Don't file this under earth-shattering news for the Houston Texans, but it is noteworthy: Derrell Smith, a linebacker on Houston's practice squad last year, is converting to fullback.
"We've been working with him throughout the past couple of weeks," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday at the team's charity golf tournament. "We've also got a young man from Illinois (undrafted free agent FB Jason Ford) that we're going to work there that was a running back in college, so that's where we're heading right now. There's a couple of veteran fullbacks out there, but as of right now, I feel pretty good about what's going on and what I see out there."
As Nick Scurfield notes, Smith is an excellent athlete. He started his collegiate career at Syracuse as a running back, and excelled as a running back in high school, being named Gatorade Player of the Year in Delaware during his senior season.
Smith seems like the type of player who could be able to make the conversion seamlessly, and it's something to keep an eye on throughout the summer.
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