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BYU LB Sione Takitaki visits Texans, several others (Houston Chronicle)

Big Ben extension netting $68 million in new cash (NFL. com)
Draft buzz: ‘ Skins exploring trading up straight into top five (NFL. com)
NFL alerts Coughlin about remarks on exercises (NFL. com)
Raiders moving on through Lynch; RB plans to stop working (NFL. com)
Eagles’ Agholor considered to be available for trade (NFL. com)
Spielman: Wife says don’ t return home if I draft CB (NFL. com)
Cutting through the draft for 10 things to believe (NFL. com)
Ravens make Tucker highest-paid kicker within the league (NFL. com)
Brandt: Group fits for top pass-rushing prospects (NFL. com)
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Eric Gordon is peaking at the right time (The Dream Shake)
Astros Prospect Stock Report 2019: Volume 1 (Crawfish Boxes)

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2019 NFL Draft: What The Texans’ Need?

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You’ ll never guess! Just joking. You definitely guessed correctly. Welcome to TRAFIC TRAVIS Nation FanPulse, a survey associated with fans across the NFL powered simply by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send thirty-two polls to 100+ plugged in enthusiasts from each team. Texans enthusiasts, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

Getting into the 2019 NFL Draft, very best Texans’ biggest need?Texans Collectibles

The mind-boggling amount of ballots cast for still left tackle doesn’ t surprise me personally. But are you at all taken aback that corner only got 9% of the vote?

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Pull off your pants and jacket its time. This is that period of the year where the world is continually turning to bring better and wonderful things every weekend. It’s that tradition where I tell myself,  You know what, this probably my favorite time of year, every weekend break, until the fall ends and it will get dark early and everything sucks again. Now is the time to read The Sound as well as the Fury and put your consciousness to the head of someone else’ s within right before Easter, to learn about Geology and dinosaurs and think about exactly how old the Earth is and how a lot it has changed, read Mary Oliver poetry, listen to The Hotelier’s Goodness, Turnover’ s Good Character, Turnstile’s Time and Room, and go for runs and inhale and exhale it all in, and crack yourself open and let it all arrive seeping and running out of your ear.

 

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Wearing down Texans QB A. J. McCarron’s $3 million contract (Houston Chronicle)
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Ex-Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin heading off after 10 years (NFL. com)
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  • Where Does ESPN’S NFL Future Power Rankings Have The Texans Ranked?
    by Matt Weston on July 18, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images Internal turmoil and trauma, and the still confusing offensive line derail Houston in these rankings. The Texans have all the ingredients for a great team in 2019, as well as one that should be great in the future. Defensive cornerstones, a franchise quarterback still on his rookie contract, a top three wide receiver in the prime of his career, other exciting young wideouts, cap space, draft capital intact, and the best run defense in football composed entirely of twenty-somethings when you remove J.J. Watt. When I clicked this link to see ESPN’s list, I thought Houston would easily be in the top ten. Instead, they are 16th. The Texans are bogged down because of their offensive line, their middling head coach, and the fact that they don’t have general manager but an Article of Incorporation in place instead. Since we are talking future, I’d have the Texans higher than the Saints, Chargers, Vikings, or Steelers, but the article does make some valid points. Anyways, enough of me, this is what the professional football people at ESPN have to say about the Texans: Why they’re here: An early playoff exit doused most of the good vibes of the Texans’ remarkable turnaround in 2018, but there are plenty of potent ingredients that could result in success moving forward. Deshaun Watson’s brilliance provides the largest beam of hope, as he bounced back from a torn ACL as a rookie to play all 16 games in 2018 and throw for more than 4,000 yards. The roster has top-tier talent in key spots, but the offensive line is a serious question mark, as much will be expected of first-round pick Tytus Howard. The largest question mark looming over the organization is the front office, as the Texans have a general manager vacancy after abruptly dismissing Brian Gaine. -- Yates Biggest worry: When your offensive line is coming off a season in which it gave up 62 sacks and allowed a 41% pressure rate (both worst in the NFL), you know that fixing this unit is the top priority going forward if you are to have any chance. Firing the GM (Gaine) who was responsible for singing free-agent OT Matt Kalil and drafting OTs Howard and Max Scharping in the first and second rounds, respectively, doesn’t give me any confidence that this coaching staff and the front office are on the same page. That usually doesn’t bode well in terms of success on the field. Watson deserves better than what he has received in terms of protection, and if the players who were brought in can’t be developed or utilized properly, this team is in trouble. -- Riddick What could change for the better: It will be difficult to project good outcomes for this franchise until it straightens out its front office. After firing Gaine after only one season, the Texans appear rudderless. Their attempt to hire Patriots personnel chief Nick Caserio was inspired but proved a dead end for now. If the Texans want to compete in 2022, they’ll need to start at the top. -- Seifert You can read the rest of the post here, if you are a member of ESPN’s secret club. […]

