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Texans-Browns Preview – 3 Things To Look For

Robert Land



HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) warms up during the football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans on October 8, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire)
(Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire)

Who are the 3 new Texans? Brian & Robert let you know who the Texans signed to take J.J. Watt & Whitney Mercilus’ spot on the roster.

Is Deshaun Watson the best quarterback in the NFL? The latest numbers say that he is. Plus, they give you their 3 Things to Look For in the Browns game & make their predictions.

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Houston Texans: Jalen Ramsey’s latest riff about Deshaun Watson

Brandon Gimpel



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Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

What’s there to say about Jalen Ramsey’s latest riff about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson?  Let’s discuss this further.

Houston Texans faithful — Jalen Ramsey had recently had an interview with GQ Magazine in which he was asked about his opinion on quarterbacks around the league and in perfect fashion, he clearly personified himself without holding back. First, he was asked who he thought were the good quarterbacks in the league and this is what he said:

Aaron Rodgers does not. Tom Brady doesn’t. I gotta think now, about all the teams … I think Marcus Mariota is a great quarterback for their team. I think Tyrod Taylor is actually a better quarterback than he gets credit for.”

He then followed that up by saying he was still unsure about Jimmy Garoppolo but then stated this:

Deshaun Watson, he’ll be the league MVP in a couple years. One hundred percent. There’s not even a debate about that. Him and Carson Wentz, for every year starting now until five to ten years, it’s gonna be them two. They’re that good.”

Later in the interview he described Matt Ryan as “overrated” and said “I don’t think Andrew Luck is very good.”  He said Eli Manning‘s success is a result of Odell Beckham Jr.’s talent.

This is extremely high praise from somebody who does not give out many compliments, especially considering he plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Houston Texans’ division rival. But if anybody has a first-hand perspective of how good Watson really is, it’s him.  Ramsey is going into his third season as a professional but has emerged as one of the league’s most talented and outspoken players as of late.

The great thing is that these two teams will meet twice a year and a Hopkins/Ramsey match twice a year is as exciting as it gets in the division. Ramsey is a prolific cover corner with tremendous play making abilities and also is notorious for being one of the league’s best trash talkers. It will be interesting to see how Hopkins handles Ramsey’s tactics and how the two go at each other because it will be a competitive battle for years to come.

That’s how I feel, what about you?  Feel free to sound off in the comments section below.

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Houston Texans: Preseason Week 1: Fantasy Football Twists and Turns

Andy Rioux



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Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

So just how well did the Houston Texans do fantasy football-wise against the Kansas City Chiefs?  Here’s what went down with a quick whip-around of action across the league.

While Drake is asking “Kiki Do You Love Me?” we are taking a closer look at some notable Houston Texans and NFL fantasy news.  The first week of preseason is generally less eventful than the subsequent preseason weeks, but there was no shortage of news as every team took the field for the first time in 2018.

For the Houston Texans and their fans, the greatest sight was seeing star quarterback Deshaun Watson back in action in Kansas City.  While it was nothing more than a cameo appearance, it confirmed Watson is on track to start opening day and should get more work in the next couple of weeks.  Watson still has one of the highest average draft positions among quarterbacks on the Fantasy Football Calculator website at the fourth spot in the fourth round, with only Aaron Rodgers being higher.  Some say that’s too high of a spot to take a quarterback, but for those wanting to hitch their wagon to Watson, that’s currently the range to look for him on draft day if he impresses during the rest of the preseason.

After Watson’s comeback, the biggest story for the Houston Texans was rookie tight end Jordan Akins.  Fighting with Ryan Griffin, Stephen Anderson, and fellow rookie Jordan Thomas for playing time, Akins hauled in two touchdown passes from Brandon Weeden.  Naturally, positive showings in preseason can lead to overreaction.  Akins will not be shooting up the tight end rankings just yet.  However, at a crowded position for Houston, he at least stood out and for now, becomes someone to watch.  The Houston Texans would love to find a solid third target behind DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.

Speaking of Weeden, he and wide receiver Sammie Coates certainly had their moments.  But both players have not impressed in previous regular season stints with other teams.  The preseason can be a time to overreact, but it often involves fans getting giddy over youngsters with upside.  No one needs to be getting excited about either player at this point in time.

If you want to get excited about another player on offense for the Houston Texans, try running back Troymaine Pope.  He caught two passes for 38 yards against the Chiefs and could find a way into the mix behind Lamar Miller, especially with little clarity yet on the status of D’Onta Foreman.

And now it’s time to go beyond the Houston Texans and look at some other tidbits from around the league:

Press Your Luck

There was another AFC South team welcoming back an elite quarterback.  For the first time since the 2016 season, Andrew Luck was in the lineup for the Indianapolis Colts.  Luck saw more playing time than Deshaun Watson, completing six-of-nine passes for 64 yards.  The news was not all rosy for Indianapolis, as running back Marlon Mack suffered a hamstring strain that will keep him out of action for a bit and cause even more uncertainly in the Colts backfield.  The Colts also lost promising rookie wide receiver Deon Cain for the season.

Nonetheless, Luck’s showing brings some hope back to Indianapolis.  Currently at Fantasy Football Calculator, Andrew’s ADP is at the end of the seventh round.  That might be too soon for the wait for a quarterback crowd, but it’s not exorbitant for a player of his potential, especially considering you could still draft another safe option after that.  Provided everything continues to go smoothly, Luck also makes T.Y. Hilton a safer pick.

Capital Calamity

One of the most disappointing stories from around the league comes from our nation’s capital, as Washington lost intriguing rookie running back Derrius Guice for the season with a torn ACL.  Although Chris Thompson is locked in as Washington’s third-down and passing situation back, Guice was expected to supplant Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley with ease and carry the load for the Redskins.

