2013 Houston Texans OTAs: Quotes From Day Two

Bob Levey

While the city of Houston was focused on Super Bowl LI, the Texans continued organized team practice.

Once again the Texans website has a plethora of comments from day two of organized team practice. Read the full story here, but here are some of the more intriguing quotes below.

Head Coach Gary Kubiak

(on how he plans to push the backup quarterbacks and his expectations) "Everybody is always competing. Case (Keenum) has obviously made up a bunch of ground from the standpoint of what he knows and what he can handle as a player. To me, he's going to push T.J. (Yates) and then obviously with (Stephen) McGee, this is his first go-round with us. It's only been a couple of days. The one thing about training camp nowadays in the NFL, you practice once a day, so there is a lot of ground that has to be made up in the offseason and that's what's going on right now. How far has Case come? How far has McGee come? I've had the other two for a while, so I have to see how far they come."

(on what it would mean for Houston to get a Super Bowl to host) "Yeah, that's pretty cool. I know that there has been a tremendous amount of work put in by our organization and Mr. McNair. I know that the city was a tremendous host back years ago. Of course, I wasn't here at that time, but I know they would do a great job again. Hopefully, they're rewarded for their work today, so we're hoping for the best."

(on ILB Tim Dobbins not being present for OTAs) "Yeah, it's voluntary. He's not here, but our work has been good. Of our 59 guys that were under contract for the offseason, 57 of those guys were here the whole time. Obviously, Ed (Reed) isn't healthy, but other than that, it's voluntary and Tim is not here."

(on speculation that S Ed Reed might miss the first week of the regular season) "I don't go off speculation. We know what we know. He had the surgery. Everything went well. He went through the process of staying in Colorado which was part of the deal, part of the rehab process. Now, he's supposed to be turned loose this week. Everything that we know is on schedule and our expectations are to look at camp at some point and be ready to go at the opening of the season. Other than that, I can't comment on that."

WR DeAndre Hopkins

(on the biggest challenge going from rookie mini-camp to OTAs with veterans) "The tempo is different and the speed. You're going against Pro Bowlers, so it's a big difference."

(on if anything about OTAs sticks out to him) "Everything sticks out to me; the urgency of guys and the competitiveness that everybody has and the goal and the want-to and will. Everybody wants to be successful and they want success for this team."

(on his collision in practice) "I'm okay. I just bruised my knee. I kind of landed on him (CB Brandon Harris). I don't know what I hit. I just kind of bruised my knee but I got right back in a couple plays later. Hopefully he's okay."

DE Antonio Smith

(on if his family and friends in Oklahoma are all okay after the tornado) "I checked with my family and everybody, other than property damage, the most important thing was everybody was alright. Your heart has got to go out to those families that weren't so fortunate, especially with the kids and the school. As I can remember in my life, every five years we get a big one like that that comes through there, sometimes a little bit more. It seems to turn up through Moore and takes it on into the city."

(on if he had any family suffer any destruction from the storm) "I had some family members lose some houses, but they're happy they are alive. I'm feeling blessed for that."

(on being out on the field for OTAs) "Oh yeah, it's always good to get back out here with your boys. Even though sometimes you feel like you dread it, once you get back out here with each other, it brings it all into perspective."

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