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RTC: Welker's success not lost on Thomas

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...

Veteran slot receiver Mike Thomas is well aware of Wes Welker's success in Bill O'Brien's offense when both were with the New England Patriots, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. “I don’t think you can really look over that,” Thomas said on Thursday. “You have guys … you know, Wes Welker was obviously a big part of that and (Danny) Amendola (who played his first season in New England last year) and some of the other guys. They use pretty much anybody they can find in New England to get the job done. So I definitely have had that thought and have looked at it and imagined.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick has taken a winding road to Houston, writes Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle. "If you had asked me 10 years ago, 'If you had a 10-year career, would you be happy with it?' I'd have said, 'Yeah,' " Fitzpatrick said. "But for me, I think there's a lot of unfinished business, in terms of things that I want to do and prove and things that I expect out of myself that I still haven't done."

Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official website quoted defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel from an interview with Texans' radio last week. The relevant excerpt from her post:

Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel calls Jackson’s ability to adapt to the inside as "outstanding." It sets a valuable example for rookies like Jadeveon Clowney who are also learning a new role. Clowney, Houston’s No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, has been working to make the transition from a defensive end in college to outside linebacker in the Texans defense.

"Those young guys we have been talking about, they see a veteran playing two spots and now that gives them incentive to learn what they have to learn," Crennel said in a Texans Radio interview. "I think that makes everybody better because everybody knows that 'If I can play two spots, I can help the team more.' Clowney is going look and he’s going to see this veteran who started last year. He’s playing inside and outside and so if I can play defensive end and linebacker, then I become more valuable."