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Texans sign seventh-round pick Brink


On Thursday, quarterback Alex Brink became the second draft pick to sign with the Texans in 2008.

The Texans announced Thursday that they have signed seventh-round draft pick quarterback Alex Brink, the second Texans draft choice to sign.

"I feel like the Texans are a good fit for me because the coaches here are going to contribute to making me a better player," Brink said. "The guys in the locker room all care about working together and winning, and that's what matters."

{QUOTE}Brink (6-2, 212) was the 223rd selection in the 2008 NFL Draft from Washington State. The Texans made room for Brink on the roster by cutting veteran quarterback Quinn Gray in early June. During OTAs, Brink and second-year pro Shane Boyd impressed head coach Gary Kubiak with their progress.

"I watch Alex and I watch Shane and I think they have a chance to play in this league," Kubiak said. "We can't take five quarterbacks to camp.

"At the quarterback position, I made a decision to work with those two young players."

Brink is the fifth signal caller taken by the Texans and the first since 2004, when Houston drafted quarterback B.J. Symons in the seventh round (248th overall). The rookie is looking forward to working under quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels.

"I'm excited to learn under Matt and Sage," Brink said. "Having two experienced guys like that who have been in successful in the league will teach me a lot. I know my role is to learn from them and learn quickly so that I can be ready when I'm needed."

Brink started his last 40 games dating back to his freshman season at Washington State. The quarterback was the first Cougar to have two games in his career with five touchdown passes. He became WSU's all-time leader in career net yards with 10,628 (rushing, receiving and passing), passing Ryan Leaf (7,262), Jack Thompson (7,698) and Jason Gesser (9,007) last season. Brink also became the school's all-time leader in career plays last season with 1,652.

He finished his senior year by completing 305-of-503 passes for a career high 3,818 yards and 26 touchdowns. Brink's best game was against San Diego State where he passed for 469 yards, completing 80 percent of his passes, and five touchdowns in a 45-17 victory.

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