Complicating matters further for the Redskins is that Thompson is still recovering from a broken leg.  It is thought he will be ready for opening day, but it is not an absolute lock.  If Thompson can perform like he did last year before getting hurt, he will be the running back on the Redskins you want to have on your team.  But what if he’s not ready out of the gate?  The onus would probably fall on Perine, who was generally unremarkable last year.  For what it’s worth, he did manage over 100 yards and a touchdown against a good Saints team in one start last year and Washington’s first two games are winnable against Arizona and Indianapolis.  Volume is volume and if Perine (or Kelley) are going to get a lot of it, they can be a value in the later rounds.

Better Rookie Running Back News

Although there are several rookie running backs capable of making noise in 2018, most of the buzz rightfully centers around Saquon Barkley.  Barkley, the one rookie regularly going in the first round of fantasy drafts, is currently dealing with a hamstring strain that is not believed to be serious.  And let’s hope it not, because the former Penn State product showcased his skills on his very first carry, rushing for 39 yards.  It can risky to bank on a rookie so early in a draft, but as long as he’s healthy, Barkley looks like he will be worth the risk.

On a night where the Denver Broncos seemingly reached the point of no return with quarterback Paxton Lynch, Royce Freeman was a bright spot.  The former Oregon Duck rushed for 38 yards and a touchdown on four carries, highlighted by a 23-yard touchdown run.  Devontae Booker has not done enough during his first two seasons to have any kind of stranglehold on the starting job.  Defense are going to have to respect the pass more in the Mile High City with Case Keenum taking over at quarterback, which ought to help open things up with the running game.  Currently with a late fourth-round ADP at Fantasy Football Calculator, Freeman’s ceiling is getting higher.

Let’s Talk David, not Goliaths

Always bad but rarely boring, the supposedly improving Cleveland Browns are generating tons of headlines.  Some of it is from Hard Knocks.  Some of it is from polarizing quarterback Baker Mayfield and questions about how soon he will take over as Cleveland’s starter.  Some of it is their ongoing dalliance with Dez Bryant and the mystery of Josh Gordon’s whereabouts.  And then there is rookie receiver Antonio Callaway, who seems to habitually be found at the intersection of crime and scene.

So let’s talk about someone on the Browns who seems to be just playing ball and doing well at it.  Second-year tight end David Njoku, who showed promise as a rookie by scoring four touchdowns, made two visits to the end zone last Thursday against the New York Giants.  It often takes longer for tight ends to find their stride and Njoku seems to be finding his. Jarvis Landry should rightfully be the top target for Cleveland quarterbacks, but outside of last year when he scored nine touchdowns, Landry has never been a big touchdown generator.  We have no idea if Gordon will be a factor or again fade away.  Callaway could be a star or get suspended for a long period of time.  And Bryant, if he is brought in, did not exactly dazzle in Dallas last year.  Add it all up and Njoku could lead a better Browns team in touchdown receptions.  You could take him as your second tight end and potentially get a steal.

He’s David, but Also a Goliath

Since his injury involved a wrist and not a knee, there has been very little reason to be antsy about the return of star Arizona running back David Johnson.  Nevertheless, for those who had doubts, Johnson was phenomenal in a limited appearance against the Los Angeles Chargers, carrying the ball twice for 28 yards.  Roundly considered to be a top five fantasy player by most experts, Johnson is usually behind the likes of Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell, and Ezekiel Elliott on many draft boards.  He has the potential to outplay them all.  Consider yourself fortunate if you have the fourth pick and Johnson is there.

Captain Kirk

In Denver, Kirk Cousins performed on Minnesota’s opening drive of the preseason like he had already played in the Twin Cities for several seasons.  The drive culminated in a touchdown drive to playoff hero Stefon Diggs, who hauled in three receptions from Cousins for 35 yards.  Cousins, a respectable fantasy option in Washington, is an ideal target for owners who want to wait a bit on draft day to snag a signal caller but not wait too long.  With Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph, Cousins has a superior supporting cast than he had in Washington.  It would be hard for Cousins to flop with that trio backing him up.  Even if Minnesota has a stronger ground game with Dalvin Cook returning after missing most of his rookie season, Cousins will be dependable.  Currently the eighth quarterback being drafted at Fantasy Football Calculator with a seventh-round ADP, adding Cousins after loading up at other positions could vault your squad into championship contention.

So what do you think?  Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

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Houston Texans: 2018 Preseason Game 1: Defensive Grades vs. Chiefs

Brian K. Patterson



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Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 9, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) catches a pass and is tackled by Houston Texans linebacker Dylan Cole (51) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Who were the shining stars on defense in the Houston Texans’ first preseason game? Robert and Brian hit on the studs and duds in the latest Pro Football Focus grades. Plus, we go one-on-one with special teams guru Johnson Bademosi.

He tells us about meeting a Houston sports legend, explains his work in “American Football Without Borders” and gives us the keys to being a standout special teams player.

Plus, you’ll hear about the near impossible path a new Houston Texans tight end took to the NFL.

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Houston Texans: 2018 Preseason Game 1: Offensive Grades vs. Chiefs

Brian K. Patterson



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Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

So just how well did the Houston Texans do on offense this past Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs?  Rob and Brian talk about that plus give insight on the Houston Texans offensive linemen that are trending up or down.

Who were the other stars of the offense outside of Jordan Akins and Brandon Weeden?  The duo also discusses a life moment that has followed the team’s latest acquisition as well as Hue Jackson‘s unusual punishment of a player violating NFL rules.  Take a listen to find out more!

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