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Texans All-Pro WR DeAndre Hopkins Excused From Team For Personal Reasons

The Houston Chronicle reports that All-Pro wide out DeAndre Hopkins is not at the teams’ training camp practice after being excused for a few days due to personal reasons.

No word on what the reason Hopkins was excused was.

Texans All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is excused from practice for the next few days for personal reasons, according to coach Bill O’Brien. Hopkins is expected to return Thursday.

An Early Guess At Who the Texans 2018 MVP Will Be

The Texans have a season starting in less than 100 days, and with a long training camp and season upcoming, there’s plenty of chatter as to what player might shine better than the rest as the teams Most Valuable Player.

An article out on NFL.com talks about just what player they think will be the MVP for not only the Texans, but for each team around the National Football League for 2018.

The Texans MVP – author Dan Hanzus is going with DE J.J. Watt, a very good player that he sees having a big year in Houston this upcoming season.

Here’s what Hanzus has to say about Watt this season:

When’s the last time we saw Peak J.J. Watt? You have to go all the way back to the 2015 season, when Houston’s hometown hero was putting the final touches on a four-year run of dominance that rivals that of any defensive player in NFL history. At 29, there’s still reason to believe he can be that player again after back and leg injuries wiped out most of his last two seasons. For what it’s worth, Bill O’Brien expects the MVP-level stud to be back in full force. “I would never bet against J.J Watt,” the Texans coach told NFL Network’s Good Morning Football last month. “He’s going to be back, he’s going to be at full strength, and he’s going to help us win a lot of games.” Good enough for us!

What do you think of this pick? Do you agree? Leave a comment if you disagree with what player you think will be the Texans 2018 MVP.

Video: Can Texans QB DeShaun Watson Return to Form After Knee Injury?

On CBS Sports HQ, senior NFL writer Will Brinson joins Casey Keirnan to discuss what to expect from Deshaun Watson as he returns from a season-ending knee injury.

Can the Texans Go From Worst to First in 2018? Pro Football Weekly Discusses Their Chances

There’s been plenty of buzz around the Texans since the NFL Draft nearly two weeks ago, as many think that the turnaround for the team will be swift, and not the long drawn out process that it’s taken for the team to start winning.

Today Pro Football Weekly’s Eric Edholm put out an article ranking all eight last place teams from the 2017 season, and if there’s a chance they can make it all the way to first place in 2018.

According to the article, the Texans have the third best shot to unseat the Titans for the Division title in 2018 – a feat that won’t come easy.

3. tie — Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans (4-12)

Yes, we’re entering cheat mode here — two last-placed teams for the price of one. We like the odds. Especially when we’re talking about teams that featured franchise quarterbacks who both missed more than half the season in 2017.

We’re coming up on 500 days since the last time Andrew Luck took the field for a game, and he’s still not throwing actual footballs, so it’s hard to really know where he stands. Plus, the Colts — despite adding some nice talent in the draft the past two years and being mostly competitive sans Luck last season — are very much mid-reboot. Straight up, winning the AFC South would be a stunning result for first-year head coach Frank Reich.

There’s more optimism in the short term, though, for the Texans. They were perceived contenders entering last season but mishandled Deshaun Watson prior to Week 1 before watching him go down for the season after a brilliant seven-game run. Assuming his knee is back to full strength, Watson rightfully deserves to be mentioned as one of the league’s great stars in bloom.

There weren’t too many teams that suffered more injury-wise than the Texans, who also lost J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus in a short span, and there’s more optimism now on both returning to form. If that happens, the front seven stands as one of the better units in the NFL, and the secondary at least looks improved on paper.

Can the Texans win the South? The emergent-power Jaguars might scoff at that idea after thoroughly dominating them twice last season, but you can’t eliminate the possibility of a heroic Watson pulling out some Year 2 magic and the Houston defense bouncing back enough to give them a shot.

Video: Can the Texans Challenge the Patriots as the Top Team in the AFC in 2018?

The Texans are looking to rebound with their franchise QB in place in 2018 along with a defense that should be healthy and better. DeAngelo Hall seems to feel they are a team that can challenge for a top spot in the AFC – here’s a video of him talking about the Texans on NFL Network.