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Houston Texans News: February 18, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Johnny Manziel cites Russell Wilson's success with Seattle Seahawks as proof that short QBs can succeed in NFL - ESPN
Johnny Manziel cites Russell Wilson's recent success as proof that shorter quarterbacks can thrive in the NFL.

Texans' salary cap situation (for now) - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
The NFL combine begins later this week and with it begin conversations that will impact the direction of teams' rosters next season. We've talked a...

Johnny Manziel hype rings false: Case Keenum sounds like O'Brien's QB - CultureMap Houston
Johnny Manziel's well-orchestrated publicity campaign to become the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft is impressive. Like most things...

Cushing on O’Brien: "It’s been an instant connection"
Brian Cushing talks about his instant connection with Bill O'Brien and getting to play for former All-Pro linebacker Mike Vrabel.

Around the League

NFL Scouting Combine: Freaks and flops from the past five years -
Earl Thomas burned up the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, while Joe Haden laid an egg. Now, both players are stars. Bucky Brooks re-examines the standouts and stinkers from combines past.

2014 NFL Draft: Anonymous strikes again -
The annual NFL Scouting Combine starts this week, and that means only one thing: context-free reports about the state of America's youth.

Future Consideration: Mock Draft, top quarterback prospects, and AFC West team needs -
In this week's episode of Future Consideration, Dan and Matt review SB Nation's mock draft, the best quarterbacks of the 2014 draft class, and each AFC West team's needs in the draft. SPOILER: the...

The All-Presidential Football League roster -
It's Presidents Day, so we made a team full of commanders in chief, starting with Obama at CB and Lincoln at QB. This is what the Washington POTUSes would look like.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Spring training 2014: Astros storylines that don't really matter - The Crawfish Boxes
At least, they don't matter nearly as much as we'll talk about them. Because we WILL still talk these all to death over the next few weeks.

NBA Trade Deadline 2014: Rockets won't move Jeremy Lin, report says - The Dream Shake
The trade deadline is days away, and the Rockets have no interest in moving Jeremy Lin, a report says.

How to build a college football team: Ideal rosters for 6 popular schemes -
Different schemes and systems require different players. Let's group college football's most popular schemes into six categories, then figure out the scholarship allotment and ideal player types for each.

Quandre Diggs lays out plan for changing Texas fan culture - Burnt Orange Nation
How can the Texas administration create a better home-field environment at DKR? Senior cornerback Quandre Diggs has some radical ideas to make it happen.

Game Preview | Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - Viva The Matadors
The Texas Tech Red Raiders look to upset the #8 Kansas Jayhawks.

Baylor triumphs over a Smart-less Oklahoma State 70-64 at home - Our Daily Bears
The Bears found themselves on the other end of an unbelievable overtime-forcing 3 tonight but managed to pull away and win by 6.

Weekend Recap: RUNS!! Aggies Sweep Northeastern - Good Bull Hunting
A&M Baseball got off to a strong start to 2014 by sweeping Northeastern. The Aggies put up 21 runs in Games 1 & 2, and won in walk-off fashion in Game 3.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - Does Mike Mayock's current opinion of Bridgewater as the top QB in this class have any effect on your view of him as the first pick? #TTTQ