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Houston Texans News: February 23, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

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2016 NFL Mock Drafts : Mock draft 2.0: Texans pluck QB Wentz
Bill O'Brien would have a tough time bypassing a big, athletic pocket passer with a rocket arm. Although Wentz will need some time to acclimate to the pro game, the Texans have a solid supporting cast in place to make a playoff push with a young quarterback at the helm.

Christian Hackenberg's relationship with Bill O'Brien will impact 2016 - Houston Texans Blog- ESPN
Texans coach Bill O'Brien coached Christian Hackenberg at Penn State, but that doesn't mean O'Brien definitely wants Hackenberg in Houston.

Is bringing back Ryan Fitzpatrick the answer at QB for Texans? - Houston Chronicle
The Texans, once again, are looking for the answer at quarterback.

Five Quarterbacks The Texans Should LooK At In The Later Rounds | Houston Press
The Texans need to draft a quarterback. Here's making a case for drafting more than one.

Houston Texans new desired spot for RG3?
With ESPN's Ed Werder reporting that the Cowboys don't see RG3 as a fit, the Houston Texans could be his new desired landing spot in free agency

2016 NFL Mock Draft: 49ers, Texans address QB needs with first picks -
The showdown at the combine between the top-rated quarterbacks should make for a fascinating evaluation for NFL scouts. With their background coaching at the collegiate level, San Francisco's Chip Kelly and Houston's Bill O'Brien have an advantage and may use it to find their team's next quarterback.

Around the League

MMBM: Why aren't players working out nude at the NFL Combine? -
If an athlete is so averse to participating in the combine in the nude, you have to wonder what they are trying to conceal.

2016 NFL mock draft: Where do teams stand on the eve of the combine? -
With the NFL Scouting Combine starting this week, we're about to get overloaded with information on where players stand in the draft. How will that change where players fall?

This is the one player your favorite NFL team has to cut -
Cap casualties are players who are released because the savings that come with the move are more valuable to the team than that player's contributions on the field.

Alex Mack expected to opt out of contract with the Browns -
Alex Mack will likely become the highest-paid center ever when he hits the open market.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 40 in 40: Carlos Gomez - The Crawfish Boxes
A polarizing player tries to rebound in 2016.

Donatas Motiejunas trade with Pistons voided after failed physical - The Dream Shake
And Houston finds themselves in a rough spot

Rockets recall Sam Dekker from D-League - The Dream Shake
The Rockets' first round pick in the 2015 Draft is back with the club.

Texas holds on to win in Manhattan against Kansas State, 71-70 - Burnt Orange Nation
The game wasn't settled until the final possession, but the Texas Longhorns picked up an important road win against Kansas State tonight, prevailing 71-70.

Keenan Evans is the Key - Viva The Matadors
The sophomore point guard's development has been integral in Texas Tech's current hot streak.

TCU vs. Texas Tech: A Q&A with Viva the Matadors - Frogs O' War
The Frogs head to Lubbock tomorrow night looking to derail a red-hot Texas Tech team. We caught up with Viva the Matadors to learn more about Red Raider hoops.

All 129 major college football teams as Pokemon -
Gotta catch 'em all!

US get Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay in Copa America draw - Dynamo Theory
The US national team will get Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay at the 2016 Copa America.

Aggie Hoops returns to the AP Poll at #21 - Good Bull Hunting
Two home wins over Ole Miss and Kentucky were rewarded with a return to the AP Top 25. The USA Today / Coaches poll also placed the Aggies at #21.

Shooting From the Corner: Texas Longhorns @ Kansas State Wildcats - Barking Carnival
The Texas Longhorns are dancing, folks. Texas won a nail-biter in Manhattan, 71-70 against the Kansas State Wildcats and with that win Texas is guaranteed a .500 or better finish in conference....

If The Underdogs Were...Pokemon? Yes. If The Underdogs Were Pokemon - Underdog Dynasty
SBNation unveiled maybe the most important rankings of the entire 2016 calendar year so far earlier today, as they unveiled which Pokemon best represented each of the 129 FBS schools. Of course, each of the Underdogs were represented.