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O'Brien: Xavier Su'a-Filo "has definitely improved"

Posted Jun 23, 2016

O-lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo is much improved, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Xavier Su’a-Filo is better.

 

Just ask his head coach.

 

Bill O’Brien recently spoke about the third-year offensive lineman, and was very positive about the left guard’s progress.

 

“He has definitely improved,” O’Brien said.

 

Su’a-Filo was inserted into the starting lineup for the final eight games of 2015. The Texans wound up going 6-2 during that second half, after stumbling to a 3-5 start through the season’s first two months. O’Brien cited three key reasons for Su’a-Filo’s improvement.

 

He’s in better shape,” O’Brien said. “He understands our system better. Just like I was saying about other guys, he has received a ton of reps with the ones.”

 

The head coach, though, stressed that the true measuring stick of Su’a-Filo and the rest of the offensive and defensive linemen’s success will come during training camp.

 

“The key for the lineman on both sides of the ball is when the pads go on, especially for the young linemen,” O’Brien said. “That’s really where you make a determination on how much they’ve improved and how good they can be, but to this point, in the unpadded practices, he has made a lot of improvement.”

 

Su’a-Filo and the Texans will reconvene for training camp at NRG Stadium and the Houston Methodist Training Center in late July. 

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