Reed hopes Texans keep him inside

Reed hopes Texans keep him inside
May 20, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Reed: 'I'm trying to learn another position'

Brooks Reed might move to inside linebacker for his third season in the NFL.

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Brooks Reed was on the field on Monday at the start of OTAs after an offseason groin surgery, but he wasn't at his normal strongside linebacker position.

Instead, Reed lined up as an inside linebacker next to Darryl Sharpton, who returned after a hip injury.

“I like it, and I hope they keep me there," Reed said, "but it doesn’t really matter where they put me – at SAM (strongside) or middle – I’ll do both to the best of my ability.”

When the Texans drafted Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams -- both outside linebackers -- linebackers coach Reggie Herring talked about moving Reed inside. Then, head coach Gary Kubiak denied that they were that far.

But on Monday, there was Reed, lining up inside, a spot where he did play some last season at times.

"Brooks can always move, but we wanted to make sure these young guys stayed in one spot so we could really evaluate them,” Kubiak said.

Reed, a 2011 second-round pick, continued to say that his staying inside will depend on the development of the rookie outside linebackers. If they progress enough to where one of them can start outside with Whitney Mercilus, then Reed might be inside.

On Monday, the team also had a shortage of inside linebackers without Brian Cushing and Tim Dobbins.

“I’m not 100 percent switching positions, but I’m trying to learn another position," Reed said. "It’s coming along. I’ve been in the playbook a lot, picking up little things. Cush (ILB Brian Cushing) played the position, so I’m always asking him things, but I’ll get the hang of it.”

On Sunday, Reed said that if he's playing inside, he'd likely be there for first and second down before moving back outside for third down because Cushing is the team's three-down inside linebacker. He also said the four linebacker positions aren't all that different with the Texans.

“I expect myself to be the best out there," he said, "but at the end of the day it’s their decision to keep the best 11 on the field.”