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  1. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Such is the familiar saying. Although, in the case of Houston Texans football, this saying truly applies. After finishing the season as the number 1 total defense in the NFL, the Texans have a deep core of talented, young players at each of the three levels of the defense. They have defensive line talent, as evidenced by former top pick Jadeveon Clowney, and rookie draft pick D.J. Reader, who played well for the team down the stretch. They have talent in the middle of their defense, with veteran Brian Cushing bringing leadership to a young group of budding defensive stars, led by pass rusher Whitney Mercilus and inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney. They have a deep secondary, led by veteran players in Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson, and supplemented by young upstarts in former 1st round pick Kevin Johnson and breakout cornerback A.J. Bouye. It is the last of these names which is most notable, as Bouye is the one player on this list who is slated to hit free agency in March. For his part, Bouye may be the most important player in the defensive backfield. For one, he is a 25-year old cornerback with prototypical size (6’0, 191lbs), speed and coverage skills needed to defend division rivals possessing receivers such as T.Y. Hilton, Allen Robinson, and other top wide receivers. For another reason, he has proven to have a higher ceiling than veterans Jackson and Joseph, who are in the latter stages of their career. The Texans have recognized Bouye’s skills, and Head Coach Bill O’Brien has stated that he would love to have Bouye back in the fold. Bouye also has publicly stated that he would like to be back with the team. However, he is certainly going to be in high demand. After a breakout regular season campaign, Bouye recorded two interceptions in the playoffs. His prototypical frame and skills, combined with his age will certainly bring a large market for his services. Furthermore, recent history has taught us that teams are willing to spend, if not overspend, for young talent in free agency. The Texans have firsthand experience in spending for defensive back talent in free agency, as Johnathan Joseph was pried away from Cincinnati in 2011 on a 5-year deal worth almost $48 million, with $24 million guaranteed. In recent seasons, players like Cortland Finnegan, Brandon Carr, Aqib Talib, and Byron Maxwell have scored major paydays for their services at cornerback. With the potentially steep price tag in mind, the Texans should bite the bullet and re-sign Bouye. Paired with first-round draft pick Kevin Johnson, the Texans would have two cornerbacks locked down long-term, and could use Jackson and Joseph as depth, or even cut one of them for salary cap space to pursue help on the offensive side of the ball. If the team feels their window to win is right now, they could even leverage the potential salary cap space freed up to pursue a veteran starter at quarterback (Tony Romo, Philip Rivers) or to sign one of the top offensive lineman slated to hit the market (T.J. Lang, Kevin Zeitler). Either way, the team should first ensure they lock up their homegrown talent, and that list starts with A.J. Bouye. View full NFL news story
  2. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Such is the familiar saying. Although, in the case of Houston Texans football, this saying truly applies. After finishing the season as the number 1 total defense in the NFL, the Texans have a deep core of talented, young players at each of the three levels of the defense. They have defensive line talent, as evidenced by former top pick Jadeveon Clowney, and rookie draft pick D.J. Reader, who played well for the team down the stretch. They have talent in the middle of their defense, with veteran Brian Cushing bringing leadership to a young group of budding defensive stars, led by pass rusher Whitney Mercilus and inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney. They have a deep secondary, led by veteran players in Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson, and supplemented by young upstarts in former 1st round pick Kevin Johnson and breakout cornerback A.J. Bouye. It is the last of these names which is most notable, as Bouye is the one player on this list who is slated to hit free agency in March. For his part, Bouye may be the most important player in the defensive backfield. For one, he is a 25-year old cornerback with prototypical size (6’0, 191lbs), speed and coverage skills needed to defend division rivals possessing receivers such as T.Y. Hilton, Allen Robinson, and other top wide receivers. For another reason, he has proven to have a higher ceiling than veterans Jackson and Joseph, who are in the latter stages of their career. The Texans have recognized Bouye’s skills, and Head Coach Bill O’Brien has stated that he would love to have Bouye back in the fold. Bouye also has publicly stated that he would like to be back with the team. However, he is certainly going to be in high demand. After a breakout regular season campaign, Bouye recorded two interceptions in the playoffs. His prototypical frame and skills, combined with his age will certainly bring a large market for his services. Furthermore, recent history has taught us that teams are willing to spend, if not overspend, for young talent in free agency. The Texans have firsthand experience in spending for defensive back talent in free agency, as Johnathan Joseph was pried away from Cincinnati in 2011 on a 5-year deal worth almost $48 million, with $24 million guaranteed. In recent seasons, players like Cortland Finnegan, Brandon Carr, Aqib Talib, and Byron Maxwell have scored major paydays for their services at cornerback. With the potentially steep price tag in mind, the Texans should bite the bullet and re-sign Bouye. Paired with first-round draft pick Kevin Johnson, the Texans would have two cornerbacks locked down long-term, and could use Jackson and Joseph as depth, or even cut one of them for salary cap space to pursue help on the offensive side of the ball. If the team feels their window to win is right now, they could even leverage the potential salary cap space freed up to pursue a veteran starter at quarterback (Tony Romo, Philip Rivers) or to sign one of the top offensive lineman slated to hit the market (T.J. Lang, Kevin Zeitler). Either way, the team should first ensure they lock up their homegrown talent, and that list starts with A.J. Bouye.
