RTC: Schaub doesn't shy from expectations

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...

Quarterback Matt Schaub tells John McClain of the Houston Chronicle that Antonio Smith is right, anything short of the Super Bowl would be a failure for the Texans. It's been their refrain since last season.

On Monday Ed Reed put on pads for the first time since he joined the Texans, writes James Palmer of CSN Houston. Reed's teammate, cornerback Johnathan Joseph said having Reed at safety will buy the cornerbacks more time. Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Friday the Texans will likely make a decision about Reed's status for Monday night's game by early this week.

Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus helped out a couple undrafted rookies with a hamstring injury early in camp that kept him out for the entire preseason. But Mercilus said he'll be ready for the Texans' opener in San Diego. He also expects double-digit sacks from himself, writes Drew Doughterty from the team's website. If he can, that will be big for the Texans. They didn't get much pressure from the outside last year, getting most of it instead from inside guys Antonio Smith and J.J. Watt.

The Texans have gone through several stages of their development and are now the "big boys" says Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle. Now that the build is over, Robertson takes a look at the Texans' roster to explain just what they built.