Texans rookie safety turning heads at mini-camp


by Matt Musil / KHOU 11 News


Posted on June 12, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 13 at 12:14 AM

HOUSTON -- Rookie safety D.J. Swearinger is just getting started in the NFL, but he has been getting the amount of reps at practice usually reserved for veterans.

Veteran safety Ed Reed is now in Houston rehabilitating his surgically repaired hip and not practicing.

“It’s a great opportunity to show all the coaches what I’m made of and my ability,” Swearinger said.

Swearinger has been on hand for the rookie camp, OTAs and the mini-camp.

“I’m catching on fast,” Swearinger said. “Today I think I had a real good day.”

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak believes Swearinger is a smart defensive player.

“He’s very smart in picking things up with what we’re doing,” Kubiak said.

Kubiak believes Swearinger will be ready to handle the next load of training camp.

“We’re excited for him to be a part of our team,” Kubiak said. “I think he’s going to be a big contributor early.”