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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    The Texans officially signed 20 undrafted free agents as they headed into their weekend rookie mini-camp. Here is the list of players along with an accompanying video featuring Bill O'Brien and Rick Smith.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...e-8882b2f04f88

    The title of the article from Texans.com by Deepi Sidhu askes the question, What do Rookies do at mini-camp?

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...a-a5d50ebc7133

    Houston also signed 6 of their 7 draft picks. Only RB D'onte Foreman has yet to sign.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...d-29be0e9cf7d2

    Quotes from Day 1 of rookie mini-camp;

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...e-7db31bcbef03

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    The Texans completed their rookie mini-camp Saturday and by all accounts it was a very nice weekend. In the article linked below from Texans.com Bill O’Brien talks about the mini-camp and specifically how he has ‘shifted gears’ since he fired his OC George Godsey this past January and he took over the OC duties as well as his head coaching gig.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...4-53d55b4eca05

    The Texans, last Friday, acquired 3 year veteran cornerback Marcus Roberson. Roberson was an undrafted free agent out of Florida who was signed by the St Louis Rams in 2014. He played 2 seasons for the Rams playing in 25 games for them. Last September in the final cuts before the beginning of the season Roberson was let go. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills a couple of days later and he spent last season up and down between the active roster and the practice squad. Last Thursday he was waived by the Bills and Friday Houston claimed him off waivers.

    The Texans website drives me crazy sometimes in cases like a news item from last Friday. The Texans announced they placed RT Derek Newton on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) but that was it. No explanation, no details, nada. So, I went to the Houston Chronicle website and they had some information. Sometimes I think the Texans website is only concerned with the TV media stuff and social media stuff and they can’t be bothered with football stuff. Anyway, Aaron Wilson for Chron.com gives us the lowdown on Mr Newton.

    http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/a...m-11142931.php

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    The one thing I have a gripe about is the lack of actual coverage of the team that is available on Texans.com especially when you compare it to how deep a dive is made on DallasCowboys.com. Personnel moves are analyzed and you get details on the moves on DC.com but all you normally get on Texans.com is a list with some stats and no explanation or information. That is frustrating as heck. So, where do you go for more in depth coverage? I have gone to several sources like the Houston Chronicle sports web page, Bleacher Report, Monday Morning Quarterback, and Pro Football Focus.
    I get very frustrated over the Texans website’s sparse coverage, other than stuff analyst John Harris does. Most of what they publish is from their TV shows that air on FoxSportsSouthwest. They seem a lot more invested in their TV and social media endeavors than their website coverage. They are even starting a series to introduce their website staff to fans but even that is lacking. The article linked below is a profile of Deepi Sidhu whose job title is Texans Insider/Lead Writer and Integrated Media Manager. I like Deepi but even this profile is whack. Unlike the Cowboys website which is busy profiling undrafted free agents, analyzing how the rookies did during the rookie mini-camp or looking ahead at how teams on their 2017 regular season schedule have improved this offseason the Texans are giving us lame profiles on their website staff.
    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...e-c9a809462d9d
    If I want to pass along a sound bite from a player or coach Texans.com is the go-to location but if you want relevant day to day coverage, especially in the off season, you need to go someplace else. Another thing that isn’t the Texans fault but it's not helping make the website more interesting is the lack of drama on the team. When the hardest questions you have to answer are ‘Will Vince Wilfork retire or won’t he? or ‘Who will start in Week 1, DeSean Watson or Tom Savage?’ it’s not compelling reading. linked below is an example of the typical look at a typical personnel moves made by the Texans. It’s a joke to call this an article, it is just a press release with no explanation of why the moves were made. C’mon Texans.com give me some background on the 10 year veteran OT you signed, Breno Giacomini, like who has he played for, has he made any starts in the NFL, does he have all 10 fingers or toes, is that too much to ask? Why do you make me go to another website to find out this stuff? Why don’t you give me something I can use for goodness sake?
    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...b-2f03aa9cdb25
    See what I mean? Sheesh.

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    The Texans will begin the first of their OTA’s that will take place over the next 3 or 4 weeks next week. Most of the NFL will also be involved in their OTA’s which lets us know summer is about to begin and it’s only 3 more months until football is back and better than ever. Texans.com football analyst John Harris takes a look at what he will be watching for when OTA’s begin. Yesterday I bitched about the lack of coverage on the team and lo, and behold, we’ve got meat on the bone at last!

