HC Gary Kubiak had some high praise for Texans TE Owen Daniels.
"The thing about 'O.D.' is that he's such a great athlete and has such good body quickness that he's able to get in and out of breaks and do the things he has to do against linebackers and safeties," Pariani said. "But the other thing he does is he's so good on the line of scrimmage with some spring. He has great balance and hand placement and stuff like that, and he's a worker.
"That's what makes him special in what we do."
Added Kubiak: "Committing to being better on the line of scrimmage has been the key."
Kubiak went on to compare Daniels to Shannon Sharpe, whom he coached in Denver.
"They're a lot alike - very good playmaking receivers," Kubiak said. "But for what they do catching the ball and running routes, they both have to work really hard to be blockers. They'll never be dominant blockers, but when they work at it, they're good at what they do."
The question with Daniels is whether or not he has been able to put his knee injury behind him. Given the reports out of training camp thus far, we're optimistic that he'll be able to return to form in 2011.