  3. Speaking at Monday’s end-of-season press conference with the media, Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien gave several updates on players, staff members, and the team. One of the players mentioned in the conference was All-Pro and two-time former Defensive Player of the Year in Defensive End J.J. Watt. The 27-year old missed all but three games in the 2016 season, as he recovered from back surgery. The Pro Bowler has had a few injuries in his career, and this latest injury was deemed the most significant of them all. However, Coach O’Brien gave an optimistic update on his star player’s status heading into the offseason, saying that Watt is ahead of schedule in his recovery. The team will certainly take any contributions from their face of the franchise pass rusher. After recording 69.0 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, 41 pass deflections, and an interception from 2012-2015, Watt recorded just 1.5 sacks and just 8 tackles in 2016. He was clearly hampered by his injury, which was something that he was suffering from during last offseason. If Watt can return to the field fully healthy next year, however, the team could be a force on defense. Already loaded with talent on defense with 2nd-team All-Pros in Linebackers Whitney Mercilus, Jadeveon Clowney and Benardrick McKinney, along with the breakout performance of impending free-agent CB A.J. Bouye, the team has a good core of impact players. These players, along with veterans in LB Brian Cushing, CB Johnathan Joseph and young guys like CB Kevin Johnson ensure that the defense will remain a strength of the team going into 2017. All that’s left for the rest of the league to fear is a generational talent like J.J. Watt returning to the fold. View full NFL news story
  4. J.J. Watt "Ahead of Schedule" in Injury Rehab

    Speaking at Monday’s end-of-season press conference with the media, Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien gave several updates on players, staff members, and the team. One of the players mentioned in the conference was All-Pro and two-time former Defensive Player of the Year in Defensive End J.J. Watt. The 27-year old missed all but three games in the 2016 season, as he recovered from back surgery. The Pro Bowler has had a few injuries in his career, and this latest injury was deemed the most significant of them all. However, Coach O’Brien gave an optimistic update on his star player’s status heading into the offseason, saying that Watt is ahead of schedule in his recovery. The team will certainly take any contributions from their face of the franchise pass rusher. After recording 69.0 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, 41 pass deflections, and an interception from 2012-2015, Watt recorded just 1.5 sacks and just 8 tackles in 2016. He was clearly hampered by his injury, which was something that he was suffering from during last offseason. If Watt can return to the field fully healthy next year, however, the team could be a force on defense. Already loaded with talent on defense with 2nd-team All-Pros in Linebackers Whitney Mercilus, Jadeveon Clowney and Benardrick McKinney, along with the breakout performance of impending free-agent CB A.J. Bouye, the team has a good core of impact players. These players, along with veterans in LB Brian Cushing, CB Johnathan Joseph and young guys like CB Kevin Johnson ensure that the defense will remain a strength of the team going into 2017. All that’s left for the rest of the league to fear is a generational talent like J.J. Watt returning to the fold.
