The Houston Texans Get Their Closes Taste Of Being On HBO’s Hard Knocks That They Will Ever Have
The third episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks: Training Camp” series centered around the Atlanta Falcons will be running tonight at 9:00 central time, and we should see a decent amount of camera time for some Texans players.
The Atlanta Falcons spent the better part of four days in Houston practicing with the Texans in preparation for their preseason week 2 match-up.
A few years ago the Texans were among 5 or so candidates to be featured for the series but eventually declined, much to the disappointment of many Texans fans who wanted to get an inside look at the team and some national notoriety. Tonight’s episode of Hard Knocks will probably be the closest that Texans fans will ever get to having the Texans as a part of the series, unless if in the future the NFL mandates that a new team has to appear on the show every year.
Last week Bill O’Brien was asked if he would ever be open to Hard Knocks, he replied smiling “I’m always open to anything that helps our team get better.”
It will be curious to see what the storylines will be when it comes to the practices, and especially the game since the Falcons were outplayed by the Texans in every phase. There will likely be a lot of frustrated Falcons players and coaches with not very much going right for them Saturday night.
Jadeveon Clowney should obviously get a little bit of time for being the number one overall draft pick, and for his monstrous hit on Antone Smith and sack on Matt Ryan. J.J. Watt should get some time during the practices since is one of the leagues best players and because he often makes offensive lineman lineman very bad in. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Texans players are portrayed in the minimal time that they will receive.
Roddy White is a player that Hard Knocks has mic’d up during practice in the two episodes and has showed him having fun talking trash with teammates on defense. I will be looking to see if it will show him being well defended during the first day of practice when a few Texans, mostly A.J. Bouye broke up multiple passes thrown to White.
During the game Kendrick Lewis was jawing with Roddy White after he broke up a pass intended for him. Also during the game it was noticeable that D.J. Swearinger seemed to have gotten under the skin of Roddy White.
HBO does a great job making the Hard Knocks series entertaining every year, tonight’s episode should be even more enjoyable for Texans fans.
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