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12/19/14 - G Xavier Su'a-Filo (back) is out of Sunday's game.
08/29/14 - G/T Xavier Su'a-Filo missed the OTAs because UCLA is on the quarter system. When he got to camp, the coaches asked him to learn tackle as well as guard. He's better suited for guard.
08/11/14 - G Xavier Su'a-Filo, the 33rd overall pick in the draft, worked with the first team at right guard on Monday. He played left tackle with the second team against Arizona.
"He's improved," O'Brien said. "He's played tackle (and) guard, and he's done some quarterback-center exchange in the pre-practice. He's doing a lot and getting better.
"It's hard for a rookie to come in on the interior of the offensive line and get used to that right away. Everybody's stronger (and) quicker.
"The one thing that helps us with him is he's able to play center, so when you learn center, you really learn all the calls and the blocking assignments for the whole line because you're the captain of the ship along with the quarterback."
Su'a-Filo welcomes the workload. He started at guard and tackle at UCLA.
"It's really not that bad," he said about learning multiple positions under new line coach Paul Dunn. "When you learn guard, you have to know what the tackle and center do as a unit. It's not too difficult.
"I've got to keep plugging away and continuing to capitalize on my reps in practice. The coaches do a good job of moving me around so I feel comfortable. I'm not where I need to be, though, not even close.
"Don't make the same mistakes I made in the first game in the second game and continue to get better. If I improve every day in practice, then I'll be happy."
05/12/14 - New coach Bill O'Brien likes players who are smart, tough and versatile. "Versatility is a key word in this process," he said about scouting and drafting. "It's something we look for in all of our players at every position." Specifically, O'Brien was talking about guard Xavier Su'a-Filo, their first pick in the second round. He started 20 games at tackle and 20 games at guard. The Texans will put him at left guard, where they need a starter. "We want to be a physical team that runs the ball," general manager Rick Smith said. Not only is he (Su'a-Filo) smart and physical, but his versatility adds to his value." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 2/33 - Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, 6-4, 307, UCLA...Completed a two-year mission and should start at left guard immediately. Says he tries to emulate Logan Mankins, the Patriots' Pro Bowl guard. He has the kind of nasty streak coaches love. Also played tackle but will focus on inside with Texans. - The Sports Xchange