State of the Texans spent the week at Super Bowl 51 and worked to find out as much information, thoughts and analysis on the Houston Texans. Discussions with some of the prominent people in the NFL we put together 51 things we learned about the Texans from the busy week in Houston. -pds
The Houston Texans are “probably” eyeing a quarterback in the draft according to Bob McNair while Rick Smith said he is not divulging any plans for the Texans this offseason.
If you haven’t noticed, the Texans moved Kareem Jackson to safety in the divisional round against the New England Patriots. Expect that move to be a precursor to what the Texans are thinking heading into next season. We are expecting Bouye, Joseph, and Johnson to be their primary cornerbacks with Jackson as one of their starting safeties. As we all know, re-signing Bouye is the key factor.
Center Nick Martin was cleared to resume football activities and he is excited to get back on the field to work his game. Martin had surgery soon after an injury suffered during training camp but is now a full go. He expects to be ready for OTAs.
Braxton Miller's shoulder injury has been rehabbed properly and he was cleared to play during the last month of the season. Miller is going to travel back to Columbus, Ohio, to train at Ohio State for the off season with other football alumni from the school. Bill O’Brien has kept a close eye on Miller throughout the season and still thinks he can be the slot wide receiver the team needs for the future.
Romeo Crennel will be in the booth for the upcoming season and help not only with the defense, but he will also lend a hand to O’Brien, monitoring the offense. Mike Vrabel will have input from Crennel but will run the defense on his own during games.
The Texans are monitoring the defensive line group coming out from Clemson for the NFL Draft and have already started their due diligence to find out more about the players. Keep an eye out for possible interviews over the draft season with the Clemson defensive line group.
Some feel that Bill O’Brien is trying to control what he can to put his mark on the team and believe that is one reason why the Texans will be heading up to West Virginia for training camp. O’Brien wants to continue to put his influence on the organization and this is one way for him to continue to do it.
We had a chance to talk to someone close to the team and they felt that Bob McNair’s upfront attitude on Brock Osweiler was a rare time where he was completely honest about a player. Many times, McNair would just discuss position groups and the source said this was the one time that McNair was blunt regarding his expectations for a player. It is clear McNair is not pleased with the performance that Osweiler turned in this past season.
DeAndre Hopkins told Minnesota media that he would help recruit Adrian Peterson to Houston if he was released by the Vikings. Hopkins' relationship goes beyond football with Peterson and Hopkins even refers to Peterson as his “big brother." Peterson listed the Texans as a potential team for which he would like to play if he was released.
J.J. Watt is now back in football mode and no longer rehabbing the back injury that he sustained in the first quarter of the season. Watt is now working out 5-6 hours a day at NRG Stadium and has tweaked his workouts to include more core work to help stabilize his midsection. Watt is confident he can regain his form from previous seasons.
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