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DeAndre Hopkins Endorses Tom Savage As Texans Quarterback

Jun 15, 2017 9:11 AM

DeAndre Hopkins believes that Tom Savage has "earned" the role of No. 1 quarterback for the Houston Texans.

Bill O'Brien has said that Savage is the team's top option despite the drafting of Deshaun Watson last month.

"I like his leadership," Hopkins said of Savage. "From last year, when he wasn't playing on the field, he was still showing the guys, telling us what we should do, helping us out like he was the starting quarterback. Now that he's in that role, it's no surprise to anybody on this field that he deserves that role. He has earned it, not just from playing, but from the chemistry he has built in the locker room with everybody."

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Texans Coaches: Tom Savage Has 'Grown A Lot'

Jun 13, 2017 9:30 AM

Tom Savage has impressed the Houston Texans' coaching staff so far this offseason.

Savage is competing with first-round pick Deshaun Watson at quarterback.

"He's just come in with a very down-to-earth work ethic with it," Sean Ryan, the team's quarterbacks coach, said. "If he's thought about it a lot, it hasn't come through to me, in terms of what his role will be or how it's changed from a year ago."

"Yeah, he has grown a lot," added offensive assistant Pat O'Hara. "He's been through a lot, not just the injuries, but he's seen a lot of quarterbacks come and go here. The thing that really is positive for him is that this is his fourth season, and in college he was with three different teams, three different systems, maybe more, maybe different coordinators."

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J.J. Watt Calls NFL Network Top 100 List A 'Joke'

Jun 6, 2017 8:56 AM

J.J. Watt was voted as the 35th-best player in the NFL Network's Top 100, but tweeted Monday night that he didn't think he deserved to be listed that high.

The list is voted on by NFL players, but the Houston Texans defensive end tweeted that the list "is a joke" because he played in only three games last season.

Watt re-aggravated a back injury in late September, cutting his season short. He finished with 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in three games. He was the poll's No. 3-ranked player this time last year after he had 17.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and 76 combined tackles during the 2015 season.

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Tom Savage Taking First-Team Reps With Texans

Jun 4, 2017 11:16 AM

Tom Savage is taking first-team reps at quarterback for the Houston Texans.

"It's a great opportunity," Savage said Wednesday, per the team's official website. "I hate to say it's special because I have to go out there and I have to earn it every day. It'll be special at the end of the season."

The Texans spent a first round pick on Deshaun Watson.

"I think a little more of it is in the communication, obviously, with some of the guys," Savage said. "When you're a third-string quarterback, you're not really going up to DeAndre Hopkins and telling him how you want a bow route or something. Now communication comes in and you have to be on the same page with all of them. That's what we're working on now."

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Bill O'Brien Working More With Texans' Offense

May 15, 2017 7:59 AM

After a disappointing season with Brock Osweiler under center, Bill O'Brien is working more with the Houston Texans' offense.

"I've been probably doing more coaching myself in the last four or five weeks than I've done in the three years that I've been here," O'Brien said. "I'm really involved in the offense, and I'm having a lot of fun."

The Texans previously announced that O'Brien will take over the playcalling duties, while offensive coordinator George Godsey would be retained.

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round

Apr 27, 2017 11:47 PM

1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

2. Chicago Bears: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

3. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

5. Tennessee Titans: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

6. New York Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

7. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

8. Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

9. Cincinnati Bengals: John Ross, WR, Washington

10. Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

11. New Orleans Saints: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

12. Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

13. Arizona Cardinals: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

14. Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

15. Indianapolis Colts: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

16. Baltimore Ravens: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

17. Washington: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

18. Tennessee Titans: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, Southern California

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

20. Denver Broncos: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah

21. Detroit Lions: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

22. Miami Dolphins: Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri

23. New York Giants: Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi

24. Oakland Raiders: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

25. Cleveland Browns: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

26. Atlanta Falcons: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

27. Buffalo Bills: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

28. Dallas Cowboys: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

29. Cleveland Browns: David Njoku, TE, Miami

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin

31. San Francisco 49ers: Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama

32. New Orleans Saints: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

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8 NFL Owners Contributed 6.7 Percent Of Money For Trump's Inauguration

Apr 19, 2017 12:00 PM

Eight NFL owners contributed to the inauguration of Donald Trump.

According to the FEC filing, NFL owners’ $7.25 million in contributions represented nearly one of every $15 donated to Trump’s inaugural committee.

Robert Kraft (Patriots), Jerry Jones (Cowboys), Woody Johnson (Jets), Bob McNair (Texans), Shahid Khan (Jaguars), Stan Kroenke (Rams) and Dan Snyder (Washington) each contributed $1 million. Ed Glazer (Buccaneers) contributed $250,000.

