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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

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Houston Texans News

Mercilus continues to grow on, off field | Sports | register-herald.com
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus is heading into 2017 looking to build on a 2016 campaign in which he was named an All-Pro.

Vince Wilfork Announces Retirement After 13-Year Career with Patriots, Texans | Bleacher Report
Vince Wilfork's NFL career appears to be over after 13 years.

Houston Texans' defense focused on 'momentum-changing' takeaways - AFC South- ESPN
The Texans had the NFL's top statistical defense in 2016, but they're working in training camp on creating more turnovers after forcing just 17.

Tom Savage Named Texans' Starting QB over Deshaun Watson for Preseason Opener | Bleacher Report
The Houston Texans announced Monday Tom Savage will start the team's preseason opener Wednesday against the Carolina Panthers. Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said he expects Deshaun Watson and Brandon Weeden to see the field as well...

Houston Texans add wide receiver, offensive tackle
The Houston Texans have bolstered their roster by adding wide receiver Marcus Leak and offensive tackle Terry Poole with multiple players going down.

Whitney Mercilus looking for solid performance in Texans' first preseason game - Houston Chronicle
After Monday's practice in the rain, coach Bill O'Brien reiterated what he said last week, that healthy players will play in Wednesday's first preseason game at Carolina.

Texans to “play it by ear” on QB playing time in preseason opener – ProFootballTalk
The Texans will be in Carolina on Wednesday for their first preseason game of the year and coach Bill O'Brien confirmed on Monday that quarterback Tom Savage will be starting the game. There wasn't mystery surrounding that announcement.


NFL News

If you were going to troll your rival NFL team with a billboard, what would it say? - SBNation.com
Saints fans apparently already have this one figured out.

Jay Cutler makes the Dolphins better. Will it even matter? - SBNation.com
The Dolphins are bringing everyone’s favorite emo QB back to the NFL. We have some questions.

Vince Wilfork announced his retirement in a ribs commercial - SBNation.com
One of the league’s best big men and most colorful personalities is hanging up the cleats after a distinguished career.

Johnny Manziel says he’s interested in coaching college football - SBNation.com
He wants to do "something involved with sports."

Browns attempt to convince fans, Brock Osweiler, is a good quarterback with training camp hype video - SBNation.com
It was a good video, but it was also Brock Osweiler.


Houston & Collegiate Sports News

Does Justin Verlander make sense for the Astros? No. Maybe. - The Crawfish Boxes
Probably not.

Rockets won’t talk Chris Paul extension until next season - The Dream Shake
The team wants to see their two stars in action before signing Paul long-term.

4-star DT Keondre Coburn commits to Texas over Alabama, Texas A&M - Burnt Orange Nation
The ‘Horns added a key piece of the defensive line puzzle to the 2018 class on Monday.

2017 TCU Position Preview: Defensive Backs - Frogs O' War
The 4-2-5 lives and dies with the strength of the DBs; does GP have the horses in the back end to get the job done?

The Future Remains Bright: Baylor Basketball After Motley and Wainright - Our Daily Bears
There are a few paths to replace two of Baylor’s best players.

Recruiting update: jumping back into the top 50 - Viva The Matadors
Several new offensive commitments boost Texas Tech among the top of the FBS

Daily Bull 8.7.17: Texas A&M Offense Update - Good Bull Hunting
Status: still needing to run the dang ball more.

Previewing The 2017 Tigers: Offensive Line - And The Valley Shook
Looking at what LSU has left on the offensive line as we preview the 2017 Tigers.

2018 Texas Football Recruiting: DT Keondre Coburn Commits to Texas - Barking Carnival
4* defensive tackle Keondre Coburn out of Westfield High School has chosen to cast his lot with Tom Herman and the Longhorns.

Around the Dog Park: Fall Camps and Scrimmages are Underway - Underdog Dynasty
Also: Navy’s OC is taking a break.

Houston Dynamo sign former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos - Dynamo Theory
Dynamo announced Monday they have signed Swiss defender Philippe Senderos.