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Houston Texans News: October 21, 2015

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

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Houston Texans News

Texans coach Bill O’Brien happy to have Charles James’ energy back on roster - Ultimate Texans
A colorful sock collection and an infectious personality returned to the Texans' locker room when the team claimed popular cornerback Charles James off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens.

The Houston Texans Workout Steven Means and Gerald Rivers - Houston - Scout
The Houston Texans worked out two edge players to start the week in Steven Means and Gerald Rivers.

Texans announce unofficial depth chart for Miami game
The Houston Texans (2-4) will return to the state of Florida for the second straight week when they travel to Miami on Sunday to take on the Dolphins (2-3).

Texans report: Mercilus ends sack drought - Houston Chronicle
Mercilus was signed to a four-year, $26 million contract extension this year that included a $5.25 million signing bonus with $10.68 million guaranteed.

Brian Hoyer to keep starting QB job for Texans | FOX Sports
Brian Hoyer to keep starting QB job for Texans.

Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins on a record-setting tear - Sun Sentinel
Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins is the lone player in NFL history with nine or more catches and 145 or more receiving yards in three consecutive games.

Texans vs. Dolphins: 10 things to watch - Houston Chronicle
The Texans reminded themselves how important forcing turnovers and not committing them can be to the outcome of a football game with three interceptions of Blake Bortles' passes in their 31-20 win over Jacksonville.

Around the League

Cameron Jordan breathes new life into the Saints' defense -
Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan gets retired NFL defensive end Stephen White's Hoss of the Week award for a heroic effort against the Falcons last week.

Before Julius Thomas was a Pro Bowl tight end, basketball was his future -
This is the story of how Julius Thomas, a basketball star all his life, opted instead to roll the dice and give it a shot on the gridiron.

The Colts' explanation for their botched trick play somehow makes it seem even stupider -
At first, this looked like an individual failure on a play we didn't understand. Now it's a play we understand and a massive coaching failure. That's worse!

Jim Harbaugh calls Indianapolis Colts rumors 'disrespectful' -
Don't ask Jim Harbaugh about this again.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Johnny Sewald leads Tri-City to playoffs from the lead off spot - The Crawfish Boxes
Who says you need big thunder in your bat to win the MVP?

Ty Lawson and Patrick Beverley could be a special duo - The Dream Shake
Ty Lawson and Pat Beverley just might be able to work together.

Texas freshmen DeShon Elliott, PJ Locke adding depth at safety - Burnt Orange Nation
The best way for the Horns to elevate the play at safety is for the two true freshmen to emerge as major contributors.

LeRaven Clark For Piesman - Viva The Matadors
Texas Tech's offensive tackle is having an incredible season while bolstering his candidacy to win SB Nation's most prestigious award for college football lineman.

Frogs O'War Podcast: 10/20/2015 - Frogs O' War
And after the seventh game, they rested. Andrew and Marsh discuss the Iowa State game; and in honor of the bye week, they bring on two very special guests...

Big 12 Rankings: Week Seven ... in GIFs! - Our Daily Bears
Since my grammatical way of referring to Baylor is unconventional, I'm going with GIFs this week.

Texas A&M Week 7 Press Conference Recap - Good Bull Hunting
A recap of the press conferences held by Texas A&M coaches and players as they come off a loss against Alabama and prepare for Ole Miss.

What Do We Make of Kansas State? Previewing the Wildcats - Barking Carnival
The Wildcats started their season blasting UTSA and South Dakota by a combined score of 64-3 and then struggled to beat La Tech in overtime, 39-33. A fairly typical Wildcat start - find your sea...

Recruiting Failures in 2012 Hinder UTSA's Season in 2015 - Underdog Dynasty
The Roadrunners don't have the depth to sustain injuries and that falls on the coaching staff.

Dynamo Film Session: Clark scores beauty, but it doesn't stand - Dynamo Theory
Ricardo Clark and Brad Davis threw back to a simpler time when they combined to score the first goal of the contest between the Dynamo and Sounders.

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