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Finally...the real season can begin. I think a lot of us are preparing for a big season here. Not to much turnover on the defense, but the offense is thankfully completely revamped. The Texans addressed a lot of issues we've been mentioning for awhile now, and now, it's time for it all to come to fruition. The full o-line (as of right now), won't be there to start, but enough of it should be there to give Osweiler time to do what he needs to do. The front office brought in Lamar Miller as Arian Foster's replacement, finally committed to a QB, and put a bunch of speed on the field with Braxton Miller, Will Fuller, Tyler Ervin, and Stephen Anderson to help Osweiler out, and keep the offense from being Hopkins or bust. Clowney looked good in pre-season, as a handful of other guys, and though I still think JJ Watt should probably come back later than game 1, his presence on the field would automatically change up the other team's game-plan.

The defense hasn't had a lot of change, but didn't need it in the first place, coming off finishing top 5. They mostly needed growth within, sprinkled in with some new faces, and I feel like they got that.







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I'm throwing an 11-5 finish out here. We have a legit chance for a very positive start early on.



The Final 53 man roster for anybody that has missed
QB: Osweiler / Savage / Weeden
RB: Miller / Blue / Ervin / Grimes
FB: Prosch
WR: Hopkins / Fuller / B. Miller / Strong / Mumphrey
TE: Fiedorowicz / Griffin / Stephen Anderson
OL: Brown / Clark / Allen / Mancz / Lamm / Bergstrom / Newton / Aboushi / Su'a-Filo

DE: Watt / Wilfork / Heath / Covington / Still / D.J. Reader
LB: Cushing / Mercilus / Clowney / Simon / Dent / Peters / McKinney / Scarlett / Bullough
DB: Jackson / Joseph / K. Johnson / Demps / Hal / Dillon / Pleasant / C. James / Moore

ST: Novak / Lechler / Weeks

Glad to see Devon Still, Stephen Anderson, and Brennan Scarlett make it. Thought it was a toss up between Corey Moore and Robert Nelson making it, and figured Nelson had the notch over him. Surprised they let both Hilliard and Dent go, as i thought at least one of them would make it over Blue. Guess they felt Blue was a safe choice, and that Ervin showed a lot more for what they wanted. I'm ready to get this season on a roll, get everybody healthy and let's DO DIS smokin.gif

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next Sunday gonna be lit at NRG. Looking forward to seeing the new offense in full. I can already see BO throwing bombs to D-Hop and Fuller next week. Bears aint got corners to cover them laugh.gif
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Still not sold on The QB position, but I'm still excited for the season smokin.gif
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From Chronic.com

Speedy running back Akeem Hunt rejoined the Texans on a practice squad contract Sunday after contemplating multiple competing offers from other NFL teams before opting to remain with the defending AFC South champions.

Meanwhile, the Texans signed seven other players and now have eight spots filled for a 10-man practice squad.

The Texans also signed wide receiver Quenton Bundrage, inside linebacker Shakeel Rashad, outside linebacker Eric Lee, defensive end Ufomba Kamalu, cornerback Robert Nelson, offensive guard Chad Slade and tight end Eric Tomlinson.

The Texans have reached a practice squad deal with former New Orleans Saints and Texas A&M offensive lineman Joseph Cheek, pending him passing a physical, according to a source.

Bundrage joined the Texans after being released by the New York Jets and quickly picked up the offense.

Rashad is an undrafted free agent from North Carolina who had an impressive preseason that included a 40-yard interception return against the Cowboys and a forced fumble against the New Orleans Saints.

Lee is making a successful transition from playing defensive end at South Florida.

A former Arizona State standout who had a solid preseason, Nelson was on the Texans' practice squad last year.

Tomlinson is a Klein graduate and former Texas-El Paso player who was on the Texans' practice squad last season.

Slade is capable of lining up at either guard or tackle. He was signed by the Texans last year after going undrafted out of Auburn.

Outside linebacker Tony Washington and center Dalton Freeman reverted to the Texans' injured reserve list after going unclaimed off waivers after being waived-injured Saturday.
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Can't wait for the season to start. We're going to shock the world!
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I got high hopes this year as well. Although I feel JJ should sit out the first game at least if not two. No reason to let that back injury linger when we need him for a deep playoff run
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It was good move keeping just 5 WR. With Lamar at RB and Anderson at TE both having pretty good catching abilities to become check downs or slot receivers. We about to frustrate a lot of defensive coordinators lol
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Unofficial depth chart for Sunday
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Will Fuller has been limited with a hamstring injury this week, not doing full practices, until Friday. Still listed as starting as of right now.