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...5-13a4c82f1351

    Who is the fastest man on the Texans squad. That question was answered when the 3 guys who are definitely speed burners decided to race at the Texans practice facility. No spoilers here. I hope the video plays from this link. I’m writing this on my company computer and the security on the server won’t let it play anything from Instagram. Enjoy. Oh, to be able to run that fast!

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...2-9e52cc9cc63b

    As I posted last week, the Texans lost their Director of Player Personnel Brian Gaine to the Buffalo Bills who will work under new GM Brandon Beane and new head coach Sean McDermott. It was a lateral move by Gaine who either got enticed by more money or future advancement to leave Houston for Buffalo doing the same job. Either that or Gaine is just sick and tired of Rick Smith. Anyway, Houston filled Gaine’s position along with several others listing in the article linked below.

    https://www.google.com/#q=bills+head...=1495217898451

    Finally, DeAndre Hopkins is just 24 but he’s already recognized as one of the best WR’s in the NFL. How did he get so good in such a short amount of time? Check out the link below to the article and video of how Hopkins answers this and other questions in a press conference recently.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...e-745b29bccaa1

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    The first week of OTA's was weird. All we heard was some odd quotes in Week 1 of OTAs from players who wouldn't comment on teammates at all. DeAndre Hopkins was asked about Tom Savage and he said he couldn't comment his on-field performance but he's a nice guy who is working hard. Tom Savage was asked about WR Will Fuller's progress from year one to year two and his reply was almost exactly the same as Hopkin's quote. Just weird stuff like that. Maybe that is Bill O'Brien's edict for players not to make comments about teammates. Who knows but it's nothing short of boring. Or maybe it's a sign that nobody is happy with anyone else. Answer B is not likely while Answer A is more likely.

    Texans.com's John Harris does his usual multi-multi takeaways from either a game or practice and, in this case, OTA's. He says there are 18 observations and I believe him!!

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...3-4b21a5a8cdf8

    One thing I have admired about Bill O'Brien and the Texans is that they have always stood by OL Dan Quessenberry in his 3 year battle with cancer. Most teams would have moved on from him just as a business decision. Houston has stood by Quessenberry through thick and thin from the time he was diagnosed during his rookie training camp until he took his first practice reps since his rookie season as he prepares to begin his 5th season in the NFL even though he hasn't played a down. Quessenberry is an offensive lineman and that is a position everyone agrees has been in need of a facelift for several years now. If Quessenberry does make the team and plays significant snaps in 2017 he's my candidate for the Ed Block courage award and I doubt anyone would argue about it. Being a cancer survivor is impressive and even more so when you play a professional sport. Check out the article and video linked below. I am definitely going to be watching his progress this summer and I hope he succeeds.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...e-2ff011bbe742

    Right before the draft Houston announced that they had hired ex-Patriot, ex-Bronco Wes Welker who, for a time, was the best WR in football. Not just the best slot receiver--the best WR in football. O'Brien got to coach Welker during his time on the Patriots staff and when he needed a WR coach O'Brien looked no further than Welker. The guy who will likely benefit most from Welker's coaching is slot receiver Braxton Miller. Miller did okay in his rookie season in 2016 but he was hurt by being a rookie and then by injury that kept him out of games down the stretch.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...c-93c693a8bf6e

    Vince Wilfork still hasn't decided if he's retiring. Maybe he's waiting to see if Tom Savage is going to be a boom or a bust. We're all wondering about that. My personal hope is that before training camp Tony Romo gets an offer he can't refuse from Houston and he exercises an out clause in his contract with CBS and comes to H town to lead this team to a Super Bowl. (All things considered, that isn't likely going to happen. Romo still has not officially retired so there is still hope!)

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    Here's a link to Texans.com and an article that features a couple of social media posts by players during OTA practices.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...a-88506cda25ce

    Week 2 of OTA's is in the books and here are some article links to the Texans website talking about a couple of players who are entering their second offseason with Houston like.................

    Will Fuller V

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...4-bf7a8815086c

    Tyler Ervin

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...a-1feaa34dc7bc

    .... and a look at the Texans first round pick DeSean Watson. When you see the article there is a video or two with the article and one of those videos features Watson's teammate from Clemson and now with the Texans, DJ Reader, who talks about how Watson is doing in OTA's.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...2-92ceed568922

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    The Texans made it through their OTA's and mandatory mini-camp with little to no fanfare as usual. But, I figured I would share some news as we wait out this interminable 5 weeks until training camp.

