Video: Expectations for the Houston Texans in 2017

Nick Kostos, Brady Quinn, and D.J. Williams break down their expectations for the Texans.

Bill O’Brien Announces Tom Savage as Texans Starting QB for First Preseason Game

Texans coach Bill O’Brien disclosed what he expects from his three quarterbacks in the first preseason game Wednesday at Carolina, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Tom Savage, Deshaun Watson and Brandon Weeden will play against the Panthers.

“Tom’s going to start the game,” O’Brien said. “Deshaun and Brandon will play.”

As for how much time the quarterbacks will play, O’Brien said, “You have no idea how the game’s going to play out. How long is this drive? How long is that drive? You have to play it by ear relative to how the game goes.”

Savage, who has taken every snap with the first team during training camp, needs all the repetitions he can get because he’s started only two games in his first three seasons.

DeAndre Hopkins Endorses Tom Savage as the New Texans Starting QB

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Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins endorsed veteran Tom Savage to be the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans in 2017 according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.

For what it’s worth, Savage was listed as the No.1 QB on the Texans’ first unofficial depth chart released Friday. That said, the Texans likely did not move up in the draft to select DeShaun Watson of the National Champion Clemson Tigers only to let him sit on the bench behind Savage for long. And both coaches and the media have raved about Watson throughout the summer. His pedigree alone gives him a leg up over Savage, who was originally a fourth-round pick by the Texans out of Pittsburgh in 2014 and was underwhelming in the three games he saw action in in 2016.

Hopkins has faith that Savage can get the job done. . “If anybody should be a judge of quarterbacks, I’ve played with the most quarterbacks in NFL history throughout my first four years,” said Hopkins. “So I put the stamp on Savage, and I think that’s all that needs to be said about that.” Having the team’s clearcut No.1 wideout in your corner is certainly a bonus but we are still skeptical that Savage will claim the starting gig over the talented Watson.

J.J. Watt Drops Bombshell DJ Reader – He Doesn’t Believe in Dinosaurs

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Sometimes during training camp you find things out about your teammates that you just can’t believe when you hear them.

For Texans stud linebacker J.J. Watt, a player he has known for quite awhile dropped a bombshell on him regarding – of all things – the existence of dinosaurs.

Reader responded after a rather funny tweet about the subject came in regarding the original tweet:

To which Watt responded:

Texans OT Duane Brown Already Out $250,000 for Missing Offseason Workouts

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Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown had better be strong in his convictions about missing camp for the Texans, because it’s costing him quite a bit of cash.

The tackle, who is not happy with his deal and is expected to miss the start of camp, is out $250,000 according to Field Yates of ESPN as missing offseason workouts has triggered a clause in his contract dropping his salary.

As a big name on the Texans O-line, the team and tackle had better get their ducks in a row and get him into camp by hook or by crook, or this could turn into an ugly holdout as the summer goes along.

Texans LT Duane Brown Not Expected to Report to Camp On Time

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The impasse between the Texans and three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown hasn’t been resolved. Barring a change, he’s not expected to report for the start of camp, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Brown skipped the entire offseason due to unhappiness about a contract that has two remaining years, including a non-guaranteed base salary of $9.65 million this season.

He’s subject to fines of $40,000 for each day of camp that he holds out.

Among all left tackles, Brown ranks 11th in cash compensation this year. He’s playing under a six-year, $53.4 million contract that includes $22.081 million guaranteed with a $12.5 million signing bonus. The deal has become outdated with time as new tackle deals have surpassed those numbers.

Brown’s potential leverage stems from the Texans’ lack of an adequate replacement at left tackle.

Brown, 31, has remained in Los Angeles for most of the offseason. It’s unclear if a compromise will be reached during camp. There’s been no talk of negotiations as the Texans have an unofficial policy to not renegotiate deals with two years left with the only exceptions being for J.J. Watt and Andre Johnson. At this point, Brown isn’t expected to miss regular-season games.

Could It Be a Breakout Season for Texans Nose Tackle D.J. Reader?

As a rookie, Texans nose tackle D.J. Reader built a reputation for versatility, toughness and a willingness to accept coaching, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Besides being mentored by five-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork, Reader soaked up knowledge from defensive line coach Anthony Weaver and defensive ends J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.

Reader flashed enough ability to shed blocks as a run-stopper and pass rusher that the Texans have no concerns about his ability to replace Wilfork in the middle of the NFL’s top-ranked defense.

Reader started seven games as a rookie and finished with 22 tackles and one sack. How Reader continues to develop is a critical element for a front seven headlined by Watt, Clowney and linebackers Benardrick McKinney and Whitney Mercilus.

“We have very high expectations of D.J.,” said Weaver, a former defensive end for the Texans and Baltimore Ravens. ” I think you saw just a glimpse of what he’s capable of a year ago. He’s another guy that since he’s been back, you can tell he’s, and I think I speak for the whole defense, they all have a little bit of a chip (on their shoulders).

“Were we happy with what we did a year ago? Sure. But we all know what the ultimate goal is and I think everybody that walks into this building day-in and day-out, they come with the mindset of like, ‘How are we going to get over this hurdle? How are we going to get to where we want to be?’ And D.J., I think, he epitomizes that every time he walks in this building.”

Texans Coach Bill O’Brien Impressed Thus Far with Rookie QB Deshaun Watson

During a lengthy interview this week on the state of the Texans after their offseason program, coach Bill O’Brien talked about how impressed he’s been with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Houston Chronicle reports.

O’Brien praised the Clemson coaches for Watson’s development in college, providing him with a solid foundation for the NFL.

“He had to learn a pretty sophisticated offense at Clemson,” O’Brien said. “He had to do a lot of things at the line of scrimmage. I think he was trained really well. That’s a credit to the Clemson staff.

“He’d already been in some big games when he got here. When he came here, he put his head down and came to work every day.”

Not only has O’Brien been impressed with Watson’s talent and ability to excel in big games like the national championship victory over Alabama, but he loves the quarterback’s demeanor, including his confidence.

“He’s a very poised guy,” O’Brien said. “I like the way he carries himself. I like the way he operates. He’s a rookie, and he’s not nearly where he needs to be to be a full-time starter in this league, but you can tell he’s got a lot of qualities you like.

“For being a rookie, he’s wise beyond his years. He asks great questions in the morning meeting, and you can tell he’s studied the night before. Every practice isn’t perfect. He knows he needs to get a lot better. And he did get better every day during the spring. It’s no pads, of course. It’s not real football, but he did improve in his knowledge of the offense.”

“We put a lot on his plate during the spring, and he handled it very well,” O’Brien said. “He made mistakes, and he corrected them. You don’t see him make the same mistake twice.

“He can do a lot of things. He can operate our running game and in our passing game. He’s got a lot of athleticism. I don’t think we’ll have to limit him. Training camp and preseason games will be a big test.”