  5. Days after their season-ending loss to the New England Patriots, the Houston Texans are already making changes to better themselves for next year. The team has reportedly mutually parted ways with offensive coordinator George Godsey. This comes on the heels of a season in which the Houston offense underperformed based on the expectations heading into the season. Godsey had been with the team since 2014, which was also when Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien was hired. O’Brien and Godsey have had experience working with each other, going back to their days coaching at Georgia Tech. The team was expected to have an improved offensive attack heading into 2016, as the team spent big money on free agents, particularly QB Brock Osweiler and RB Lamar Miller. They also allocated resources in the draft to address their lack of playmakers behind DeAndre Hopkins. The team spent their 1st round pick on WR Will Fuller, and later drafted converted QB Braxton Miller in the 3rd round to play WR. Bill O’Brien released a statement about George Godsey, saying, “I’m grateful for the tireless work ethic and contributions George (Godsey) has made to our team.” O’Brien and Godsey shared play-calling duties to end the season. However, with O’Brien likely returning for the 2017 season, Houston’s next offensive coordinator’s role in play-calling is still undetermined. Whomever the next offensive coordinator may be, the team will need to find a coach who can get better performances out of the offense. The team struggled with Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage under center week to week. The team had a 1,000-yard rusher in Lamar Miller, but the run game didn’t seem to have the same type of punch like it did when guys like Arian Foster were in the backfield. On the season, the team scored just 17.4 points per game, ranking 29th in the league, and finished 29th in total offense, averaging 314.7 yards per game. In 2015, the team was 19th in total offense. Look for the team to hire someone with experience in grooming quarterbacks, or even a guy currently on the staff, as the QB position was the part of the offense that was the most troublesome for the team this season. View full NFL news story
  6. Days after their season-ending loss to the New England Patriots, the Houston Texans are already making changes to better themselves for next year. The team has reportedly mutually parted ways with offensive coordinator George Godsey. This comes on the heels of a season in which the Houston offense underperformed based on the expectations heading into the season. Godsey had been with the team since 2014, which was also when Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien was hired. O’Brien and Godsey have had experience working with each other, going back to their days coaching at Georgia Tech. The team was expected to have an improved offensive attack heading into 2016, as the team spent big money on free agents, particularly QB Brock Osweiler and RB Lamar Miller. They also allocated resources in the draft to address their lack of playmakers behind DeAndre Hopkins. The team spent their 1st round pick on WR Will Fuller, and later drafted converted QB Braxton Miller in the 3rd round to play WR. Bill O’Brien released a statement about George Godsey, saying, “I’m grateful for the tireless work ethic and contributions George (Godsey) has made to our team.” O’Brien and Godsey shared play-calling duties to end the season. However, with O’Brien likely returning for the 2017 season, Houston’s next offensive coordinator’s role in play-calling is still undetermined. Whomever the next offensive coordinator may be, the team will need to find a coach who can get better performances out of the offense. The team struggled with Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage under center week to week. The team had a 1,000-yard rusher in Lamar Miller, but the run game didn’t seem to have the same type of punch like it did when guys like Arian Foster were in the backfield. On the season, the team scored just 17.4 points per game, ranking 29th in the league, and finished 29th in total offense, averaging 314.7 yards per game. In 2015, the team was 19th in total offense. Look for the team to hire someone with experience in grooming quarterbacks, or even a guy currently on the staff, as the QB position was the part of the offense that was the most troublesome for the team this season.
  7. Though the Texans’ season ended in disappointment Saturday night against the New England Patriots, the team had several standout performers during the season. One of those players was recognized by the Pro Football Writers Association on Monday. Clowney was named to the Association’s All-NFL Team, and was the only Houston Texan to receive the honor. The annual list is revealed to give praise and recognition to guys who demonstrate some of the top performances and skills at their respective positions. Clowney’s award is well deserved, as he showed the team why they were right to invest the number one overall draft pick in him two seasons ago. In his first year playing healthy, Clowney blossomed in the absence of 2-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt. The young pass rusher recorded career highs across the board, and despite recording “just” 5.5 sacks in the regular season, proved a true difference maker for the team. Clowney also put the rest of the NFL on notice in the playoffs, as he recorded an acrobatic interception of Raider’s quarterback Connor Cook in the AFC Wild Card round, and laid a devastating hit on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the AFC Divisional game. Clowney’s presence, coupled with the outstanding performance of Whitney Mercilus, and the impending return of J.J. Watt, should cause offensive coordinators to lose plenty of sleep in the years to come. View full NFL news story
  8. Jadeveon Clowney Named All-NFL By PFWA

    Though the Texans’ season ended in disappointment Saturday night against the New England Patriots, the team had several standout performers during the season. One of those players was recognized by the Pro Football Writers Association on Monday. Clowney was named to the Association’s All-NFL Team, and was the only Houston Texan to receive the honor. The annual list is revealed to give praise and recognition to guys who demonstrate some of the top performances and skills at their respective positions. Clowney’s award is well deserved, as he showed the team why they were right to invest the number one overall draft pick in him two seasons ago. In his first year playing healthy, Clowney blossomed in the absence of 2-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt. The young pass rusher recorded career highs across the board, and despite recording “just” 5.5 sacks in the regular season, proved a true difference maker for the team. Clowney also put the rest of the NFL on notice in the playoffs, as he recorded an acrobatic interception of Raider’s quarterback Connor Cook in the AFC Wild Card round, and laid a devastating hit on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the AFC Divisional game. Clowney’s presence, coupled with the outstanding performance of Whitney Mercilus, and the impending return of J.J. Watt, should cause offensive coordinators to lose plenty of sleep in the years to come.
