Kubiak Pleased with Progress

Throughout one full week of practice, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak seems pleased with his teams progress. Although his comments don't ensure victories on the field, Kubiak is not known as a coach who will "sugar-coat" his true feelings regarding his team.

Kubiak commented on his team's work Friday afternoon—

"I thought it was our best practice of camp to be honest with you. We actually didn't come on the field this morning for special teams. Some good meetings today and guys really bouncing around. We want to have a good, physical practice in the morning and then we'll give them a break."

The Houston coach talked about getting a little more physical Saturday morning—

"We won't scrimmage, but we're going to put our pads on. We need to bang around pretty good tomorrow and then give them a good break tomorrow night and all day Sunday. So, we start playing every week now so we'll get a chance to judge ourselves at the end of every week. But it's been a good week and we need to put the pads on. I want to see some of the backs in some blitz pick up and stuff like that. So, we'll have a good day tomorrow morning."

The Texans have cut back their workload a bit, as has many teams, being that the roster sizes are diminished this season due to the lack of NFL Europe exemptions. Kubiak has used the lighter workload as a reward to a team that seems to be headed in the right direction.

"I just think we're getting better," said the Texans head coach. "Our competition is so good it keeps people on the field. I think we're getting mentally tougher, physically tougher as a football team. I just think you see it on a daily basis. And we've been a little lucky, too, from the standpoint of injuries."

On the subject of injuries, one of Houston's biggest injury concerns is the knee of Andre Johnson, which forced him to miss seven games a year ago. Johnson has been healthy, but Kubiak is still keeping him out of certain drills.

"He (Andre) is fine," Kubiak told reporters. "If I have a choice and I don't have to practice him on this turf I would rather not. We actually are taking him outside and going to work him a little bit. But, just hold him off the turf."

Running back Chris Brown has missed the entire first week of camp with a bad back, but Gary Kubiak has high hopes for the free agent acquisition from Tennessee—

"Yes, he's much better. Probably the smart thing to do is wait until Monday morning and bring him back. I would think that would be our plan."

Reporters asked the Texans head coach if Brown's recovery is being speeded up by the signing of Mike Bell, who started off his first practice fast, then became gassed.

"I don't think there is much Chris can do," said Kubiak. "His back has been a problem and I think he wants out here as bad as anybody. It's like I told you all yesterday, I know he can help our team and this team knows he can help, so we're excited to see him get out here and show us what he can do. Lets get him healthy and hopefully it happens."

Mike Bell talked about his initial tryout with the team—

"I was super nervous. It was like going back to the combine. You have to try to impress some people. You have guys watching and you just have to do your best. I just know the average NFL player's career is not that long, so I have to do the best that I can when I get my opportunities."

The Texans will practice once Saturday and then take the rest of the weekend off.

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