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Houston Texans News: October 2, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, October 2, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Texans Sign CB Jumal Rolle away from Packers' Practice Squad - Acme Packing Company
Despite having a roster spot still open, the Packers have reportedly lost one of their most promising practice squad players to another team on Wednesday.

Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick knows he must improve - Ultimate Texans
Ryan Fitzpatrick has been realistic about his status as the Texans’ starting quarterback since training camp began.

Houston Texans' star J.J. Watt buys Mom car, wins internet | News - Home
Who hasn't dreamed of buying their mom a brand new car?

Texans' McNair, Cowboys' Jones often share common vision - Houston Chronicle
Jerry Jones wasn't the only owner who cried after the Texans defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the first game in franchise history.

Texans talk Houston-Dallas rivalry
The Texans players and coaches have learned quickly about the natural intrastate rivalry that exists between Houston and its neighbor further up I-45.

Ryan Fitzpatrick once ate a 72-oz steak
Ryan Fitzpatrick is a man of many titles.

Around the League

The Buffalo Bills can win with Kyle Orton -
The Bills made a quarterback change this week, benching 2013 first-round pick E.J. Manuel for journeyman Kyle Orton. That move gives them a legitimate shot to win the AFC East.

NFL picks, Week 5: Packers, Chargers locks to win -
Can the Cardinals and Bengals remain the NFL's only unbeaten teams? Will Minnesota pull off another shocking upset? SB Nation's expert panel weighs in with their picks for Week 5.

NFL franchises with the least coaching patience -
We weren't even out of the first month of the season before our first coach was fired. In this week's Absurd Power Rankings, we review the coaches who have had the shortest tenure with each franchise.

The Dolphins fooled us all -
Head coach Joe Philbin looked kind of dumb for refusing to name a starting quarterback last week. After thrashing the Raiders behind one of Ryan Tannehill's best outings of his career, maybe there was a method to Philbin's madness after all.

2015 NFL Draft report: Determining running back value -
In what looks like a talented class at the top, Georgia's Todd Gurley could become the first running back since 2012 taken in the first round.

Steve Smith tears into Panthers over his release - Cat Scratch Reader
The ex-Panthers receiver called a local radio show and nothing was left on the table.

Is DeMarco Murray Running Himself Out Of Dallas? - Blogging The Boys
You get what you pay for, but in the NFL, you should never overpay for a running back. Even the league leader.

Houston & Collegiate Sport

Astros quick hits: Chris Carter may not have taken the leap you think he did - The Crawfish Boxes
Carter had a nice season. It also lined up pretty well with what he did in 2013.

Will the Texas Longhorns remain stubborn on the ground? - Burnt Orange Nation
Being stubborn running into eight- and nine-man front isn't going to work against Baylor and certainly didn't work against Kansas.

Texas Tech v. Kansas State | Away Game Hotspots - Viva The Matadors
"My degree of optimism is negotiated daily..." - Bill Snyder

Punch Drunk Love: TCU and Oklahoma's Recent Bloody History - Frogs O' War
The Frogs and Sooners usually play it to the bone, and Saturday shouldn't be any different. A brief history tells us why...

Baylor's Defensive Growth Under Phil Bennett - An Exercise in Patience - Barking Carnival
Phil Bennett is the ultimate journeyman coach. Art Briles' patient belief in him has finally paid off.

THE TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M at Mississippi State - Good Bull Hunting
The undefeated Aggies go on the road to take a shot at starting 6-0 and becoming the first bowl eligible team in the country.After last week's thriller I'm ready to ride into the #SnowBowl, throw...

Texans vs Cowboys coverage
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