Houston Texans training camp: Previewing the safeties

The Houston Texans have one of the league’s best defensive lines and overall defenses, but the secondary, primarily the safety position, is a huge question mark. The team signed Chris Clemons, trying to upgrade the position. The five year veteran was solid with the Miami Dolphins, racking up 17 passes defended, four picks and 207 tackles. He should instantly improve the safety...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Texans: Three Bold Predictions For Training Camp

For a team that some believe is only a quarterback or a player or two away from being a contender again in the AFC South, the Houston Texans are still dealing with injuries and drama as the team approaches training camp. And with the franchise lining up Ryan Fitzpatrick behind center as the season approaches, it looks like it may get a little more difficult.Injuries are still a big...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report card time for the Houston Texans’ defense; did they make the grade?

I graded every offensive player on the Houston Texans and now I am taking a crack at the defensive side of the ball. Let me know if you think I got it right, if I am nuts or I just plain don’t know what I am talking about. Defensive Linemen: J.J. Watt / Jared Crick / Ricardo Mathews / Louis Nix III / Jeoffrey Pagan / Jerrell Powe J.J. Watt – A+ If I could give him a grade higher...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Texans Training Camp Primer: The Safeties

It is closing in on Houston Texans 2014 training camp and here at State of the Texans we will cover all of the position groups and players leading up to day one of training camp.   Penciled in Starters Second year safety D.J. Swearinger and free agent acquisition Kendrick Lewis are set to be on the back half of the Texans secondary. Swearinger has been focused on his new role with...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Texans Mandatory Mini-Camp Day Two: Winding Down

Day two of the Houston Texans Mandatory Mini-Camp continued today leaving one final day before the team gets nearly a one month break before training camp opens up in August. The Texans showed a little more focus with the news that came out yesterday.   Here are some quick notes from Wednesday.   Day Two   Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing to DeAndre Hopkins The Quarterbacks Wake Up...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans OTAs Day 9: Laying the Groundwork

The Houston Texans are one day away from wrapping up their 2014 OTAs schedule on Friday and moving on to Mandatory Mini Camp. There was a special guest at practice and there was more work on the offense to make it all come together. The coaching staff is concentrating on getting the groundwork laid for their offense and defense before these next four practice sessions end. The staff...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans OTAs Day 5 Review: Settling In

The Houston Texans hit the halfway point during their three weeks of OTAs with their 5th practice of the 10 allowed by the NFL. The team is still on their extreme pace of work on the field trying to get as much field work before OTAs comes to an end next Friday. The work has been steady and the team is looking more comfortable with what O’Brien is coaching.       Day Five Review...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans OTAs Day 3 Review: The Progression

The Houston Texans wrapped up their first week of OTAs and produced plenty of news and notes for people to digest over the weekend. There were some noticeable absentee players on Thursday, but that did not stop the team from moving forward.     Day Three Review   Absent Rookies Rookies Jadeveon Clowney and Tom Savage were absent today from training camp due to the invite they...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans Quotes from the NFL Draft

This weekend was full of excitement and relief as the Houston Texans concluded their 13th draft in franchise history. We look back on some of the memorable quotes of this three day NFL Draft.     Texans Draft Quotes General Manager Rick Smith (on when did they decided on Jadeveon Clowney) “We talked all week about being open to the opportunity to trading out of the pick,...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dustin Keller visits Patriots

Recovering from a brutal knee injury in which he tore three ligaments and dislocated his knee, tight end Dustin Keller took a visit to the New England Patriots, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Keller was hit in the knee during last year’s preseason by Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger, and it cost him […]
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans 2013 Draft, A Year Later, Were There Any Busts?

The Texans are in a much different situation in the 2014 draft than they were in the 2013 draft, this year they have the first overall pick and are in desperate need of finding a competent quarterback. How did the Texans do in the 2013 draft? It might be a precursor to what to expect for the 2014 draft. 1st round – DeAndre Hopkins (WR) With the 27th pick in the 2013 draft the Texans...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

D.J. Swearinger Throws Out 1st Pitch for Astros Game

Houston Texans D.J. Swearinger arrived to Minute Maid Park and was the guest of honor for the Astros. Swearinger was throwing out the first pitch on Thursday’s game against the Kansas City Royals.   .@JungleBoi_Swagg to throw out 1st pitch for the @Astros @HoustonTexans pic.twitter.com/qQjyxWtAtN — Josh (JR) Reese (@dyslexicsports) April 17, 2014   Is @robertreidryan offering...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans D.J. Swearinger Will Throw Out The 1st Pitch at Astros Game

I WILL BE THROWING THE 1ST PITCH AT THE @astros gAme vs. Royals……i must say im truly honored and blessed to do this!!! #SWAGGG#3kool — DJ Swearinger (@JungleBoi_Swagg) April 17, 2014   Houston Texans second year safety D.J. Swearinger will be throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s Houston Astros game at Minute Maid Park. The Astros are hosting the Kansas City Royals...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Notes from Bill O’Brien’s Town Hall Meeting