  9. With just a few hours remaining before the Houston Texans face off against the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional round, the team has declared their game-day inactives. The team declared QB Brandon Weeden, MLB Max Bullough, WR Wendell Williams, OG Josh Walker, DE Ufomba Kamalu, OLB John Simon and S Quintin Demps inactive for the team’s playoff game. The list isn’t all that surprising, but the team will be missing two depth players on their defense. Outside linebacker John Simon is a rotational pass rusher for the team and is a good run stopper. His loss will mean more pressure being placed on the team’s pass rushers, as they look to disrupt one of the hottest teams in the league. Additionally, the team will be without safety Quintin Demps. Demps hurt his hamstring in last weekend’s playoff win against the Oakland Raiders, and has played well for the team in the last few months. His absence will place more playing time on the plate of guys like Corey Moore, who recorded an interception in last week’s victory. As the team looks to pull off the upset, be sure to stay with Pro Football Spot for all the latest news surrounding the Houston Texans, and the rest of the NFL.
  10. With just a few hours remaining before the Houston Texans face off against the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional round, the team has declared their game-day inactives. The team declared QB Brandon Weeden, MLB Max Bullough, WR Wendell Williams, OG Josh Walker, DE Ufomba Kamalu, OLB John Simon and S Quintin Demps inactive for the team’s playoff game. The list isn’t all that surprising, but the team will be missing two depth players on their defense. Outside linebacker John Simon is a rotational pass rusher for the team and is a good run stopper. His loss will mean more pressure being placed on the team’s pass rushers, as they look to disrupt one of the hottest teams in the league. Additionally, the team will be without safety Quintin Demps. Demps hurt his hamstring in last weekend’s playoff win against the Oakland Raiders, and has played well for the team in the last few months. His absence will place more playing time on the plate of guys like Corey Moore, who recorded an interception in last week’s victory. As the team looks to pull off the upset, be sure to stay with Pro Football Spot for all the latest news surrounding the Houston Texans, and the rest of the NFL. View full NFL news story
  11. Final Thoughts Ahead of Texans-Patriots

    With less than 24 hours before kickoff of the AFC Divisional Round matchup between the Houston Texans and New England Patriots, both teams have come up with their final gameplan to advance to the AFC Championship Game. Not a lot is left to be said, but there are a couple thoughts that are left to ponder ahead of the game. The first thought is that the Texans really do have a chance in this game. Despite the pandering of the national media, and Vegas’ historic line for Saturday’s game, the Texans didn’t just fall into the Divisional round of the playoffs by accident. The team has been led by their defense, and has been more successful on the offensive side of the ball as the season has progressed. While the team certainly won’t acknowledge listening to the outsiders’ reaction to the game, the Texans will definitely be playing with a chip on their shoulder as they look to spring the upset. Another thought ahead of the game is how the team is built to play in the elements. Game-time temperatures are forecasted to be hovering around freezing. However, the Texans are built to succeed in this kind of weather. With a hard-hitting defense, and a running game led by a 1,000 yard rusher in Lamar Miller, the team can grind this game out and force the Patriots out of their gameplan. It will be imperative for the team to get out to a fast start, as taking the crowd out of the game will help focus the Texans on the task at hand. Finally, the team can’t get caught up in the moment. Many are pegging Tom Brady as the league MVP and are glossing over this playoff game. However, the Texans have the right personnel to disrupt the likely MVP, as they are led by coaches with experience coaching on the Patriots. This gives them a little bit of familiarity with the style of play that the Patriots play with, and can be an advantage for the team. Additionally, the team knows that Brady can be knocked off his game when he is facing constant pressure, particularly in his face. The Texans hopes of advancing will fall on the shoulders of pass rushers Whitney Mercilus, Jadeveon Clowney, and co., and look for the team to pull out all the stops as they look to avenge their previous loss to the Patriots earlier this season.