    The Texans are saying that Tom Savage had a great offseason and he will be the starter as the Texans head into training camp. It doesn't stop the media from asking questions about first round draft pick DeSean Watson from NCAA National Champion Clemson.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...5-f0e5cd985aa1

    After replacing departed Arian Foster as the featured running back and gaining a 1000+ yards and being a factor in the Texans passing game it stands to reason he is the alpha male in the running backs room as Houston speeds toward the 2017 season.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...1-e16538b23e59

    The expectations for the Texans receiver corps is expected to take a jump. Of course you have DeAndre Hopkins leading the group but the Texans have a couple 2nd year guys who the Texans to step up big time in Braxton Miller and Will Fuller III.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...5-8665d1b78dc4

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...2-6465ca32eb97

    Last Saturday the Texans completed signing the last of their 2017 draft picks when they agreed to terms with 3rd round pick D'Onta Foreman from Texas. In interviews after the signing Foreman says he will concentrating on losing some weight before training camp. He was listed as weighing 233 lbs at the NFL combine earlier this year but he played last season at 249 lbs as he led the nation in rushing with 2,049 yards. He is expected to be the primary backup to Lamar Miller.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...donta-foreman/

    Last but not least is this article from Bleacher Report that talks about Tom Savage as the star player in the Texans offseason.

    Quarterback Tom Savage
    Like any Houston fan is paying attention to anything but the brewing battle at quarterback between incumbent Tom Savage and 2017 first-round pick Deshaun Watson.
    As ESPN.com's Sarah Barshop reported, all three Houston quarterbacks (if Brandon Weeden wins the job, I'll eat my hat) have had their moments in camp. But Savage has at the least held his own, and he remains the team's starter.
    "Tom's No. 1," O'Brien said. "He knows, like I said from day one, he's got to earn it every day."
    By no stretch of the imagination did a few weeks of non-contact practices settle this matter. This is a storyline that will be hammered daily between now and September. But every day that Savage fares well is another day the Texans don't have to consider rushing Watson into action before he's ready.

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    Don't you think the lack of news about JJ Watt is a good sign? I do. When it comes to rehabbing from back surgery no news is definitely good news when you consider the only news to report would be bad. No setbacks and no issues so far is nothing but excellent news. With Jadeveon Clowney healthy as of last season and the emergence of former Clemson nose tackle DJ Reader the Texans defensive front is in good hands. They will plug and play some veteran guys and they drafted a couple of studs at DL and LB. You might worry about their defensive backfield some but their front seven looks pretty imposing to me. I know it's early but they do look good. Who knows, maybe Vince Wilfork will decide to stay just one more year after all. If Houston is really and truly happy with Tom Savage that's awesome but all eyes will be on Desean Watson in training camp. After all Houston gave up a lot to move up and take him with the 12th overall pick.

    It seems like Bill O'Brien is trying to assemble the New England Patriots South coaching staff. Romeo Crennel, Mike Vrabel, Larry Izzo all have ties to the Patriots and O'Brien. Now the Texans newest staff member is former Patriots great Wes Welker. The guy who led the NFL in receiving for several years can do nothing but help 2nd year receivers like Braxton Miller and Will Fuller. Here's an article from Texans.com about the positive impact Welker has had in Houston already.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...1-9ef58729ff2e

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    The most controversial news surrounding the Texans since the final mini-camp practice in late June was JJ Watt's new men's clothing line release. Watt will have his own line of high end clothes made by Mizzen+Main. High end meaning dress shirts that cost in $125 dollar range and polo style shirts retailing in the $85 range. How about a pair of Chinos costing $135. Houston's "man of the people" has some pretty expensive taste!

    We can forget about all this fluff as Houston's 2nd round pick from Texas RB D'onte Foreman. Foreman was arrested at his alma mater when campus police arrested him for unlawfully carrying of a hand gun and possession of marijuana. Reports are, the gun was owned by Foreman and he told the officer on the scene it was in the car. He claimed he did not own the marijuana and he did not smoke any weed either. He gave a urine sample to prove he had not smoked any marijuana. Results of the urinalysis have not been released as yet. Don't worry, this won't be front page news because the Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott has managed to screw up again as he was involved in an incident at a Dallas area bar. It's always something with the Cowboys and it seems like no matter what Houston does, Dallas does it bigger. In this case I'm glad.

