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Houston Texans News: August 11, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, August 11, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Bill O'Brien calls Texans' preseason effort 'terrible,' 'unacceptable' -
Somehow, the 2014 Texans, at least through one preseason game, are worse than the 2013 version that went 2-14 and easily could have gone 0-16.

Observation Deck Houston Texans in loss at Arizona Cardinals - ESPN
One drive was enough for Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians. He'd already seen what he needed to see out of starting quarterback Carson Palmer, who...

Questions outnumber resolutions for Texans - Houston Chronicle
Bill O'Brien didn't say he was going to rethink the Texans' pecking order at quarterback Sunday in the wake of Ryan Fitzpatrick's dreadful debut, but the first-year coach did say he would take a hard look at anything to make the team better.

O'Brien, Clowney have mixed debuts as Texans lose to Cardinals - Houston Chronicle
The Texans' two most important rookies - coach Bill O'Brien and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney - had different experiences in the first preseason game Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Clowney, Watt Are Texans' Lone Positives in Preseason Debut Thrashing | Bleacher Report
The Texans played a fairly vanilla game plan, with Clowney dropping back into coverage on occasion. Clowney was beaten over the top for a touchdown on a play that was called back on an offensive penalty. When Clowney and Watt crowded the line of scrimmage, though, they generated plenty of early pressure on Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer.

Texans report: O'Brien thinks Foster, Johnson will play vs. Falcons - Houston Chronicle
Texans coach Bill O'Brien said there's "a shot" running back Arian Foster and receiver Andre Johnson will play against Atlanta in the preseason home opener at NRG Stadium on Saturday night. But linebacker Brian Cushing isn't expected back before the game in Denver the following week at the earliest.

Why did Texans pass on the chance to sign Peyton Manning in 2012? | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
No matter who quarterback Peyton Manning chose to sign with in spring of 2012, it was going to change NFL history. And create a set of "what if?" questions for a few franchises.

Falcons looking forward to practices with Texans |
Coach Mike Smith is looking forward to ramping things up as the Falcons are set to practice against the Houston Texans two times this week before facing them at 8...

McNair: Manziel didn't 'fit' Texans' system | FOX Sports
Prior to taking Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick in May's NFL Draft, a large number of Houston Texans fans were clamoring for the team to take former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. However, count Texans owner Bob McNair as one of the people not willing to give in to the hype of the former Heisman winner.

Around the League

NFL preseason 2014: Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney make their NFL debuts -
Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney made their NFL debuts on Saturday. Manziel flashed the skills that made him one of the most exciting players in college football while Clowney wasted no time getting into the opposing backfield.

NFL preseason 2014: Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney make their NFL debuts -
Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney made their NFL debuts on Saturday. Manziel flashed the skills that made him one of the most exciting players in college football while Clowney wasted no time getting into the opposing backfield.

Blake Bortles impresses Gus Bradley, and positions himself for Jaguars starting job -
Yes, it was just a preseason opener, but Blake Bortles impressed just about everyone Friday night, including Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley.

The long extra points in the NFL preseason are making kickers miss -
Kickers are struggling to hit the 33-yard extra points the NFL is experimenting with this preseason, which makes extra points more interesting and also more aggravating.

NFL preseason 2014 scores and results: Blake Bortles impresses, Teddy Bridgewater struggles -
Borltes was efficient in the Jaguars' win over Tampa Bay while Bridegwater struggled with accuracy against the Raiders.

Jadeveon Clowney is already terrorizing NFL backfields -
The No. 1 overall pick is making his presence felt early on in the preseason.

Geno Smith doesn't impress, doesn't screw up in preseason opener -
Geno Smith wasn't impressive, but he also wasn't terrible on Thursday. We break down the fantasy implications.

The 10 best fantasy defenses for the 2014 season -
"Keepers" continues its preseason positional rankings with the best defense/special teams units for your upcoming draft.

Josh Huff 102-yard kick return touchdown against the Chicago Bears (GIF) - Bleeding Green Nation
Rookie Josh Huff returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown.

Jerry Jones Goes Missing As Pictures Of Questionable Activity Hit Media - Blogging The Boys
A strange scandal may have prompted the normally loquacious owner of the Dallas Cowboys to avoid the microphones and cameras he likes to spend so much time with.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Rangers 6, Astros 2: Astros Drop Series Finale to Rangers - The Crawfish Boxes
Keuchel, Astros come out of the gate hot, but falter down the stretch in 6-2 loss to Rangers.

Should the Rockets be worried about Patrick Beverley's knee? - The Dream Shake
A lot is resting on the shoulders of Patrick Beverley next season. Are the Rockets being too cavalier in not signing a backup for him?

Fall 2014 Open Practice Notes - Burnt Orange Nation
David Ash, Armanti Foreman, and Jason Hall are among the highlights from the fall open practice held Sunday.

Red Raider Gridiron: USA Today on Texas Tech; Updates on White, Fortenberry and Polite-Bray - Viva The Matadors
The USA Today thinks that Texas Tech is the 29th best team in the country and has a fantastic preview. We have updates on RB Quinton White, RT Reshod Fortenberry and WR D.J. Polite-Bray.

Five Takeaways From TCU's First Week of Fall Camp - Frogs O' War
We continue our preseason-talk with the five biggest storylines from TCU's first week of practice...

Baylor Football 2014 Position Previews: Wide Receivers - Our Daily Bears
After an unforeseen day delay, the Position Preview series returns with those weapons for which Baylor has become known: the wide receivers.

Daily Bull 8.11.14 - Good Bull Hunting
Got some scoop for our authors? Email us or Tweet us Include your name, where you're from, phone number (optional), and a description of any images or videos. One of Sumlin's faves ...

Observations From Sunday Open Practice: Texas Longhorns Football, August 10, 2014 - Barking Carnival
Some of my unfiltered thoughts about the open practice: This is a teaching staff. Players have access to as much detailed knowledge as they can absorb. This is especially evident at offensive...

Recap: Sounders 2, Dynamo 0 - Dynamo Theory
An otherwise good game ruined by key mistakes and bad luck.