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Houston Texans News: February 19, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, February 19, 2015.

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Houston Texans News

Ex-Texans coach Gary Kubiak: Peyton Manning ‘can do anything he wants’ - Ultimate Texans
New Denver coach Gary Kubiak said he’s excited to work with veteran quarterback Peyton Manning and that they’ll run "the Broncos offense."

2015 Combine: What to expect from Texans
The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is underway in Indianapolis. Here's what you can expect from

Breakfast: Gruden logged time with Texans assistants
When the Texans beat Washington on opening day last year, not only did Bill O’Brien defeat Jay Gruden in a matchup of NFL head coaching debuts. But George Godsey made a victorious debut as quarterbacks coach against a team led by a friend of his.

Penn St. kicker reflects on O'Brien's leadership
Penn State kicker Sam Ficken explained the big impact head coach Bill O'Brien had on his career.

FOOTBALL: Houston Texans linebacker Cushing to host youth camp in Conroe - Your Houston News: Sports
Houston Linebacker Brian Cushing has announced the dates and location of his second annual youth football ProCamp.

Titans looking for next J.J. Watt?
If the next J.J. Watt is available, that could change things for Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt in this year's NFL Draft.

Around the League

Navy long snapper Joe Cardona's unique path to the NFL -
He might be the best long snapper in the draft, but we might not see him in the pros this season.

Fixing the Rams offense is like finding a cure for syphilis -
The Rams general manager found a little inspiration for curing his team's offensive struggles from the guy who found a way to treat a particularly nasty STD.

What teams are really looking for at the NFL Combine -
Sure, 40 times are great, but that's not why NFL coaches and general managers are spending the week in Indianapolis with this year's draft prospects.

The 2015 NFL Draft's top 100 players -
Southern California defensive tackle Leonard Williams is the No. 1 player in the draft, but quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are right behind him.

Three easy ways to make the NFL Combine more exciting -
Watching a bunch of guys run in straight lines and bench press is boring. Let's mix it up a little bit by getting season ticket holders involved, throwing in a little inclement weather, and adding dodgeballs!

NFL reportedly unlikely to expand playoffs in 2015 -
Though changes could still happen in the future.

Gary Kubiak is 'hopeful' Peyton Manning will return for 2015 -
The Broncos head coach sounded a positive note about the team's veteran signal caller being in the fold for the coming season.

Browns coach Mike Pettine says Johnny Manziel is doing better -
Manziel entered rehab a few weeks ago.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros spring training roster battles: Third base - The Crawfish Boxes
Looking at this spring's hot corner battle.

What Are The Rockets Trade Deadline Needs? - The Dream Shake
Where can the Houston Rockets improve on the floor to become a real championship contender?

Texas Longhorns offer APB Trayveon Williams - Burnt Orange Nation
The Longhorns clearly want to add an all-purpose back in this class after not taking one for several years.

Red Raider Gridiron: Key Spring Battles; Chiaverini Selected for Academy - Viva The Matadors
We take a look at some key position before spring practice starts. Darrin Chiaverini is one of thirty coaches selected for a coaches academy and ESPN ranks the Big 12's defensive backs.

Thursday Links O' War: February 19, 2015 - Frogs O' War
TCU basketball is on a winning streak?

Thursday DBR: Death, Taxes, Lady Bears - Our Daily Bears
The DBR has good news to report. Also, opinions.

Aggie Basketball Sweeps LSU - Good Bull Hunting
The 9-4 Aggies finished a season sweep of the 7-6 LSU Tigers with a hard fought 68-62 win at Reed Arena. Danuel House led the way with 20 points, and Kourtney Roberson added 16 and 11 boards.