Browns missing key players as they prepare for 5-0 Cards
Keeping slippery Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray under control is a difficult challenge for any defense — even in the best of circumstances. Cleveland had an all-star roster of injured players not practicing Wednesday as it began preparing for Murray and the unbeaten Cardinals (5-0). NFL sacks leader Myles Garrett, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt were among a group of key Cleveland players kept off the field because of injuries.news.yahoo.com
Titans' pass rush busts cautionary tale for NFL free agency
(George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP, Pool, File)Shopping on the NFL free agent market can be so very tempting. Just ask the Tennessee Titans. Busting on free agents doesn't stop any NFL team from trying again. CORY LITTLETONThe Raiders thought they were getting a difference-maker when they signed linebacker Cory Littleton to a three-year, $35.25 million deal. STEPHEN WEATHERLYWeatherly was a major bust for the Carolina Panthers after the defensive end signed a two-year, $12 million deal last offseason.
NFL Week 9: Texans 27, Jaguars 25 — Four Winners, Four Losers
Let's get to some winners and losers in a game that was a win in the standings, but far from a hall pass out of NFL purgatory. In a season where literally all of their drives had ended in a punt thus far, the Texans answered the Jaguars 75-yard TD bomb to D.J. After the game, Watt addressed his teammates in this speech:It's all about the team for @JJWatt after his 100th career sack. Texans' health insurance providerAbout the only good non-Watson thing you could say about the Texans this season is that they had managed to stay pretty healthy. Then, in game, the Texans lost RB David Johnson (concussion), linebacker Brennan Scarlett (broken forearm), defensive end Charles Omenihu (hamstring), and guard Senio Kelemete (concussion).houstonpress.com
Titans' Henry faces toughest foe and friend Monday in Denver
The Titans traded Casey to Denver this offseason in a salary dump, clearing $11 million in cap space by sending the five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman to Denver for a seventh-round draft choice. Even with Casey on his side last year, Henry was stifled in a 16-0 loss at Denver, gaining just 28 yards on 15 carries. That was easily the low point in a season in which Henry ran for an NFL-best 1,540 yards. “Having a player of his caliber and his leadership not be out there with us is definitely going to be a blow to the team," Casey said. “He’s a game wrecker,” Henry said.
Titans announce 1-year deal with OLB Jadeveon Clowney
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, right, talks with special teams coach Craig Aukerman during NFL football training camp Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jadeveon Clowney on a one-year contract. The Titans did not announce the terms Sunday. 1 overall pick of 2014, Clowney went into free agency looking for a mega-contract that never came calling. The pandemic shut down travel for physicals, and Clowney didn't visit anyone once the NFL allowed free agents to meet teams in person. Lewan wrote Thursday: We can do this to other peoples teams now.We have an offer out to JD, and we've talked to both him and his agent," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Friday when talking to reporters.
The Best Inidividual Player Periods In Texans History
Johnathan Joseph, 2011-2013The greatest free agent signing in team history also put together the greatest three year stint for a cornerback in the history of the team. 2009 included Schaub's first Pro Bowl, a Pro Bowl in which he took home MVP honors, and a season in 2009 where he threw for nearly 5,000 yards. In 2007, he made the Pro Bowl, in helping the Texans get to the .500 mark for the first time in franchise history. He made the Pro Bowl all three seasons, had 24.5 sacks and 53 tackles for loss. So it seems a little harsh that the second best player in franchise history has only the fifth most "fun" stint of dominance, right?houstonpress.com
How Will The Texans Improve Without First Round Picks the Next Two Years?
