Some other nuggets I've stumbled across about him this month
With Andre Johnson sitting out of organized team activities (OTAs) after having arthroscopic knee surgery, wide receiver Lestar Jean is practicing as a starter opposite Kevin Walter.
Jean (6-3, 205), who went undrafted out of Florida Atlantic in 2011, is healthy and eager to prove himself after missing his rookie season with a shoulder injury.
“He dropped a couple of balls today,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said after practice on Monday. “You know, he’s got an excellent opportunity. He’s working as a starter right now in OTAs, so what an opportunity for him as a player, and it’ll be interesting to see how far he comes.”
Jean, a promising undrafted rookie from Florida Atlantic in 2011, lined up opposite Walter with the first-team offense this week. Next week, that opportunity could possibly belong to Maehl or someone else as Johnson continues to sit out.
“It’s a great opportunity for them,” Kubiak said. “I mean, you look at (how) Lestar Jean is working as a starter right now. As a player, all you can ask for is to get on the field, and if you do it, you’re not coming off. That’s the way this thing works. I’m going to rotate them every week. I think I’ll change them up, change the depth chart and see who’s going to stand out, who’s going to help our football team. But they’re all going to get an opportunity.”
"The kid has really put time in as far as preparing himself," receivers coach Larry Kirksey said. "He has engulfed himself in the offense. He knows all three positions. His attention to detail is excellent.
"He's got a ways to go, but so far we like what we see."
Knowing all three positions should get Jean on the field sooner.
Jean has good size (6-3, 205 pounds), but he isn't a classic stretch-the-field wideout with blazing speed (a 4.52-second 40-yard dash). Still, he gets open and makes plays on the ball, two aspects of the position with which the speedier Jones struggled.
Actually, those are the two most important duties for a receiver. Running fast is supposed to help accomplish those, but football isn't track.
"He is pretty smooth, a deceiving athlete," Kirksey said. "He is on the field, and it doesn't look like he is moving. But then all of a sudden, he is past you."
Jean was an undrafted free agent who looked impressive in training camp last year and in one preseason game before being placed on IR for the year following a shoulder injury. It was rumored that the injury was minor, but that the Texans were afraid they would lose him to another team if they moved him to the practice squad
"He's always up on me," Johnson said. "Asking me this, asking me that. Wondering how I do this, wondering how I do that."
Jean, 24, was one of the training camp stars last summer before a shoulder injury put him on injured reserve for the season. But when given the opportunity, he lived up to his nickname "Big Play," making impressive catches his norm. He had a couple of long catches in limited preseason action and made more in practice.
As University of Houston coach Tony Levine has been known to crack, there's no question he was first-team all-shorts.
That's OK with Jean, because he has to win the battle on the practice field before he gets a shot under the Sunday afternoon lights.
We're talking about a player who wasn't drafted when he came out of Florida Atlantic in 2011 but showed enough promise that the Texans are giving him first crack at claiming the No. 3 wide receiver position they opened when they released Jacoby Jones in April.
"I feel both - pressure and excitement," Jean said. "I'm just trying to get in there, work my way into the mix."
Given that offense and lack of weapons behind Andre and Arian...he has my attention