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Houston Texans News: October 5, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, October 5, 2017.

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Houston Texans News

Texans claim Ben Heeney off waivers from Saints – ProFootballTalk
The Texans claimed linebacker Ben Heeney off waivers from the Saints. He adds depth at inside linebacker, where the Texans are without suspended veteran Brian Cushing. The Raiders made Heeney a fifth-round pick out of Kansas in 2015.

Texans O’Brien Wanted To Name Deshaun Watson Starting QB In Preseason « CBS Houston
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien changed quarterbacks just 30 minutes into the season, going from Tom Savage to rookie Deshaun Watson in the season opener. But SportsRadio 610 has learned that O'Brien wanted to make the move much...

Texans' Jeff Allen primed to square off against old team - Houston Chronicle
When Texans offensive guard Jeff Allen faced his old team a year ago for the first time, it was an emotional experience.

Receiver Bruce Ellington a nice fit with Texans - Houston Chronicle
Before practice every day, Bruce Ellington goes through a to-do list.

Texans' defense must go on high alert against Chiefs - Houston Chronicle
If the Texans are going to deal Kansas City its first loss Sunday night at NRG Stadium, they will need to duplicate their defensive performance against the Chiefs last season.

Ben Heeney Claimed off of Waivers by the Houston Texans
The Houston Texans have claimed linebacker Ben Heeney off of waivers from the New Orleans Saints.

Texans' Dylan Cole chose wisely after NFL draft snub - Houston Chronicle
Dylan Cole didn't need a lot of convincing to join the Texans during a rapid-fire recruiting process after he got overlooked during the NFL draft.

Houston Texans Score Most Points in Franchise History | Bleacher Report
The Houston Texans throttled the Tennessee Titans by a 57-14 score in Week 4, marking the team's largest scoring output in franchise history, per NFL Communications.

Texans safety Marcus Gilchrist embracing starting opportunity - Houston Chronicle
The starting job that had eluded Texans safety Marcus Gilchrist is now under his control.

Texans' Alfred Blue makes speedy return from high-ankle sprain - Houston Chronicle
When Texans running back Alfred Blue initially suffered a high-ankle sprain during a training camp practice with the New Orleans Saints, it was feared that he would be out a long time.

NFL News

Khalil Mack is on the fast track to greatness -
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White saw a pass rusher who was truly dominant last week.

Cam Newton thinks it's funny when a female reporter asks about routes, and that's not OK -
Newton smiled as she asked about Devin Funchess and his route running style.

Andrew Luck slowly returning to practice this week for the Colts -
Luck’s finally making progress.

Browns vs. Bengals: No. 1 pick Myles Garrett finally makes NFL debut -
Garrett missed the first four games of the season because of a high ankle sprain.

Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Can the 2017 Season Be Defined as a Success? - The Crawfish Boxes
What makes a successful season?

It's a question I've been thinking on since the Astros opened the 2017 campaign with a 3-0 win over the Seattle Mariners. What's the definitive indicator that yes,...

4-star WR Tommy Bush is preparing for the final stretch in his recruitment - Burnt Orange Nation
As we inch towards National Signing Day, the San Antonio-area product continues to do his research when evaluating collegiate options.

With Kyle Hicks back, how will TCU manage a full backfield? - Frogs O' War
With Hicks back from an injury, let’s take a look at how the Frogs will carry the rock on Saturday.

ODB Facebook Live- Finebaum Response, Football and Hoops - Our Daily Bears
Sic ‘Em!

Matador Mailbag: What happens when your offense isn’t as offensive as you think? - Viva The Matadors
Offense, offense and more offense.

THE TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M vs Bama - Good Bull Hunting
ROLL TIDE? I don’t think so. We don’t allow running water at Kyle Field. Please use the facilities at THE TAILGATE.

Playin’ Nice: Florida - And The Valley Shook
Longtime Florida scribe David Wunderlich fills us in on the Mighty Gators.

The Week That Will Be: Survival of the Fittest - Barking Carnival
To beat Kansas State, Texas has to play like Kansas State.

Around the Dog Park: Charlie Strong is tired of the poor attendance at USF games - Underdog Dynasty
UTEP fans are split on Mike Price returning... Which G5 head coaches hired in 2015 are doing a good job... North Texas VP tells ESPN to back off from trademark.

The 2017 BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup: Houston Dynamo vs Cruz Azul - Dynamo Theory
This year’s Charities Cup will go to Hurricane Harvey relief.