Previewing the 2014 Houston Texans Schedule

Defensive end J.J. Watt

The Houston Texans got off to a nice 2-0 start in 2013, only to drop their next 14 games and “earn’ the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. That epic collapse got head coach Gary Kubiak fired and Matt Schaub traded, and suddenly the Texans are starting over. New head coach Bill O’Brien appears to have Houston on the right path, but a tough 2014 schedule won’t make things easy.

 

Houston won’t even have it easy at home a year after going 2-14, as they get to welcome Baltimore, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Philadelphia and Washington to Texas. The Redskins and Bills offer up winnable games and the Texans still get some easy home games within the division, but the Ravens, Bengals and Eagles should all give Houston a run for their money.

 

The Houston Texans schedule on the road is a little easier, as they have to travel to Dallas, Cleveland, Oakland, and New York (Giants). Even a somewhat rebuilding Houston team has a good chance at taking care of the Browns, Eagles and Giants, but a matchup with the Cowboys could prove to be difficult.

 

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Report: Texans Interested in Ryan Mallett

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Starting on March 11 at 4 P.M eastern time, free agency will kick off — meaning the Houston Texans will have to start working on improving from the NFL’s worst to one of the best like they were just a couple seasons ago. The Texans have had enough of quarterback Matt Schuab and are now looking for a new starting quarterback. There are several options for the Texans at this point while holding the first pick of the NFL draft.

Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles are all waiting to see what the Texans will do. However, the Texans could try to fill their need quickly in free agency. According to a report, the Texans have expressed interest in Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett. Since being drafted out of Arkansas, Mallett has played second-string quarterback Tom Brady. Mallett’s reps have really been limited but when he came out of college, Mallett was looked at as a top quarterback prospect before having character issues.

Now, Mallett is still not a free agent, but is entering the final year of his rookie contract with the Patriots and the Texans could try offering a trade. According to the report, the interest stands at just “talks” for the time being but will be monitored from here on out. Will it continue to catch wind or fall quickly?

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Texans To Sign Former Jaguars TE Zach Potter

Zach Potter

The Texans are signing tight end Zach Potter today, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports. This according to a league source.

Potter has previous stints with the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and the St. Louis Rams.

Potter is a former Nebraska player who has caught 11 passes for 83 yards in the NFL.

The 6-foot-7, 265-pounder played in no games last season. Potter is a former honorable-mention All-Big 12 defensive lineman.

Video: Fox Sports Talks About The Texans Number One Pick

2014 NFL Combine

Mike Freeman and Jeff Pearlman joined Paul Burmeister on “ROME” to discuss Jadeveon Clowney’s performance at the NFL Scouting Combine and if he could be the Texans No. 1 draft pick.

Manziel Says Texans Would Be Making “Worst Decision” Ever If They Don’t Draft Him

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel has a simple message for the Houston Texans: Draft me or else…, Howie Kussoy of the New York Post reports.

Manziel, who has made no secret of his desire to stay in his home state, said if quarterback-needy Houston doesn’t select him with the first overall pick in May’s NFL Draft, the Heisman-winning quarterback will torment the Texans throughout his career — especially if he were to land somewhere like Jacksonville, at No. 3.

“It would be the worst decision they’ve ever made,” Manziel said, while talking to reporters from the Houston Chronicle and Fort-Worth Star Telegram. “I’d be in the same division playing against them twice a year. Sorry, but you just turned that chip on my shoulder from a Frito into a Dorito.

“I want them to say absolutely, without a doubt, with 100 percent certainty, that I’m who they want. I want everybody from the janitor at Reliant Stadium to the front office executive assistant all the way up to [owner] Bob McNair to say, ‘This kid is 100 percent, can’t miss. This is who we want being the face of our program. We want the Texas kid staying in Texas and leading the Texans.’”

“People can call me crazy, and it’s not cockiness, [but] I’m going to put myself in [position] to win the Super Bowl every single year,” Manziel said. “A 5-10 guy [Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson] just won the Super Bowl in his second year in the NFL. That’s unreal. I want to be the first rookie to win the Super Bowl.”

And should he fall in the draft past Houston and Jacksonville to land in Cleveland, which holds the No. 4 pick and is rumored to be enamored with Manziel?

“If something happens, and it’s the Cleveland Browns, I’m going to pour my heart out for the Dawg Pound and try to win a Super Bowl for Cleveland,” he says. “I don’t care if they’ve had 20 starting quarterbacks since 1999. I’m going to be the 21st and the guy that brought them the Super Bowl.”

Prisco: Texans To Take QB Blake Bortles With First Pick

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CBS Football Insider Pete Prisco is out with his first mock draft, and he has the Texans taking Central Florida QB Blake Bortles with the first pick.

