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Old 05-08-2015, 05:20 PM   #1
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Texans rookies gather for minicamp in Houston

The Texans draft is complete, and their offseason program is underway. For three days, over 30 rookie draft picks and free agents will be on the field hoping to show the coaches they belong in Houston.

"The first thing they need to do is basically make the team and learn their role and then create some value for themselves for the team; making sure they know they're part of the team. They're not here on a field trip to Houston," said head coach Bill O'Brien.

Leading the Texans group this weekend is top draft pick, cornerback Kevin Johnson, who was taken 16th overall last week. He said he's here to listen and learn how to be a pro.

"I'm just trying to come in here, work hard, you know, be coachable and, you know, have fun," said Johnson.

"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity that's been laid out for us, and I know we're all excited," said defensive tackle and sixth-round pick Christian Covington.

On the field this weekend getting a look is linebacker Paul Quessenberry. He's the brother of Texans lineman David Quessenberry, who has cancer.

"Especially with my brother being here obviously it means that much more to me because Houston's been such a special place for him," said Texans rookie Paul Quessenberry.

The Texans rookies will spend three days on the practice field and in meetings. O'Brien said he and his staff are calling it a weekend of evaluation.

"It really doesn't matter where you were drafted. That's where you were picked. OK, that's great. That's in the past. Now it's about what you do from this point forward," said O'Brien.

Later this month, organized team activities will begin with the rookies as well as the veterans. The offseason closes with a minicamp in June.

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