Casey, who backs up tight ends Owen Daniels and Joel Dreessen, has added 10 pounds and put in extra time this offseason working on his blocking in informal workouts at Rice Stadium. Between all that extra work and his knowledge of the position as a backup to Leach last season, Casey is confident he can step in and do the job if needed.
"I've taken it on myself to get big and strong and work as hard as I can on my blocking," Casey said in a story published Monday. "That way, if I do get the opportunity (to be the lead blocker), I want to be big and strong enough to move people and to withstand the punishment that goes with it."
"Everyone wants Vonta back, and he wants to be here. But we all know this is a business, and you never know what's going to happen," Casey said.
"I've been working my tail off since I got here, and I want to get on the field any way I can, no matter what it takes," he said. "My first two years, I pictured myself as a tight end catching passes all over the field, but maybe I was a little naive."