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SOTT’s Texans Seven Round Mock Draft 2.0

To determine which players would be available for each pick, I used the prospect rankings from CBS Sports. The draft obviously won’t go in the exact order of any website’s rankings, but to avoid guessing on availability in the late rounds, I will go by the list from CBS. As long as a player is ranked within three spots of the Texans pick, I will consider them available. Some...
Via State of the Texans
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Dolphins 2014 free agent tracker

The rumours and speculation during the legal tampering period will soon come to an end as the 2014 NFL free agency period officially begins Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. With $35.1 million in cap space, the Miami Dolphins are expected to be one of the busiest teams in the league. In addition to tracking the Dolphins signings, we'll also provide updates on the status of where the team...
Via Phins Phocus
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Dolphins continue efforts to bolster offensive line

BY SEAN DONOVANThe Miami Dolphins' undisputed No. 1 priority this offseason is to rebuild an offensive line that allowed a league-high 58 sacks in 2013 and was the center of an NFL investigation into the team's hostile locker room culture.The Dolphins took the first step Tuesday when it signed veteran tackle Branden Albert to a five-year, $47 million deal to be the...
Via AFC East Daily
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Steve Smith: Top 5 Landing Spots For Former Stud WR

"I went down to Houston  And I stopped in San Antone I passed up the station for the bus I was trying to find me something But I wasn't sure just what Man I ended up with pockets full of dust So I went on to Cleveland and I ended up insane I bought a borrowed suit and learned to dance I was spending money like the way it likes to rain" - from 2000s Heatbreaker...
Via Football Nation
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Texans: Players They Can't Afford To Lose In Free Agency

The Houston Texans were a favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl before the start of last season. It's funny how things change. The Texans went from contenders to bottom dwellers very early in the season. The Texans fired Gary Kubiak and hired former Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien. Coach O'Brien has a lot of decisions to make this offseason and it starts...
Via Football Nation
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

The Rundown on the Texans 2014 Free Agent Class

With the NFL combine at the halfway point the new league year is closing and the free agency market is close to opening up. The Houston Texans have an interesting group of free agents that does not have much star power as a group. This could mean the exodus of some familiar faces that have been in Houston for some time especially some fan favorites. There is no real reason for the...
Via State of the Texans
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans Cap Woes

Jeff Gross/Getty Images Jon Rodgers Houston Texans Writer The Houston Texans will be heading into the 2014 season off arguably the worst season in franchise history. Their record ties the worst, but for the overall feel of the team, the build up in the preseason of Super Bowl aspirations, and the complete nosedive after the first quarter of week 1, no one can argue against the fact...
Via TopSportsReport
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders running back history boils down to two great names

The Oakland Raiders have a long and storied history, but one of the aspects that does not have the light shown on it quite as much is the history of its running backs. The Raiders have long been known for their penchant to stretch the field with deep passes, something that was not very common when Al Davis introduced the vertical offense (a pre-cursor to the all passing league you...
Via cover32 - Raiders
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Jets Free Agency Primer (Offensive Line)

With approximately $30-40 million in cap space, the New York Jets are pegged to be players when the new league year begins on March 3rd, 2014. Today, we look at free agent offensive linemen. Check out our look at Tight Ends from last week here. The New York Jets offensive line struggled mightily in 2013 to protect rookie QB Geno Smith. However, Austin Howard turned in a solid season...
Via Turn On The Jets
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL wives tackle the runway in Super Bowl charity fashion show

  Wooh! Now that the Super Bowl is officially over, I can download you guys on some of last week’s events.  While exhausting, it was worth it and I can’t wait to do it all over again next year when New York hosts NBA All-Star Weekend!  :-) First up,  Off the Field Players’ Wives Association (OTFPWA) and Saks Fifth Avenue hosted its 13th Annual Cocktail Reception and Charity...
Via All Sports Everything
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans Salary vs. Production in 2013

This wasn’t originally our idea but Shane Richardson was looking at production from the 2013 season versus cap number for the upcoming 2014 season. We decided to take it a step further and work the 2013 cap numbers into the equation versus their production for the season. Richardson looked at the top 10 paid players from each team and compared their Pro Football Focus rank versus...
Via State of the Texans
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Texas Tech's Smith has fitting end to career in homecoming

SAN DIEGO -- They call him the "Fresh Prince" and it's not difficult to decipher why. Texas Tech linebacker Will Smith returned home to Southern California and extended his defensive reign over No. 14 Arizona State Monday night at Qualcomm Stadium, helping the Red Raiders to an upset win in the Holiday Bowl. The Riverside native was an absolute defensive force, recording...
Via Fox Sports West
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Houston Texans 2013 Off-Season Report

2013 Recap When the Texans went 12-4 in 2012, they did it on the strength of a 5-0 record in games decided by a touchdown or less, an easy schedule, and a +12 turnover margin, powered by a 64.10% fumble recovery rate, so it was predictable that the Texans would regress, even with Brian Cushing coming back from injury. That being said, I don’t think anyone saw this coming as the...
Via The Football Fan Spot
December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Sunday Could Mark the End For Some Texans

