Texans Waive 2013 Third-Round Pick Brennan Williams

Brennan Williams

Second-year offensive tackle Brennan Williams was waived by the Texans with the “failed physical” designation on Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Williams, a third-round pick in 2013, did not play for the Texans last season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee.

The 2013 draft has mostly been a failure for the Texans.

Third-round picks Sam Montgomery and Williams, and sixth-round pick Chris Jones are no longer with the team. Sixth-rounders Alan Bonner and David Quessenberry have yet to contribute. Fourth-round pick Trevardo Williams was placed on the PUP list Monday.

Brian Cushing Says He’ll Be Ready For Texans Opener

Brian Cushing

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been sidelined by injuries in each of the past two seasons. When the season starts in September, Cushing says he will be out on the field, Ryan Hagerty of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

“I know I’ll be ready,” Cushing said in an interview with the Texans team website on Tuesday. “I know when it’s go-time, and I need to ramp it up and get on the field, I’ll be there.”

Cushing was placed on injured reserve in Week 7 of the 2013 season after he broke his fibula and tore his fibular collateral ligament on a low block by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. It was the second season-ending injury in two seasons.

Cushing tore his ACL in October 2012 during a Monday night win over the Jets. A controversial low block by Jets guard Matt Slauson led to a $10,000 fine and rules change that now protects defensive players from certain blocks.

Cushing said he does not have a timetable for his return, but he has been training hard to make sure he is ready.

“I’m still working out every day,” Cushing told the website. “I’m just trying to be the best I can possibly be, come time for the camp, come time for the season. The training staff’s done an unbelievable job.”

“It’s been a tough two years, but I’m ready to put it behind me and have a great year,” Cushing said. “I feel good, and I’m just excited about the opportunity and the things ahead of us for this team.”

Johnson Appears To Want Out – Texans Can’t Find A Trading Partner

Andre Johnson

Before OTAs and minicamp, star wide receiver Andre Johnson told the Texans he had heard enough from the new staff and coach Bill O’Brien to make him want to show up and join the team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

He told them of his plans to be there for offseason workouts, despite missing the early portion of it. The question revolved around his $1 million bonus for attending workouts.

Though Johnson had missed some of the sessions, he wanted to earn his money back by working out extra, allowing him to receive the money.

The Texans told him no, per two sources informed of the situation.

That furthered the divide between Johnson and the Texans, driving a wedge between the parties. That caused Johnson to tell them he wanted to play for another team. He is now working out, “not thinking about the Texans,” a source said.

The Texans have not yet been willing to trade him.

The Texans have resisted his request for a trade thus far, though four teams have expressed interest. Meanwhile, one veteran Texans player said while the team wants Johnson to play with them in 2014, they’ve also told him from a business sense, “Stick to your guns.”

Clowney Says He Played All of 2013 With a Sports Hernia

Jadeveon Clowney

Texans rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney played the 2013 season at South Carolina with a sports hernia injury.

This per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle who said Gil Brandt told him that Clowney shared that info with him at Rookie Symposium.

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Texans Release QB T.J. Yates

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Count QB T.J. Yates out of the mix in Houston, as the team today released Yates, getting the roster down to three QB’s.

“Can’t thank Texans organization and city of Houston enough! We’ve had some great memories and I will always call Houston home,” Yates tweeted late in the afternoon Tuesday.

Yates, who was the team’s 2011 fifth-round pick, led the Texans to a playoff win two years ago against the Bengals in Houston before falling the next week to the Ravens.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is set to be the teams starter right now, with Casey Keenum and rookie fourth-rounder Tom Savage going at it for the role of backup.

Let’s Talk About Jadeveon Clowney

The Texans decided to upgrade their defense in the draft by selecting Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick. There was a lot of talk in Houston about trying to trade back in the draft to get more picks to select a quarterback but the team made the right choice by selecting the monster defensive end from South Carolina.

All Spring there were rumors as to who Houston would take. Some so-called experts thought Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, Khalil Mack, and Sammy Watkins were better prospects but in the end Rick Smith opted to go with the most dominant defensive player in recent college football memory in Clowney. There may be some bumps in the road his rookie season but not a single Houston Texan fan will be disappointed once he gets comfortable and starts reeking havoc on Andrew Luck, Blake Bortles, and Jake Locker ever year. According to the media in Nashville the Titans altered their first pick and grabbed Michigan lineman Taylor Lewan instead of Aaron Donald because Tennessee would have to play against Clowney twice a year.

After his hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith on New Year’s Day two years ago Clowney became a superstar with the highlight being shown on ESPN all the time. Former NFL player turned analyst Ross Tucker publicly stated that Clowney would be wise to sit out 2013 to keep from getting injured. He had a good point. After his 2013 Outback Bowl performance Clowney’s stock was at an all time high. No one would really blame him considering what happened to his teammate Marcus Lattimore the same year. But Clowney did come back and some thought he would easily win the Heisman Trophy. But the season started and suddenly Clowney wasn’t dominating.

In the season opener against North Carolina Clowney looked fatigued and took a lot of snaps off. After all the pre-season hype suddenly the Carolina superstar looked human. But once you took into consideration the humidity of an August evening in Columbia South Carolina and a virus he was battling there’s no way he could play every down and be dominant. And when he was in the game the Tarheels put two men on him. And it wasn’t just North Carolina who put two guys on him everyone did it. ESPN’s Kevin Weidl reported that Georgia double teamed Clowney 25% of the time he was on the field. One on one no one could block him. But against two men Clowney’s numbers dropped drastically. When the Gamecocks played Georgia the Bulldogs ran to the opposite side of the field as Clowney 70% of the time.

Against Kentucky in October he didn’t even play due to bruised ribs. Without him in the lineup the lowly Wildcats almost beat South Carolina. On New Year’s Day 2014 against Wisconsin a healthy Jadeveon Clowney looked like a monster and was all over the field leading South Carolina to an upset victory over Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. He truly was a difference maker when he was healthy.

A lot of eyes will be on Clowney in Houston but if the Texans want to take over the AFC South they need someone to terrorize Andrew Luck and with the first pick in the draft Rick Smith did just that. Quarterback is a priority if the team wants to be Super Bowl conternders. Tom Savage, the QB from Pitt could win up being a steal in the fourth round if he works out longterm. But the Texans got it right by not trading back and selecting Clowney.

T.J. Yates Says Texans Studying Patriots Film

Texans first year head coach Bill O’Brien worked with the Patriots offense from 2007-2011. During O’Brien’s three seasons calling plays in New England, the team ranked third, eighth and second in total offense.

Quarterback T.J. Yates said the Texans have been studying old Patriots film quite a bit in quarterback meetings, James Palmer of CSN Houston reports.

“Obviously watch a lot of Patriots film and seeing how they do it,” Yates said. “We’re trying to mimic them right now.”

Yates, who’s fighting for the starting quarterback job, says that it’s a great experience to be learning from what he calls “great football minds” in O’Brien and quarterback coach George Godsey. Adding it was easy to see early on how intelligent both men are when it comes to managing and creating an offensive scheme.

O’Brien has been changing the tempo of practices in Houston since taking over. Speeding up at times how his new offense operates. Again, something he’s brought from his time with the Pats.

“Our view of tempo has evolved especially those of us who were in New England,” O’Brien said. “We were a huddle team in New England and we were always a huddle team in New England. But then the last few years I was there we incorporated more no huddle and different tempos of no huddle.”