  • Houston Texans News: July 18, 2019
    by Jeremy_Brener on July 18, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, July 18, 2019. Houston Texans News Texans announce open camp practice schedule (Houston Chronicle) NFL News Falcons sign LB Jones to four-year, $57M extension (NFL.com) NFL, NFLPA talk new CBA in ‘productive’ meeting (NFL.com) Lindsay, Sanders ‘ready to go’ for Broncos camp (NFL.com) Rosenthal: The truth about Lamar Jackson’s game (NFL.com) Cardinals release OT Harrison after arrest warrant (NFL.com) AFC North preview: Who will be Steelers’ WR2? (NFL.com) Get excited! Only 50 days until 2019 season starts (NFL.com) Adam Rank: What is Miami’s plan at quarterback? (NFL.com) SB win in the past for Bears’ Cordarrelle Patterson (NFL.com) Houston & Collegiate Sports Rockets officially announce Russell Westbrook deal (The Dream Shake) […]

  • Houston Texans (Pre) Training Camp Thoughts
    by Mike Bullock on July 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Things to eye ball next week when camp starts for the Texans. The wait is almost over. Almost. This Sunday, July 21st, the Houston Texans rookies report for training camp, followed by the veteran players next Wednesday. While a lot of things are pretty much a lock during camp: Deandre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson will continue to grow more in sync, Jadeveon Clowney won’t be around - which means Brennan Scarlet can get all the hype, J.J. Watt will continue to show offensive lineman how good they are NOT, Shane Lechler will no longer be the old man around camp and Bill O’Brien will use a lot of potty language. While all that is a given, the unknowns are where the drama creeps in. How will the new secondary gel? Is Tashaun Gipson really all that and a bag of chips? Will Justin Reid get anywhere near his ceiling or simply continue to prove he was Brian Gaines’ best contribution to the roster? Exactly what is going on with the offensive line? How will D’Onta Foreman hold up in contact drills? When the training camp reports start rolling in, we’ll finally get some clarity on these questions. But, while individual performance of the various players is a big one, unit performance is more so—particularly the aforementioned offensive line. Preliminary predictions have the “new & improved” offensive line looking something like this: Left Tackle - Matt Khalil Left Guard - Senio Kelemete Center - Nick Martin Right Guard - Zach Fulton Right Tackle - Tytus Howard Some places list Howard at left and Houston’s other rookie lineman Max Sharping at right, but heading into the 2019 season with two rookie offensive tackles doesn’t seem like the wisest move Houston could make, especially when both have been labeled projects. Houston no longer has a proven history of growing their own draftees into great o-linemen, and the guy who drafted them was promptly fired, arguably for doing so... While we’re caught up talking about defensive tackle-for-loss king Jadeveon Clowney, the real secret sauce to Houston’s success (or failure) in 2019 is going to come by way of the offensive line. If they can improve even moderately from last year, Houston will be able to hold status quo with the decidedly more difficult schedule they face. If they remain the same, or worse, digress, Deshaun Watson will have the worst season he’s had since he played intramural ball. You don’t think it’s as big of a deal as we’re making it out to be? Let’s face it, no one really pays much attention to offensive linemen. In fact, the average NFL fan probably can’t even name one o-lineman, but do know the name of more than one defensive rusher. Either way, it all begins and ends in the trenches. In fact, last year, ESPN struck out to prove this. Something to celebrate with this: J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney are #4 and #5 on the list of top rushers. The Miami Dolphins are the only other team with two on the top ten list. As you can imagine, Houston doesn’t have a single offensive lineman on the