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Texans Leading WR Hopkins Says 2018 Was Tough “Not Just Physically but Mentally”

Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said he played with more pain last season than he had dealt with at any point in his career according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

“Last year was tough, not just physically but mentally,” Hopkins said. “It’s the most banged up I’ve ever been playing football. I was dealing with serious injuries a lot of people would have sat down for. But we had a good team that depended on me, and I never gave a thought to not playing unless the doctors told me I couldn’t.”

Despite playing through all that pain, Hopkins did not miss a game in 2018 and caught 115 balls for 1,572 yards and 11 touchdowns-truly one of the ironmen of the NFL at a position where there are very few ironmen. Either Hopkins or Davante Adams of the Packers should be the first wideout taken in fantasy drafts this summer.

Texans Have Interest in Former Lions GM Martin Mayhew for GM Opening

After firing Brian Gaine on Friday, the Texans are quickly looking to fill their vacant General Manager role.

The team has shown interest in former Cleveland Browns GM Ray Farmer, and also now they are set to interview former Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew.

Pro Football Talk reports that Mayhew, who is currently working for the 49ers as their vice president of player personnel, is getting interest from the Lions and the two sides are set to chat about the opening.

Mayhew was a former NFL cornerback and has also worked for the Giants after his time as the Lions GM.

Texans Announce the Firing of General Manager Brian Gaine

The Texans made some big news on Friday, as the team announced they have fired General Manager Brian Gaine.

The team put out a statement regarding the move Friday on the decision.

Gaine was given a five-year deal, and lasted just one and a half seasons with the team.

Executive senior VP Chris Olsen will be in charge till a replacement is found.

Former Texans TE Ryan Griffin’s Misdemeanor Cases Dismissed in Settlement

Former Texans tight end Ryan Griffin, released from the team following his arrest, had his misdemeanor vandalism and public intoxication cases dismissed Friday in Nashville, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports citing court records.

Griffin was ordered to pay a total of $195 in court costs during a settlement conference before Judge Melissa Blackburn.

Griffin, 29, was arrested on April 27 during the NFL draft for allegedly breaking a hotel window at the Hotel Indigo.

Weeks later, the Texans terminated Griffin’s contract.

Texans DE J.J. Watt Gets Engaged to Girlfriend Kealia Ohai

Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt is engaged, Matt Wyatt of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Watt popped the question to Dash captain Kealia Ohai and she said yes, Watt announced on social media Sunday.

“I’m the luckiest man in the world. #SheSaidYes,” Watt wrote on Twitter.

The pair had been dating since 2016. Watt has been with the Texans since 2011 and Ohai has played for the Dash since 2014.

Kealia’s sister, Megan Cushing, is married to former Texans star Brian Cushing.

Texans Ink LB Xavier Woodson-Luster After Minicamp Tryout

The Texans signed former Arkansas State linebacker Xavier Woodson-Luster following a rookie minicamp tryout, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans cut rookie linebacker Chase Middleton, an undrafted free agent from Georgia State, according to his agent.

Woodson-Luster has previous stints with the Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns.

Texans to Ink Former Chargers Starting Safety Jahleel Addae

The Texans are signing former Chargers starting safety Jahleel Addae, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Addae went undrafted out of Central Michigan and played six seasons for the Chargers before being released this offseason.

Addae, 29, started every game for Los Angeles last season, recording 75 tackles, one interception and one sack.

He had 96 tackles two seasons ago for the Chargers along with a half-sack.

For his career, Addae has recorded 372 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Texans’ TE Ryan Griffin Arrested for Punching Hotel Window in Nashville

Texans tight end Ryan Griffin is in hot water today after being arrested Friday evening in Nashville for allegedly punching out a hotel window.

The Houston Chronicle states the 29-year-old shattered a front window at the Hotel Indigo about 11:40 p.m. Friday evening.

The 29-year-old tight end faces charges of vandalism and public intoxication for the incident.

“We are aware of the incident regarding Ryan Griffin. We are gathering information and will have no further comment at this time,” the Texans released in a statement.

Police said that Griffin appeared intoxicated and unsteady when they arrived at the hotel. They said that his left hand and fingers were bleeding.

Last season the tight end caught 24 passes for 305 yards and no touchdowns. This offseason Griffin underwent surgery for a sports hernia.