Long NFL layoff nears end for Texans' Devon Still

For Texans veteran defensive end Devon Still, Sunday afternoon marks a special day. It represents the first time he's played in a regular-season NFL game in over a year.
Still was out of football last season after being cut by the Cincinnati Bengals, spending that time with his family as he helped care for his daughter, Leah, while she won her battle with cancer.
With Leah in remission from Neuroblastoma stage 4 cancer, Still is looking forward to the Texans' season opener Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
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"It's been a real long time since I played in an actual regular-season game," said Still, who played in a dozen games during the 2014 season for the Bengals. "I know that it's going to be exciting. I'm really looking forward to that day.

"It's special just to be able to stay strong and keep fighting and get back to the point we'd hoped I'd be able to after my daughter was first diagnosed with cancer. It's a blessing."

Still put his football career on a hiatus after learning of his daughter's health problems. He also shaved his head bald in a show of solidarity with Leah as she lost her hair during her radiation treatments.

The former Bengals second-round draft pick was signed by the Texans to a reserve-future contract in January. Still has 40 tackles and one forced fumble in 30 career games.
Leah is going to attend the Texans' second game of the season next week against the Kansas City Chiefs. Her father says she already has plenty of Texans gear and he plans to get a specialized jersey made for her.

Leah graduated from kindergarten in the spring and spent her summer taking swimming lessons, running track and displaying her rich sense of humor.

"She can finally be a little kid again," said Antonio Still, Leah's grandfather. "She's like an older soul because of what she's been through, but she's very funny. She's one of the strongest little girls I've ever known."
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It's almost time...
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INT!!!!!!!! Great break by Porter!
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Fuller's drop sick.gif that was a game changer. Hal playing that pass so poorly smh. Things just haven't clicked yet on both sides of the ball. They're making Cutler look elite. Lamar Miller has looked very good even with the shoddy line play. Bears get the ball back, and the defense can NOT give up another drive with a TD.

Can't forget about Cushing being carted off too SMH. That sucks
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Brian Cushing has a sprained ligament in his knee. Procedure not required. Will miss a few games
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Lamar definitely impressive. Runs a lot harder between the tackles than I expected. He'd prolly be pushing 150+ with a previous/healthy version of our OL. gotta monitor that so we dont run him into the ground.

Fuller's definitely gotta figure out how to confidently catch with his hands. i was impressed by his vision/agility though. looks like he can get lots of YAC. We may need to open his route tree/play type a little with all the attention DHop gets. The screen will probably be money all day.

Brock did plenty of good things. He also looked a bit shaky throughout...he has to clean up some things. if he can, that arm is dangerous.

I give Hop a C+. Obv still a beast, but I expect him to come down with that early jump ball in the end zone, and he has to score on that teardrop Brock threw later in the game. That pass was amazing.

Watt looked gassed/out of shape laugh.gif My man will be back at it by week 4-6 though
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Watt definitely did look gassed, especially those last couple of plays where Cutler made sure to toss the ball so he didn't get credit for sacks laugh.giflaugh.gif

Saw some good and bad from Brock, but it looks like the NFL season thread is on the "Brock sucks, Elway is a genius" narrative, pretty much overlooking the crappy o-line play throughout and Fuller/Hopkins/Ervin's drops. Outside of about 3 overthrows due to pressure, none of that was really on him. The sure-fire TD that Fuller missed sick.gif that was brutal, but he made up for it. Liked what I saw from Miller too, especially with the line playing as poor as they did. I'm glad Brock can actually move, or else he wouldn't died back there on some plays.

That 75 yard/31 second drive by the Bears sick.gif that was awful coverage by Hal. Just glad to get everything clicking though and getting the win. Good stuff to look forward to. Special teams did a good job in coverage and returns minus the early part of the game as well.
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Not even this cancer will not stop me from rooting my boys in that Red, White, and that Blue! Go Texans!

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Yo that last picture with Cutler roll.gifroll.gifroll.gif
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Not even this cancer will not stop me from rooting my boys in that Red, White, and that Blue! Go Texans!