O Top Ten. Using Next Gen Stats, what the folks at ESPN have discovered is just how much more important the blockers are than the rushers, even though the rushers get all the attention. ESPN In a sentence, teams that blocked well won more than teams that rushed the passer well. In a given game from 2016-2018, the team with the better season-long PBWR won 60 percent of the time, while the team with the better PRWR won 52 percent of the time (including games played after the contest in question, though only in that season). And blocking had a stronger correlation to offensive strength than pass rushing did to defensive strength. So, what does all this mean for Texans Training Camp? The biggest predictor of 2019 success is going to be how fast Bill O’Brien, newly minted offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, offensive line coach Mike Devlin and strength and conditioning coach Brian Cushing turns this ragtag bunch into a brick wall around Deshaun Watson and the running backs. While reports earlier in the year had Howard trying out all the positions on the line, what makes a great offensive line is static reps and continuity. Sarah Barshop (Tytus) Howard certainly has the opportunity to earn a starting spot at either tackle or guard position before the start of the season. He’ll spend the offseason and training camp at all four positions, as he has so far during OTAs. Howard said he can’t wait to protect Deshaun Watson, who said he loves hearing that from the rookie offensive lineman. “I love hearing the idea and the confidence in what he’s saying,” Watson said. “Ever since he got here, he’s been quiet and just going to work. We all love seeing that.” Good words came from the new lineman’s progress in mini camps, and hopefully that will continue and grow into true production. O'Brien happy so far with his rookie linemen #Texans https://t.co/YOBwt1EVVW— Anthony Wood (@arwoodNFL) May 10, 2019 Either way, this is the crux of Houston’s off-season right here. Despite nearly everyone’s calls to the contrary, did the Texans do enough to upgrade their terrible offensive line play from 2018? Stay tuned, true believers, we’re about to get some insight into that and so much more. What are you most excited for when training camp begins? Let us know in the comments section. […]

  • 2019 NFL Head Coach Power Rankings
    by Matt Weston on July 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Let’s see what NFL.com has to say. Bill O’Brien is the head coach, the play caller, the former offensive coordinator, the man with final say on all player personnel decisions, and now the kind of sort of general manager at NRG Park. He doesn’t wear the black hat; he wears every hat. Entering 2019 training camp, replicant Elliot Harrison at NFL.com power-ranked every NFL head coach, including the almighty and all powerful Houston Texans head coach. This is what Harrison had to say: 19) Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans Bill O’Brien is a good coach. How good of a coach is he? Well, his detractors will say he’s good enough to get ya beat in the playoffs. Then again, O’Brien has helped the Texans post a winning season in four out of his five years with the team. That’s after taking over a squad that went 2-14 the year before he got there. The complaints about O’Brien often center around an inconsistent offense and his in-game management. Of course, much of a head coach’s job performance centers around things fans don’t see. That includes the culture around the team from Monday through Saturday, communication with the players, and the ability to keep a team focused. Without the latter, there is no way Houston wins over 40 games in five years. The struggle for O’Brien this season will be to squeeze better play out of the offensive line, as well as get Deshaun Watson to avoid creating his own pressure by holding the ball for too long. What do you think? Too high for O’Brien? Too low? Honestly, I wish this was a Power Rankings piece for general managers. […]

