Brooks Reed learning to play inside if needed

AP

It’s a good thing Texans linebacker Brooks Reed is healthy enough to work in OTAs, because he has some extra work to do.

According to Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle, Reed is working inside, in case the Texans need him there this year.

“I’m not 100 percent switching positions, but I’m trying to learn another position,” Reed said. “It’s coming along. I’ve been in the playbook a lot, picking up little things. Cush [inside linebacker Brian Cushing] played the position, so I’m always asking him things. But I’ll get the hang of it.”

He’s a natural outside linebacker, though his production hasn’t been astounding (8.5 sacks in two seasons).

“We know that Brooks can line up outside and play tomorrow if we opened the season,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “So we’re very concerned about getting him his reps inside from that standpoint.”

To move him inside would indicate they think one of their draft picks, either Sam Montgomery or Trevardo Williams, was ready to start opposite Whitney Mercilus.

Mercilus, last year’s first-rounder had 6.0 sacks as a reserve, but that’s a lot of faith to put on a lot of young guys.