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    The Texans are just over a week away from training camp. They have a lot of questions to answer going in like what will this offensive line be like? If Houston doesn't get a satisfactory answer to that question it won't matter who starts at QB because they both will get smashed. Or how will this defense to with the new faces competing for jobs? Or how will Mike Vrabel handle being the offensive coordinator? Fortunately these and other questions heading into training camp will get answered by the Texans.com writers.

    Being less coy about answering questions than the writers at DallasCowboys.com Texans lead analyst John Harris didn't take two weeks to answer one question at a time. He identified his top 11 and in this link Harris' "Ultimate 11" gets answered all at one time.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...c-15ffe55e13b9

    Deepi Sidhu has a discussion with new first time defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as she tries to get a handle on whether Mr V is ready for this next step in his coaching career. Here Vrabel tell it, he's more than ready.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...2-23bc1774a589

    Bill O'Brien is making a change that involves himself. At the end of the offseason the Texans fired offensive coordinator George Godsey and O'Brien is taking over the play calling duties and will be more involved in coaching his offense than in years past. Promoting Romeo Crennel to assistant head coach and allowing him to oversee the defense under new DC Mike Vrabel allows O'Brien to concentrate on what he is most known for, offense. It is telling given the offseason moves made by the Texans and criticism leveled at the Texans offensive coaches by former starter Brock Osweiler this offseason that a change was needed. The QB position has definitely held the Texans back the last couple of seasons and with a new starter needing to be decided O'Brien needs to take control of the situation. Whether O'Brien goes with incumbent Tom Savage or the first round pick in this year's draft, DeSean Watson, remains to be seen but whoever it is needs a good OC to keep him on track.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...4-780b53ddffa3

    Finally, here is a look by Texans.com at 5 players to watch in training camp as told by Drew Dougherty.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...2-a7f9d44d5d22

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    The Texans began training camp on Wednesday. I was shocked they began so soon since, in years past, the two teams who play in the Hall of Fame game got to begin camp a week earlier than the rest of the NFL because they have the extra preseason game. Apparently not this year and there is another big change for the Texans, they are not holding training camp at their usual location at the Houston Methodist Training Center across the street from NRG Stadium. At least not for the first 3 weeks. The Texans have headed to The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs West Virginia. To be more specific, practices will be held at The Greenbrier Sports Training Center on The Greenbrier estate. The Greenbrier is a luxury resort that has been in operation since 1778. From the pictures I saw on The Greenbrier website it is a beautiful place and it is now on my bucket list of places to visit.
    The Texans will be at The Greenbrier though August 17 with the added feature of two days of joint practices with the New England Patriots prior to their preseason game against one another on August 19th.
    Here is a link or two from the Texans first day of training camp starting with Texans.com analyst John Harris’ 31 observations of the first practice.
    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...e-d3ca130e52bb
    JJ Watt’s return to the field for the first time since last September.
    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...2-90abc9e7352a
    And finally, Bill O’Brien’s thoughts about Day 1.
    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...9-bfd966df54e2

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    The Texans just have good news upon good news that far outweighs the little bit of bad news that comes up.

    First off, OL Dan Quessenberry is back practicing with the team after battling, and beating, cancer for the past 4 years. As a 2nd year player in 2014 Quessenberry was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma and he began what has turned out to be a 3 year battle with the disease. In mid-2015 the cancer was pronounced as in remission and in April of this year he was declared cancer free. To their credit, the Texans stuck with Quessenberry through the entire ordeal. He was put on waivers in 2016 but after he went unclaimed the Texans resigned him and immediately placed him on the NFI (non-football injury) list. He’s truly an inspirational player and I really hope he succeeds because Houston can use the help on their O-line.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...9-7a1d26ab8b25

    Houston signed veteran WR Devin Street off waivers and the Texans released rookie WR Shaq Hill.

    2nd year LB Brennan Scarlett from Stanford made an impact making the Texans final 53 last year but after and up and down year he is hoping to build on the highs in this year’s training camp.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...2-08a7671b75d6

    Here is Texans.com writer John Harris’ 31 observations from Day 2 of training camp.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...9-172c9f82183b
    Last edited by eagle eye; 07-28-2017 at 04:39 PM.

