HOUSTON – One of the big stories from the first day of Texans organized team activities on Monday was the presence of line backer Brooks Reed at practice.
Last week, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said the 3rd year player had off-season surgery, but if Monday is any indication, then Reed has fully recovered.
"He’s fine. Brooks has been fine for two-and-a-half, three months, so he’s doing good," said Texans head coach Gary Kubiak.
Other than his health, the other item concerning Reed dealt with the position he was playing. During the 1st two years in the NFL, he saw all his time at outside linebacker. Today, the Texans tried him out at inside linebacker.
"I’m not 100 percent switching positions, but I’m trying to learn another position. It’s coming along," said Reed. "I’ve been in the playbook a lot, picking up little things."
"He’s a really sharp player, and he’s got a bunch of it from phase two of the (offseason) program, he got a bunch of reps in there, so we just think it’s best that if he’s going to get a ton of reps in the OTAs, so to speak, it’s better off for him getting them somewhere he hasn’t played, because we always know he can go back," said Kubiak.
Brian Cushing is expected to be back for the Texans opener against the San Diego Chargers, but depth is an issue for the team at inside linebacker. Reed will try pick up a few things over the off-season work-outs.
"I like it, and I hope they keep me there, 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," said Reed.