The Houston Texans training camp is a breeding ground for competition and that is exactly how Bill O’Brien wants it. Look no further than the safety position which, despite being pretty much set at the top three spots on the depth chart, there are still spots to be won for depth.
Second year safety Kurtis Drummond figures into the discussion for one of those spots after a rookie season that flew under the radar. Filling in at safety when needed, Drummond was second on the team in special teams tackles in 2015.
Like most on the Texans, Drummond is focused on following the team mantra.
“I just come in and work hard the best and be the best teammate I can,” Drummond said, with a smile. “Trying to contribute the best way, I can taking it one day at a time.”
Drummond understood that he needed to take the next step as a player and the best way to accomplish that was to study the defense and perfect his craft. Used sparingly on the defense, Drummond went to work to over the off season to ensure he was ready for the start of camp.
“It is crazy how much more comfortable I feel but that is credit to the people in the room and just picking their brains,” explained Drummond. “After getting a year under your belt, you realize you can play at this level.”
Drummond went to work watching the starters in front of him, Quintin Demps and Andre Hal, and how they played in the scheme last season.
“I did a lot of film watching of QD and Dre, just their patience in the way the play,” said Drummond, regarding the offseason. “I focused on gaining a little bit of weight and come in better shape than I did last year. It has allowed me to play faster and that has allowed me to compete.”
That newfound training regiment and mental part of the game has changed the landscape for Drummond, who has come out and started strong in camp. Pushing to be the primary backup for Demps and Hal, Drummond has a better feel for what his role is in the defense.
“It is really just understanding the game plan, understanding our schemes, and really just mastering our techniques,” Drummond elaborated. “When you get out in the game, it is about turning up the speed.”