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Okoye sheds weight; will sacks come?

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By Mike Wilkening

Texans DT Amobi Okoye, listed at 302 pounds last offseason, was down to 283 pounds this offseason. Head coach Gary Kubiak, speaking to Houston reporters at the end of the club's final minicamp, said that the club's offense told him that Okoye has " been tougher to handle." However, Kubiak noted that the 23-year-old Okoye "has to get through a long hot summer, and he can't get too small on us." Okoye, who is 6-foot-2, notched just 1½ sacks in 2009, but he showed much promise as an interior pass rusher earlier in his career. He'll again start next to Shaun Cody, a solid run stuffer, on the Texans' line. Rookie Earl Mitchell, who clocked a time of 4.79 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, is likely to play immediately as a reserve as Houston tries to get more of a pass rush up the middle. At the final minicamp, Kubiak praised the 6-3, 300-pound Mitchell for his play in the offseason. "He's all about going to the ball and working hard," Kubiak said.


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