Tight ends group an athletic mix for Texans

The Texans tight end group is athletic, and in the last two years it's gotten younger.

Even though his head coach said Kahale Warring is "not there yet", the tight end had a solid first day on the job.

Warring, a third round selection from San Diego State, hit the field inside the Houston Methodist Training Center with his fellow rookies on Friday. Bill O'Brien said Warring "had a pretty good day today, just for Day 1 out here", and thinks Warring shares many of the same qualities athletically with his position group.

"Jordan Thomas, Jordan Akins and Kahale, they're big good athletes," O'Brien said. "They can run. They can catch. They're smart."

Veterans Ryan Griffin and Darren Fells are also in the mix, with skillsets that are intriguing on the physical side.

"There are guys that are really athletic for their size, and do a nice job of understanding our offense," O'Brien said.

Surrounding quarterback Deshaun Watson with weapons, and also protecting him, has been a key objective for Brian Gaine in his time as general manager. The past two drafts have seen him and the Texans add a trio of tight ends to help with that in Akins, Thomas and Warring.

Blocking is important to all that, and O'Brien explained what the Texans saw with Warring.

"We thought that he had a really good chance to learn how to block, and the toughness to block, and the willingness to block," O'Brien said. "I think that's one of the keys: having the willingness to block. If you have that and you get the technique down, then you'll be able to do it."

The Texans selected San Diego State TE Kahale Warring in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft at 86th overall. (via AP Images)

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