Labhart, second-year players looking good in minicamp

After Friday's rookie minicamp, head coach Bill O'Brien observed that all players needed to improve their football conditioning.

Everyone, that is, except for a few.

"I'll take the three receivers, use them as examples, EZ (Nwachukwu), Jace (Davis), (Travis) Labhart," O'Brien said Saturday. "These guys are in way better shape than the other guys and so that's good for the rookies to see that."

Bill O'Brien was pleased with the progress that second-year players have made in the Texans offseason program. Many have been training at NRG Stadium and have kept up their conditioning.

Having one year of experience in the system didn't hurt either. Labhart compared the mental aspect of minicamp to "having the answers to a test."

"For me, this offseason was about coming in and being in good shape and knowing the playbook," Labhart said. "It's mind-boggling how much the more info you know, the easier things are."

Currently, eight players fall under the second-year category on the Texans rookie minicamp roster: WR Jace Davis, WR EZ Nwachukwu, WR Travis Labhart, OLB Kourtnei Brown, T Bryan Witzmann, T Matt Feiler, C James Ferentz, and DE Tevita Finau.

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