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Saturday Night’s Alright For Commenting: 7/11/2020

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Take off your shorts and one piece bikinis, it’s SNOT time!

Good evening, my beloved reader. Boy, it’s an absolute SCORCHER outside today. I walked outside with my Camelbak loaded and ready for a run. I didn’t even make it to the car. The nice thing is that it’s Saturday! Grills are being lit, beer is being shotgunned, and songs are being blasted louder than the HOA would care for. Just because there's a pandemic doesn't mean you can't...

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Mike Bullock

Could J.J. Watt Opt Out Of The 2020 Season If Face Shields Are Required?

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The Houston Texans star has little desire to play under a proposed COVID visor initiative.

Amidst all the other COVID-19 craziness going on right now, the NFL has reportedly proposed making every player wear a helmet bolstered with a face shield, presumably to prevent a player from coughing/sneezing/spitting or otherwise getting breath droplets that carry COVID-19 on other players. On the surface it makes sense, but there’s a lot of debate on about the...

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Matt Weston

Where Does Pro Football Focus Rank Houston’s Offensive Line?

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You’ll be shocked when you find out!

Pro Football Focus is ranking various position groups ahead of the opening of the NFL’s training camps (if training camp even happens). Last season, PFF had Houston slightly below average; heading into this season they have them ranked there again. This is what they had to say:

19. Houston Texans

The quest for mediocrity is a crucial one for poor offensive lines, and Houston took a huge step in that direction last...

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Matt Weston

BRB GroupThink: Where Would You Rank Deshaun Watson?

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Is he elite?

Earlier this week, ESPN ranked the top ten quarterbacks in the league. They had Deshaun Watson fourth in the NFL.

For this week’s GroupThink, I asked the masthead where they would rank Deshaun Watson. These are their answers.

MATT WESTON:

This is a difficult question. Are we talking from a talent perspective, or are we talking about from a results perspective? Because Deshaun Watson has had to play in Bill O’Brien’s “run-heavy,...

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Matt Weston

See Where Pro Football Focus Has Ranked Houston’s Offensive Line

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You’ll be shocked when you find out!

Pro Football Focus is ranking various position groups ahead of the opening of the NFL’s training camps if it even happens. Last season they had Houston slightly below average, and heading into this season they have them ranked there again.

This is what they had to say:

19. Houston Texans

The quest for mediocrity is a crucial one for poor offensive lines, and Houston took a huge step in that direction last season,...

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Jeremy_Brener

Houston Texans News: July 10, 2020

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, July 9, 2020.

Houston Texans News

Best Backup QBs | Daily Brew (HoustonTexans.com)

NFL News

Jersey swaps nixed under proposed game-day protocols (NFL.com)

Big Ten plans to play conference-only schedule in 2020 (NFL.com)

Which college produces the most NFL defensive backs? (NFL.com)

Edelman offers to take Jackson to Holocaust museum (NFL.com)

Top 8 DROY...

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Lamar Miller posts video showing progress in his recovery from torn ACL

Miller posted a Twitter video on Thursday that showed him working through agility drills, and he's looking good.

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NFL, NFLPA agree to certain game day safety protocols

Included in the 11-page document is the ban of on-field fan seating, the ban of media from locker rooms, and a provision requiring both teams to travel to the stadium via bus.

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J.J. Watt won't play season if players are required to wear face masks

Considering there is a real chance that players are required to wear face coverings, Watt may have to really consider if he is willing to sit out the entire season.

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Mike Bullock

The Five Best Linebackers in Houston Texans History

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Alfred Blue had more than Brian Cushing to fear.

While the Houston Texans are far from the Chicago Bears when it comes to a storied history of Hall of Fame linebackers, Houston has still had its fair share of great linebackers playing for them, particularly when placed under the lens of the franchise’s short lifespan. Over the course of 18 years, the Texans have had one of the best defenses in the league many, many times.

Even if last season’s defense...

