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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    The Texans have been practicing with the New England Patriots this week and itís been productive with no news of fights or scuffles between the players. The teams practiced Tuesday and Wednesday and Bill OíBrien said he thought the team got a lot out of those practices.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...a-39ad29af89fa

    The Texans finish up their time at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia today and they will head back to Houston on Friday to prepare for the Saturday night game against the Patriots.

    Below is a link to Texans.com analyst John Harris 24 observations from Wednesdayís practice with New England.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...e-d9d105805461

    Unless Tom Savage just bites the big one he will be the opening day starter for Houston. By all accounts, Savage has been good in practice and in his short stint on the field in the game against Carolina last week he wasnít great but he didnít suck. DeSean Watson is going to be the QB of the future. You donít trade up 15 spots in the draft in the 1st round and NOT make the guy your franchise QB. But, even the draft pundits said Watson wasnít ready for the Big Show. He was going to need some time to get used to the NFL way of doing things. Taking snaps under center, learning to read defenses, learning to go through his receiverís progressions, everything he didnít have to do in college. If Savage can drive the bus and help win games for Houston nobody will mind that Watson is sitting down. On the other hand, if Savage sucks or gets hurt, which is highly likely, Watson could be thrown to the wolves way too early. Or will he? The Texans still have Brandon Weeden and since coming to Houston heís had some productive games. This will be an interesting situation to watch.

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    The Texans beat the Patriots on Saturday night and here are a couple of my thoughts followed by a link to John Harrisí column from Texans.com.
    1. Tom Savage looked pretty good. I donít know why the Texans have such a hard time scoring but one reason might be the play calling in the red zone leave something to be desired. A draw play on 4th and 6 inside the 10 yard line was fairly stupid. Even if it had worked I would have thought it was stupid. Obviously, the play didnít work and the ball went over on downs to the Patriots. All that said, I like the way Savage is playing and he is clearly the best QB Houston has. DeSean Watson isnít far behind and he will be good in a short amount of time. The only QB Houston played that sort of didnít play well was Brandon Weeden. Heís not 3rd string for nothing.
    2. The Texans defensive backfield is the weak spot on the defense. In two games teams have carved the Texans up in the passing game. The Patriots moved the ball at will against the Texansí D at times and they put up a lot of passing yardage. Andre Hal almost made a spectacular interception of Tom Brady but he couldnít get both feet down.
    3. The play-by-play on TV by Spencer Tillman and Kevin Kugler was not very good. The actual play-by-play announcer, Kugler, is boring and Tillman makes you wonder sometimes if you and he are watching the same game. Tillman mistakenly called Halís almost-interception of Tom Brady no good because Hal did not have control of the ball when he did have control but he did fail to get 2 feet in bounds on the catch. I think the replay official blew the call, he called it lack of control of the ball when I thought Hal had the ball but he did not get both feet down. Either way, Hal did make a heckuva play.
    4. I criticized Rick Smith for taking RB Díonta Foreman in this yearís draft but the way the guy has performed in both preseason games has been terrific. Lamar Miller will have to play his ass off or this kid will take his job.
    5. The Texans are without WRs Braxton Miller and Will Fuller but there is one rookie who has stood out to me in both of the Texans games so far. That would be #12 Bruce Ellington. The guy just kept making plays whether it was with Tom Savage of DeSean Watson. Ellington might not be as fast as Will Fuller but he definitely has better hands.
    Iíll hand things off to John Harris now.
    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...a-0d6f73046653

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    The Texans returned to Houston for the first time since Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey devastated the Houston metroplex with wind and rain and flooding beyond anything ever seen before. The Texans went to New Orleans last Week to practice one day with the Saints as they prepared for their 3rd preseason game in New Orleans last Saturday. As the Texans and Saints played the weather was kicking the slats out of Houston. After the game the Texans could not go home so they went to Dallas where the Cowboys welcomed them with open arms. The shared their practice facility and offered to play their scheduled game in Dallas because they couldn't go back to Houston to play the game. The area of Dallas opened their arms to, not just the Texans, but all of the people who evacuated. The Dallas Mavericks and Stars both offered their facilities for refugee shelters and even the Dallas area schools opened their doors to kids displaced by the storm. They were able to join classes in their age groups to continue their schooling. Pretty nice. The Cowboys hosted a telethon to raise money for the Salvation Army relief fund which garnered 2.3 million dollars, 1 million coming from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. I don't know how there can be any animosity between Houston and Dallas given how the Dallas Metroplex has stepped up to help out the people in Houston and SE Texas.

    JJ Watt began a fund to raise money for Houston and he started the deal out by donating 100K of his own money. I can't believe he got bashed for not giving more. Pathetic how some people can be sometimes. To date Watt's fund has raised over $10MM dollars and counting. This includes $1MM from Patriots owner Robert Kraft and a $1MM donation by Ellen DeGeneres in partnership with Walmart. Yesterday Watt and many Texans players were at relief stations handing out water and essentials right out of the back of trucks. Watt has pledged that all the money raised will all go directly to the people who are in need. Watt is the real deal and he's using his fame and notoriety to the benefit of the community. Good job JJ.

    There is still a football season coming. Today is September 1st and the first game of the season is September 10th. Nine days. The Texans coaching staff and GM Rick Smith have to figure out who out of their current 90 man roster will make the final 53 man roster and they will have to have it done by Saturday afternoon. Monday will be the first day of practice for the regular season. Training camp is over and it's time to think football. Actually being home and having seen their families has to have unburdened the coaches, staff and players of the Texans organization of a lot of worry and doubt they had to be feeling not being able to be with their families during the crisis. Seeing is believing and actually getting to see and hug and kiss their families was the best therapy ever for all involved. Football is going to be a trivial issue given what is still ahead of the people in Houston and now the people of the Golden Triangle and SE Texas in general but everyone is going to need it to help in the healing of the area in much the same way the games played by the Yankees, Mets, Giants and Jets after 9-11 helped in the healing process.

    The sun is out, college football has begun (did anyone realize that?), and pro football is around the corner. Add to that the fact that the Astros have acquired Justin Verlander and September is looking like it could be a very special month, indeed.

    All prayers to the people of the Golden Triangle especially in Beaumont where they have lost their drinking water and Port Arthur because it seems the whole city is under water. God be with us as we recover from Harvey and God give us patience in our dealings with stressed out and exhausted people who need the same things we do. Texas proud, and Texas strong regardless of race, creed or religion. We are all people and we all want the same things in life; To have a safe and secure home, to have our families safe and happy, and a good job to go to every day.

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