Houston Texans offensive lineman Ben Jones has proven his dedication to the team in more than one way this summer. The second-year player is everything the Texans want in a committed player who is clearly determined to inspire his teammates before the start of the regular season.
Jones has suited up at three positions along the offensive line, including center, right and left guard. He is showing that he is talented enough to handle any position Houston needs him to play. If that was not enough, Jones decided to take his dedication to the Texans one step further. While dealing with a nasty stomach virus, Jones practiced through the pain and left only to take in IV fluids to stay hydrated.
“You are out here trying to earn a spot and all the guys know that no matter what, on game day, I am going to be out here ready to play for them,” Jones said, according to HoustonTexans.com.
Even though Jones is capable of playing the three positions at a high level, it is left guard where he is competing for a starting job.
“Actually Quess (David Quessenberry) and Jones are splitting reps,” Kubiak said, according to HoustonTexans.com. “It’s a competitive situation with Wade (Smith) out. We’ll see what happens, but Ben’s been having a very good camp. Quess has probably come as far as a young offensive linemen as we’ve had in a while, so it’s going to be a competitive situation over the next few weeks.”
Wade Smith is out with a knee injury, which leaves the left guard job open. Even though Quessenberry, who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, is playing very well, I still believe Jones is the favorite to win out.