Texans expect ‘case-by-case basis’ for participation in offseason program

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Mark Lane
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The NFL’s voluntary offseason program starts Monday, and new general manager Nick Caserio doesn’t see any difference between the 2021 post-lockdown version and the version from years past.

Caserio addressed the offseason program in a Zoom call with Houston media on April 16.

“This year is no different,” Caserio said. “It’s a voluntary program. So players have the option to participate in the program. So it’s a case-by-case basis and each player will make the choice that they feel is best.”

According to Caserio, NRG Stadium facilities have been open and available to Texans players, and “a multitude” have been using the weight room throughout the offseason.

“They come in the building, they test, they go in the weight room, they work out, they go through their process,” said Caserio. “So, again, whatever players are here that choose to participate, like that’s their choice and we are going to create as good of a working environment for the players as possible. So, when they come here, they feel comfortable, and they feel like they are improving as a Houston Texan football player, so that’s what our focus is going to be on.”

Texans players voted to skip voluntary workouts in solidarity with the NFLPA as the league and players union work to clarify offseason program participation.