HOUSTON -- Mario Williams isn't comfortable as the face of the Houston Texans. The defensive end is so uneasy with the notion he pretends not to notice.
He says -- quote -- "I really don't pay much attention to it.
You know I don't watch TV or read newspapers or magazines."
When pressed, he continued: "I don't have to know that. I'm
just here to play ball and be part of the team."
Like it or not, last year's 14-sack season has made Williams
this relatively anonymous team's biggest star. Now the Texans are
waiting to see how the top overall pick in 2006 will follow it up.
Williams made a big jump last season after having 4 1/2 sacks as
a rookie while playing through a painful foot ailment. Houston
defensive coordinator Richard Smith expects even more in 2008.
Smith says Williams finished the year strong and he thinks that
means more confidence, which in turn will mean more success. And
Smith says he's not just talking about sacks. He says he's also
talking about hurries on the quarterback and disruptive plays.
Notes: First-round draft pick Duane Brown sat out the end of
the morning practice after getting winded. "Duane got a little
gassed, but he's got to catch up with the football team," Kubiak
said. "(He's) a little overweight. He had a lot going on with the
contract and all that so he's got to catch up." ... G Mike Brisiel
wore a splint on his nose today after breaking it in practice
yesterday afternoon. ... RB Chris Brown arrived at camp today after
missing yesterday's workouts because of a personal matter.
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