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26. RLB Whitney Mercilus AI actually had Whitney Mercilus as my 6th rated prospect. I think he’s the best pass rusher in this draft class. He’s got a great motor and worked himself up the draft chart to have 22.5 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, and 9 forced fumbles last season. He’s a refined pass rusher and a great athlete. He could have an Aldon Smith type impact right away. He’s a one year wonder, but that’s not his fault. Every chance he had to play, he dominated and if he had returned to school and had another strong year, he could have been a top 5-10 pick next year.I didn’t have rush linebacker as a big need for the Texans even after losing Mario Williams because they managed 44 sacks last year even with Williams missing 11 games. However, they could always use another pass rusher to go with Brooks Reed and Connor Barwin and Mercilus was the biggest steal of the first round according to my board. The Texans could have a scary pass rush for years to come.68. WR DeVier Posey CHeh? ...
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Round 1, Pick 26 – Whitney Mercilus (OLB/DE)
With their first pick, Houston selected Whitney Mercilus, OLB from Illinois. Mercilus is a speed demon. He will bring an unrivaled amount of athleticism to the defensive front, and provide consistent pressure on the quarterback. Mercilus may not be an immediate starter, but expect to see him rotate in and get substantial playing time...
Now that the Houston Texans have taken the next step and made the playoffs for the first time we as fans and NFL analysts expect the Texans to be a consistent contender for years to come. This is new territory for a team that hasn’t been in this position before. Have the Texans truly arrived? Are they on the precipice of greatness, or are they just a one year wonder? For the...
Last training camp I grabbed Jacoby Jones as he walked off the practice field. I wanted to talk to him about his new contract. The Texans had just signed him for 10.5 million over three years, and there seemed to be some meaning in that. Kind of a "Just so we're clear on this, we're expecting a 10 million receiver out of you" sort of message.
I asked him if he...
Usually it is Bob McNair, the owner, in the locker room after the game talking to reporters. The job suits him. He's got that whole old-guy Texas way about him, with the slow, pebbled drawl.
Then it goes to Gary Kubiak, the coach, another native Houstonian. He's younger, but he's got that thing, too.
And then there is Rick Smith, the general manager. He's not from...
HOUSTON—The current peril of WR/KR specialist Jacoby Jones is proof that there is a difference between making mistakes in regular season games and making mistakes in playoff games.
Jones was released today by the Texans after making numerous blunders in their second round playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
To read this story and watch a touching Jacoby Jones video, please...
On this very special edition of Luy Ya Steel Blue the fellas Mike, Aaron and Pat bring in TXCleaver to discuss the Houston Texans NFL Draft. The guys are excited about what the Texans did on draft day. The topics include the draft, the undrafted free agents and the release of Jacoby Jones. With just good news floating around in Texans land, the organization might be headed into...
The Houston Texans released wide receiver Jacoby Jones on Tuesday, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Reports surfaced over the weekend that the Texans were trying to trade Jones for a draft pick, but nothing came to fruition.
Selected in the third round (73rd overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft, Jones has made 21 starts and appeared in 75 games in Houston.
HOUSTON - The Houston Texans have reportedly released wide receiver Jacoby Jones. Jones' last game as a Texan was a loss in the playoffs to the Baltimore Ravens, a game in which he fumbled a punt which led to a Ravens touchdown.
In five years with the Texans Jones never developed into a reliable number two receiver opposite Andre Johnson. Jones has 11 career receiving touchdowns...
The Houston Texans have waived receiver Jacoby Jones after five seasons.
The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Jones caught only 31 passes for 512 yards last season, while star receiver Andre Johnson spent much of the year recovering from injuries. The Texans drafted Ohio State receiver DeVier Posey in the third round and Michigan State's Keshawn Martin in the fourth, making Jones expendable...
The Houston Texans earned the first playoff berth in franchise history in 2011, as they went 10-6 and won the AFC South, and also added a playoff win in the Wild Card round against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Having quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson back healthy after both missed significant time last season makes even further improvement possible in 2012, and...
Quarterback Matt Leinart signed with the Raiders. A seventh-year veteran, Leinart spent the past two seasons with the Houston Texans before being released in March. In Oakland, he's expected to be Carson Palmer's primary backup - a role he is familiar with. Palmer and Leinart both won the Heisman Trophy at Southern California, with Leinart one of Palmer's backups in...
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Leinart is back in a familiar role as Carson Palmer's backup at quarterback.
The Oakland Raiders signed Leinart to a one-year contract on Tuesday, giving them two former Heisman Trophy winners from Southern California at quarterback.
Leinart reached the deal after working out for the Raiders to show that he has fully recovered from a broken left...