Unless you're a quarterback, kicker, punter or long snapper, Bill O'Brien said you must have a blade, a bottle opener, a corkscrew, fish scaler and set of tweezers.
Not in those particular words, but the Texans head coach essentially wants his squad to be a drawer full of Swiss Army knives. For more than a century, the Swiss Army knife has featured at minimum a blade, along with a few to many more tools that pivot inside to the handle.
For the foreseeable future, the Texans must perform at a few different spots on the field, and be able
“They have to be able to play multiple roles," O'Brien said after the Texans' first OTA. "This is way in the future here, but when you can only have 46 guys on a game day roster, the phrase ‘The more you can do,’ is a really important phrase."
It fits in nicely with the word "versatile", which he and general manager Rick Smith repeatedly said during the Draft. Being able to do more than just one task is a must, according to the new head coach.
"A lot of these guys, no matter what position they play, they’re going to do multiple things," O'Brien said. "They’re going to be maybe the third corner and they’re going to be on all four special teams.
With the exception of fourth rounder
"Everybody’s a part of a fluid situation at the position because we’re asking guys to learn multiple roles," O'Brien said.
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