From Comcast SportsNetHOUSTON (AP) -- Jeremy Lin is finally getting his own bed.The 6-foot-3 point guard, who became an international phenomenon during one dazzling month with the Knicks last season, went through his first workout with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.Naturally, he drew a horde of media to the Toyota Center, evidence that Linsanity has plenty of life left in it."I don't know if I'm the face of the franchise just yet," Lin said. "I think we're a young team and we're all going to buy in. The thing about us is it's not going to be any one person that's going to carry us to where we want to go, it's going to be everybody. I think it's so early on, I'm just trying to get to know the guys."Lin was waived by the Rockets last December, then picked up by the Knicks. He was hesitant to buy a home and slept on teammate Landry Fields' couch the night before his breakout game against New Jersey on Feb. 4.Lin signed a three-year, 25 million contract with Houston over the summer. He arrived on Monday -- but first asked teammate Chandler Parsons if he could "crash" on his couch until he bought furniture.He finally feels secure enough to settle down."I've got to get that bed in there, so I can sleep well tonight," Lin said.The Rockets acquired Lin over the summer by outmaneuvering the Knicks in free agency.New York coach Mike Woodson said the team would match any offer to re-sign Lin and he would be the starter heading into training camp preceding this season. Lin originally signed a four-year, 28.8 million offer sheet with the Rockets, but the team revised its offer and made it three years and 25 million, with much of the guaranteed salary earmarked for the third year.The extra money would've pushed the Knicks over the luxury-tax threshold in 2014-15, so New York backed off.The Rockets held Lin's introductory press conference on a stage on the practice floor at the Toyota Center to accommodate a huge media throng. Lin is American-born, but his maternal grandmother is from China and he has Taiwanese parents, so the event also drew a large contingent of Asian media.Lin toured Asia this summer, running a four-day basketball camp in Beijing and visiting Taiwan for the first time. He's also had the chance over the past few months to catch his breath and reflect on his whirlwind rise to worldwide stardom."Every once a while, I'll take a look back and just be like, I can't believe this is happening,'" Lin said. "I had one of those moments this morning, in the training room, with the big Houston Rockets logo. It was just like, I was just appreciating the fact that I get to wake up and play basketball for a living. And even the whole NBA thing, yes Houston, (but) just (to) be able to play basketball for your job, like those are things I remind myself of every day."The Rockets, meanwhile, were just happy to get Lin back after releasing him in training camp with Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic ahead of him on the roster. The Knicks claimed Lin off waivers two days after Christmas, and he was put at the end of their depth chart at point guard.Lin was briefly relegated to the developmental league, then recalled when Baron Davis postponed his return from a herniated disk in his back. That's when Linsanity exploded.The undrafted free agent out of Harvard became the first player in league history to average 20 points and seven assists in his first five games. He scored 38 points against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers one night, then drained a game-winning 3-pointer against Toronto on another, and helped the Knicks rally for an eventual playoff berth.Lin seemed to be a perfect fit for Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo system, but D'Antoni resigned in mid-March. Lin's numbers dipped and the Knicks revealed on April 1 that Lin needed surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee and would miss six weeks.Lin recuperated in his native California and said Tuesday that he was back playing basketball within two months. He dunked for the first time since his surgery in July, continued to train and says he's shed 10 pounds since last season."I feel good, I feel healthy," he said. "I feel lighter. I'm excited."The Rockets, entirely rebuilt after a flurry of offseason moves, have their practice on Oct. 1. They'll spend their first full week of training camp in Rio Grande Valley, home of their developmental league affiliate, and will play Oklahoma City there on Oct. 10.Lin met most of his new teammates for the first time on Tuesday. While Lin has had a most unusual NBA career already, he's still only 24 and acknowledges that he still has a lot to learn."Last year, I actually had a real season under my belt, where I got to play and see what works and doesn't work," he said. "Definitely, you want to lead by example, more so this year than last year, or the year before, coming in as a non-guaranteed guy. Now, there's more stability, so I need to be more of a vocal leader and hopefully lead through work ethic and example."
Over the next few weeks, Rich Tandler will take a position-by-position look at the Redskins’ 2017 depth chart as the team enjoys some R&R ahead of training camp. Some positions are easy to handicap. Others have moving parts and, thus, are more complex. So, who’s in? And who’s in trouble?
Position: Offensive tackle
On the roster: Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Vinston Painter, John Kling, Kevin Bowen
Locks: Williams, Moses, Nsekhe
Williams seems to be on a quest to earn first-team All-Pro honors this year. He may have been on way last year before a disputed four-game substance abuse suspension benched him in midseason. Going into his eighth year, Williams created a bit of a stir by skipping voluntary OTAs. Instead, he worked out in Houston on his own to get into what he called “ultimate shape”. We will see if the conditioning pays off over the time working with teammates.
After signing Moses to a contract extension, the Redskins are now set at tackle through the 2020 season. Moses’ five-year deal averaged $7.65 million in new money, making him the third highest-paid right tackle in the league. He is rock solid and the Redskins are happy to have him locked up for the long haul.
By now, everyone knows the story of Nsekhe’s journey through the minor arena leagues to the NFL. He is a very good backup tackle but to suggest that he’s close to being as good as Williams is silly. In four starts last year Nsekhe gave up one sack, 3 QB hits, and 13 hurries. In 12 game Williams’ numbers were 2 sacks, 1 hit, and 10 hurries. Again, Nsekhe is a solid reserve but let’s not make him into something he’s not.
On the bubble: Painter, Kling
Last year, Painter joined the team after training camp was over and he spent the first three games on the practice squad before being moved up to the 53-man roster. He played just 10 snaps on offense. The third-year player will have to earn his roster spot in Richmond.
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All we really know about Kling is that he is huge, at 6-8, 320. That will get him noticed as he tries to beat out Painter for the fourth tackle roster spot—if they decide to keep four tackles.
Long shot: Bowen
It looked like Bowen’s season might be over when he had to be taken off the field on a cart at the end of one of the Redskins’ OTA practices. But the leg injury turned out to be relatively minor and he will be ready for training camp. He also is massive at 6-9, 335 and that gives him dark horse status in the backup competition.
Certainly summer marks the time for optimism around the NFL, though speaking with Redskins defenders it becomes clear that the new coaching staff has changed much of the conversation on the practice field and in the film room.
Numerous players, from Josh Norman to Will Compton, have talked about learning more from their coaches this offseason, with a focus on teaching conceptually. That things sound different makes sense, as most of the defensive coaching staff has been overhauled.
Joe Barry and Perry Fewell are gone. In their place come Greg Manusky, promoted from OLBs coach, and Torrian Gray.
Jay Gruden described some of the previous defensive coaching staff as "big-picture type coaches" and explained now that the focus is on hands-on teaching. For a defense that invested heavily in the 2017 draft, that seems like a good move.
The truth is the Redskins defense underperformed in 2016. While some of that was likely not enough talent, especially up front, on the back end confusion seemed to reign. Gray could help, if he can teach like Gruden expects him to.
Washington ranked 25th in the NFL in pass yards allowed last season, hard to imagine with Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland. The front office invested at safety, which should help, but if Norman and Breeland can more properly understand the defensive philosophy will help too.
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