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Diles the talk of the town

Linebacker Zac Diles, a seventh-round pick last year out of Kansas State, is the hot Texans topic in the media after three days of OTAs. Megan Manfull of the Houston Chronicle says Diles is **determined to prove he deserves** the starting strong side linebacker spot awarded to him by head coach Gary Kubiak.

Diles has come a long way since going less than one round from being undrafted last season and hearing endless talk of being undersized.

"When people tell me I'm too small, it upsets me a little bit," Diles said. "Because, shoot, I'm here. Somebody saw enough in me to bring me here. So size really shouldn't matter. But it's the NFL. You're going to get that kind of stuff, but you just have to prove to them that you can go out and do the job no matter how big you are."

AP writer Chris Duncan adds that Diles is **learning fast** and ready to seize his starting opportunity.

"It's all the little things that I still have to improve," Diles said. "It's still a new position to me, so I'm honing in on a lot of things. But for the most part, I feel like I'm doing good."

  • Nick Scurfield
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