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Houston Texans News: January 21, 2016

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, January 21, 2016.

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Houston Texans news

5 players the Houston Texans must move on from in 2016 | FOX Sports
See which five players Houston general manager Rick Smith should either release or not re-sign during the offseason.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt named Defensive Player of the Year by writers - Ultimate Texans
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America NFL for the second consecutive year.

Texans corner Kevin Johnson getting foot and wrist surgeries | ProFootballTalk
Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson played well at times this season, for a guy who was playing through a painful foot injury. But he's getting that taken care of now. According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans first-rounder is having foot surgery today in Charlotte.

Former Texans QB Dysert signs with Dolphins | FOX Sports
The ex-Texan signed with Miami.

Texans need to make special teams truly special - Houston Chronicle
Izzo made two of his three Pro Bowl trips and earned three of his four Super Bowl rings with New England, where he became one of the greatest special teams players in NFL history.

Around the League

If last week was James Harrison's last game, it was a hell of a way to go out -
The pass rushing legend may have played his last game in Pittsburgh's divisional round loss to the Broncos.

Trevone Boykin is trying to convince NFL scouts that his arrest does not define his character -
Boykin is trying to impress scouts at the NFLPA Bowl. He's also got to prove to them that he's not a character risk.

How New England's Darius Fleming went from hero to liar and back to hero -
"People are quick to try and bring you down."

Bills make NFL history by hiring first female full-time assistant coach -
Kathryn Smith will join their staff next season as a special teams quality control coach.

NFL playoff picks and predictions 2016: Panthers, Patriots favorites to meet in Super Bowl 50 -
SB Nation's panel of NFL experts is picking the Patriots and Panthers to win their respective conferences, setting up a rematch of Super Bowl 38.

The Eagles' new head coach gave a troubling explanation for why his last drive with the Chiefs was so bad -
The Eagles' new head coach was involved in some bad playcalling Saturday. What's worse is how he tried to justify it.

The ref who can't flip a coin is calling the Super Bowl -
Clete Blakeman's difficulty with coin tosses didn't stop the league from appointing him to referee Super Bowl 50.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Davenport projects Astros to best record in AL - The Crawfish Boxes
Clay Davenport posted his first 2016 season projections - and the results should make Astros fans (and Rangers haters) giddy.

Texas RB target Darius Anderson commits to TCU - Burnt Orange Nation
One of Longhorns' running back targets is off the board for good.

Patrick Mahomes Will Not Play Baseball For Texas Tech In 2016 - Viva The Matadors
Star QB Patrick Mahomes has elected to forgo the 2016 baseball season, presumably to focus on football.

Trevone Boykin Invited to NFL Combine - Frogs O' War
View the FanShot on SB Nation.

Nacogdoches 5* Safety Brandon Jones sets Baylor official visit - Our Daily Bears
View the FanShot on SB Nation.

From Athletics to This: My Fall to Blogging - Good Bull Hunting
What I've learned about being an Aggie fan through two degrees and six years in College Station.

Shooting From the Corner: Texas Longhorns vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Barking Carnival
Well, that was unexpected. The Texas Longhorns went into Morgantown and beat the hottest team in the country at their own game, 56-49. Shaka Smart dialed up a couple presses of his own against the W...

Temple's Tyler Matakevich is SB Nation's Defensive Player of the Year - Underdog Dynasty
Tyler Matakevich, the hard-hitting linebacker for the Temple Owls, crashed a roster of P5 superstars to earn a place among SBNation's college football elite.