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Houston Texans News: July 13, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, July 12, 2017.

News: Gatorade National Athlete of the Year Awards Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans News

Texans rookie Deshaun Watson wins ESPY for Best Male College Athlete - Houston Chronicle
The first-round draft pick, consensus All-American, national championship winner and Heisman Trophy finalist added to his trophy case Wednesday night.

Column | Texans Should Name Deshaun Watson Starting QB On Day 1
Moved up 12 spots in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft and surrendered 2018's first-round selection to select quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Houston Texans' defensive line ranked best in NFL
The Texans have the best front seven in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.

Texans in aisle 3: Reader, cheerleaders encourage kids to eat right |
Houston Texans defensive lineman D.J. Reader and Texans Cheerleaders are encouraging children to eat and play smart.

Texans’ Bill O’Brien Explains Why Tom Brady Is So Difficult To Coach | NFL |
You would think as the owner of five Super Bowl rings and a plethora of NFL records that Tom Brady wouldn't need much coaching as a 17-year pro. But that's far from the case, according to Houston Texans head coach and former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien.

Linebacker Brennan Scarlett has chance to start for Texans - Houston Chronicle
Brennan Scarlett busted through a block, eluding the interference of flailing arms to record two sacks and a forced fumble during a preseason game last year against the Arizona Cardinals.

NFL News

Teddy Bridgewater Ditches Knee Brace For Drills - Daily Norseman
He posted the pictures to his Instagram today.

Tim Tebow is a better pro baseball player than Michael Jordan was -
It’s the baseball comparison you never asked for.

Jordan Hicks is the best NFL player nobody’s talking about. That’s about to change. -
The Eagles’ MLB is ready to improve and take a leadership role in 2017.

Tony Romo insists he’s retired for good -
We’ll see.

Richard Sherman says NFL players ‘have to be willing to strike’ for better pay. Would they? -
The Seahawks cornerback is right, and we’ll find out in four years if players have the wherewithal to follow through.

Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Astros Batters and RE 24 - The Crawfish Boxes
Sabermetrics: Run Expectancy, Reddick, Astros Offense.

Portland could be the most likely Rockets-Carmelo Anthony trade partner - The Dream Shake
Ryan Anderson could head west to bring Melo to Texas.

Texas picked to finish fourth in Big 12 preseason media poll - Burnt Orange Nation
After an eighth place finish in 2016, the ‘Horns are picked to finish fourth in Tom Herman’s debut season.

Big 12 Media Ranks TCU 5th in Preseason Poll - Frogs O' War
The Sooners, Cowboys, Wildcats, and Longhorns all rank above the Frogs.

Baylor Picked 7th in Preseason Big 12 Poll - Our Daily Bears
Media selects the Bears to finish in the bottom half of the league in 2017.

What the locker room renovations mean - Viva The Matadors
Tech football welcomes new updated locker room.

Texas A&M’s Shane Tripucka: the Next Great Aggie Punter - Good Bull Hunting
"Give me an army of West Point graduates and I’ll win a football game. Give me a handful of Aggie Punters and I’ll win a global thermonuclear war." — General Zeke Amadeus Patton

WEEKEND OBLONG SPHEROID 7/13 - 7/16 - And The Valley Shook

Malik Jefferson, Malcolm Roach named to Nagurski Watch List - Barking Carnival
The Nagurski Award goes to the national defensive player of the year.

Jefferson certainly finds himself cast in a Rover role that plays to his strengths and allows for the easy acquisition of...

UTSA lands commitment from 6’5” defensive lineman Zachary Gilson - Underdog Dynasty
The Roadrunners get deeper at a position of strength.

Houston Hoedown for week of 7/3 - Dynamo Theory
Recapping Houston local soccer action for 7/3-7/10.