1. Houston TexansCentral Florida QB Blake Bortles: I know there will be a push for Johnny Manziel, but Bill O’Brien seems to be a pocket­ passer guy.

To see the entire mock draft – click HERE

2014 NFL Free Agents – Texans Have $1.0 Mil Of Cap Space

AFC Championship - New England Patriots v Denver Broncos

Unrestricted Free Agents

Quarterbacks

Derek Anderson CAR
Jimmy Clausen CAR
Josh McCown CHI
Jordan Palmer CHI
Jon Kitna DAL
Shaun Hill DET
Matt Flynn GB
Chad Henne JAX
Josh Freeman MIN
Luke McCown NO
Curtis Painter NYG
David Garrard NYJ
Michael Vick PHI
Charlie Whitehurst SD
Tarvaris Jackson SEA
Colt McCoy SF
Kellen Clemens STL
Brady Quinn STL
Dan Orlovsky TB
Rusty Smith TEN
Rex Grossman WAS

Running backs

Rashard Mendenhall ARI
Bernard Scott BAL
Willis McGahee CLE
George Winn DAL
Knowshon Moreno DEN
Kahlil Bell GB
James Starks GB
Ray Graham HOU
Jonathan Grimes HOU
Deji Karim HOU
Chad Spann HOU
Ben Tate HOU
Ahmad Bradshaw IND
Donald Brown IND
Tashard Choice IND
Tauren Poole IND
Delone Carter JAX
Maurice Jones-Drew JAX
Toby Gerhart MIN
LeGarrette Blount NE
Andre Brown NYG
Peyton Hillis NYG
Darius Reynaud NYJ
Rashad Jennings OAK
Darren McFadden OAK
Jonathan Dwyer PIT
Felix Jones PIT
La’Rod Stephens-Howling PIT
Ronnie Brown SD
Anthony Dixon SF
Spencer Larsen TB
Brian Leonard TB
Jackie Battle TEN
Leon Washington TEN

Fullbacks

John Kuhn GB
Lex Hilliard NYJ
Chris Gronkowski SD
Michael Robinson SEA
Erik Lorig TB
Greg Jones TEN

Wide receivers

Andre Roberts ARI
Jacoby Jones BAL
Brandon Stokley BAL
Brandon Kaufman BUF
Ted Ginn CAR
Domenik Hixon CAR
Brandon LaFell CAR
Devin Hester CHI
Brandon Tate CIN
Andre Caldwell DEN
Eric Decker DEN
Kevin Ogletree DET
Micheal Spurlock DET
James Jones GB
Deion Branch IND
Darrius Heyward-Bey IND
Josh Lenz IND
Taylor Price JAX
Kyle Williams KC
Terrance Cooper KC
Chad Hall KC
Jerrell Jackson KC
Dexter McCluster KC
Marlon Moore MIA
Jerome Simpson MIN
Joe Webb MIN
Austin Collie NE
Julian Edelman NE
Robert Meachem NO
Louis Murphy NYG
Hakeem Nicks NYG
Julian Talley NYG
Josh Cribbs NYJ
Jacoby Ford OAK
Riley Cooper PHI
Jeremy Maclin PHI
Plaxico Burress PIT
Jerricho Cotchery PIT
Emmanuel Sanders PIT
Seyi Ajirotutu SD
Danario Alexander SD
Lavelle Hawkins SD
Arceto Clark SEA
Golden Tate SEA
Bryan Walters SEA
Anquan Boldin SF
Mario Manningham SF
Kassim Osgood SF
Adam Henry STL
Tiquan Underwood TB
Kenny Britt TEN
Marc Mariani TEN
Kevin Walter TEN
Damian Williams TEN
Dezmon Briscoe WAS
Josh Morgan WAS
Santana Moss WAS

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Billboard Pleads With Texans To Take Johnny Manziel With First Pick

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One influential Texas A&M fan is hoping to continue rooting for Johnny Manziel as he enters the NFL draft this year, ESPN reports.

Tony Buzbee, an attorney and Texas A&M regent, commissioned a billboard in the Houston area encouraging the Texans to draft Manziel with the first pick in the May draft.

The billboard reads “Keep Johnny football in Texas!” and directs people to DraftJohnnyManziel.com.

Buzbee’s website, which features an altered photograph of Manziel in a Texans jersey, contains a petition to compel Texans owner Bob McNair to draft the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.

“This site is dedicated to supporting Johnny Manziel as the No. 1 draft pick of the Houston Texans in 2014,” says a note on the site. “To win in the NFL, a team must have a quarterback with strong leadership skills, a winning attitude and lots of talent. Johnny Manziel is a winner and he is a unique talent. College football has never seen anything like him.”