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Houston Texans News: October 19, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, October 19, 2017.

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Houston Texans News

Texans worked out ex-UH standout Demarcus Ayers, 6 others - Houston Chronicle
The Texans worked out former University of Houston wide receiver Demarcus Ayers, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.

Houston Texans Could Soon Get Back Some Important Pieces | Houston Press
The trade deadline will come and go soon, but the Texans can hopefully count on the healthy return of a handful of players.

Texans' Johnathan Joseph named AFC defensive player of the week |
Johnathan Joseph's career day during Houston Texans' romp of the Cleveland Browns garnered the 11-year veteran the AFC defensive player of the week

Houston Texans Johnathan Joseph Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week
Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph notches player of the week honors.

Texans teammates not surprised by Deshaun's Watson's prolific start - Houston Texans Blog- ESPN
The Texans' offense bears little resemblance to those of past Houston teams, thanks to a sure-handed young QB who "tries to perfect every single play."

Houston Texans: A plausible theory to Duane Brown's end game
The glorified game of chicken between the Houston Texans and Duane Brown will come to an end soon with some deadlines coming up. What are they and effect?

Texans see progress -- and lots of TDs -- from Will Fuller in second season - NFL Nation- ESPN
In his three games since returning from a collarbone injury, second-year receiver Will Fuller has eight catches -- and five touchdowns.

Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson keeps climbing QB rankings
Deshaun Watson doesn't look like he's slowing down anytime soon. The Houston Texans' signal-caller continues to gain more respect.

NFL News

NFL picks 2017, Week 7: Experts see resurgent Saints and Steelers -
Picking games this season has been tough, but these picks are gold!

The Raiders were supposed to be fun this year. What happened? -
The 2016 Raiders were 12-4, and probably would’ve been 13-3 if Derek Carr had been healthy at the end of the season. They were an offensive juggernaut, at the top of the league in many offensive...

NFL standings, 2017: The NFC North is suddenly the most fascinating division -
Any of the division’s four teams could cross the finish line in flames but with a title.

Saints DE Cam Jordan is even more impressive than his numbers -
If you weren’t familiar with Cam Jordan, retired NFL defensive end Stephen White highly recommends you get to know the Saints’ game wrecker.

NFL stars keep getting hurt. But a new generation of stars are here for you. -
The league’s not as fun without Aaron Rodgers and Odell Beckham Jr. Or is it?

NFL Panic Index 2017, Week 7: Life after Aaron Rodgers begins for Packers -
The Falcons and Patriots aren’t nearly as good as they were last year. And why do the 49ers keep losing close games?

Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Yankees 5, Astros 0: Offense put Astros’ season on the brink - The Crawfish Boxes
Welcome to your worst nightmare...

No Chris Paul, no problem: Houston beats Sacramento 105-100 - The Dream Shake
Houston improves to 2-0 on the young season.

Notes From the Texas Longhorns Basketball Tip-Off Event - Burnt Orange Nation
Things picked up after the dance contest.

TCU football midseason report card: Special Teams - Frogs O' War
Jonathan Song and Adam Nunez are just two pieces to the special teams puzzle, but they’re playing great football.

Baylor Basketball in the NBA - Our Daily Bears
Five Bears are in the league.

Film room: let’s go, rushing defense! - Viva The Matadors
The Mountaineers couldn’t run the ball, and there’s a specific reason.

THE MUGDOWN TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of the Bye Week - Good Bull Hunting
Your favorite collegiate satirical publication is back with another round of The Tailgate, featuring our most menacing opponent of the season: Apathy.

Sneaky Good Pod Episode 40: So You Beat Auburn, Now What? - And The Valley Shook
Fresh off LSU's big win, the boys talk about the path forward. LSU pulled it out of the ditch, now how far can the team ride this wave?

Notes from the Texas Tip-Off Scrimmage - Barking Carnival
The Texas Longhorns hosted their annual open scrimmage for fans at Gregory Gym tonight, having fun competitions (dunk - Kerwin Roach II won, 3-point - Eric Davis Jr won, dance...yes, dance - a fan...