Bill O’Brien Wants To Avoid Brawls During Joint Practice With 49ers

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Last season, the Houston Texans’ joint practice with the Washington Redskins ended in a brawl, which was embarrassing for the coaches, who expect their players to behave like professionals at all times. This year, don’t expect to see anything like last year’s brawl when the team takes on the San Francisco 49ers during joint practices this week. The Texans won the AFC South last season but don’t have excellent Super Bowl odds going into this season.

Texans head coach Bill O’Brien told reporters that he doesn’t want to see a repeat of what happened during the joint practice with the Redskins last year, and he and 49ers head coach Chip Kelly have warned their players about the repercussions of what happens if they engage in a fight during practice. O’Brien said any players that are involved in fights will be thrown out practice, which means players that are trying to make the final roster can’t afford to blow a golden opportunity to play in the NFL over a fight.

So far, the Texans haven’t had too many fights break out during training camp. On Monday, wide receiver Keith Mumphery and cornerback Robert Nelson were in a scuffle, but the fight was quickly broken up.

Since we are still in the preseason and the coaches are still working on their game plans, O’Brien told reporters that they won’t have a drawn up game plan for their practice with the 49ers. However, O’Brien said he would have his team prepared for the 49ers high tempo offense, and the team will have a call sheet with their plays on it.

O’Brien said the Texans and 49ers will have a joint practice on Friday, but on Saturday the teams will have separate practices as they prepare for their preseason opener on Sunday.

O’Brien said the coaches and players get a lot out of joint practices because they get to play against a new team after practicing against each other for most of the offseason. The coach also said it provided the team with an opportunity to see what the other team’s schemes, tempo, and rosters look like before playing against them in the preseason game.

O’Brien said another advantage of the joint practices is that it gives coaches another way of evaluating some of the players trying to make the team. During regular team practices, these players go up against the same guys every day, which allows them to learn some of their tendencies. At joint practices, they are going up against players they haven’t been up against before and allows coaches to get a look at how they prepare for the unknown.

Texans linebacker Brian Peters told reporters he was excited about the joint practices because he has been practicing against quarterback Brock Osweiler for the past two weeks and would love to try and chase down players from another team and see how he stacks up against other competition.

O’Brien also said that joint practices are a good way to have the team bond because they are able to get together as a team and turn their focus on the members of the opposing team, instead of going after each other like they do in regular practices.

Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney Expected to Be Back at Practice Next Week


As the Texans continue to exercise caution with outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney given his history of injuries, the former top overall pick is expected to return to practice as soon as next week, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

However, Clowney isn’t expected to practice during a joint practice session Friday with the San Francisco 49ers or play in a preseason opener Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

Clowney is making steady progress and is getting over minor soreness in his knee he experienced that prompted the team to rest him, according to sources not authorized to speak publicly.

Clowney hasn’t missed the Texans’ first three practices this week, including Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Clowney has a history of knee problems and underwent microfracture knee surgery and surgery on his meniscus as a rookie.

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New Texans QB Brock Osweiler Surprised at Comments Made by John Elway

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Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler responded Monday to Broncos general manager John Elway’s comments that he was surprised that the quarterback seemed “bent out of shape” to be replaced by Peyton Manning in last season’s regular-season finale against the Chargers, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Although Osweiler answered when asked about Elway’s comments, he made it clear he was more interested in talking about his current team.

“The only thing I would say is what kind of competitor wouldn’t want to play in that situation?” Osweiler said. “Outside of that, I think I’ve answered all of those questions, we’re now in August, we just had a great training camp practice and I’m excited to play the 49ers coming up.”

Osweiler signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Texans in March, choosing that over a smaller offer from the Broncos. Last season, Osweiler went 5-2 in seven starts for the Broncos, throwing for 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.

“I can understand that he didn’t want to sit down and have Peyton come back in that San Diego game, but it wasn’t the fact that Brock was playing bad,” Elway told the Denver Post. “We needed a change of something.

“So I was a little surprised just how he seemed to be a little bent out of shape about that. But he had an opportunity to make a tremendous amount of money in Houston, and for us, it just didn’t fit.”

Both Texans Nick Martin and Jadeveon Clowney Held Out of Practice

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The Texans are dealing with some injuries as they take the field again at camp, as Aaron Wilson reports that both outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and rookie center Nick Martin were held out of practice due to unspecified injuries.

The good news about the injuries, is neither are expected to be serious enough to keep either player out long term.

“I think we’re just for precautionary reasons just watching both those guys,” coach Bill O’Brien said following an indoor practice Monday morning. “It’s nothing that’s serious, but I think rest will help them.”