This coming Sunday will mark the end of a disappointing 2013 NFL season that was full of promise but ultimately ended the worst way possible. One more loss and the Texans will wrap up the first overall pick for the 2014 NFL draft and it will start the speculation on what will be an interesting off season. With the Texans traveling to Tennessee, it could mark the end for a select...
Via State of the Texans
December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Texans Are Their Own Worst Enemies

The Houston Texans’ 2013 season has now extended the longest skid in franchise history to eleven straight losses. This time, the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Texans for the second time in two weeks and put the Texans with a firm grasp of the number one overall pick for the 2014 NFL Draft. Poor Quarterback Play Thursday night was no different and it started once again with horrid...
Via State of the Texans
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Houston Texans: 2013 Week 12 NFL Power Rankings (#28)

Last week: 22 (-6) Record: 2-8 Week 11 Studs LT Duane Brown LG Wade Smith LE JJ Watt Week 11 Duds QB Matt Schaub RG Brandon Brooks ROLB Whitney Mercilus
Via The Football Fan Spot
November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

New Questions Brewing for the Texans

When losing occurs the way the Houston Texans have done it the past eight games. new questions start to pop up. The way the Texans lost against the Oakland Raiders only opened the door for more questions that need to be answered, but only getting to the end of the season will get them answered. Jobs are in jeopardy, evaluations are on going and the fan base is getting restless, and...
Via State of the Texans
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Houston Texans: 2013 Week 11 NFL Power Rankings (#22)

Last week: 21 (-1) Record: 2-7 Despite their 2-7 record, the Texans actually rank 12th in rate of moving the chains differential, moving the chains at a 75% rate, as opposed to 72% for their opponents. They probably aren’t as good as that (Football Outsiders has them 29th in DVOA), but they’ve just been killed by turnovers (-13) and return touchdowns (-7 touchdowns). They won’t...
Via The Football Fan Spot
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Houston Texans: 2013 Week 10 NFL Power Rankings (#21)

Last week: 17 (-4) Record: 2-6 The Texans have lost each of the past two games, but the good news is that they might have found their quarterback of the future. Case Keenum has completed 35 of 59 for 621 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2 games. The Texans have been better than their record all along. They are moving the chains at a 76% rate, as opposed to 73% for their opponents. They’ve...
Via The Football Fan Spot
November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Anatomy of a Struggling Texans Team

If before the season started someone told you that the Houston Texans would be 2-5 entering the bye week, it would be a hard pill to swallow. The Texans are in this spot with nine games left in the season and looking like a team dead in the water. The season looked promising when training camp arrived and there was plenty of chatter from the national and local media on the Texans...
Via State of the Texans
October 23, 2013  |  1 Comment

Houston Texans: 2013 Week 5 NFL Power Rankings (#15)

Last week: 15 Record: 2-2 The Texans aren’t as bad as they’ve looked in the past two weeks. They led a very good Seattle team 20-6 at home before failing to close it out (so much for their 7-0 record in games decided by a touchdown or less meaning they “know how to win”) and against Baltimore, they were pretty even in first downs, yards, and punts. Baltimore just won by 21...
Via The Football Fan Spot
October 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Assessing the Damage: Changes for the Texans to Think About

Three weeks into the season, the feeling is that the Houston Texans are on the brink of falling apart. The start of the season has not been pretty and can be described as sloppy football. The Texans have to do some self scouting and really look at on the field issues to make their team better for the long haul. We are not talking about replacing Matt Schaub or firing Gary Kubiak...
Via State of the Texans
September 24, 2013  |  4 Comments

The Rundown: Ravens Edition

A 30-9 loss is not what the Houston Texans ordered when they traveled to Baltimore to face the Ravens. If anything could go wrong, it did and the Texans took an unfortunate loss to an injury depleted Ravens team. The Texans had one of the worst quarters in recent memory and it proved to be too much to overcome.  A special teams and defensive touchdown turned the tide for the Ravens...
Via State of the Texans
September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Houston Texans: 2013 Week 3 NFL Power Rankings (#12)

Last week: 13 The Texans pulled another win out of their ass, winning in overtime at home for Tennessee. They are now 7-0 in games decided by a touchdown or less since the start of last season. That’s not going to be unsustainable and it’s concerning that 3 of those wins in 2012 came against teams with poor records and the 2 wins this year came against teams that were supposed...
Via The Football Fan Spot
September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Texans to Watch: Ravens Edition

The Houston Texans are pushing for 3-0 and this time they are traveling to Baltimore. Not only are they facing the Ravens, but there will be the Ray Lewis induction into the Ring of Honor ceremony to go along with the game. There will be plenty of emotion tied into this game and the Texans will be heading into an AFC rival’s territory. The Texans will be put to the test with a...
Via State of the Texans
September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

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