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Brock Osweiler: Adversity makes you stronger

Brock Osweiler seems as relieved to be out of Houston as the Texans were to move on from him. Osweiler went 8-6 before being benched last season, throwing 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Osweiler did return for the playoffs after his replacement, Tom Savage, was diagnosed with a concussion. But after beating the Derek Carr-less [more]

Nick Novak on Charlottesville violence: It’s the devil’s work

Texans kicker Nick Novak grew up in Charlottesville, Va., where he attended high school at Albemarle, so the violence there has hit close to home. Novak became emotional when asked about the “Unite the Right” rally that resulted in one death and multiple injuries in Charlottesville. “It’s the devil’s work,” Novak said, via John McClain [more]

Belichick unfazed by joint practices with a familiar foe

The Patriots played the Texans twice last year, in Week Three and in the postseason. They’ll square off again in Week Three this year. But that gives coach Bill Belichick no concerns about practicing against the Texans during training camp. “I mean, honestly, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” Belichick told reporters [more]

Patriots holding nearly twice as many players out of games as rest of league

The Patriots have long been proponents of joint workouts with other teams in training camp. And Patriots coach Bill Belichick may be using those snaps to take the place of evaluation he’d otherwise need a preseason game for. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, the Patriots held 40 of their 90 players out of their [more]

Texans sign WR Germone Hopper

The Texans signed receiver Germone Hopper, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Hopper worked out for the Texans last week. Houston is battling injuries at the position. Will Fuller is out with a broken collarbone, and Braxton Miller has missed practice with an injury since the preseason loss to the Panthers. Hopper left [more]

Texans sign receiver Bruce Ellington

Two teams have released receiver Bruce Ellington the past week. He found another team to sign him, though. The Texans, who have injures at the position, signed Ellington on Friday, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Ellington, who turns 26 later this month, missed all of last season with a hamstring injury. The [more]

Vicis helmet makes its NFL debut

There’s a new helmet in town, in pretty much every town that hosts an NFL team. This year, the Vicis Zero1 will show up throughout the league. On Wednesday night, several Texans wore the $1,500 helmet, which has a flexible outer shell that gives with impact. Those using it included linebacker Brian Cushing, running back Lamar [more]

Bill O’Brien on Deshaun Watson: A lot to build on, a lot to correct

While discussing his first game action as an NFL player, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson said that the players were bigger, faster and stronger but that it was “still football” to describe his comfort level against the Panthers. Texans coach Bill O’Brien agreed with that sentiment, saying that it’s clear to him that nothing is too [more]

Deshaun Watson took plenty of snaps, more than a few hits

Three years ago, as then-Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel embarked on the first preseason games of his career, the overriding question related to whether he could keep himself healthy by minimizing the number of times he is hit. For current Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, it’s fair to at least pay attention to his ability [more]

Deshaun Watson on first NFL game: It’s still football

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson played in his first NFL game on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t his first time in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Watson played in the 2015 ACC Championship Game in the stadium and led Clemson to a 45-37 win by throwing for three touchdowns and running for two others. Watson [more]

O’Brien concerned about pressure on quarterbacks

Advantage, Duane Brown. With Houston’s left tackle still holding out, the offensive line didn’t hold up as well as needed on Wednesday night in Charlotte. Beginning with the opening drive of the game, the wall of blockers became a sieve, with Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short crashing through on multiple occasions to disrupt the flow [more]

David Quessenberry completes comeback from cancer to take field

David Quessenberry is no longer a guy trying to come back to play in an NFL game after a cancer diagnosis. He’s done it. The Texans offensive lineman played in last night’s game against the Panthers, his first time in a game since he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma three years ago. “I was nervous [more]

D’Onta Foreman has a solid debut for the Texans

Buried on the initial, unofficial depth chart, Texans running back D'Onta Foreman unearthed a strong performance in his career preseason debut. Foreman gained 76 yards on only nine carries for the Texans, including a 41-yard run and a hurdle of a Panthers defender. Foreman averaged 8.4 yards per carry. A third-round pick in April, Foreman [more]

Deshaun Watson shows promise in preseason debut

The Texans already have declared Tom Savage the starter for the season opener, but the fourth-year veteran will go into the season looking over his shoulder based on Wednesday night. While Savage recovered from a rough start to finish 9-of-11 for 69 yards and a touchdown, Deshaun Watson showed he could be ready to play [more]

Kelvin Benjamin whips the Panthers into shape, early lead

Well, so much for summertime narratives. Kelvin Benjamin is fat. Tom Savage has had a great offseason. Through a quarter of their first preseason game, both of those time-honored offseason tropes have been turned on their heads. Benjamin gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead with a 23-yard touchdown reception from Derek Anderson, but his first [more]

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