Clowney has dealt with a myriad of injuries since being drafted first overall out of South Carolina, including undergoing microfracture knee surgery as a rookie and having his meniscus repaired and dealing with a concussion as a rookie.

Last season, he missed time with a foot injury and a back injury and played in a career-high 14 games while recording 4 1/2 sacks.

Clowney lost weight before this season, getting down to 265 pounds from 284 pounds and has taken up yoga to increase his flexibility and try to prevent injuries.

Talks Have Gone Nowhere Between the Texans and WR DeAndre Hopkins


In holding out for one whole day, Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins hoped to kick start some talks on a new contract..

General Manager Rick Smith isn’t having it, Nick Shook of reports.

“There is not a negotiation happening at this point,” Smith said on Inside Training Camp Live. “He’s under contract for two more years.”

Hopkins chose not to report to camp on time with the rest of his teammates on July 30, but with each day missed came the possibility of a $40,000 fine. The threat of one fine was enough for the receiver, who posted 111 catches for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015 to end his holdout July 31.

Texans owner Bob McNair was quoted as saying Hopkins, who is set to make just $1 million in base salary in 2016, will be taken care of “at the proper time,” which is evidently not Aug. 2016.

“It’s not something that I sit here and think about,” Hopkins said on Inside Training Camp Live on Saturday. “I play football for a living. That’s my focus right now, not really what’s going on off the field because what goes on on the field, it’ll handle itself and work itself out.”

Texans Rookie Center Impresses Quarterback and Coaches

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The Houston Texans have had a fascinating offseason and are hoping the changes they made in the offseason will lead them back into the playoffs for a second consecutive season. Last year, the team finished 9-7 but was eliminated in the playoffs by the Kansas City Chiefs, thanks to Brian Hoyer’s numerous interceptions. This year, they are hoping to make a deeper playoff run, but the team’s fate rests in the hands of a few unproven players. With a healthy Andrew Luck returning to the Colts, NFL expert picks have the Colts winning the AFC South, but the Texans can prevent that from happening if things go their way this season.

After imploding during the playoffs last year, the Texans moved on from Brian Hoyer and signed former Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler. The young quarterback has a lot of potential, but he has started only seven games in his career, so there are no guarantees that he is the quarterback of the future.

Osweiler won’t have to do it all by himself because he has Pro Bowler DeAndre Hopkins to throw the ball to. Last Season, Hopkins shined in the offense after the team got rid of future Hall of Famer Andre Johnson, and he will be trying to improve on what was a very impressive year considering the caliber of quarterbacks that were throwing to him last year.

Three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt will be counted on to lead the defense, but Watt recently underwent surgery, and it is unclear if he will be ready to go by the time the season starts. However, the Texans defense wasn’t their biggest concern last year, which is why head coach Bill O’Brien has spent a lot of time trying to fix the team’s offense.

One of the most significant differences Texans fans will notice this year is the absence of running back Arian Foster. The former Pro Bowler was released during the offseason to save the team some cap space. When Foster was healthy, he was one of the best-running backs in the NFL. However, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy for the past three seasons, which is why the team decided to part ways with him.

One of the players that the Texans are most impressed with so far is rookie center Nick Martin. The rookie, who was selected in the second round of the draft has been one of the team’s hardest workers during the offseason.

O’Brien believes that Martin is a smart, hardworking player, and thinks he will likely earn the starting job when the season begins. Martin took advantage of the fact that the team let starting center Ben Jones leave via free agency, and according to his coaches, the former Notre Dame center has been working hard to earn the starters job.

The Texans signed free agent Tony Bergstrom to replace Jones, but the rookie has looked better in practice that Bergstrom, who is a career backup player.

With his older brother Zach playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Martin knows what it takes to make it in the NFL, and seems poised to be the team’s long-term center if he maintains his current attitude and determination.

Texans Fans: Bud Light Has Created A Can Just For You

Bud Light Texans Can

With the football season set to kick off in only a few weeks, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is once again helping devout fans showcase their team pride by introducing all-new custom cans for its 27 NFL team partners, including ones for the Texans!

The cans – which are available now through the 2016-17 NFL season – are draped in Texans colors, feature its logo and will be brought to life through localized, signature sayings that every team’s fans will recognize and embrace.

The distinct packaging is part of Bud Light’s “Beer With Your Team On It” campaign, which will celebrate NFL fandom and passion for Bud Light throughout the season.

What do you think of the Bud Light Texans can?