The only problem there is that the Texans' first pick in the draft is in the second round, 40th overall. O'Brien emptied the chamber of first round picks in 2020 and 2021 back in August when he made the trade for Laremy Tunsil. 2009 - BRIAN CUSHING, LBSELECTED: 15th overallCAREER AV (among 1st rounders): 7thEven with two traumatic knee injuries, Cushing still wound up the 7th highest ranked first round pick in 2009. The 2009 first round draft class is down to under a half dozen players still active. 2017 - DESHAUN WATSON, QBSELECTED: 12th overallCAREER AV (among 1st rounders): 3rd (tie)Not much to say here.houstonpress.com
Details Surface Regarding Toxic Relationship Between Bill O'Brien and DeAndre Hopkins
So, I contended yesterday morning around 7 a.m., at some point Hopkins' story will get told. Little did I know it would happen less than two hours later on ESPN, as Michael Irvin dropped this bombshell on Get Up:. @michaelirvin88 shared shocking details surrounding the relationship problems between Bill O'Brien and DeAndre Hopkins. This is NOT DeAndre Hopkins sitting in a studio recapping his own conversation. Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) March 18, 2020OK, great.houstonpress.com
Houston Head Scratcher: Texans Trade DeAndre Hopkins To Arizona Cardinals
The Clowney trade was more emotionally charged, in part because Clowney was a popular player, and in part because the Texans got completely fleeced in the deal by the Seahawks. That Clowney trade was a warning sign on O'Brien's GM competence (or lack thereof) that was muted by the existence of actual football over the subsequent weeks and months. There was no time to worry about "O'Brien the GM," because we were too busy worrying about "O'Brien the head coach." The Hopkins trade is one that legitimately ruins fan bases, and has Texan fans rightfully livid and sad. The Texans' defense became WORSE without Jadeveon Clowney, and they are undoubtedly worse without Hopkins.houstonpress.com
The Ten Biggest Houston Texans "What If's" of the 2010s
It was Week 10 of the 2011 season, and the Texans had just finished mopping up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 37-9 rout. It was undeniable that the Texans entered the 2012 season as one of the favorites to win a Super Bowl. Instead, this happened....A third down conversion there, and the Texans' entire season trajectory may have changed. The Bill O'Brien Era would begin on January 1, 2014, with the Texans picking first overall in the 2014 draft. Andrew Luck threw incomplete, and two plays later, Texans kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn kicked a game winning field goal to give the Texans their first win.houstonpress.com
Four Thoughts On the Texans Trade For CB Gareon Conley
He might be botching the trades bringing in players for picks by overpaying, he may have botched the Clowney trade by under-receiving. Let's dig into this latest O'Brien deal. So O'Brien needed to do something, and thus the trade for Conley was consummated. So the Clowney deal becomes Clowney for DE Barkeviius Mingo (special teamer exclusively), LB Jacob Martin (shown some pass rushing flashes), and Conley (we'll see). The Texans are running out of significant draft capital, as they've used 2020 choices to acquire Laremy Tunsil, Duke Johnson, Conley, and Keion Crossen.houstonpress.com
NFL Week 4: Carolina 16, Texans 10, Home Dud 4 Winners, 4 Losers
Bill O'Brien had few answers on Sunday against Carolina, and the ones he did have were largely wrong. In other words, most games come down to a few plays, and that's the difference between, say, 5-11 and 11-5. They played like an 8-8 team. ?#KeepPounding pic.twitter.com/H8yHvAvRBY Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 29, 2019Just terrible. Bill O'Brien, game managerThe Hopkins play call was O'Brien's game management gaffe of the first half.houstonpress.com
Q&A: What the Texans have to say about Jadeveon Clowney trade
HOUSTON - As the Houston Texans prepare for their Monday night season opener at the New Orleans Saints, it will also be their first game since 2013 without Jadeveon Clowney on the roster. Here's some reaction this week to his departure and how the team will overcome it:Head coach Bill O'BrienQ: How will you go about replacing what DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney brought to the run defense? Assistant head coach, defensive coordinator Romeo CrennelQ: What do you think about trade of DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney and how are you going to make up for his loss? Q: Did you anticipate DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney would be back while you prepared in the offseason? Defensive end J.J. WattQ: What does the defense need to do to make up for the loss of DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney?
