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Second-rounder Reed working out in Tucson

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 12, 2011 – 9:34 am

Texans second-round draft pick Brooks Reed, an outside linebacker from the University of Arizona, has been working out in his hometown of Tucson as he waits for the NFL labor situation to be resolved.

Reed told the Tucson Citizen that he has been working hard on his conditioning to prepare for the humidity of Houston. He also has been using Texans defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, his former teammate at Arizona, as a resource.

“I have a few DVDs of games that Earl gave me,” Reed said. “And Wade Phillips is there; he ran the Cowboys defense. We have some of their film, so I will be watching some of that.”

Wheenver football activity resumes, Reed will compete for playing time at strongside linebacker with Connor Barwin, the Texans’ second-round pick in 2009.

“I’m just working out trying to get in the best possible shape for camp,” Reed said. “It will be a learning curve for me because I will have less time to learn the playbook, and they’re expecting me to compete for that starting job.”

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