When the Houston Texans arrive for three days of practices in August, they will provide a test for the shuffled offensive line. At that point, the line will have about two and a half quarters' worth of game time on its ledger. Every snap will help.
But perhaps no one will benefit more than
But so far, it's so good for him, which is where we begin.
1. Franklin looks smooth in his adjustment to left guard. This shouldn't be a surprise, given his college background at the position, his experience in the offense, and the presence of so many seasoned hands around him. It also helps that one of Franklin's neighbors, center
"I know the things that he likes and how he does certain things," said Ramirez.
At guard, you must react faster, given the shorter distance defenders have to the quarterback and ballcarrier by going up the middle. Franklin's footwork here has been sound; he does a good job getting set and not getting burned by spin moves and stunts.
The jury will be in deliberations on Franklin's transition for months to come, given that pads will not go on until training camp. However, the early returns are promising.
2. The absence of
"I think the important thing for Quanterus is just to get the time playing," said Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio. "You’ve just got to play football, get the reps. He’s clearly light years ahead of where he was last year."
When Smith practiced during training camp last year, he was eight months removed from the torn anterior cruciate ligament that depressed his draft stock and kept him from being a likely second-day selection. Smith showed flashes of brilliance, but wasn't the same as he was at Western Kentucky. Now, he's back.
"He was trying to fight his way through the injury. Ended up getting that time, which he needed, and he’s much better in every facet," Del Rio said. "He’s healthy, he’s more mature, more sure of himself, and he’s doing a good job so far.”
3. No. 2 quarterback
Osweiler also did a good job recognizing and adapting to the defense's looks. When presented with