HOUSTON, TX - Bill O'Brien said he wasn't expecting to see a Pro Bowl player on the first day of practice. The Texans coach just wanted to get the ball rolling with Rookie Mini-Camp.
Having signed all seven of their draft picks, the Texans started the two-day mini-camp with their picks and a host of undrafted rookies and tryout players.
"It really doesn't matter where you were drafted," O'Brien said. "That's where you were picked, okay. That's great. That's in the past. Now, it's about what you do from this point forward."
Many of the players are still excited to put on the Texans gear and get on the field.
"At first it wasn't even real, so I had to really come down to earth that I actually was drafted, especially by this great organization," sixth round pick Reshard Cliett said. "Along the way it'll start to sink in, but right now I'm just up."
Paul Quessenberry is trying out for the team, hoping to join up with his big brother, David, on the Texans roster. David missed all of last season after being diagnosed with lymphoma. Now, the 2013 sixth round pick is in remission. The entire situation has been eye-opening for little brother, Paul.
"It's definitely motivated me a lot," Quessenberry said before his first practice. "People take a lot of opportunities in life for granted, especially as football players. You have all these cool opportunities and get to travel. When that's taken from you so suddenly, at such a high point in your life, you kind of realize what's important. That's just being here and making the most of this opportunity and not getting lost in the day-to-day."
Following the rookie program, OTA's for the entire team will begin May 26-28.