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Houston Texans’ 2017 Rookie Mini-Camp Begins Friday

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Check out what Bill O’Brien had to say about his latest rookie class and see who Texans fans are most eager to watch.

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Joe Mathis is a rookie to watch.
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Your Houston Texans will get to see their 2017 rookie class—both those who were drafted and those who were not—on the practice filed this week when the team holds its three day rookie mini-camp. From Friday to Sunday, Houston’s rookies will receive their first extended exposure to Bill O’Brien and his staff. For his part, O’Brien says the staff will be balancing scheme installation with player evaluation:

“Those guys will be coming in on Thursday and it’s part evaluation and part installation,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday. "There’s a lot of work to be with these guys but we have about 45-plus guys coming in so some of it’s evaluation. We’ve had a number of guys over the years since we’ve been here that have been on our 53 that were undrafted, tryout guys. Some of it is installation and how much of it we can get in with these guys. It’s a fairly long weekend for them.”

OTAs start later this month, with mandatory mini-camp following in June, and then training camp in July.

Which rookies’ performances are you most looking forward to reading about this week? Do you think Joe Mathis, despite being undrafted, makes a strong first impression and shows that PFF was right to peg him as the second most productive pass rusher in the draft class?