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    Last week the Texans got some bad news as WR Will Fuller V suffered a broken collarbone. The Texans are saying Fuller will miss 2-3 months. Houston signed WR Marcus Leak, a 2nd year player out of Maryland who split time on the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad and 53-man roster last season. He made no appearances in a game for the Colts. Last week the Texans also made other roster moves at the WR position. The Texan cut WR’s Deante Gray and Shaq Hill and they added DeAndrew White, a 3rd year player from Alabama and former Cowboy Devin Street who had been waived by the Jets.
    Again, no significant injuries except for Fuller’s, no controversies to speak of and the resort location of training camp it seems like Houston is have a training camp made in heaven. The Texans are taking a page out of the Cowboys training camp plan by have camp in a cool location where they don’t have to worry about the heat and humidity of their Houston practice facility.
    Houston will have their first preseason game this Wednesday against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte North Carolina. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on the NFL Network.
    The Texans wrap up their stay at The Greenbriar in West Virginia next week with scheduled practices with the New England Patriots. The Texans will break camp after next Thursday’s practice as they return to Houston for preseason game 2 at NRG Stadium a week from Saturday night.

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    The Texans will be playing their first game since they lost to New England in the divisional round of the playoffs this past January. Right around 8 full months without Texans football. I will be excited to see how they do. I want to see JJ Watt back in action as well as CB Kevin Johnson. Both players missed pretty much all of the 2016 to injuries and it will be good to have them both back on the field even though they may not even play or, if they do, it won’t be more than a series or two. The Texans will have an interesting game as they will face the Carolina Panthers. As it is the first preseason game for both teams the starters will not play much, if at all. I would expect that Houston will play both Tom Savage and DeSean Watson at least a quarter each with Brandon Weeden getting most, if not all, of the second half of the game. The Panthers have already ruled Cam Newton out of tonight’s game.

    Here’s a First Glance at the game from Texans.com followed by a link to the Panthers website and their 5 Things to Watch article. We will all get our first look at rookie RB Christian McCaffrey and we’ll judge if he’s worth a pick in fantasy drafts.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...8-44ccff9a4fe9

    http://www.panthers.com/news/article...0-3b44e4884af7

    The Texans signed OT Terry Poole formerly of the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins on Monday and today they released him after he failed his physical.

    Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork announced his retirement from the NFL – in a Kingsford Charcoal ad! Pretty unique and totally something you would expect Vince to do. Here’s the article from Bleacher Report about his retirement. In an interview Wilfork admitted that he retired from the NFL because he was just mentally tired.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...atriots-texans

    Finally, Texans radio broadcaster and Texans.com writer Mark Vandermeer gives his take on tonight’s game.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...a-a555271ec206
    Last edited by eagle eye; 08-09-2017 at 02:38 PM.

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    Re: Houston Texans 2017 Offseason

    The Texans lost to Carolina on Wednesday night but Tom Savage looked pretty good, DeSean Watson showed promise, the defensive backs disappointed and they lost the game. The loss doesn’t matter but you would hope that Houston would score more than 17 points. In 2016 Houston tied with Chicago for 28th in the NFL in average points per game with 17.4. You want to see Houston do better than they showed.
    The offensive line did a nice job overall which was encouraging. An untimely penalty or a dropped pass or a fumble derailed drives but the O-line gave Savage the rest of the Texans QB’s time to throw or scramble as the case dictated.
    DeSean Watson showed promise and justified for one game the decision the Texans front office made trading up in the first round to draft him. He showed poise, pocket presence and elusiveness. What he also showed was a general lack of accuracy especially on his deep throws. Fortunately, that is a skill that can be learned.
    There was a guy who made his first appearance on a football field in 1441 days, which translates to just shy of 4 years. David Quessenberry played his first game as an NFL player after he has won a battle with cancer that was found in 2013 following a preseason game against the Cowboys. Check out the link below to get an update about Quessenberry’s return to a football field.
    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...a-c60aa502e824
    Bill O’Brien gives his take on what the team needs to do to improve after Wednesday night’s loss. Houston won just about every statistical category in the game except the score.
    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...f-63bb7923648c
    The Texans seem to be stacked at the RB position with Lamar Miller, D’onta Foreman, Alfred Blue and Akeem Hunt. All four contributed to the Texans offense and they all looked doing it.
    Speaking of players returning to the field, JJ Watt played in his first game since last September when he messed up his back and was lost for the remainder of the season. He only played 5 plays in the game but it was enough to signal the 2-time defensive player of the year happy. Hey, JJ, us fans are happy your back too!
    Linked below are Texans.com analyst John Harris’ 24 take-aways from the Panthers game.
    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...6-8f1216388fcd

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