Texans schedule a visit with free agent LB Khary Campbell
Despite injuries to linebackers Brian Cushing and Cato June, Gary Kubiak stated earlier in the week that the Texans weren’t planning on bringing in another linebacker at this time. Well, something changed. The Texans will visit with Campbell on Sunday. A solid special teams player, Campbell is 30 years old, 6-2, and 232 pounds. He’s a seven-year veteran, his last five with the Redskins. An undrafted free agent, he spent his first two seasons with the Cowboys and Jets.
This of course isn’t a big deal, but it does make me wonder who will lose their roster spot if they sign him.
Interpreting today’s post-practice quotes from Gary Kubiak
There were a few interesting tidbits in today’s post-practice statements by Gary Kubiak. Interesting, assuming you are always trying to read between the lines with what the coach says, like I always am.
While talking about a minor injury that DelJuan Robinson has been playing through:
“…he and (DT) Frank (Okam) are getting ready to play a lot of football this Saturday. That’s a battle for that job, and it’s important that both guys play like starters for our team.”
Earlier in camp, Kubiak said point blank that it’s going to be really tough to get DelJuan out of the starting lineup, with Travis Johnson nursing one of his annual training camp injuries. This quote makes it sound like Okam might actually be a legitimate contender for the job as well. We’ve heard varying positive reports about Okam’s off-season, and we know he’s earned a few snaps with the first team. With Okam, I’ve always been simultaneously excited and cautious, and that hasn’t changed. Saturday, if he can show the ability keep his energy level up beyond his first couple of plays – we might be in for a more improved defense than we already are hoping for.
Regarding Jacoby Jones and his continuing development:
“I’d say a lack of consistency just overall as a pro, as a player, on the field, classroom, all those things. But he’s been good; we’ve talked about this before, like I give you an example today. It’s time to go play, and you should be practicing pretty solid today and know what you’re doing, and he’s got a few mistakes today. Pros don’t make mistakes two days before the game, so stuff like that. But he’s working toward getting better.”
I hate to throw the whole long quote at you, but I don’t want there to be anything taken out of context. I’ve already given my thoughts on Jacoby in some detail, and my opinion hasn’t changed at all. So far, it sounds like he’s exactly where he was last year and the year before that. Looks like a great playmaker – yet remains inconsistent. Clearly seems ahead of all other punt return men by far – yet still apparently has some “classroom/study” issues, which I lump in with maturity issues.
I would go ahead and call it right now that Jacoby isn’t going to make this team – but I haven’t heard enough positive things about the alternatives, so it sounds like – at least for now, having not even played a pre-season game – that he is improving slowly and might stick around.
Last season at this time, I wanted them to keep JJ regardless of his struggles. After his THIRD camp, though – I honestly couldn’t care less if he looks like a Hall of Famer on the practice field at times. If, by the end of camp, he hasn’t corrected ALL his non-football issues, he needs to be gone. He might still be able to correct his inconsistency on the field, but the maturity issues MUST be gone, and I have to say – I’m skeptical.
On André Davis’s excellent camp performance:
“I turned to Ray Rhodes in the back back here during practice and said, ‘Ray, he’s a starter, isn’t he?’ and Ray said, ‘Yeah, you bet.’ He’s a heck of a player, and that’s the way we think of him.”
He may not be a starter now, but he will be in 2010 after Kevin Walter signs a big deal elsewhere in the off-season. I hope he continues to improve his blocking, because while he may or may not be a better “receiver” than Kevin Walter – he’s not even in the same galaxy as Walter when it comes to his ability to block effectively. Obviously, the Texans know Walter’s value to this team – but even with that value I can’t imagine them ponying up for the sizable (but not outrageous) deal that Walter’s going to command when they have a very talented guy making a lot of money behind him.
Just over 48 hours until we have some actual football to talk about. I know it’s just pre-season, but I know I’m not the only football nerd around here who’s excited about it.