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Houston Texans News: January 21, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

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Houston Texans News

Bryce Petty: Chance 'to show I belong'
Baylor University quarterback Bryce Petty speaks with Alex Flanagan about the upcoming Senior Bowl and what he hopes to accomplish this week.

Texans' JJ Watt, singer Katy Perry team up for ESPN The Magazine cover | Sports - Home
Houston Texans star J.J. Watt graces the cover of ESPN The Magazine's The Music Issue with Katy Perry, who's singing at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show.

Watt named Defensive Player of the Year by NFL 101
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Year by the NFL 101 Awards on Tuesday. Watt also won the award in 2012.

Around the League

NFL determines Patriots used deflated footballs during AFC Championship, per report -
The NFL investigation turned up deflated footballs, but is not yet concluded.

Tom Brady and the Patriots can do whatever they want on offense -
Why is it so hard to defend the New England Patriots offense? Danny Kelly breaks down the secrets from the NFL's most creative playbook.

The Pro Bowl has new, confusing rules that should make the Pro Bowl even less enjoyable -
Smaller goal posts! More timeouts! Wait why would you give them more timeouts can't we just get this over with?

Senior Bowl Day 1 practice report: Up and down day for QBs -
No quarterback during the first day of practices stood out while Oregon's Marcus Mariota politely declines the event. That and more in a full notebook dump of a recap.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Colby Rasmus signs one-year deal with the Astros - The Crawfish Boxes
Could something be brewing under the radar? A tipster brings us some info.

Kevin McHale, the Rockets and what 'consistent effort' means - The Dream Shake
Are Kevin McHale's complaints about the team's effort justified? Or should he be looking differently.

Top 100 college football games of 2014: Main menu -
From a 17-point heartbreaker to a 133-point shootout, college football delivered yet again.

Quick Reaction: Texas Tech grabs 2-star Guard Cody Wheeler - Viva The Matadors
Texas Tech got it's 5th Offensive Line commit and 16th commit overall this year with Cody Wheeler. Here is your reaction thread

TCU Basketball's Poor Free Throw Shooting Is Costing Them Opportunities To Compete - Frogs O' War
The Frogs have not been a good free throw shooting team in the Trent Johnson era, but is it really hurting them that badly?

Daily Bull 1.20.15 - Good Bull Hunting
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Houston Dynamo sign Nathan Sturgis - Dynamo Theory
The Houston Dynamo officially signed Sturgis following his selection in the Re-Entry Draft