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Houston Texans News: August 17, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, August 17, 2017.

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Houston Texans QB: Tom Savage or Deshaun Watson? |
Who should be the Houston Texans’ starting quarterback, Tom Savage or Deshaun Watson? The MMQB’s Jonathan Jones leads a roundtable discussion with fou

Tom Brady, Deshaun Watson meet after joint Houston Texans-New England Patriots practice
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and rookie Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson met after the teams had a joint practice.

Savage or Watson? For now Texans lean on Savage as starting QB |
Tom Savage is Houston's starting quarterback for now, but coach Bill O'Brien is keeping a keen eye on rookie Deshaun Watson, charting his progress as the Texans prepare for their season opener.

What Texans gained from Patriots joint practices
The Texans improved in their two days of joint practice with the New England Patriots, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Texans enjoyed West Virginia, but ready to get back to Houston - Houston Chronicle
The Texans' first training camp outside Houston ends Friday when they return home to play New England on Saturday night at NRG Stadium.

Can J.J. Watt regain his dominance as he rejoins the Texans’ top-ranked defense? - The Washington Post
The three-time NFL defensive player of the year had his 2016 season cut short by back surgery.

Patriots offense tested but satisfied after time with Texans | Boston Herald

Texans love back-of-all trades Tyler Ervin's versatility - Houston Chronicle
Tyler Ervin is capable of accomplishing many tasks on a football field, displaying rare versatility.

Texans taking cautious approach with DeAndre Hopkins - Houston Chronicle
As star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins continues to watch from the sidelines, the Texans are maintaining a cautious approach with the one-time Pro Bowl selection as he recovers from a hand injury.

Texans' C.J. Fiedorowicz enters contract year - Houston Chronicle
Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz is heading into the final year of a four-year, $4.172 million rookie contract.

Mike Vrabel says he doesn't need to put stamp on Texans defense - Houston Chronicle
Mike Vrabel, the Texans' first-year defensive coordinator, was asked after practice Wednesday if he's trying to put his stamp on his side of the ball.

NFL News

The Falcons’ new stadium Chick-fil-A will be replaced on Sundays by something else -
Eat mor chikin. Just not on game day.

‘Hard Knocks’ recap: Did you get a hot dog? -
In the season’s second episode, Jameis Winston displays his leadership, Gerald McCoy talks at length about Batman, and Miko Grimes has everyone’s attention except her husband’s.

Saints fire 2 doctors who failed to diagnose a fractured leg -
CB Delvin Breaux was nearly traded because two doctors misdiagnosed his fractured fibula. Those doctors also worked for the injury-riddled Pelicans.

NFL and NFLPA went to Twitter to trade insults about Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension -
The NFL called the NFLPA shameful. The NFLPA says the NFL is stooping to new lows. How did we get here?

Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Astros 9, Diamondbacks 5: Reddick, Morton make it 2 wins in a row - The Crawfish Boxes
Astros jump out early and hold on late against Arizona.

James Harden’s celebrity tournament is this weekend - The Dream Shake
The Beard and others are playing for charity this weekend in Houston.

WATCH: Former Texas walk-on Garrett Graf awarded scholarship during magic performance - Burnt Orange Nation
Three years of hard work on the Forty Acres finally paid off for the former walk-on.

TCU News: Freshmen Making Waves, Summers Brings the Heat - Frogs O' War
Reagor, Snell, and Manning are raising the bar for the TCU offense.

Big 12 B-Movies: Iowa State Cyclones - Viva The Matadors
Moving across the conference analyzing Texas Tech’s opponents

Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk, Armani Watts named to SI All-America Team - Good Bull Hunting
Did you know that they were roommates?

LSU Has Acquired Potential Mike VII - And The Valley Shook
Say hello to Harvey!

Shooting From the Hip: Defensive Depth Chart - Barking Carnival
Yesterday we took a shot at predicting the Longhorns’ offensive depth chart coming out of Fall Camp, and today it’s the defense’s turn.

The five most important players on UTSA’s offense - Underdog Dynasty
The Roadrunners will rely on a slew of experienced veterans to pilot their offense in 2017.

Hagen nets brace to help Dash playoff hopes - Dynamo Theory
Sarah Hagen’s two goal performance led Houston to a 3-1 victory over Boston.