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Thanks bro. If you have time, peep my thread in General for a little of what I'm going through. Thanks for the hometown love fellas!
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All white again for next Thursday though. But I do like the home ones
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All white again for next Thursday though. But I do like the home ones

Yea I don't think the NFL/Nike thought about the actual scheduling when they made these laugh.gif two other TNF games ran into the same problem with teams having the same base colors. I would've liked the all red ketchup bottle ones, but they haven't done that in years

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The NFL named Houston Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus the AFC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Mercilus recorded four tackles, a team-leading 2.0 sacks, two quarterback hits, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble in Houston’s 23-14 season-opening victory. He was a part of a defense that limited the Bears to just 258 net yards of offense, the second-lowest total allowed by an AFC team in Week 1.

Mercilus became the third player in team history with 2.0 sacks on Kickoff Weekend, joining J.J. Watt and Mario Williams. He also posted his third consecutive multiple-sack game (including postseason) dating back to Week 17 of the 2015 season, which is the longest active streak in the NFL. He has registered nine total games in his career with 2.0-or-more sacks.

Since Week 6 of the 2015 campaign, Mercilus leads the NFL with 14.0 sacks in 12 regular season contests. Including the postseason, he has registered 17.0 sacks in his last 13 games.

This is the first Player of the Week award for Mercilus in his career and the 36th time a Houston Texan has been named Player of the Week in franchise history. It is also the second consecutive regular season week that the Texans have won the award, as Watt won it in Week 17 of last season.

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From ESPN:

HOUSTON -- Coming out of college as the No. 1 overall draft pick, Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney was known as a tremendous athlete. Now his knowledge of football is making him more versatile in his third season.

Clowney is playing more at defensive end opposite J.J. Watt this season, and Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he thinks Clowney's knowledge of the game makes the change easier.

“He’s the type of player that you can move around and ask him to do different things because he understands football,” O’Brien said. “He really understands blocking schemes, I believe. He really likes to play all different spots. He’s into the game plan every week.”

O’Brien said the Texans hadn’t been able to utilize Clowney’s versatility because he missed 15 games of his first two NFL seasons to injury. The coaching staff has been able to work with Clowney more because he was on the field for most of training camp.

“We were able to move him around,” O’Brien said. “Because if you’re not out there, once you do get back, you’re really just a one-spot guy. But when you’re out there and you’re getting all the reps, ‘Hey J.D., we’re going to stick you here today. Tomorrow we’re going to put you there.’

“And on top of the fact that he’s a very bright player; he really understands the game. Because he understands the game, you’re able to move him around. Plus the fact he’s healthy and he’s out there, that helps too.”

Before his rookie season, Clowney needed hernia surgery. He also suffered a concussion during the preseason, and then in his first career NFL game, he significantly injured his left knee. He needed two surgeries on the knee to repair the lateral meniscus tear.

Last season, Clowney missed time with a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot and an injured back.

Now that Clowney is healthy, he is showing flashes of why he was the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft. In Sunday’s 23-14 victory over the Chicago Bears, Clowney played all over the field. He registered a sack, four combined tackles -- including two for a loss -- and three quarterback hits.

Clowney said the Bears double-teamed him more than usual. He joked after the game that it was “rough,” and that he understood what Watt goes through each game at defensive end.

“Whatever they want me to do,” Clowney said. “I’m down there fighting with 350-pound linemen. It isn’t fun, but you have to do your job, go out there, compete and do extra.

“It’s a lot easier than being an outside linebacker. You just listen to the call, move to the left or the right a couple of steps and get off the ball, stay in your gap.”

While the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Clowney might be a little leaner than a typical defensive lineman, O’Brien said Clowney makes up for it in other ways.

“He has tremendous explosion, and he’s got a real knack for finding the football,” O’Brien said.

Nose tackle Vince Wilfork, one of the leaders of the defense, said he has noticed the difference in Clowney now that he is healthy.

“He’s worked his tail off this year, all offseason and coming back in shape,” Wilfork said. “He’s playing, he’s happy, he’s smiling. That’s what we want. The more we can have that, the better this team will be.”
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Was watching highlights of the Texans/Chiefs playoff game, and wow, being reminded that Hoyer was at minimum 90% of the reason they lost is sick.gifsick.gif Chiefs are beatable, just can't end up in a hole quickly, and can't get beat on matchups. Big plays like against Chicago can't happen. Kelce needs to be limited as much as possible, and can't get fooled on different formations they may use with Alex Smith and their two RBs. If the Chargers can geta big lead on them, so can the Texans, and I feel like we'd be able to hold and take advantage of a lead if we get a big one. Special teams has to come to play as well.

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Reeeeeeally don't like the Texans only coming away with 3 points after KJohnson's 52 yard return. Points are premium against a team like this
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