Reid, Texans Rookies Look To Shine

Three-day Rookie Minicamp Chance To Showcase Talent

May 11, 2018 - 1:35 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) –  Rookie minicamp is a chance for the 45 players to get a head start on impressing Bill O’Brien and the Texans’ coaching staff.

Eight draft picks, 13 college free agents, 19 tryout players and five second-year players on the Texans’ roster who didn’t appear in a game last season make up the group of players that will go through the mental rigors of the three-day rookie minicamp. 

“This weekend is a weekend where we give them a lot of information.  They have to figure out how to take notes on this certain thing, but listen to some other things.  I definitely think it’s a big jump mental wise,” O’Brien said before stepping on the practice field Friday.

For Texans third round draft pick Justin Reid, this weekend is something he’s been looking forward to for a while.

“Before I came down here I downloaded five of the most recent games, I watched the Kansas City game, I watched the Patriots game, really to get a feel for the type of team and the type of guys we had here, get a feel for the system.  I’m extremely excited,” Reid emphatically expressed to the media. 

For other players, it’s about showing off their versatility and proving that doing a number of things can make themselves more attractive.  Versatility is a good way to describe third rounder Jordan Akins, who is a former professional baseball player turned college wide receiver, turned college tight end, who is now in the NFL. 

“Showcase my talent,” Akins said when describing what he wanted to prove this weekend. “Show them that I can be a big factor of this offense and to help in any kind of way whether it’s special teams or offense.”

In Akins case, it’s versatility and proving he can help in two phases of the game.  In the case of Reid, he wants to show he’s put in the hours studying the playbook.

“I want to impress them with my due diligence with how I’ve been reviewing the playbook with how much that I know and how I can learn quickly to see how I can provide an impact early on,” Reid said.

45 players ranging from the ages of 21 through 26, whether they were draft picks or tryout players, will be looking to be noticed in a weekend that will be long and grueling.

“We brought them in here last night (Thursday), we met with them from about 7 to 10 p.m., several meetings.  We throw a lot of information at these guys, they get a ton of information about the organization; about how we do things, our culture, our philosophy, X’s and O’s.  This morning the day started for them around 6 a.m. and it will go all the way until 10 (p.m.) again with breaks in between there,” O’Brien illustrated the itinerary for rookie minicamp.  “Then Saturday will be the same type of schedule and we’ll see how it goes today and tomorrow relative to what we do on Sunday, understanding that Sunday is Mother’s Day and that’s a very important day.  Today, tomorrow is a rigorous schedule, there’s no doubt about it.”