Quarterback Matt Schaub has not participated in organized team activities (OTAs) as he recovers from a 2011 Lisfranc injury, but the Texans fully expect him to be ready for training camp in late July.
Coach Gary Kubiak reaffirmed as much on Wednesday after being asked how able Schaub might be for camp and the beginning of the season.
“There’s nobody here questioning it, I can tell you that,” Kubiak said. “He’s our quarterback. He’s our leader. He’s played extremely well. He had a very unfortunate situation last year, getting caught in a pile. We know what Matt’s capable of and what he’s done when he’s been on the field for us and we’re expecting big things from him, so there’s no questions being asked here.”
Schaub has been rehabbing on a side field during OTA practices, running and doing quarterback drills as he works his right foot back to full strength.
“He looks good to me,” Kubiak said. “He looks like Matt. He’ll work as hard as anybody, and he’s got a lot of ground to make up while some of these other guys take a little break here in a few weeks. He and Andre (Johnson) are going to have to stay at it.”
With Schaub out, second-year quarterback T.J. Yates has been leading the Texans’ first-team offense throughout OTAs. Kubiak called it an “amazing” opportunity for Yates, who started seven games as a rookie last season and led the Texans to their first-ever playoff victory.
Last offseason, Yates didn’t have the benefit of OTAs as a rookie because of the lockout, and he was third in line for reps in training camp behind Schaub and Matt Leinart.
“T.J.’s really still a young player, and all the reps he’s gotten – he’s our starting quarterback right now out here, and the more reps he gets doing that, the more comfortable he becomes that he can lead a team and do those things,” Kubiak said. “He did it last year, so as hard as it is to have Matt out, it’s been very valuable for T.J.”
Tags: Andre Johnson, Gary Kubiak, Matt Schaub, Organized Team Activities, T.J. Yates
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