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Rating Texans DL J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt is real good but saying he may be best ever disrespects history

First, no player two years into his NFL career should be in best ever discussions. But Cushing said could, so we will consider the topic. It will be difficult for Watt, a defensive tackle who is listed as a defensive end in the Texans 3-4 front, to surpass Lawrence Taylor. The former New York Giant was not only dominant, he changed the game to where outside linebackers became elite rushers. Trend-setters get extra credit in every best ever debate. But I will say Watt is unquestionably the best defensive player in the game today. He dominated the Broncos offense, and right guard Manny Ramirez, for three quarters in the Texans 31-25 win last Sept. 23 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Now Mercilus starts opposite Reed. Getting back inside linebacker Brian Cushing from a knee injury should bolster the defense tremendously. The Texans were 5-0 when Cushing went down for the season. Once new safety Ed Reed recovers from hip surgery, the secondary should be improved. The new punter is veteran Shane Lechler. Randy Bullock, who spent his rookie year on injured reserve, gives the Texans a new kicker for the third consecutive season. Strengths: With Arian Foster and Ben Tate, the Texans should again have one of the most prolific running games. They like to control the clock to keep the defense fresh.

Houston Texans Newswire: The Dog Days Of Summer

Here's my prediction: The Cowboys will win the NFC, go to the Super Bowl and coming out of the AFC is going to be the Houston Texans. And it's going to be an all-Texas Super Bowl in New Jersey -- in the winter, in the cold weather, in the snow and all that. -- Former Cowboys great Drew Pearson Pearson is really stepping out on a limb with his Cowboys prediction. Dallas hasn't qualified for the postseason the last three years and has a grand total of one playoff win in the last 16 seasons. The NFC has been represented in the Super Bowl by 12 teams since the Cowboys last made an appearance, when they won their fifth title in Super Bowl XXX. "It's time, you know? It's time.

Pearson: Cowboys will return to glory

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The design of the 2013 edition of this team is still in its opening stages. The players that have been added and re-signed over the last few months will greatly influence the quality of the finished product.It is too early to determine how sound this design will be once the start of the regular season begins. Enough information has been revealed by OTAs, minicamps and the news media to ascertain which players could be positive additions, and which might have a questionable effect on the success of the 2013 season. Underrated: DeAndre Hopkins Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images It was no secret going into the draft that the Texans were in desperate need of an impact receiver. Hopkins was the second receiver selected, and will obviously play second fiddle to the great Andre Johnson. His fantasy projections vary from 47 catches and 764 yards per Pro Football Focus to 50 catches and 762 yards from CBS Sports. Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright were first-round choices in 2012 and caught 64 balls each, placing Hopkins numbers within reach. The first half of the 2013 schedule is the toughest and could limit his involvement in the offense.

Continuity the hallmark of site internet Texans' approach

Joe Gibbs, the highly innovative Washington coach, basically invented the H-back to counter Taylor. He was a 10-time Pro Bowler and is a member of the 1980s all-decade team and 75th anniversary team. Hall of Famer. Reggie White: Maybe better than even Jones, and that's saying something. Thirteen-time Pro Bowler, 1980s all-decade team, 1990s all-decade team and member of the 75th anniversary team. Hall of Famer. Ray Lewis: No linebacker played with more speed and ferocity. Thirteen Pro Bowls, Defensive Player of the Year twice, Super Bowl MVP. Future Hall of Famer.

Examining the Texans’ lack of touchdown passes to the end zone

There was even a special guest appearance by Yao Ming via Skype. Of course, the reports after the meeting were all positive. One of the main story lines was the fact that Howard wants another Big Three' . Two problems with that situation: the only other star' (if I could make those quotations any bigger I would) left on the free agent market is Josh Smith. The quality and quantity of Smith's shot selection leave a bit to be desired. Two, if my memory services me well, Miami's big three each took a small pay cut to create their super team'. Harden already has a max contract, and Howard will not settle for less. Where will the money come from for a third star'? At this point the third star will be Chandler Parsons, and most Rockets fans will take that.

Houston Texans' Most Under and Overrated Offseason Additions


Since 2008, only 44.7 percent of the Texans touchdown passes have been caught in the end zone, the third-lowest percentage in the league during that span. Last season in particular, the Texans were also third from the bottom with only 31.8 percent of their touchdown passes caught in the end zone. Only Arizona and Carolina were worse. Kuharsky also notes the Texans 22 touchdown passes last season werent much lower than the league average of 23.7, and their 56.1 percentage of red-zone touchdowns was still in the top half of the league. But this isnt a team thats happy with average as the Texans talk openly about their championship aspirations. And that 56.1 percent is far below the Packers, Saints and Patriots, who scored touchdowns on at least 68.1 percent of their red zone trips.

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