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Video – Football Gameplan’s 2019 NFL Team Preview: Houston Texans

00:49 – 4-Minute Offense

2:02 – Positional Breakdown

8:12 – Hunt’s Playbook

11:18 – Fantasy Focus

14:28 – Best Bets

14:58 – Training Camp Quick Takes

17:42 – Road to the Super Bowl

Three Questions About the Texans as Training Camp Gets Closer

Following a season in which the Texans won the AFC South with a mark of 11-5, the team still fell short of its ultimate goal, losing in a wild card game to the AFC South rival Colts at home.

Now that the calendar has turned to July, the start of training camp is closing in and things are ramping up for the franchise to get ready for 2019.

Today we take a quick look at three questions about this team as they get set to embark on what they hope will be a season playing into early February.

1. Red Zone Issues

Last season the Texans scored touchdowns in 50 percent of their trips in the red zone, scoring touchdowns in 30 of 60 trips.

That number has got to get better in 2019, as not being able to get the ball over the goal line was a major issue for this club in close games.

Whatever or however, the team has got to be more successful in that department, as settling for field goals really hurt the club in 2018.

2. Division Success

The Texans in 2018 went 4-2 in the division, but in the end their biggest loss came in the playoffs, as they fell to the Colts in an awful game 21-7 on January 5th at home.

The team lost in Tennessee in week two, and at home against Indy 24-21 on December 9th. The division should be better in 2019, and if the Texans want to repeat as divisional champs, they have to play great again against the division foes.

Houston has just one divisional game in the first six weeks, meaning a lot of their AFC South games are back loaded for later in the season.

3. Someone Other Than Hopkins

DeShaun Watson loves to go to his favorite wide out DeAndre Hopkins, but if this offense is going to be even better in 2019 they’ve got to find 1-2 more receivers to catch the ball.

Will Fuller is currently listed as the starter opposite of Hopkins, he played in seven games last season catching 32 passes for 503 yards and four scores.

Vyncint Smith, Jester Weah, and rookie Johnnie Dixon will all get extended looks in camp to try to make plays for this team.

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.