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Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Texans Land?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the AFC South.

The longtime company picks the Colts with Andrew Luck to win the division with a mark of 11-5, and coming in second will be the Texans with a record of 8-8.

The Titans are going to be third place at 5-11, while the Jagaurs, who were just in the AFC Title Game in January of 2018, will be last at 4-12.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Texans Make Deal with Cleveland for Running Back Duke Johnson

At the end of the day, running back Duke Johnson got his wish and the Texans have another piece to their backfield.

The Texans today acquired Johnson in exchange for a 2020 undisclosed draft pick, word from Ian Rapoport from NFL Network is that the Browns got a fourth-rounder that can become a third rounder.

Johnson joined the Browns as a third-round pick in 2015. He appeared in 64 games with 10 starts. He registered 1,286 rushing yards and 2,170 receiving yards on 235 receptions with 13 total touchdowns.

The running back can be a proven backup for Lamar Miller, and also can be a very good pass catcher out of the backfield.

He had a career-high 74 catches for 693 yards in 2017.

Texans QB A.J. McCarron to Miss the Preseason with a Thumb Injury

Texans quarterback A.J. McCarron is expected to miss the entire preseason after injuring his right throwing thumb in Tuesday’s practice according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

McCarron was hurt on a follow-through when his thumb banged against a helmet.

Signed to a one-year, $3 million contract in March, the 28-year-old McCarron is playing for his fourth team in 12 months and is expected to replace free agent Brandon Weeden as the backup quarterback behind starter DeShaun Watson. The Texans still have veteran Joe Webb on the roster but the front office will need to sign another QB to get through the summer.

Ironically, Weeden is one of the names being floated as a possibility.

Texans CB Lonnie Johnson Jr. Held Out of Practice After Being Booted the Day Before

Texans rookie cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. is being held out of practice after he delivered some big hits that infuriated the Packers and got him booted out of practice, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Johnson celebrated a hit on tight end Jace Sternberger by flexing his muscles, leading to a dustup.

Johnson posted a photo on Instagram of the flex. Johnson was told to head to the showers by coach Bill O’Brien.

Not having Johnson practice could diffuse a potentially hostile environment as several Packers players have made references to potential consequences for the incident.

Jimmy Graham said that Johnson’s actions were ridiculous. Davante Adams called him a coward. And Billy Turner predicted there would be fights Tuesday.

Undrafted RB Damarea Crockett Impressing the Texans Coaching Staff in Camp

The Texans made some waves a few days back with the release of running back D’onta Foreman, a former third-round pick who many thought could eventually be a lead back for the team.

If you check online sports betting ny the odds for the Texans have not changed much since the original odds came out back in February, but the emergence of one running back might help this team out with those odds.

That player is rookie undrafted running back Damarea Crockett. A recent report from The Athletic says that Crockett has “positioned himself as the current roster’s most natural replacement for the role [D’onta] Foreman could’ve had.”

The big question about Crockett is if he will be able to take Foreman’s spot in the team’s offense in terms of what the team felt Foreman would do this season.

Foreman last season played in just one game, but the Texans had high hopes for him but Foreman suffered a torn Achilles while scoring a touchdown in Week 11. The injury was suffered without contact and would keep him off the field until late in the 2018 season.

Crockett decided to turn pro as a true junior after three seasons at the University of Missouri but went undrafted, and the Texans were able to scoop him up as a player who had potential but injuries really did him in.

The back lost momentum after a great freshman season. As a sophomore a shoulder injury ended his season in 2017 and he was part of a running back committee in 2018.

He was able to bounce back with a solid Pro Day with a 4.4-flat forty and 37-inch vertical. While many thought it wouldn’t be early, it came as a surprise when after averaging 5.9 yards per carry at Mizzou he did not get drafted by some team looking for running back help.

While it’s early in camp, Crockett seems to be showing the coaching staff of the Texans what he can do, and he seems to be playing with a chip on his shoulder.

Josh Ferguson, Karan Higdon, Buddy Howell and Taiwan Jones are other names currently looking for playing time for the Texans behind starting running back Lamar Miller.

The 21-year-old Crockett is in the mix for some of that playing time, and if he can keep up what he’s already shown, he just might be the surprise make not only of the roster, but also for playing time once the 2019 season starts in Houston.

Texans Waive 2017 Third-Round Pick RB D’Onta Foreman

The Texans have placed running back D’Onta Foreman on waivers, creating a backup spot on the roster behind starter Lamar Miller, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

A third-round pick from the University of Texas in 2017, Foreman suffered a torn Achilles tendon during an impressive rookie year, wasn’t a factor last season when he tried to return but reported in good physical condition this year.

During camp, it was apparent coach Bill O’Brien wasn’t happy with Foreman’s progress. Asked after a practice about competition for the third running back spot, O’Brien said, “Who’re the first two?” When starter Miller and Foreman were mentioned, he said, “Miller,” and went on to explain the backup job was “wide open.”

Those familiar with the situation say the Texans weren’t happy with Foreman’s work habits and a continuing problem for being late to meetings. Now they’ll have to find his replacement. On the current roster, they have veterans Josh Ferguson, Buddy Howell and Taiwan Jones and undrafted rookies Damarea Crockett and Karan Higdon Jr.

Video – The Journey: The Story of the 2018 AFC South Champion Houston Texans

The 2018 season was the Houston Texans’ 17th season in the National Football League and their fifth under head coach Bill O’Brien.

Check Out the Madden 20 Rankings for All the Texans Players

Monday was a day that many gaming fans wait for each year, the day that the most popular sports series of all-time puts out their player rankings.

That game of course is Madden football, and this year Madden 20 is once again going to be a game played by millions who are into the NFL and video games.

One aspect of the game is player rankings, and the top Bears player on the list was wide out DeAndre Hopkins who sits with a mark of 99.

LB J.J. Watt comes in second with a mark of 97. OLB Jadeveon Clowney is in third ranking on the team with a mark of 92.

Check out all the Bears Rankings by clicking HERE.