After practice on Tuesday, Texans coach Gary Kubiak was asked how much better left tackle Duane Brown can be than he was in 2011, when he gave up only 2.5 sacks all season and was named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.
It sounds like there could be even bigger things in store for Brown in 2012.
“He’s one of the guys who have had a great offseason, in my opinion, watching him practice,” Kubiak said. “Some guys that have jumped at me offensively, I think him, I think Arian (Foster), I think (Ben) Tate. Defensively, just watching Danieal Manning—I could sit here and name veteran players that really look like they’re taking their stuff to another level, and Duane is definitely one of those guys right now.”
Brown (6-4, 320), 26, is entering his fifth NFL season and the final year of his rookie contract. A first-round draft pick in 2008, he had only one year of experience at left tackle in college at Virginia Tech. A former tight end, he has exceptional feet and athleticism for an offensive lineman and has improved in every season in the league.
“Duane loves to play,” Kubiak said. “He has a good time on the field. Duane can run; he’s a heck of a specimen from that standpoint. He plays against the best players in the league rushing the quarterback. Once you get the confidence that you can play with those guys, the sky is the limit. I think that’s where Duane is right now. He’s got a chance to be a Pro Bowl player.”
Brown was an alternate for the Pro Bowl last season, which was regarded by many as a major snub.
“I thought he played as good as any tackle in football last year, but they usually make you do it more than once,” Kubiak said. “I’m ready for him to come back and do it again.”
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