Here are the following players Texans got in return for Jadeveon Clowney
Getty ImagesHOUSTON - Heading into the season, Jadeveon Clowney had all the leverage against the Texans. The team signed Clowney to a franchise tag, and Clowney used it to his advantage to pick which team he wanted to play for. Clowney settled on the Seahawks getting the Texans three pieces back in the trade. During his rookie year for the Seahawks, Martin picked up three sacks as a rotation player, along with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Either Mingo, Martin or Brennan Scarlett (or all three) is likely to replace Clowney positionwise, but Clowneys positional versatility and raw talent will be hard to replace.
Houston Texans trade Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle Seahawks, reports say
Jadeveon Clowney is seen during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on October 21, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida. HOUSTON - It had been rumored for weeks and the Texans apparently have pulled the trigger on a deal to send edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle. VIDEO: Texans head coach Bill O'Brien speaks on Clowney tradeFox Sports initially reported the deal was in place between the teams, pending physicals. Sports Illustrated reported the details are Clowney will be sent to the Seahawks for a 2020 third-round pick, LB Barkevious Mingo and LB Jacob Martin. The #Texans reportedly have traded Jadeveon Clowney to the Seahawks for OLB Barkevious Mingo, OLB Jacob Martin & a 3rd rd pick.
Report: Texans trade Jadeveon Clowney to Seahawks
Jadeveon Clowney is seen during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on October 21, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida. HOUSTON - It had been rumored for weeks and the Texans apparently have pulled the trigger on a deal to send edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle. By refusing to sign the franchise tender, he held onto tremendous leverage turning it into essentially a no-trade clause to ensure he would only be traded to a team of his choosing. Fox Sports initially reported the deal was in place between the teams, pending physicals. Sports Illustrated reported the details are Clowney will be sent to the Seahawks for a 2020 third-round pick, LB Barkevious Mingo and LB Jacob Martin.
Q&A: What does Texans head coach Bill O'Brien think about Jadeveon Clowney's contract situation?
HOUSTON - With final roster cuts looming on Saturday, Texans head coach Bill OBrien addressed the elephant in the room on Friday what is the situation regarding unsigned edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney? Again, its all about whats best for the team. In the conversations that Ive had with him, hes said that hes in the best shape of his life. Again, it's all about what's best for the team." Again were going to try to do whats best for the team.
Texans still waiting on Jadeveon Clowney to sign franchise tender
Jadeveon Clowney is seen during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on October 21, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida. HOUSTON - The clock is ticking as the new NFL season is rapidly approaching. Head coach Bill O'Brien knows what he has to work with, except for one key name: Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney, the Texans No. Ian Rappaport, of NFL Network, also reported that Clowney had hoped to report to the Texans this week before he found out they wanted to trade him.
Four Thoughts on the Jadeveon Clowney Situation
Clowney, however, nixed that deal, as the Dolphins wanted some assurances Clowney would sign a long-term deal with them after the season. Then, came this scud missile from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday afternoon:Ill be surprised if Jadeveon Clowney isnt traded. Are you aware of all of the speculation about DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney getting traded? Do you have anything to say about the DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney trade rumors? Are you still expecting DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney to report to camp?houstonpress.com
Five Observations From Houston Texans Training Camp Day 1
For the first time since 2016, the Houston Texans opened training camp on Thursday right here in Houston. That said, he still began training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. The strange thing is that he found out he was on the PUP list by looking at FOX 26's Mark Barman's Twitter feed:"I found out I was on PUP when you tweeted it. Well, his sting on the PUP list was the shortest that I can ever remember. He was here every day, really put a lot of time into it, just did an excellent job.houstonpress.com
Best of Texans coach Bill O'Brien after first day of training camp
HOUSTON - The Houston Texans have officially kicked off their 2019 training camp at NRG Park. After practice each day, head coach Bill OBrien spends a few minutes answering questions with those of us in the media. He's an awesome player, great guy, a guy that's really put the time in in the offseason and he's really looking forward to having a great year. OBrien on what it means to have training camp back in Houston after years at The Greenbrier in West Virginia"It's really good. I think that's the big thing.
