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Chris Myers: “Utmost confidence” in Antoine Caldwell, Rashad Butler

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 17, 2012 – 1:28 pm

Center Chris Myers re-signed on Saturday morning, but the Texans will have two new starting offensive linemen in 2012. Right guard Mike Brisiel signed with the Oakland Raiders on Friday, and right tackle Eric Winston was released on Tuesday.

Waiting to step in are Antoine Caldwell at right guard and Rashad Butler at right tackle. Caldwell, a third-round draft pick in 2009, has started 13 games at right guard in three seasons. Butler, who has been with the Texans since 2007, started four games for suspended left tackle Duane Brown in 2010.

“I think they’ve both played tremendous when they get in, and I think that they’re ready for the challenge,” Myers said on Saturday. “I’m anxious to see how it’s going to pan out. I’ve got the utmost faith and confidence in ‘em.”

Myers thinks Caldwell and Butler could make a smooth transition into the starting lineup, although, as  he pointed out, “you’ll never know until it gets down into the season time, when they’re playing week in and week out.” How quickly they establish chemistry with the rest of the line will be critical — Brisiel started 47 games with the Texans, Winston 87.

“Obviously, they’ve got big shoes to fill, and I think Antoine and Rashad know that,” Myers said. “They have plenty of playing experience, so it’s going to be something they’re un-familiar to. They’re very familiar with the system and they’re very familiar with the offense and the guys around them. So it’s going to be kind of an easy stepping-stone.

“I don’t think it’s [like] a situation when we have someone brand new coming in here. It’s going to be a lot easier for them to get the transition going to be the starters week in and week out than it would be to have a free agent coming in here or a rookie coming in here and learning everything.”

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7 Responses to “Chris Myers: “Utmost confidence” in Antoine Caldwell, Rashad Butler”

  1. By Megatron4000 on Mar 18, 2012 | Reply

    Well that’s reassuring. What’s up with Dressen?

  2. By David Hawthorne on Mar 18, 2012 | Reply

    Dressen worries me we need him!
    Can Not waite till next season lets play football next time we going all the way
    hope football starts next sunday- dreaming
    without engeries
    Hope Texans can hold it together this year no getting hurt

  3. By Robert Polley on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    not at all helpful ,i dont see how you can confidently gut the o line without a backup plan unless they are gearing u for the draft? that would make sense to me we really need wide outs lets be real walters and andre cant be our only wr’s that dont throw games (jacoby) and to be honest if it was up to me i would have cut him after the game….without any question at the very least they should have kept winston as a backup and knocked good ole sir drops the ball and capn no hands jones but i doubt mcnair doesnt want the best and if it means makeing some hard decisions in fa so be it lets be honest guys mario was overpaid,and ryans would fit better elsewhere brisel and winston may have been good but we have a good team a superbowl contender with the roster even wothout these guys and dresson is a starter not a backup owen has it sewn up right now leinhart is on his way out hate to say it he was good in his prime but not today just hoe he saved his money along the way ….good luck to all and for the record even though i and a blue blooded texans fan since day one ….but denver just made a mistake by letting go of tebow…….lol…id take schaub over manning anyday

  4. By Robert Polley on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply


  5. By james on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    caldwell was terrible last year. we need to check out right gurd in free agency or in the 2nd round of the draft.

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