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2014 Houston Texans OTAs: Willie McGinest Attends, Speaks To OLBs

The Houston Texans had a surprise visitor at OTAs today. Believe it or not, there's a Patriots connection to boot.

This guy knows a little bit about playing OLB in Romeo Crennel's system.
This guy knows a little bit about playing OLB in Romeo Crennel's system.

Today at OTAs, another wrinkle was added to the Houston Texans becoming the Houston Patriots. Everyone knows that Texans' defensive coordinator Romeo Crenel was the defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots when they won titles in 2001, 2003 and 2004. Most also know Willie McGinest flourished at outside linebacker on those squads.

Well, the Texans had a surprise guest at practice. No, it was not Andre Johnson.  McGinest was in Houston rocking Steel Blue and spent the day working with the outside linebackers and teaching them the finer details on how to play the position in Crennel's scheme.

The speculation is that the number one pick, Jadeveon Clowney, is going to play the same position as McGinest did in New England. Yet he was not at OTAs today. It's just like the time in high school when I feigned sickness to miss school only to find out the next day Mack Brown signed autographs and watched our practice during a recruiting visit.

As a result, Clowney missed the lecture and the chance to work with McGinest. Hopefully this won't be McGinest's last visit so Clowney can get the chance to learn from the master.

Now the Texans just need to bring Damon Huard in to work with the quarterbacks.