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Houston Texans News: May 28, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Andre Johnson of Houston Texans a no-show for OTAs - ESPN
Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson stayed true to his word and did not attend the first day of the team's organized team activities Tuesday.

Houston Texans 2014 NFL offseason report card | Audibles -
With the flurry of NFL offseason action nearly in the books, Chris Burke and Doug Farrar take stock of every team's offseason. Find all our Offseason Report Cards here.

Andre Johnson misses first day of Texans’ OTAs - Ultimate Texans
J.J. Watt shared the same defensive front with Jadeveon Clowney. Four quarterbacks alternated throws. Brian Cushing watched from the sideline.

Texans’ Cushing, Joseph sit out first day of OTAs - Ultimate Texans
Texans linebacker Brian Cushing and cornerback Johnathan Joseph didn’t participate in the first day of OTAs Tuesday at the team’s indoor practice facility near NRG Stadium.

5 Things to Watch: OTA's
Drew Dougherty picked out five key storylines to follow the next three weeks as the Texans take part in Organized Team Activities.

RTC: Bill O'Brien's era starts as OTAs begin for Houston Texans - ESPN
Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans... Back on the clock after taking last week off. Thanks to Mike DiRocco, our Jaguars reporter, for filling...

Healthy Arian Foster a welcome sight for Texans - Ultimate Texans
It may be a while before Andre Johnson puts on a Texans uniform.

Bill O’Brien pushing Texans’ practice tempo - Ultimate Texans
The Texans look significantly different under new coach Bill O’Brien.

Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson skips first day of OTAs | SI Wire
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson did not attend the first day of organized team activities on Tuesday, according to’s Tania Ganguli.

Xavier Su’a-Filo At School During Texans OTAs " CBS Houston
Along with Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson the other notable absentee from Texans OTAs was 2nd round draft pick Xavier Su'A-Filo. SportsRadio 610 has learned that Su'a-Filo is at UCLA right now, unable to take part in OTAs until his semester is concluded.

Texans’ QB competition remains ‘wide open’ - Ultimate Texans
Four quarterbacks have a chance to be the Texans’ Week 1 starter.

Around the League

The Notebook: New players, new directions -
The dust has settled on the NFL Draft, and a few teams are all set to turn things around this year. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White looks at the direction teams took with their new players and also identifies a few sleeper picks.

2015 NFL Draft first 64 watch list: Say hello to the next crop of prospects -
Looking ahead to next year's draft shows another impressive group, paced by players from the SEC.

Mike Pouncey hasn't undergone psychological testing, not a fan of the idea -
The Pro Bowl center will have to do so before he sees the field in 2014.

Sean Lee sustains apparent knee injury during OTAs, per reports -
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee was visibly frustrated after being helped off the field following an apparent knee injury.

Ravens rookie RB Lorenzo Taliaferro arrested, per report -
The fourth-round pick was charged with being drunk in public and destruction of property.

Chicago Bears turn their attention back to the defense -
The Chicago Bears had the worst defense in franchise history in 2013 and made several changes to adjust that.

Maurice Jones-Drew, Taylor Lewan highlight position battles to watch this offseason -
Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden are two of several players primed for intriguing battles for starting jobs in the 2014 offseason.

Bills unlikely to leave Buffalo, Los Angeles still hunting for NFL team -
A recent report claims the Bills are staying put in Buffalo, leaving Los Angeles with one less option when it comes to reclaiming pro football.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 3, Royals 0: Doctor McHugh sonics past Royals - The Crawfish Boxes
Collin McHugh continues to be fantastic in his short time with the Astros, pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out nine.

Mo Williams discusses trash talk with Troy Daniels during playoffs - The Dream Shake
The Trail Blazers bench player appeared on NBA TV this week, and discussed his faux "beef" with Troy Daniels during the first round of the playoffs.

Brothers Kirk and Collin Johnson ready to play together at Texas -
Like their father, Johnnie Johnson, brothers Kirk and Collin will wear the burnt orange of Texas in college.

The Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten on Big Five Conference Autonomy - Viva The Matadors
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany discuss Big Five Conference autonomy.

Over-Analyzing Way-Too-Early Bowl Projections - Frogs O' War
ESPN college football analysts Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach released their traditional way-too-early bowl projections today, so we should look at them and take them seriously.

All Gave Some, Some Gave All -- Keith Olbermann Redefines Memorial Day, Remembers Baylor Hero Jack Lummus - Our Daily Bears
I don't often have cause to post videos from Keith Olbermann's programs, but when he talks about the true meaning of Memorial Day and brings in Baylor great Jack Lummus, I listen.

Bunt Detective Season 1: Manziel & McConaughey - Good Bull Hunting
Manziel and McConaughey scour Houston to solve the mystery of the bunt

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - Andre Johnson said he'd miss OTAs, and he did (at least Day 1). Looming problem for the #Texans, non-story, or something else? #TTTQ