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Klein impresses at Texans minicamp

By The Mercury

Listening to Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak, it sounds like Collin Klein might just be sticking around for awhile.

The former Kansas State quarterback was unsigned as an undrafted rookie free agent, but received an invitation to the Houston Texans rookie minicamp for a tryout.

But when Kubiak spoke about Klein on Sunday, it sounded like the Heisman Trophy finalist could be factoring into a backup QB battle later this summer.

“I tell you what, it was impressive,” Kubiak told about Klein’s weekend performance this past weekend. “I’m fixing to go up and have a long talk with him. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but to watch how far the guy came in two and a half days — he really played probably his best day out here today.

“He’s found a way his whole career, and he’s probably going to find a way this time, too.”

The Texans have four quarterbacks on their roster already, with Matt Schaub returning as the starting quarterback. T.J. Yates, Stephen McGee and Case Keenum are all expected to compete for the backup spots.

And Kubiak made it sound like Klein might be throwing his name in the mix as well.

“He’s got a ton (of talent),” Kubiak said. “For what he did in college and what Jake (Plummer) has been doing with him, he’s come a long way, as far as working under center and stuff.

“The arm strength is there. The delivery is a little different but you work with that. But his instincts as a football player you can’t coach — the way he just takes off and stuff like that.”

Klein’s game was broken down hard by NFL scouts after his college career ended, and he was invited to the NFL Combine initially to play tight end, but declined. He eventually participated as a QB.

And now, after Klein’s weekend minicamp, Kubiak believes the former Wildcat could be more than capable of being a signal-caller at the NFL level, despite the comparisons to Tim Tebow, who was cut last week by the Jets.

“Like I said, we’re fixing to sit down and have a good long talk, he and I, but I think this kid’s going to beat the bushes and he’s going to figure out a way,” Kubiak said. “I’m very impressed with him.”

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