Three things to monitor from Houston Texans OTAs this week


(SportsRadio 610) - With rookie minicamp now in the rearview mirror for the Texans, it means OTAs (organized team activities) are on the docket this week.

OTAs are available to reporters and media for one day in each of the next three weeks, beginning Tuesday, May 24. This will set the table for mandatory minicamp June 14, followed by training camp at the end of July. OTAs are voluntary, so one obvious element of this to monitor is attendance.

It is not an indictment, necessarily, when players pass on voluntary camp. But for an organization coming off back-to-back four-win seasons with a lot of ground to cover, attendance will be interesting to follow.

Here are three other things worth following these next couple of weeks.

Derek Stingley Jr.'s participation

General manager Nick Caserio set the stage for this Monday morning when he appeared on Payne & Pendergast. The Texans' No. 3 overall pick, and presumably their top corner for the foreseeable future, could miss some time on the practice field as he continues to recover from a torn ligament in his left foot, suffered last year while at LSU.

The goal is for Stingley to be a full-go by training camp in mid-July, so there's no sense in rushing him for minicamps in the spring. Stingley did participate in rookie minicamp earlier this month, but don't be surprise if Houston's top pick is doing individual work off to the side, or out of sight entirely.

Davis Mills' Development

The dynamic could not be much more different from last year for the Texans' second-year quarterback. A year ago, Mills entered OTAs as a rookie third-round rookie, firmly planted behind veteran Tyrod Taylor on the depth chart.

What seemed like a reasonable expectation for Mills is he compete with Jeff Driskel for the backup QB role. Well, he ultimately passed Driskel and Taylor, becoming the Texans' presumed starter heading into his second season.

Mills outperformed most of the quarterbacks taken ahead of him - all except New England's Mac Jones - and there is some anticipation on how he develops this year. It's Mills' performance that could inform the Texans' future draft decisions, whether they should take a quarterback with one of those four first-round draft picks over the next two years, starting with 2023.

Offensive line musical chairs

It's been a nightmare watching the Texans try to field a decent offensive line. Aside from poor performance, the most frustrating aspect is the musical chairs they've played along the line.

Caserio told P&P there is an opportunity for Tytus Howard to move back from left guard to right tackle, but he was hesitant to commit to it.

But let's face it, you don't draft a left guard No. 15 overall (Kenyon Green), then pick up a $13 million option for Howard just to continue to yo-yo him around from position to position.

He is a tackle and it's time for him to sit in that chair once and for all.

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