  12. With less than 24 hours before kickoff of the AFC Divisional Round matchup between the Houston Texans and New England Patriots, both teams have come up with their final gameplan to advance to the AFC Championship Game. Not a lot is left to be said, but there are a couple thoughts that are left to ponder ahead of the game. The first thought is that the Texans really do have a chance in this game. Despite the pandering of the national media, and Vegas’ historic line for Saturday’s game, the Texans didn’t just fall into the Divisional round of the playoffs by accident. The team has been led by their defense, and has been more successful on the offensive side of the ball as the season has progressed. While the team certainly won’t acknowledge listening to the outsiders’ reaction to the game, the Texans will definitely be playing with a chip on their shoulder as they look to spring the upset. Another thought ahead of the game is how the team is built to play in the elements. Game-time temperatures are forecasted to be hovering around freezing. However, the Texans are built to succeed in this kind of weather. With a hard-hitting defense, and a running game led by a 1,000 yard rusher in Lamar Miller, the team can grind this game out and force the Patriots out of their gameplan. It will be imperative for the team to get out to a fast start, as taking the crowd out of the game will help focus the Texans on the task at hand. Finally, the team can’t get caught up in the moment. Many are pegging Tom Brady as the league MVP and are glossing over this playoff game. However, the Texans have the right personnel to disrupt the likely MVP, as they are led by coaches with experience coaching on the Patriots. This gives them a little bit of familiarity with the style of play that the Patriots play with, and can be an advantage for the team. Additionally, the team knows that Brady can be knocked off his game when he is facing constant pressure, particularly in his face. The Texans hopes of advancing will fall on the shoulders of pass rushers Whitney Mercilus, Jadeveon Clowney, and co., and look for the team to pull out all the stops as they look to avenge their previous loss to the Patriots earlier this season. View full NFL news story
  13. DeAndre Hopkins Limited in Wednesday’s Practice

    As the Houston Texans continue their preparation for Saturday’s do-or-die matchup with the New England Patriots, they will continue to monitor their star players’ reps in practice, while affording those with minor injuries a chance to take it easy before the game. The Texans appear to be doing just both on Wednesday, as star wide receiver Deandre Hopkins was listed as a limited participant for practice. Hopkins was added to the injury report with a knee injury, which was tweaked in last week’s wild card win over the Oakland Raiders. All indications are that the 4th year receiver will be fine to play come Saturday night, and the Texans will surely hope that he continues to find renewed success with starting quarterback Brock Osweiler. After recording career highs in receptions (111), yards (1,521) and touchdowns (11) in 2015, Hopkins has suffered a decline in those numbers this season. His numbers declined to 78 receptions for 954 yards and 4 TDs in 2016. However, Hopkins still shows the on-field skillset to be a game-changer for the Texans as they look to advance into the next round of the playoffs.
  14. As the Houston Texans continue their preparation for Saturday’s do-or-die matchup with the New England Patriots, they will continue to monitor their star players’ reps in practice, while affording those with minor injuries a chance to take it easy before the game. The Texans appear to be doing just both on Wednesday, as star wide receiver Deandre Hopkins was listed as a limited participant for practice. Hopkins was added to the injury report with a knee injury, which was tweaked in last week’s wild card win over the Oakland Raiders. All indications are that the 4th year receiver will be fine to play come Saturday night, and the Texans will surely hope that he continues to find renewed success with starting quarterback Brock Osweiler. After recording career highs in receptions (111), yards (1,521) and touchdowns (11) in 2015, Hopkins has suffered a decline in those numbers this season. His numbers declined to 78 receptions for 954 yards and 4 TDs in 2016. However, Hopkins still shows the on-field skillset to be a game-changer for the Texans as they look to advance into the next round of the playoffs. View full NFL news story
  15. As the Texans brace for their rematch with the Patriots on Saturday night, they will be welcoming back some depth to the quarterback position. Tom Savage, who played at QB for the team in the last 3 games of the season, suffered a concussion in the regular season finale. Now, after missing the last 10 days, he has been cleared to return to practice. Savage originally was put into the starting position for the team after current starter Brock Osweiler struggled to meet expectations. Savage didn’t necessarily light the league on fire, though, as he went 46/73 passing, for 461 yards. He didn’t throw any touchdowns, however, and will return to his backup role for the team. Also, the Texans will have their Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown for Saturday’s game. Brown missed the team’s first matchup with New England with a shoulder injury, and the team subsequently recorded their worst loss of the season, a 27-0 defeat. Heading into the divisional round, the team will gladly take Brown’s contributions in the run game and pass blocking prowess, as the Patriots have had success stopping the run and getting pressure on the quarterback. The Texans have had success in recent weeks in getting running back Lamar Miller involved, and have been successful in large part to Brown’s presence, along with the improved play of the entire offensive line. With their season on the line, the Texans will need another successful day from the offensive line to advance to the AFC Championship Game. View full NFL news story