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Reflection Of Texans Over Raiders

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Texans Dominated And Put Away The Raiders Early

The Houston Texans improved to 2-0 on the season by completely destroying the Oakland Raiders in their home opener. It is the fifth straight year that the Texans have started their season winning their first 2 games.

Ryan Fitzpatrick And Texans Have A Turnover Free Game

One of the biggest keys for the Texans to come out with a victory over the Raiders was for them to not shoot themselves in the foot and take care of the ball. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been fumble and interception prone in his career but so far in facing lesser competition and relying heavily on a running game, he has yet to turn the ball over in the regular season. Continue reading

Texans over Redskins Reflection

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The Texans Pass Rush Comes Alive In Season Opener, Texans Win 17-6

The Texans were able to start off the 2014 season on a good note with a hard fought win, ending what was a 14 game losing streak. It wasn’t a tightly executed game all the way around, but the Texans were able to make plays on defense and get a few things to bounce their way. There were some good things to come away with, especially on defense but there is plenty for the Texans to improve on. Continue reading

Texans Training Camp: Defensive Battles

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 Texans Training Camp Battles On Defense Heading Into Preseason Games

Safeties: D.J. Swearinger will be going into his second year as a former 2nd round pick and should begin to show why he was picked that high. I love Swearinger’s confidence and the enthusiasm he plays the game with. I think that energy is needed on the field and the Texans haven’t had a player quite like that. I’m hoping Swearinger takes his game another level because the Texans need to salvage everything they can from last years poor draft.

Swearinger, like a number of Texans underperformed last year and I feel as though I can count on one hand how many times he actually made a play that stood out. He wasn’t that great in coverage and wasn’t all that impressive as a tackler, which is supposed to be a strength. I think Swearinger’s reputation as a big hitter is overstated, I don’t think he had one big hit all season last year.

Swearinger may get more hype as a player due to a lot of his celebratory things he does after making standard plays. Again I want D.J. to be a big time player, especially as a safety because it has been a while since the Texans have had an impactful safety. Continue reading

Brian Cushing’s anticipated return in 2014

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A Healthy Brian Cushing Will Go A Long Way In Helping The Houston Texans Make A Drastic Turnaround In 2014

The Texans and Cushing have yet to set a date for his return to the field during training camp, but Cushing himself on multiple occasions has said that he has no worries about being ready for week 1 against the Redskins. Being ready for the first game of the season has been the main focus for Cushing throughout this entire process.

Cushing was cleared and declared himself 100% many weeks ago, but because of his importance to the team we have wanted the assurance of Cushing being fully healthy by seeing him participate in the off-season activities with the team.


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When Cushing had his ACL torn in 2012 in the first week of October he didn’t begin to start running until about the middle of the following Spring. The ACL tear was more significant than the broken fibula and torn LCL that he suffered in Mid-October this past year, and he was able to start running again towards the end of winter.

Luckily Cushing avoided suffering another ACL tear because it would have been extremely hard for him to have been able to comeback and return the same player after suffering that injury in consecutive seasons.

Last year Cushing participated in training camp from the start, but this year even though he was able to begin doing things much sooner he is starting off training camp on the PUP (Physically Unable To Perform) list, but can come off of it any anytime.

The Texans apparently want to be extremely cautious bringing back Cushing this time around and slowly acclimate him into football activity. Ultimately it may be the best way to go, he is likely to be able to go full speed sooner and be more confident when he finally gets on the field because of all the extra time he has gotten to work on strengthening his legs compared to last year.

At the Bill O’Brien’s introduction as the new head coach back in February, Cushing was extremely confident in his rehab and where he was in his recovery. He compared the 2012 and 2013 processes as “night and day” and even felt as though he would be a full go for OTAs.

Since Bill O’Brien’s arrival to the Texans there hasn’t been as much light shed on the injuries of players. But because of how confident Cushing was early on and how confident he is on being ready week 1, I am assuming that the fact that Cushing hasn’t been on the field yet is purely precautionary. Continue reading