The $7.25 million donated to the inauguration by NFL franchise owners represented about 6.7 percent of all money contributed to the inaugural committee.

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DeAndre Hopkins Building Bond With Tom Savage

Apr 19, 2017 9:34 AM

DeAndre Hopkins is working to build a bound with Tom Savage, who he has known for years and developed a friendship.

Savage is projected to start at quarterback for the Houston Texans after Brock Osweiler was dumped in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.

"It's funny, I was talking to Hop a little bit about it," Savage said. "I just think communication is going to be key this year. I had a couple of guys over and just hanging out and talking. At the end of the day, we have to be boys.

"We have to be able to communicate with each other. If they want to get after me on the field, that's fine. Let's communicate. Let's be on the same page and at the end of the day let's have some fun."

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Browns Acquire Brock Osweiler From Texans

Mar 9, 2017 3:59 PM

The Cleveland Browns have agreed to acquire Brock Osweiler from the Houston Texans.

Houston will send Osweiler, a second round pick and a sixth round pick to Cleveland for a fourth round pick.

The Browns will take on Osweiler's $16 million salary.

Cleveland also had interest in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason from the Patriots. Cleveland had over $100 million in cap space this offseason and in trading for Osweiler, they get someone to start this season while picking up an additional asset with the second round pick.

The Texans clear cap space with the deal as they pursue Tony Romo.

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Tony Romo Expected To Be Traded To Broncos Or Texans

Mar 9, 2017 2:11 PM

The Dallas Cowboys are now expected to trade Tony Romo to the Denver Broncos or Houston Texans rather than releasing him outright.

The Cowboys decided this week that they were going to part ways with Romo rather than keep him to backup Dak Prescott.

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Texans, Ryan Griffin Have Mutual Interest In New Contract
No new deal is imminent as negotiations continue, according to sources.

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Tony Romo Covets Texans, Chiefs, Broncos With 49ers, Rams Interested
Tony Romo would like to join a playoff contender as Peyton Manning did with the Broncos.

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Texans Not Expected To Place Tag On A.J. Bouye
The Texans could still re-sign A.J. Bouye, 25, who would be one of the best free-agent cornerbacks available this offseason.

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A.J. Bouye: 'No Telling' What Will Happen With Texans
As of now the Texans aren't expected to place the franchise tag on A.J. Bouye, which is expected to be worth over $14 million for 2017.

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NFL: Mexico City Game Generated $45 Million
Last year's game between the Texans and Raiders played in Mexico City generated $45 million, according to a study commissioned by the NFL.

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Chiefs, Texans Could Be Favorites For Tony Romo
If the Cowboys release Tony Romo, there is already a list of teams that are rumored to be potential destinations.

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Texans Unlikely To Use Franchise Tag On A.J. Bouye
The Texans have historically eschewed using the franchise tag.

Aaron Wilson/Houston Chronicle

GM: Texans Need 'Better Production' At Quarterback
Rick Smith was blunt in his assessment of what the Texans need from their quarterbacks next season.

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DeAndre Hopkins Open To Extension With Texans
DeAndre Hopkins is set to play out this season under the fifth-year option that the Texans exercised last year.

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Jadeveon Clowney Undergoes Minor Knee Surgery
Jadeveon Clowney's surgery was just to clean up the knee and he will not miss any time during the offseason.

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Peterson Interested In Giants, Texans, Bucs If He Leaves Vikings
The Vikings have a team option on Adrian Peterson for 2017 that includes an $11.75 million base salary and $6 million roster bonus.

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Texans Won't Hire New Offensive Coordinator
The Texans will not hire an offensive coordinator to replace the fired George Godsey as Bill O'Brien will call the plays next season.

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Texans Part Ways With Offensive Coordinator George Godsey
The Texans and offensive coordinator George Godsey "have mutually agreed to part ways," the team has announced.

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Vince Wilfork Expects To Retire
Vince Wilfork, 35, has made five Pro Bowls in his 13-year career and was a first-team All-Pro in 2012.

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Bill O'Brien Uncertain On Future With Texans
There are growing tensions between Bill O'Brien and both owner Bob McNair and general manager Rick Smith.

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Patriots Are Biggest Playoff Favorite Since 1998
The Patriots have opened as 14.5-point favorites against the Texans in Saturday's AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium.

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Raiders Expected To Start Connor Cook Against Texans
The Raiders are expected to start rookie Connor Cook against the Texans in the playoffs this weekend.

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Vince Wilfork Will Contemplate Retirement After Season
Vince Wilfork admitted that this will be the first time in his 13-year career that he will consider calling it quits.

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Texans To Start Brock Osweiler Against Raiders
Brock Osweiler replaced Tom Savage early in the second quarter Sunday in the loss to the Titans after Savage left with a concussion.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

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