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Houston Texans News: December 23, 2015

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, December 23, 2015.

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Houston Texans news

Jets sign the NFL receiver who was begging for a job outside the Texans stadium - SBNation.com
This story had a happy ending.

LOOK: Texans' J.J. Watt surprises young dad with baby news - CBSSports.com
J.J. Watt took time out from dominating at his day job to bring some happiness into the life of Texans fan and dad-to-be Steve Burke.

Texans' J.J. Watt, DeAndre Hopkins selected to Pro Bowl - NFL Nation- ESPN
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins are headed for the NFL's showcase game.

Hopkins, Watt give Texans pair of Pro Bowlers - Houston Chronicle
The acrobatic, one-handed catches of Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, how he navigated the sidelines for difficult receptions, and his penchant for leaping over cornerbacks didn't go unnoticed.

Four Dallas Cowboys and two Houston Texans players receive Pro B - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas
With just two weeks left in the NFL regular season, the league has released their 2016 Pro Bowl selections.

Texans JJ Watt, DeAndre Hopkins named to Pro Bowl
The NFL announced Tuesday that Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins were selected for the 2016 Pro Bowl.

NFL: Panthers have league-best 10 players selected for Pro Bowl; Texans’ Watt, Hopkins make cut - Your Houston News: Sports
NEW YORK — The undefeated Carolina Panthers led the NFL with 10 players selected for the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.

Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown named first alternate to Pro Bowl - Ultimate Texans
Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown has been selected as a first alternate in the annual Pro Bowl balloting, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly.

Texans report: Rookie LB McKinney makes increasing impact - Houston Chronicle
The second-round draft pick from Mississippi State had arguably the best game of his young NFL career Sunday in a pivotal 16-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Texans add B.J. Daniels from Seattle practice squad | FOX Sports
Texans add B.J. Daniels from Seattle practice squad.

Texans work out linebackers Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo and Xzavier Dickson - Ultimate Texans
The Texans worked out linebackers Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo and Xzavier Dickson, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly.

Around the League

Pro Bowl 2016 roster announced: Cam Newton, J.J. Watt lead the way - SBNation.com
Now we wait for team selections.

NFL power rankings 2015, Week 16: Steelers, Packers up; Broncos dropping - SBNation.com
The Steelers beat the Broncos to move up, while Green Bay knocked off Oakland to strengthen its hold on the NFC North.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera blames the 'No Fun League' for his ban on baseball bats - SBNation.com
Rivera also defended his players against accusations that they directed homophobic slurs at New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. prior to Sunday's game.

Coaching the Dolphins and eating crap is basically the same thing for Dan Campbell - SBNation.com
The Dolphins soon-to-be-fired interim head coach has a really gross way of thinking about losing.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros in top five of Google's trending MLB teams in 2015 - The Crawfish Boxes
The Astros are so hot right now.

Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic game preview - The Dream Shake
The Rockets head to Orlando to take on the young Magic.

Texas HC Charlie Strong: Longhorns must fill needs at OL, DL in 2016 class - Burnt Orange Nation
Putting a successful recruiting class together will require the Horns to land some impact players in the trenches.

Texas Tech Knocks Off Undefeated Arkansas-Little Rock, 65-53 - Viva The Matadors
The Red Raiders extend their winning streak to 8 and move their record to 9-1.

Josh Doctson Will Not Play in the Alamo Bowl - Frogs O' War
Gary Patterson confirmed Josh Doctson will not be healthy enough to play in the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2 against the Oregon Ducks, after a wrist injury sustained in the game against Oklahoma State.

Russell Athletic Bowl Advanced Stats Part II: Bears Offense vs. Tar Heels Defense - Our Daily Bears
Time for Part II of the Advanced Stats Preview for the Russell Athletic Bowl. How does Baylor's offense match up against UNC's defense according to the Football Outsiders advanced metrics?

The Aggiest Christmas Gifts: a GBH Wishlist - Good Bull Hunting
We're dreaming of a maroon and white Christmas.

Texas State's Dennis Franchione to Retire: What's Next for Bobcat Football? - Underdog Dynasty
Dennis Franchione's retirement announcement was ultimately the right move, but the timing of it could put Texas State in a very awkward position.

Dynamo to kick off 2016 season against Revolution - Dynamo Theory
March 6. Be there or be square.

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