9 reasons Derek Newton can play guard

) "He's athletic, he's smart, he's very tough, he's got a skill set, a body type, that allows him to anchor on the inside. He's got a big lower body, very strong guy. When you look at him from a distance, you don't really realize how big he is. You get up close to him, the guy is a large human being. He's thick, and he's a very bright guy. He's learned our system well and we can use him at all the different spots." 
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Derek Newton started at right guard last Sunday in Jacksonville.
 

When the season began against the Chiefs, he was the team's starting right tackle. It was a position he's manned since the beginning of 2012.
 

In Week 2, he was a left guard at Carolina. From Weeks 3 through 5, he was back at right tackle. He more than held his own last weekend in a new position, as quarterback Brian Hoyer was sacked just once against the Jaguars.
 

Bill O'Brien was asked why Newton's been able to make the smooth transition to playing an inside spot on the offensive line, and the head coach peeled off nine reasons.


1. "He's athletic,"

2. "He's smart,"

3. "He's very tough,"

4. "He's got a skill set, a body type, that allows him to anchor on the inside."

5. "He's got a big lower body,"
 
6. "Very strong guy. When you look at him from a distance, you don't really realize how big he is. You get up close to him, the guy is a large human being. He's thick,"

7. "And he's a very bright guy."

8. "He's learned our system well"

9. "We can use him at all the different spots." 


 

The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 4/16/2021)


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