News and notes from the NFL league meetings.
- The Houston Texans are looking to upgrade their current AstroTurf into a surface for only the team to play on. Their current surface is used not only by the Texans, but also by college and high school teams playing at NRG Stadium. It looks like the team will continue moving away from the natural grass pallets used prior to the switch during the 2015 season and will opt to continue to using an upgraded artificial surface for the 2016 season.
- Owner Bob McNair wants Andre Johnson to retire with the Texans when he is ready. McNair also discussed the possibility about retiring Johnson’s #80 and mentioned that the team will have a ring of honor at some point to honor past players.
- J.J. Watt opened his doors to his cabin in Wisconsin to around 20 teammates to come visit for his birthday and workout for the week. Cecil Shorts III, Kendall Lamm, Akeem Dent, Kevin Johnson, and Jadeveon Clowney are few of the names that are in Wisconsin with Watt. Even NFL draft prospect and Watt’s brother, Derek, is at the cabin with the team.
- Bob McNair is focused on expanding the Texans brand and it will start with a game in Mexico against the Oakland Raiders taking place this season. McNair approached Jacksonville Jaguars own Shad Khan about playing an AFC South divisional game in the United Kingdom. McNair will continue to look for ways to expand the Texans' reach without losing home games at NRG Stadium in the process.
- Duane Brown’s rehab is going as planned (Ganguli) and recently had a check up with team physician, Dr. Walt Lowe. The timetable for his return is still not known at this time.
- Brock Osweiler has to wait until April 18th to meet with coaches to start learning the playbook. Osweiler does have a team iPad with the offense on it and will start studying on his own to understand the offense. O’Brien praised Osweiler’s toughness and accuracy as a starter for the Denver Broncos. O’Brien also points to Osweiler’s games against the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots in 2015 were two that stood out on what he does well as a quarterback.
- DeAndre Hopkins and Osweiler will join up in Arizona to work together to get prepared for the start of the season.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/texans/story/1651609-where-do-the-texans-go-fro... - Bill O’Brien mentioned that he never met Osweiler prior to the introductory press conference. The Texans are only allowed to talk to agents during the legal tampering period which started two days before the start of the new league year. General Manager Rick Smith was working to land a deal with Osweiler and when they did he flew into Houston late that afternoon. O’Brien was at a pro day in Wisconsin taking in prospects and ended up meeting with Osweiler when he returned. The timing is one thing but this is a common practice when landing the first wave a of free agents.