The Houston Texans had a closed event to media and open to season ticket holders in their annual Town Hall Meeting with Head Coach Bill O’Brien. O’Brien fielded questions from the fans and here are some notes from the event.   #Texans head coach Bill O’Brien introduced at the townhall Q & A. pic.twitter.com/xOdbMzLyCw — Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) March 31, 2014...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans save $4.5M by releasing safety Daniel Manning

In a move that many saw coming, the Houston Texans have released veteran safety Daniel Manning in an attempt to create more cap space. The Texans signed safety Chris Clemons to a two-year deal worth $2.7M (only 750K guaranteed) not but two days ago, paving the way for Manning's release. By cutting Manning, the Texans will reportedly save $4.5M in cap space, putting their figure...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Texans sign S Chris Clemons

The Texans are retooling the safety position this off-season, signing Kendrick Lewis, a mediocre starting/solid reserve safety, keeping Danieal Manning on a pay cut off of an injury, and now signing Chris Clemons. They also have DJ Swearinger and Shiloh Keo, who were their starters last season after Manning got hurt and Ed Reed got hurt. Those 5 are all fairly inexpensive and will...
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March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Shiloh Keo Leads Texans in 2013 Performance Based Pay

The Houston Texans had over 11 players earn over $100k in performance based pay for the 2013 season. The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain released the Texans who made over $150k for last season for their play on the field.   Performance Base Pay over $150 k Shiloh Keo $213,028 Brandon Brooks $189,531 D.J. Swearinger $187,261 Derek Newton $175,774 Ryan Griffin $166,462  ...
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March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Texans: 5 Biggest Draft Day Regrets in Franchise History

They really are a better team than they appear to be.While 2014 may have been a minor (well major) bump in the road for the franchise, this team could surprise us all like the Chiefs did in 2013.The Texans are a team that - except for last season - compete for a division title or playoff spot, make the second season and then fall apart in the first round. Maybe with a new head coach...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Jadeveon Clowney’s inside man may help him land in Houston

Coming into this season, nobody thought there would be any discussion as to who would be drafted first overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. Jadeveon Clowney was a once in a generation player and any team would be a complete fool for passing on him. Now, after an unexpectedly uneventful season at South Carolina and the usual desire every team has to draft a quarterback, Clowney is actually...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans' Swearinger pushing for Clowney to be top pick

When it comes to the No. 1 overall pick for the Texans in the upcoming draft, it seems that everyone has an opinion on who to take or what to do with it amongst current players. Star wide receiver Andre Johnson thinks the team should trade it, and now second-year safety D.J. Swearinger is lobbying for Houston to pick South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney, who is...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Houston Texans

POINTS SCALE Round 1: 0-5 Round 2: 0-4 Round 3: 0-3 Round 4: 0-2 Round 5: 0-1 Round 6 & 7: Same system as undrafted. Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale.   Round 1 – DeAndre “Poop” Hopkins WR, Clemson Analysis - Hopkins didn’t disappoint in year one, catching 52 balls for 802 yards and 2 scores. Score 4/5 Round 2 -  DJ Swearinger S, South...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Texans: Grading Their 2013 Draft Class After Year One

Sometimes, you can judge a team’s season by its draft class.Such might be the case with the Houston Texans. Injuries and releases highlighted the campaign not only on the roster but with the eight draft picks.Top pick DeAndre Hopkins proved he could be a solid receiver and third down target. He has speed to burn and is still growing.DJ Swearinger could have been the best pick of...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #13 Ryan Griffin

In this series, we look at the top 20 Houston Texans of the 2013 season.    #13   When rookie tight end Ryan Griffin arrived in Houston as a rookie, he looked the part from the get go for the Texans. At 6-5 and 254 lbs. Griffin is what you want in a NFL tight end, and he started the season as the “trey” tight end for the offense. Due to injuries Griffin was forced into action...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #15 D.J. Swearinger

In this series, we look at the top 20 Houston Texans of the 2013 season.    #15   The second round pick out of South Carolina was a work in progress for the Houston Texans, and D.J. Swearinger had enough of a positive impact for the defense when needed. Forced into action when Danieal Manning was placed on the injured reserve, Swearinger started 10 games while appearing in all...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Christmas GIF’s: Top 8 Astonishing Runs of 2013

Photo Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images For 16 turbulent weeks, Fantasy Football governs our daily routine… and perhaps even limits our enjoyment of the sport we hold so dear. Let us take a moment to step back, observe these eight jaw-dropping scampers (RB only), and simply appreciate the talent we often take for granted. Don’t fret – I’ve included relevant fantasy statistics...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss
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