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Matt Weston

Houston Texans 2020 NFL Training Camp Notes

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Zoom zoom zoom

Despite Covid concerns swirling around the NFL and dominating what is usually the beginning of season preview discussions, the NFL is still planning to start training camps at the end of this month, with or without a preseason.

As we head towards the end of this month, professional football websites and writers are starting to gather information ahead of training camps. ESPN’s stats and information department put together nuggets of...

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Jeremy_Brener

Houston Texans News: July 9, 2020

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, July 8, 2020.

Houston Texans News

NFLN Total Access: J.J. Watt joins Willie McGinest (HoustonTexans.com)

NFL News

Running out of town: Mostert requests trade from 49ers (NFL.com)

WR Watkins on pay cut: ‘How much money do I need?’ (NFL.com)

Current Cowboys offer for more years than Dak wants (NFL.com)

Bills’ Stefon Diggs: Not...

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J.J. Watt: Still too early to make call on playing

J.J. Watt said Wednesday it's too early to make a call on whether to play this season given the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic. "As of right now, we really don't have enough information to make a decision like that."

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Matt Weston

Where Does ESPN Rank Deshaun Watson Among NFL Quarterbacks?

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Is he ELITE?

As we travel from the infancy of July to the end of it, when NFL training camps are supposed to open up, ESPN reached out to league executives to rank players at a variety of positions across the NFL. Today they started off with the quarterback position, where they had Deshaun Watson ranked fourth:

4. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

Age: 24 | Highest ranking: 3 | Lowest ranking: 11

Watson was engaged in a tight race with Drew Brees for much...

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Kenneth L.

Who The Texans Would Play In An NFL Shorten Season, Part 1

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How to manage a reduced schedule

The MLB is set to kick off it’s 60-game season where teams play 40 games against their division and 20 games against their mirror interleague division (AL West plays NL West). With an emphasis on geographic location, the MLB is hoping to limit travel in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Whether this plan will work or not, it will make for quite an interesting baseball season.

The NFL on the other hand...

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Mike Bullock

Did DeAndre Hopkins Just Take A Shot At The Texans?

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24-0.

This may be one of those stories where the smoke and sparks are fanned way too hard in the interest of creating a story that really isn’t there. Bu it’s the offseason and that’s what people tasked with talking football in an emaciated news cycle do, right?

Enter former Houston Texans phenom wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins who showed off his wit on Twitter in simultaneously congratulating Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl MVP...

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Mike Bullock

DeAndre Hopkins Fires a Shot at the Houston Texans

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24-0.

This may be one of those stories where the smoke and sparks are fanned way too hard in the interests of creating a fire that really isn’t there. But, it’s the off-season and that’s what people tasked with talking football in an emaciated news cycle do, right?

Enter former Houston Texans phenom wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins who showed off his wit on Twitter in simultaneously congratulating Kansas City Chiefs’ super bowl MVP...

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Jeremy_Brener

Houston Texans News: July 8, 2020

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

Houston Texans News

Deshaun Watson’s book “Pass It On” coming soon | Daily Brew (HoustonTexans.com)

NFL News

WR Jackson posts 2nd apology after anti-Semitic posts (NFL.com)

NFLPA tells board NFL has proposed 35% salary escrow (NFL.com)

Ten winners, losers from Mahomes’ contract extension (NFL.com)

Eight former NFL players reveal...

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Mike Bullock

Texans Home Games 2020: What Would It Take For You To Feel Safe?

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What can/should the Houston Texans do to assure fan safety in the “Pandemic Season”?

Yesterday we asked the question: “Would You Attend A Texans Game in 2020?”

As of this writing, the overwhelming majority would either not attend at all due to COVID-19 or only do so if the Houston Texans and NRG Stadium organizations instituted some pretty serious precautions.

With the NFL telling teams they can block off rows in...

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Deshaun Watson: 'I was definitely hurt' when Texans traded DeAndre Hopkins

But even though Watson was sad to see Hopkins go, he won't let that distract him from focusing on this season.

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