RTC: O'Brien's era starts as OTAs begin

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...

Back on the clock after taking last week off. Thanks to Mike DiRocco, our Jaguars reporter, for filling in while I was out.

Let's get to some headlines.

The Houston Texans' organized team activities begin today and as it does, coach Bill O'Brien is looking to put his stamp on his new(ish) team, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. McClain calls it the beginning of the Bill O'Brien era because it's the first time veterans and rookies will volunteer to practice together.

In case you missed this story from Friday, former Texans' quarterback Matt Schaub spoke with Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group and talked about taking over as the Oakland Raiders' quarterback. He discussed his lack of freedom in Gary Kubiak's offense.

Offseasons are for competitions, real or imagined, and Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com examines five possible position battles for the Texans. He includes kicker, inside linebacker, defensive end, slot cornerback and right tackle. I'll be interested to see how right tackle Derek Newton develops with a new coaching staff. I'll be very interested to see what the Texans do with that third corner position -- one that's incredibly important and can be more difficult technically than the outsides sometimes.

Marc Vandermeer, the voice of the Texans, addresses tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz's role with the team. He was drafted to be a "Y" tight end, the blocking tight end expected to run short and intermediate routes. Fiedorowicz was considered by many as the best blocking tight end in the draft.