JJ Watt 'surprised' to hit the field on 1st day of Texans camp
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Before Houston Texans training camp officially opened Thursday, J.J. Watt was to begin the preseason sessions on the "physically unable to perform" list.Even though he could be activated to practice anytime, the indefinite timing could have become uneasy for Texans fans.But on the field on day one, there he was. With his "99" emblazoned in all of his glory, Watt had pads and a helmet on and participated.Speaking to the media, Watt even expressed surprise over his activation. "Yeah, it surprised me a little bit too," said Watt, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in January. "On top of welcoming Watt on the field, the Texans also enjoyed outdoor conditions unlike past Houston summers. 4 said Watt and his side of the ball disrupted some of the passes coming out of his cannon arm.abc13.com
Get2Know: Texans LB Whitney Mercilus
The Texans' defense is in good hands with defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. Last season, the Texans were 12th in overall defense and yards allowed, but on closer examination, things were much better in rushing defense than in passing defense. While Jadeveon Clowney was a big part of the run defense, Mercilus had a career-changing role. Mercilus has made giving back a big part of his NFL career. Mercilus is trying to do his part to lead the Texans to another AFC South title and a return trip to the playoffs.
Five Burning Questions For Houston Texans Training Camp
So as the hitting will begin soon enough, here are five burning questions surrounding the Houston Texans as training camp for this pivotal (in the career of Bill O'Brien, at least) 2019 season commences:What will the power brokers be doing? What will the offensive line look like? For the third straight preseason, the Texans enter training camp with question marks and sources of pain along the offensive line. At some point, they either need the right bodies to fix this thing, or offensive line coach Mike Devlin needs to develop these guys. As we covered here earlier this week, Watt and Hopkins will open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.houstonpress.com
Predicting Where Houston Texans Land In NFL Top 100
OVER/UNDER NFL TOP 100 RANK: 7.5J.J. WATT, DE (2018 RANK: 84th)Watt had, by far, his lowest finish in the Top 100 since he began appearing in it regularly after the 2012 season. After a first team All Pro return in 2018, Watt skyrockets back into the top 20. OVER/UNDER NFL TOP 100 RANK: 29.5DESHAUN WATSON, QB (2018 RANK: 50th)I have no idea what to make of Watson's stock around the NFL on lists like this. OVER/UNDER NFL TOP 100 RANK: 43.5BERNARDRICK McKINNEY, ILB (2018 RANK: N/R)This is my Texans wild card. OVER/UNDER NFL TOP 100 RANK: 78.5Listen to Sean Pendergast on SportsRadio 610 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays.houstonpress.com
Four Thoughts On Jadeveon Clowney Contract Deadline Day
As for the latter scenario, things remaining the same, the Houston Texans and Jadeveon Clowney remain in their staring contest over a long term deal. If 3 p.m. comes and goes, the two sides cannot ink a long term agreement until after the 2019 season ends. First, he is healthier now than he was last offseason, when, as I mentioned earlier, he was relegated to side field drills at training camp. Under this scenario, the Texans would use a second franchise tag on Clowney and then work with him to find a new home. * Jadeveon Clowney suffers an injury that seriously devalues him, and the Texans let him walk ... +2000While Clowney has been the closest thing the Texans have had to an "iron man" (this side of DeAndre Hopkins, at least), medicals will always be a concern.houstonpress.com
Contract Extension Predictions For Houston Texans Before 2019 Season
CLOWNEY PREDICTION: Plays the 2019 season on the franchise tag, traded before the 2020 draftD.J. A contract extension for Mercilus, even a modest one, could be a major sign that the team will be moving on from Clowney (or at least listening to offers for him) after the season. JOSEPH PREDICTION: Retires following 2019 season and stays with Texans in some capacityBRENNAN SCARLETT, OLBScarlett is set to play the 2019 season on a one-year, $2.025 million deal that he signed as a restricted free agent. I could see him coming back to Houston on a modest deal following 2019, but we need to see how 2019 goes first. MILLER PREDICTION: Plays his contract out with the Texans in 2019, moves onto the next stopListen to Sean Pendergast on SportsRadio 610 from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays.houstonpress.com