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Houston Texans News: February 20, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, February 20, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Johnny Manziel goes to Houston Texans No. 1 - NFL - Don Banks -
It's always the height of conceit to churn out a mock draft before the NFL scouting combine has unfolded, with free agency still to come and weeks and weeks of pro days still well in the future. Teams are in the early stages of their draft prep, and the first real eyeball test will take place in Indianapolis over the course of the next six days.

Spurrier on Manziel and why the Houston Texans may want to draft Clowney | CollegeFootballTalk
The Houston Texans have the first pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier thinks they will have a difficult decision to make between Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Manziel or Bortles? | CSN Houston
Rotoworld's Josh Norris' 2014 Mock Draft.

NFL Scouting Combine: Medical Evaluations
Medical Evaluations at the NFL Scouting Combine could provide the most important pieces of information from Indianapolis.

Bill O'Brien will make biggest 2014 impact among new coaches -
Bill O'Brien and Mike Zimmer are two of the seven new head coaches across the NFL. Who's in the best position to make an immediate difference next season? Adam Schein provides his rankings.

NFL Nation Buzz: Houston Texans - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
Houston Texans reporter Tania Ganguli talks about how quiet the team’s brass has been since Bill O’Brien’s hiring and...

What to watch as Houston Texans' staff heads to Indy for NFL combine - ESPN
This is the day when pretty much any flight going from any NFL city to Indianapolis will be packed with people heading to the combine. The flight I'm...

Around the League

2014 NFL Combine: From 40 times to Fritos, 10 Bold Predictions -
Who is going to fun the fastest? What impact will skipping the Combine workouts have on Johnny Manziel? Who is going to challenge the famed Wonderlic test? Can Michael Sam re-focus attention back onto his athleticism? Who needs to impress most at the Combine?

2014 NFL Scouting Combine preview -
The biggest, strangest and most newsworthy items to follow from Indianapolis this week.

Miami Dolphins fire OL coach Jim Turner -
Miami parted ways with a second member of their staff on Wednesday as they work to clean house ahead of potential action by the NFL.

NFL salary cap casualties: DeMarcus Ware, Chris Johnson among possible cuts -
Here's a team-by-team look at the potential salary-driven cuts each team could make in the weeks to come.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Spring training 2014: Japhet Amador might miss all of spring - The Crawfish Boxes
A family emergency is keeping the big first baseman out of camp.

Dwight and Co. Storm Staples Center, Obliterate Lakers 134-108 - The Dream Shake
The injury-riddled Lakers stood no chance against the dominant interior offensive and defensive play of a largely healthy Rockets squad intent on extending their league leading winning streak to 8 going into their next game against the Warriors.

Rockets rumored to be pursuing Jeremy Lin for Rajon Rondo swap with Celtics - The Dream Shake
The internet is abuzz with rumors that the Rockets are trying to make a Rajon Rondo deal happen. Why that is probably nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

Dwight Howard, Lakers fans agree: Dwight Howard sucks -
Lakers fans chanted "HOWARD SUCKS! HOWARD SUCKS!" at Dwight Howard as he rampaged over his former team, so he helped them chant.

Red Raider Gridiron | All Webb's Job; Amaro's Pre-Draft Work - Viva The Matadors
Davis Webb is clearly the #1 quarterback heading into the spring, and apparently quarterback transfers are not something that just happens at Texas Tech. Jace Amaro continues his pre-draft workouts and says he's the best tight end of the NFL Draft.