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J.J. Watt back at Texans practice

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt broke a bike during last week’s joint practices with the Packers in Green Bay, but made up for that by purchasing a new one for the kid who provided the wheels for the traditional post-practice ride. Of more pressing interest to the football side of things, Watt also left last [more]

DeAndre Hopkins can catch anything, even flies

DeAndre Hopkins catches many things, especially footballs, if not recognition. But the Texans wideout has trained himself, Mr. Miyagi-style, to be able to catch anything. Hopkins told Peter King of NBC’s Football Morning in America that when he was growing up, he had an unusual training method. “This is something I haven’t told many people, [more]

Bill O’Brien: Texans have a “vision” for how to use Duke Johnson

The Houston Texans officially have acquired running back Duke Johnson from the Browns. Next comes figuring out how he’ll help the team. “We have a vision for how we want to use him, we’re excited about it, we’ve got to get him rehabbed,” coach Bill O’Brien told reporters on Saturday. “He hasn’t missed any games [more]

Texans claim Tracy Sprinkle on waivers

With three weeks to go until the rosters cut from 90 to 53, the churning of the 90-man rosters continues. The Texans claimed defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle on waivers from the Browns. Houston announced the move on Saturday. Undrated in 2018, Sprinkle spent time with the Panthers. He played for the Atlanta Legends of the [more]

Lamar Miller: “Really cool” to have Duke Johnson on the team

The Texans added another running back to the mix this week and their choice suits Lamar Miller just fine. Houston’s No. 1 back finished up his time at the University of Miami a year before Duke Johnson arrived to take over many of his duties in the backfield, which is part of the reason why [more]

Freddie Kitchens: Do not question Duke Johnson’s professionalism

The Browns have moved on from Duke Johnson, trading him to Houston on Thursday. But Browns coach Freddie Kitchens defended the running back against questions about whether Johnson’s hamstring was really hurt or more so his feelings. “Do not question Duke’s professionalism,’’ Kitchens said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Duke had [more]

Matt LaFleur addresses Aaron Rodgers’ criticism of joint practices

In the not-so-subtle disagreement between Packers coach Matt LaFleur and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers regarding joint practices, Rodgers is the winner. As expected. After Thursday’s preseason game against the Texans, LaFleur was asked to address Rodgers’ pointed criticism of joint practices generally and, specifically, the inclusion of close-to-live kickoff drills. After joking that he and [more]

Keke Coutee has minor ankle injury

Fortunately for the Texans, receiver Keke Coutee‘s injury looked worse than it was. Coutee landed awkwardly on a 9-yard catch from quarterback Joe Webb with 13:35 remaining in the second quarter. He was slow to get up and helped off the field by the team’s athletic trainers before eventually being carted into the locker room [more]

Keke Coutee carted off during first half

Texans receiver Keke Couteee was carted off with a knee injury. Coutee was injured on a 9-yard catch from quarterback Joe Webb with 13:35 remaining in the second quarter. He grabbed his right knee after falling awkwardly. He was slow to get up and helped off the field by the team’s athletic trainers before eventually [more]

John Dorsey: It was the right time to trade Duke Johnson

The Browns said repeatedly they were not trading Duke Johnson. They traded the running back Thursday. “I do want to wish Duke the best,” General Manager John Dorsey said on News 5′s pregame show Thursday night, via Nate Ulrich of the Beacon Journal. “With regards to that, we sat; we waited; we were patient; and [more]

49ers waive Chris Thompson

The 49ers announced they waived receiver Chris Thompson to make room for defensive lineman Jeremiah Valoaga, whom the signed to a one-year deal. Thompson, 25, signed with San Francisco on Aug. 3. He originally signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2017. Thompson played 13 games with the Texans [more]

DeAndre Hopkins: No other WR could put up same numbers in situation I’ve been in

Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins got to play with Deshaun Watson for a full season in 2018 and posted career highs in catches and receiving yards, but he posted good numbers in the first five years of his career despite having far shakier quarterbacking situations. Hopkins cited that history during an appearance on Mad Dog [more]

Bill O’Brien handled Duke Johnson trade talks with Browns

The Texans are going without a General Manager this season after firing Brian Gaine and being blocked in their bid to interview Patriots exec Nick Caserio, which leaves the G.M. responsibilities divided between a variety of people in the organization. One of those responsibilities is handling trade discussions with other teams and that was a [more]

Texans trade for running back Duke Johnson

The Browns blinked. After insisting all offseason they weren’t going to trade surplus running back Duke Johnson, they have shipped him to Houston. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Texans are sending a 2020 fourth-round pick which could become a third-rounder. That’s a big addition for the Texans, as Johnson provides another threat [more]

Texans sign QB Jordan Ta’amu

The Texans are going to be without quarterback AJ McCarron for a while after he injured his thumb during Tuesday’s joint practice with the Packers and that made adding another signal caller behind Deshaun Watson a priority for the team. They announced the addition of another quarterback on Wednesday. The Texans have signed Jordan Ta’amu [more]

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