During training camp there is always a small group of players that seem to surpass expectations and one of the early bright spots is offensive tackle Will Yeatmen. The 6-6 and 315 lbs. offensive tackle has come to Houston and handled his opportunity this early portion of training camp.
With the Texans signing veteran Tyson Clabo to be the swing tackle heading into the season, it is Yeatmen who has taken the lead in that department. Yeatmen has impressed with his pass protection and been stout in the run blocking. He has shown that he has upside to get better than his competition for the swing tackle position in Clabo.
The 4 year pro played his college football at Maryland originally as a tight end and did not get flipped over to the offensive line until he joined the
Miami Dolphins in 2011. He was in line to push for a starting tackle position for the Dolphins, but that came to a halt with a ACL injury that prematurely
ended his 2013 season.
Coming off the ACL injury was the biggest question mark surrounding his arrival in Houston. He has shown no effects of the injury and Yeatmen talked about
“I am moving around well and I feel good about everything.”
He was off to a slow start getting on the field when he arrived late in OTAs. He was not able to get on the field with his teammates until training camp
opened. His early returns with the offense has been good to see,
“It’s going well. I'm learning a lot. I’m grasping the playbook and just working on my technique as much as possible. Those things right there are really
what I have been focusing on most and it’s going well.”
There has been some positive talk from the offensive line about new offensive line coach Paul Dunn and Yeatmen talked about his position coach,
“He (Paul Dunn) is a stern guy and a competitor. He wants us to work with good technique, good pad level, and a good punch on a pass protection and good
feet. He is just working on the overall package right now and getting to know all the rookies and myself, obviously my first ten days here. He has helped
getting me to refine my technique.”
Yeatmen and the rest of the offensive tackles are being pushed every day in practice lining up against J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. The offensive line
sees this as an advantage and Yeatmen gets to work against both of the two pass rushers,
“They are just phenomenal athletes and competitors” Yeatmen continued, “They are just going to make me a better player everyday being able to go against
He was impressed with the Texans and what Head Coach Bill O’Brien sold to him on why he should sign with the team. Yeatmen was impressed with the
organization and more,
“It was the overall picture. I really like the coaching staff. I really believe in Coach (Bill) O’Brien and what the whole organization has to offer. The
coaches and I like coach (Paul) Dunn a lot when I met him. I really like the players on the team. It was the whole overall package.”
Bill O’Brien has been preaching to his team about versatility as a player and putting the team first and the veteran has bought in to the ongoing theme.
“I see myself wherever the coaches need me to be honestly. Whatever position or role they need me to play that is what I am going to do my best to fulfill
Yeatmen continued, “I am going to do whatever I can and what they ask of me."