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Houston Texans News: August 18, 2014

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

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Houston Texans News

Special teams steals the show in Texans win over Falcons - Ultimate Texans
Bob Ligashesky, the Texans’ special-teams coordinator, used the term "complementary" football. That’s Ligahshesky’s way of saying, "It takes three to tango." The offense needs to feed off the defense. The defense must feed off the offense. The special teams has to feed off both, and vice versa.

Texans bounce back in a major way with big win over Falcons - Ultimate Texans
The Texans responded from disastrous start to coach Bill O’Brien’s first preseason in resounding fashion Saturday night, pounding the Atlanta Falcons 32-7 Saturday night to secure their first victory of any kind in 335 days.

Texans report: Fitzpatrick takes step forward against Falcons - Houston Chronicle
veteran quarterback who engineers end-of-half touchdown drives, improves as the game unfolds and doesn't turn the ball over?

Falcons vs. Texans Preseason Recap: 32-7 Is Ugly As Sin - The Falcoholic
The Falcons don't show well against the Houston Texans, raising fresh doubts.

Clowney a hit for Texans in win over Falcons - Houston Chronicle
Texans' 32-7 victory over Atlanta on Saturday night was another indication of why they bypassed quarterbacks Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater in the first round of the draft.

Falcons thrashed by Texans, 32-7 |
About the only highlight for the Falcons in their second exhibition game, Saturday night against the Houston Texans, was the return of wide receiver Julio Jones.

Contributions of Texans rookies can't be overlooked - Houston Chronicle
Other than quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's transformation from terrible to terrific, the most impressive thing about the Texans' preseason victory over Atlanta was the performance of the rookies.

Hey, Texans fans, not bad for a glorified practice - Houston Chronicle
Three plays into the Texans' first possession Saturday night at NRG Stadium, some among the crowd booed.

MMQB: What About BO'B? - Black Shoe Diaries
It's been almost eight months since Bill O'Brien exited Penn State for the NFL. How do Penn State fans feel about their former head coach?

Around the League

Derek Carr suffers concussion in Raiders' preseason win -
The rookie quarterback's night ended in the fourth quarter with a hit by Lions defensive lineman Larry Webster.

This Randy Moss commercial is absolutely fantastic -

Sam Baker likely out for season with torn patella tendon - The Falcoholic
Sam Baker was carted off the field in last night's preseason game against the Houston Texans, and now reports indicate his injury will cut his season short. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the...

Jadeveon Clowney gets his first NFL sack -
The No. 1 draft pick is having his way against the Falcons.

Blake Bortles will play with Jaguars starters vs. Lions - Big Cat Country
The Jaguars will finally give their rookie quarterback reps with the first team against the Detroit Lions.

NFL preseason scores and results: Teddy Bridgewater throws game-winner, Jadeveon Clowney gets first sack -
It was a strong outing from several top rookies, including Bridgewater, who threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and led a dramatic last-minute drive in Minnesota.

Jim Kelly, Jon Bon Jovi won't team up in Buffalo Bills sale - Buffalo Rumblings
For 24 hours, Bills fans were forced to contemplate the idea that Jim Kelly and Jon Bon Jovi might join forces to buy the team. That won't be happening, however, according to the latest report from Tim Graham.

NFL may have gone too far to emphasize illegal contact penalties -
The NFL apparently wants its refs to call illegal contact much tighter than they have in the past, but have they gone too far?

2014 NFL preseason results and scores: Cam Newton shakes off rust in Panthers win, Broncos blast 49ers -
Peyton Manning was in midseason form as Denver blew out San Francisco. Cam Newton and the Carolina offense overcame a slow start to down the Chiefs.

The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles -
What would happen if Tim Tebow played in the CFL? The answer is three million yards long.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Do the Houston Astros have the bare bones of a team ready to challenge? - The Crawfish Boxes
Believe it or not, the Astros are actually close to being good. This is for the optimists amongst us. Realism is not encouraged, as expected when the words Houston and World Series are used often in the same sentence in an article.

Reflections on Team USA, James Harden - The Dream Shake
Team USA played a tune-up game against Brazil last night. What did we learn about James Harden and the rest of the squad?

Could Shawn Watson open up the Texas offense? - Burnt Orange Nation
The discussion about the type of offense play caller Shawn Watson will run has taken a turn in recent days.

Texas Tech Football Picture Day in Tweets - Viva The Matadors
Yesterday was picture day for the football team and we have a ton of photographs (from embedded tweets) from yesterday's photo day.

Position Previews: Cornerbacks - Frogs O' War
In case you didn't know, Kevin White's still great. Also, replacing one of the greatest players in TCU history won't be easy, but Ranthony Texada seems up to the challenge...

Baylor #10 in Preseason AP Poll - Our Daily Bears
The Bears have debuted at #10 in the first Associated Press poll of the 2014-2015 season, 6 spots behind conference mate Oklahoma.

AP Top 25 released: Aggies #21 - Good Bull Hunting
The first AP poll of the year was released today, and the Aggies are ranked #21. The Aggies are ranked #20 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. Coach Sumlin has just named Kenny Hill as the starting...

Legendary Texas Longhorns wordsmith Bill Little to retire - Barking Carnival
The Dreamwagon has run out of petrol. Or horses. Or something.