Houston Texans OTAs: Defensive line grinds during first day of media availability

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The Houston Texans held their first media availability of organized team activities on Thursday.

The media access allowed for the opportunity to observe the Texans’ defensive line, which is undergoing a transition as the AFC South club moves from a 3-4 defense to a Tampa-2 scheme with a 4-3 front.

The new scheme means the Texans will have to evaluate their edge defenders from the 3-4 scheme, which Houston ran from 2011-20, and determine who can be effective playing as a down lineman.

The Texans practiced outside at their training facilities in NRG Park. The players were in their new practice attire working under partly cloudy skies an 80 degrees.

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Defensive coordinator Lovie Smith, one of the mavens at running the Tampa-2 scheme, was hard at work getting defenders to play with proper technique in the trenches.

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It is no surprise that Charles Omenihu would continue to play as a down lineman.

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However, Jacob Martin, who played outside linebacker the past two seasons, saw some work coming out of a three-point stance.

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Jordan Jenkins, Houston’s free agent linebacker they signed from the New York Jets in free agency, took reps as a down lineman.

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The coaching staff continued to have defensive players run through the drills, including some “tough sledding.”

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Texans executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby was at practice.

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Easterby even got to visit with Culley during the linebacker drills.

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Fifth-round linebacker Garret Wallow got to show his stuff going against a veteran in Hardy Nickerson.

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Credit the Houston media for having sharp enough memories and great facial recognition to put names on numbers, as apparently that wasn’t an easy feat Thursday.

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It is only May. The Texans are a work in progress, but so is everyone else as all 32 NFL teams work through way through their offseason programs.