger. There’s a logjam in front of the former Heisman finalist.

“Hey, any opportunity is an opportunity,” he said. “Every day for everybody in the NFL is a tryout. However that opportunity comes, it’s still an opportunity.”’

Since being in Houston, Klein has gotten a chance to learn plenty from Keenum, who was with the Texans on their practice squad last season. He’s also been working quite a bit with first-round draft pick DeAndre Hopkins, who is also Klein’s roommate.

“Oh my gosh. The throwing radius is pretty big,” Klein said of throwing to Hopkins.

Klein didn’t actually start playing organized football until his freshman year of high school. Before then, he was a basketball player. But since then, he’s fallen in love with the game and especially the quarterback position.

“It’s what I love to do,” Klein said about playing QB. “If you’re doing what you love to do, you’re not working a day in your life.”

Texans - Team News
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
Andre Johnson - WR
Ryan Fitzpatrick admitted he "didn't get it to Andre [Johnson] nearly enough early"... Johnson finished with 5-77-0 on nine targets, but had just one catch for four yards through the first three quarters. After the game, coach Bill O'Brien said that Johnson...
Oct 23 8:03AM Read More
Brian Cushing - LB
Texans ILB Brian Cushing will miss at least one week with a knee injury. It's a blow to an already vulnerable Houston run defense, and a nice upgrade to Bishop Sankey's Week 8 matchup. Justin Tuggle and Mike Mohamed figure to start at inside...
Oct 22 8:32PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps coming off Monday night's loss. He'll remain a WR2 for Week 8 against the Titans.
Oct 22 5:22PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans listed Foster as "not injury related," but he missed practice time last week with a groin issue. Foster has a matchup with the Titans' No. 22 ranked run...
Oct 22 5:15PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
According to HoustonTexans.com, there's a "decent chance" Jadeveon Clowney (knee)... "He feels good," coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "Well see how it goes this week in practice. We'll be able to make a determination pretty soon about whether...
Oct 21 3:58PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham caught two passes for 24 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers. Graham was targeted three times, but dropped the other. It can be considered one of Graham's better statistical games of the season, which obviously means he's nowhere near...
Oct 20 11:31PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught five passes for 77 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins each saw a team-high nine targets. There was nothing special about Johnson's night. His biggest play was a 24-yard grab on a deep in route in...
Oct 20 11:25PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 108 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Hopkins and Andre Johnson each saw a team-high nine targets. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw it to whichever receiver was working against embattled Steelers CB Cortez Allen. ...
Oct 20 11:16PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 14 yards on five carries and caught an 11-yard touchdown in the Texans'... Blue was the vulture on the opening-drive 11-yard score after Arian Foster managed 59 rushing yards to get the Texans near the goal line. Foster is an every-down back,...
Oct 20 11:09PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-32 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception... Fitzpatrick played well for much of the first half, leading the Texans on three consecutive scoring drives to open the game. It was a train wreck thereafter. One play...
Oct 20 10:56PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-23, Week 7 loss to the... Foster got off to a blazing start, rushing for 59 yards on the Texans' 94-yard opening touchdown drive, but was vultured by Alfred Blue for the 11-yard touchdown catch to...
Oct 20 10:47PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is inactive for Monday night's Week 7 game against the Steelers. Clowney's lateral agility wasn't where the Texans wanted it to be in pre-game warmups. He's been out since undergoing knee surgery after Week 1. Whitney Mercilus is...
Oct 20 6:09PM Read More

More Team Talk