The Texans practiced without the top two candidates for their starting right tackle job during OTAs and mini-camp.
“If you look at our roster, it looks good, but the bottom line is the guys aren’t out there, so that’s concerning for us as a team and me as a coach,” Kubiak said after the conclusion of mini-camp on Thursday. “I love the way Newton has worked. I think he made a lot of progress as a player last year. He played hurt at the end of the year, which was tough on him and us as a team. We drafted a young man with a lot of ability (Williams). He hasn’t been out here yet.”
Newton, a seventh-round draft pick from Arkansas State in 2011, started 14 games last season. He missed two with a knee injury that required offseason surgery to repair his patellar tendon. Williams, a third-round pick from North Carolina, injured his knee in rookie mini-camp in May.
“I like what Ryan has done,” Kubiak said. “He’s had a good offseason. I like what I see in Quessenberry because he’s gotten all the reps. It’s all in place, but somebody has to step up and go do it. So, hopefully they’re all there when we go back to work.”
Right tackle is one of the Texans’ biggest concerns heading into training camp, and it’s the only real question mark left on the offensive line.
“(Right tackle) is (a concern),” Kubiak said. “I think it is for the guys up front, too. Our four starters are locked in up front, putting Brandon in with those guys. I think even those guys are looking, thinking, ‘OK, who’s it going to be? Who’s going to step up and take this job and play here for the next 10 years and play right tackle for the Texans?’ So I think we’re all watching that. I think Newton took a step towards doing that last year, and now he has to take another big step.”