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Why Hasten Jadeveon Clowney’s Return For 2015

 

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The Texans Should Ease Jadeveon Clowney Into The 2015 Season

A few weeks ago at the AFC Coaches breakfast in Phoenix, Bill O’Brien informed the media there wasn’t a timetable for Clowney’s return but is hoping to have him back on the field at some point during training camp.

When this news came out I was really surprised that O’Brien gave any kind of information other than a standard answer about Clowney working hard and improving. NFL coaches are usually reluctant to give too much information about player injuries and especially about return dates because of the possibility of players not being ready in time.

O’Brien on numerous occasions last season made it a point to say that the organization is very high on Clowney, and that he is a hard worker. O’Brien is having Clowney’s back by doing this likely because the Texans are aware of a ridiculous narrative about Clowney being lazy or not caring about football.

You know that O’Brien is clearly supporting Clowney after hearing OB torch Louis Nix multiple times already.

This is only adds to why I continue to be confused with how the Texans are handling Clowney’s knee injuries. I don’t understand why O’Brien and the Texans are deciding to add a little bit of pressure on Clowney to make his return a month or so earlier than expected. Continue reading

Whitney Mercilus Back In As Starter

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Can Whitney Mercilus Fill In Adequately While Jadeveon Clowney Recovers From Knee Surgery

The Texans defense took a hit when Jadeveon Clowney tore his meniscus in his right knee last week against the Redskins, but with former first round draft pick Whitney Mercilus behind him on the depth chart it may not me as huge as a hit that it would be in other situations. Continue reading

New Hard Knocks To Feature Some Texans Action

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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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Reflection Of Texans Preseason Victory Over Falcons

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Texans Bounce Back In A Big Way

A week after looking like a carbon copy of the 2013 team in the first preseason game in Arizona, the Texans did a complete 180 in their blowout win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Everything seemed to be working for the Texans. The offense, defense, and special teams all made plays in the dominant performance. Similar to how I thought we shouldn’t have overreacted to the disappointing performance in Arizona, we should temper some aspects of the victory. Quarterback is the biggest question mark on the team, and starter Ryan Fitzpatrick has a long track record of being inconsistent.

We saw Fitzpatrick at his worst last week, and close to his best in Saturday night’s win. If he can have positive play on a consistent basis and facilitate the ball around, the Texans should be able to get some things done this season.

There were some questions being raised about Bill O’Brien’s qualities and tactics as a coach this past week in reaction to the Cardinals game. But those questions now stand answered as the team responded by completely outplaying the Falcons.

A Lot Of Positives In Preseason Game 2 For The Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick Bounces Back

The offense got off to a shaky start by not being able to make anything out of two straight runs plays and a quick screen pass to DeAndre Hopkins. In the second series the switch went on as Fitzpatrick was able to put together some completions and run for a big first down on 3rd down, then rode Alfred Blue to a touchdown once they were in the redzone. Fitzpatrick accomplished the same when he was put back into the game at the end of the 2nd quarter except he found Devier Posey in the endzone for an 8 yard touchdown.

It was encouraging to see Fitzpatrick lead two of three drives for touchdowns after barely completing any first downs in the first game. Fitzpatrick’s ability to run and run with some pretty good speed is going to be a luxury that the Texans have not had in a long while and it will be something that the defense will also have to account for. Fitzpatrick still has not played a game with Arian Foster or Andre Johnson, so that is another positive outlook on hoping that there can be an extra level of improvement for Fitzpatrick and the offense.

Jadeveon Clowney Continues To Show Why He Was Considered By Far The Best Prospect In The Draft

Jadeveon Clowney had another great showing in limited time as he only played two series, but this time he didn’t have J.J. Watt on the line with him. Clowney’s explosion off the edge and the speed that he possesses allows him to beat easily offensive lineman and completely blow up plays. Continue reading

More Relfection Of Texans’ Performance

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The Texans Did Had Some Positives To Come Out Of The Preseason Debacle

The Texans had a very poor showing in Bill O’Brien’s debut as head coach, there is no getting around that, but the panic button shouldn’t be pressed just yet. The preseason is for fine tuning and for the evaluations of players to find out who should be kept on the 53-man roster for the regular season.

It is concerning that it didn’t look like much has change from last season, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that players are still getting acclimated to playing a new system on both sides of the ball. I would expect that Fitzpatrick will be able to get things cleaned up with more practices and preseason reps, at least to a point where the offense doesn’t look like a complete mess.

The same goes for the performance by the secondary, it is a new scheme and the players are being asked to do different things. Also we likely won’t see a match-up of
Brandon Harris on a receiver like Larry Fitzgerald when it matters, which resulted in an easy touchdown score in the redzone.

The aspect that should be most disturbing is the level undisciplined football which seem to have carried over from last season. It is something that Bill O’Brien has notably put an emphasis but for whatever reason it didn’t translate over into the game.

Positives That Stood Out in Texans vs. Cardinals Preseason Game

It may be hard to believe but there are a few positives from individual players to take note of and to be encouraged about.

Jadeveon Clowney is the real deal.

Even with the numerous missed practices we heard plenty about how much of a freak athlete Clowney has been in training camp when he has been able to participate. It continued against the Cardinals and it will be a spectacle to watch him work for four quarters with J.J. Watt on the defensive line. Clowney’s ability to exploded off the line and instantly get into the backfield on this level is easily the best thing to come out of the game yesterday. Seeing him try to cover a tight end is a concern though, it doesn’t look natural and he could be exploited by teams if he is asked to do a lot of it. Continue reading