Gary Kubiak frustrated by absence of third rounders

AP

The Texans took a pair of players in the third round of April’s draft, but neither one of them is on the field right now.

Tackle Brennan Williams had to have fluid drained from his knee, which was scoped after he injured it in rookie camp, and will miss at least the rest of the week of practice as a result. Outside linebacker Sam Montgomery reported to camp out of shape, leading to a stay on the non-football injury list, and then hurt his ankle on his first day of practice.

Coach Gary Kubiak said that Montgomery was “way behind” the team and said that both absences were frustrating.

“Yeah, it is,” Kubiak said, via the team’s website. “Don’t get me wrong now, there’s nothing they can do about it. When you’re injured, you can’t go if you can’t go. But it’s just tough because it’s been a long offseason and we’re counting on those guys to push players on this team and be in position to help us. Right now, it’s just not happening right now. Hopefully, we can get them going and hopefully we can get them out here as soon as possible.”

The Texans expected Williams to be part of the mix at right tackle as they try to upgrade on the production they got from that spot last season while Montgomery had a shot at taking some of the snaps left open by Connor Barwin’s departure as a free agent. Either of those things could still happen, but only if the two rookies can get on the field to make it happen.