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Houston Texans News: July 18, 2016

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Houston Texans news

Report: Ex-Texans star Foster to work out for Lions
The Lions will host former Texans star running back Arian Foster for a workout this week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter wrote on Twitter.

Texans offseason report: Offseason brought far more than QB Brock Osweiler
Houston made quite a few major moves besides signing quarterback.

Texans' J.J. Watt grants fan's wish in SportsCenter segment - Houston Chronicle
Of the hundreds of requests fielded by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Will Martinez, 9, of Houston had one of the most down-to-earth wishes: that Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt come to his house for dinner.

Ranking the Houston Texans' toughest early games, sans Tom Brady - AFC South- ESPN
The playoff rematch against Kansas City in Week 2, when the Texans will likely still be coming together on offense, looms for Houston.

Texans left guard Xavier Su'a-Filo is determined to keep starting job - Houston Chronicle
Growing up in Utah before going on church missions to Florida and Alabama, Xavier Su'a Filo learned to cherish the values of diligence and patience.

Around the League

The NFL wants to make kicking harder -
The league is putting microchips in footballs in an effort to study moving the uprights closer together.

Rob Gronkowski joined Paul McCartney on stage at Fenway Park to sing 'Helter Skelter' -
It's a Gronk party!

Doug Pederson says Carson Wentz will likely be inactive Week 1 -
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart typically doesn't dress for games.

Chiefs failed to reach a deal with Eric Berry after asking him to pay for his own disability policy -
It sounds like negotiations between the Chiefs and the 2015 Comeback Player of the Year got a little ugly.

Kirk Cousins will have to settle for making $19 million in 2016 -
As expected, Cousins will play under the franchise tag this season.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 8, Mariners 1: McHugh, Gomez blast Mariners - The Crawfish Boxes
Carlos Gomez's grand slam was the icing on the cake in the Astros 8-1 in Seattle.

Five takeaways from the Rockets' Summer League performance - The Dream Shake
Harrell, Dekker, K.J. and everything else you need to know from a week in Vegas.

Big 12 Media Days set to begin Monday - Burnt Orange Nation
The 'Horns will participate on Tuesday.

Previewing Big XII Media Days - Viva The Matadors
Here we are, talkin’ about the Big XII Media Days

Big 12 Media Days 2016: Day One Open Thread - Our Daily Bears
The Commish is calling our interim coach by the wrong name and talking about the "associational" aspects of being in a conference with Baylor. It's been a good morning, obviously.

2015 Game Review: TCU @ Minnesota - Frogs O' War
The Frogs opened a season rife with promise on the road in Big 10 country. While things didn't go quite as anticipated, TCU managed to come away with a win.

We Love You, Louisiana - Good Bull Hunting
Thinking of Louisiana this morning.

2016 Texas Longhorn Football Preview: Thinking Texas Football is here! - Barking Carnival
The best preview on the market is available for $9.99 on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble & iTunes.

Christmas in July: Houston Cougars devour watch lists - Underdog Dynasty
Six UH players and head coach Tom Herman were named to 11 awards preseason watch lists.

Where do the Dynamo need to improve this transfer window? - Dynamo Theory
Going position-by-position and analyzing whether or not there should be improvements made at that spot.