  • An Update On Jadeveon Clowney’s Contract Situation
    by Matt Weston on July 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images A slight sigh of relief. Not extending Jadeveon Clowney in March or April or May or June or now in July has been extremely stupid. He’s a top run defender on the best run defense in football. He’s only 26 years old and is about to enter the prime of his career. As a pass rusher, he just needs to clean up his moves a bit and have a plan once his first move is stopped. The Texans still have $40+ million in cap space and will have $70+ million next offseason. Clowney warrants a monster contract. The Texans didn’t give it to him when they should have. The only real reason not to extend Clowney is if his knee is littered with holes like the surface of Mercury, but Clowney has been healthy the last three seasons and has turned into a dominant player. If this is the case, the Texans see something that can’t be seen from the basement. A deal not coming into place as the deadline came and went wasn’t surprising. It was expected. The Texans are going to force Clowney to play under the franchise tag in 2019. This concerned me at first. After missing training camp last year as he recovered from offseason knee surgery, Clowney was invisible until he was relentless against the Indianapolis Colts in Week Four when Houston saved their 2018 season. It took him a while to get going. With a torrential onslaught of great passing offenses and only one other viable pass rusher on the roster in 2019, Houston needs Clowney to be great right away, right now, and missing the entirety of training camp seems like a recipe for a slow start. The other concern is the team/player relationship itself. Why strain a relationship that doesn’t need to be strained? If Clowney wants to be here, and the cap space is here, go for it. Finish it. Make it happen. A team doesn’t destroy its cap space by paying great players a lot of money; it does it by paying bad or mediocre players a lot of money. Clowney isn’t bad or mediocre. I had concerns Clowney would ‘sit out’ this season to make sure he stays healthy to receive his big contract next offseason. Teams are always desperate for pass rushers, so if you’re Clowney, why not sit out this year entirely or force a trade next season if Houston still doesn’t want to give him the type of deal he deserves? These concerns and worries that grew gray hairs have been dyed. I feel a little bit better now after Aaron Wilson broke down the Clowney contract situation as well as anyone can. Who says newspapers are dead? First, Wilson discusses the contract situation itself: When Houston can re-sign Clowney and the team’s plans for him. The Texans are at a stalemate with Jadeveon Clowney heading into camp next week after Monday’s deadline to sign a franchise player passed without any movement. The team also has no plans now to trade Clowney, who was the subject of aborted discussions earlier in the offseason. Under the NFL collective bargaining agreement rules governing franchise players, Clowney now can’t be signed to a new contract this season. As an unsigned franchise player, Clowney is not required to report for camp and can miss the entire preseason without financial penalty. Clowney, however, is expected to report and sign his $15.967 million franchise tender prior to the start of the regular season Sept. 9 against the New Orleans Saints, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. Wilson also mixed in words Clowney muttered at the end of last season. He’s working hard, he’s going to be ready for this season, he wants to come back to Houston, and he’s spent the summer becoming a better player. Hopefully the offseason didn’t sour him on that plan and he still feels this way. “Of course, I want to come back,” Clowney said when asked at the end of the season about the franchise tag. “I promise to the Texans and whoever else is watching that I’m going to be a much better, improved player next season. I haven’t been thinking about a contract. “If I come back and play well like I know I’m going to, contract will take care of itself. I’m going to work on my craft and work on my game. That’s what I’m worrying about.” Additionally, Clowney has spent the summer working with various pass rush professionals and even LeBron James’s own personal trainer. I bet he’s in the best shape of his life. “Sometimes, it takes different players different times to take that next step,” Smith said. “Everybody matures at a different rate. His potential is off the charts. Now, he’s putting in a different kind of work with his skills. The pass rush training is going to pay big dividends and increase his pass rushing IQ. This is a different way of looking at pass rushing so it resonates more. He’s around guys who have had success and are proven. I’m really excited about Jadeveon.” On social media, Clowney appeared to enjoy the interaction during a video with Smith. ”He worked me,” Clowney said .”I learned at the top from one of the best, Chuck Smith, the guru.” I feel slightly better now. Hopefully it all works out. Most of all, I’m excited to see the 2019 version of Jadeveon Clowney. September will be here soon. […]

 

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