Rookies fell behind while at premiere

June, 2, 2014
Jun 2
4:47
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Texans coach Bill O'Brien made sure to say that it wasn't their fault.

But when asked if rookie outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and quarterback Tom Savage are behind after missing the end of last week for the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, O'Brien said they were.

"That’s something they were mandated to go to that," O'Brien said. "Hopefully they got a lot out of it and now they’re back and they have to catch up."

I asked if the rules allow for extra time to help them catch up.

"You can keep them out on the field, do things out on the field, do things in the meeting room to help catch them up, which is certainly what we will do," O'Brien said. "And then they have to do things on their own. They have to figure out on their own how to catch up on what they missed."

Players who are invited to the rookie premiere are not allowed to be at their team facilities, whether they go to the premiere or not. That helps ensure they'll be at the premiere and makes certain their absence from their voluntary activities won't be held against them. Though these workouts are voluntary and attendance can't be taken, you don't need to take roll to notice the first overall pick and only rookie quarterback aren't here.

Savage and Clowney were the only two Texans rookies invited.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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