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Houston Texans News: August 20, 2014

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

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Houston Texans News

Texans star J.J. Watt seeks 'same appreciation' that draft mates received with new contracts - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Houston's star defender is vastly underpaid, but the team appears in no rush to renegotiate a contract that has two years remaining.

Pace of Texans contract talks frustrate Watt - Houston Chronicle
Defensive end J.J. Watt's frustration over failing to get a contract extension reached a boiling point after the Texans' first practice with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday.

33 Practice Observations: Texans in Denver
Texans Analyst John Harris shared his observations from Tuesday's practice in Denver with the Broncos.

Peyton Manning: 'Our offense stunk' in practice with Texans - The Denver Post
The Broncos quarterback couldn't hide his fury with Tuesday's joint practice with the Houston Texans at Dove Valley, offering a scathing assessment.

Broncos’ Von Miller praises Texas, Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney - Ultimate Texans
Former Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller was asked about his love for his home state with the Texans in town all week.

Texans’ Foster, Johnson, Cushing increase activity vs. Broncos - Ultimate Texans
Texans coach Bill O’Brien will wait until later in the week to determine whether his star players will take the field Saturday against the Denver Broncos.

Time for Houston Texans' undrafted rookies to step up - ESPN
DENVER -- These next two weeks will be critical to the bids of the 18 undrafted rookies currently on the Houston Texans' roster.

Broncos-Texans Joint Practice: Day 1 Quick Hits
The offensive line held its own Tuesday while the Broncos' relentless pass rush, led by Von Miller, harassed Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Around the League

Brian Hoyer named Browns starter over Johnny Manziel -
The Browns kept their promise by naming Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback over Johnny Manziel, but how long will the veteran hold the position if he struggles like he did Monday night?

Hard Knocks Episode 3 recap: You weren't using that ligament, were you? -
SB Nation senior reporter and depressed Atlanta Falcons fan Steven Godfrey recaps the third episode of HBO's NFL series 'Hard Knocks.'

The Notebook: Jadeveon Clowney unleashes the beast -
Jadeveon Clowney made waves this week harassing the Falcons, but he wasn't the only rookie who caught Stephen White's attention. The retired NFL defensive end looks at first-year players' performances at the halfway point of the preseason.

Were these quotes said by dictators or sports coaches? -
Take our quiz and find out how well you know megalomania.

Montee Ball returns to practice, Brett Keisel signs with Steelers and more -
The Broncos hope Ball can return to form after an appendectomy, and the Steelers kept Keisel from joining Bruce Arians in Arizona.

Tim Shaw Announces He Has ALS - Music City Miracles
Tim Shaw announced tonight that he has ALS.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros Late Offense Beats Yankees 7-4 - The Crawfish Boxes
Chris Carter was really bad at the plate, until he wasn't

James Harden says he is the "best basketball player alive" - The Dream Shake
In an interview with ESPN, James Harden declares he is the best basketball player alive.

Get ready for the great JT Barrett-Tryone Swoopes debate again - Burnt Orange Nation
Pre-empting the inevitable.

Red Raider Gridiron: Northwestern RB Venric Mark Considering Texas Tech; Defensive Line Preview - Viva The Matadors
Former Northwestern running back Venric Mark is considering walking-on at Texas Tech. A look at Dominique Robertson, Mike Mitchell and Zach Austin. John Scott, Jr. previews the defensive line.

Wednesday Links O' War: August 20, 2014 - Frogs O' War
Here are your morning links!

Baylor Football 2014 Position Previews: Nickelbacks -- "Bears" - Our Daily Bears
A year ago, we wondered what we'd do with former safety Sam Holl. Now, we wonder what we'll do without him.

The NFL Needs Johnny - Good Bull Hunting
When was the last time any of us actually cared about an NFL preseason game?

Former Longhorn RB Joe Bergeron Transfers to Texas A&M - Barking Carnival
- Commerce. Not The University of Texas A&M- Mass Delusion located in College Station. Because it's a Division II school, Bergeron will be immediately eligible and has already been practicing...

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