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Houston Texans News: September 18, 2014

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

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Houston Texans News

Houston Texans' Bill O'Brien: Expect to see J.J. Watt more at tight end - NFL -
Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday that star defensive end J.J. Watt is expected to get more repetitions at tight end in the future.

Giants vs. Texans injury report: Arian Foster limited...Jon Beason still in the mix? |
No major surprises for the Giants on Wednesday.

Pressed into new roles, Giants fill-ins ready to help club Texans | New York Post
At this time last year, Preston Parker recalls he was "Begging for money, trying to find a job.’’

Houston Texans' secondary doesn't give up - ESPN
Something struck me in listening to J.J. Watt talk about the Texans' secondary's superlative performances lately.

Texans-Giants Preview | FOX Sports
Owners of the worst record in the NFL last year, the Houston Texans appear to have made big strides early in 2014.

Texans’ J.J. Watt doing damage as TE, too | New York Post
The Giants know they will have their hands full Sunday trying to deal with Houston defensive end J.J. Watt, perhaps the NFL’s toughest assignment. They also now know they may have to deal with Watt when the Texans are on offense, too.

Texans report: Foster calls Giants game pivotal - Houston Chronicle
Running back Arian Foster said Wednesday that his 2-0 team is at an important stage in its season, with the Texans traveling to New York to face the struggling 0-2 Giants.

Giants (0-2) vs. Texans (2-0): Giants open as 2.5-point underdogs - Big Blue View
Vote and let us know if you think the Giants come out of Sunday 1-2 with their season still alive, or 0-3 and pretty much just playing out the year.

Texans' McNair supports hard-line stance on player discipline - Houston Chronicle
Texans owner Bob McNair said Wednesday that the NFL should seek a higher standard regarding players' off-field conduct, and he defended NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of an investigation into domestic violence allegations against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

RTC: Arian Foster on film and on Anheuser-Busch - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
Texans' running back Arian Foster drew notice for his performance on the field on Sunday, and then for his performance on Twitter on Tuesday.

Around the League

The Vikings have no idea what they're doing with Adrian Peterson -
The Vikings have reversed course enough times in four days for it to be clear that they, like many NFL teams and the league itself, have no idea how to handle a crisis.

Greg Hardy placed on exempt list by Panthers -
Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is awaiting his jury trial on charges of domestic violence and communicating threats, but he will not be with the team until that time.

Punters are doing what they aren't supposed to do, and we love it -
Antonio Brown karate-kicked a punter and it became a sensation, but it wasn't the first time America fell in love with a punter trying to do something he wasn't supposed to. Renowned kicking and punting coach Mike McCabe explains the phenomenon.

Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer arrested for aggravated assault -
The NFL's string of off-the-field issues continued with the arrest of Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer.

NFL Draft report: South Carolina's A.J. Cann looking like a 1st rounder -
This week's look at pro prospects is an appreciation of the under-appreciated.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 0, Indians 2; Carrasco Dominates - The Crawfish Boxes
The Astros were not no-hit tonight. That's the positive way to spin this game.

Jason Terry trade to the Houston Rockets is official - The Dream Shake
The Rockets and Kings finalized a trade to send Jason Terry to the Rockets today. A look at what the deal means for the team moving forward.

Texas QB David Ash gives up football because of concussion issues - Burnt Orange Nation
The talented passer is quitting the game as a result of a series of concussions.

Texas Tech v. BYE | Hotspots - Viva The Matadors
Are the good times really over?

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 3 - Frogs O' War
The conference did some nice things against P5 opponents this week and scored some impressive credibility. Where does that leave each team in rankings this week?

Baylor Drubs Buffalo ... in GIFs - Our Daily Bears
We are at a point where 63 points makes people question our offensive ability. Just let that sink in.

THE TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M at SMU - Good Bull Hunting
Mustang Sally, think you better slow your mustang down. You been running all over the town now. Oh! I guess I'll have to put your flat feet on the ground.