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Texans Notes



September 29, 2020


Earl Thomas meets with Houston

       The Houston Texans had oft-troubled safety Earl Thomas in for a workout on Monday and are likely to sign him to a cheap-o deal. If 'Billy-boy' had issues with Jadeveon Clowney and DeAndre Hopkins, he's in for a world of fun with Thomas.

The Baltimore Ravens released the veteran defender in August following an altercation with fellow safety Chuck Clark at practice. Thomas reportedly was "not well-liked" by his former Ravens teammates. He's not AB bad, but he's headed in that direction.

Thomas, 31, said he wished "things would have ended different" with Baltimore after the release.

The seven-time Pro Bowler racked up 49 tackles, two interceptions, and two sacks through 15 games in his lone season with Baltimore in 2019. The 2010 first-round pick helped the Seattle Seahawks win their first Super Bowl six years ago as a pivotal part of the team's Legion of Boom.

The Texans, with a brutal opening schedule, are off to a 0-3 start this season, and their defense has allowed a total of 95 points in that span - ranking 29th in the NFL. Houston, which has yet to record an interception in 2020, also ranks last in rushing yards allowed through the first three weeks.

The Dallas Cowboys were reportedly considered the front-runners to land Thomas upon his release from Baltimore, but head coach Mike McCarthy said he was "comfortable with the players' they had'.

An agreement between the Texans and Thomas this week "is more likely than not," ESPN's Adam Schefter reports, citing a source. 

He has to pass the COVID-19 protocol before joining the team.


September 24, 2020

J.J. Watt a full practice participant

J.J. Watt first went on the practice report last week. He was limited all three days leading up to the Week Two game against the Ravens with a hip injury but didn’t have a designation. He played 44 of 65 snaps in the loss to the Ravens and made two sacks.

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September 21, 2020

Texans sign WR's to squad

The Texans have signed free agent WR Dwayne Harris and WR Devin Smith to their practice squad. 

Harris will wear No. 19 while Smith will wear No. 83

Houston also released WR Tyler Simmons from their practice squad.

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September 20, 2020

Cooks' in, Duke's out

     Houston wide receiver Brandin Cooks is expected to play today, but running back Duke Johnson is expected to miss today’s game against the Ravens.

Cooks was listed as questionable with a quadriceps injury, while Johnson was listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

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September 15, 2020

Texans add a third quarterback

     The Texans have found a third quarterback, as promised. According to Eric Edholm of, the Texans are adding quarterback Alex McGough to the practice squad. It was an easy call for them as he was in camp with them this offseason before he was released as they made the cut to 53. 

The Texans also signed TE Pharaoh Brown to the active roster from the practice squad. 

The team placed TE Kahale Warring on the Reserve/Injured list. 

Houston also signed free agent G Cordel Iwuagwu to the practice squad.

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September 11, 2020

Watt disappointed with boos during pregame display of unity

        The Texans chose to remain in the locker room during the National Anthem during Thursday's season-opening game against the Chiefs. When they finally slithered out of the cave after the anthem was over, they were met with a smattering of boos from the 16,000 fans in attendance at Arrowhead Stadium.

Ane when the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs stood together in a display of unity before the NFL season opener, the boo's rained down on all of them, and J.J. Watt was surprised.

"The moment of unity I personally thought was good," the Texans star said after the game, per NFL Network's James Palmer. "I mean, the booing during that moment was unfortunate. I don't fully understand that. There was no flag involved. There was nothing involved other than two teams coming together to show unity."

The problem was the demonstration took place after the national anthems, for which the Texans remained in the locker room. The Chiefs were on the field for the playing of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and "The Star-Spangled Banner." The two teams linked arms to promote racial equality and the Black Lives Matter movement. If they had linked arms during both it would have been fine.

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said he didn't hear the boos, and speculated that they may have been a reaction to his team coming onto the field for the first time.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, whose facemask was fogged up for most of the game, also said he didn't notice the boos. Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he was unaware of them at the time.

"Being down there, I honestly didn't hear a lot of booing; I've seen a little bit of the videos after," he said, per Yahoo Sports' Terez A. Paylor. "We wanted to show unity and show we were going to come together and fight the good fight and we hope our fans will support us like they do in the game every single day."

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September 10, 2020

NFL fans will have to confront kneeling by players

     Let's be clear: Players' are gonna kneel during the National Anthem. Here's the question: How are you gonna feel when they're standing during "Lift Every Heart," (often referred to as the "Black national anthem"), which is played before the anthem, then watch them kneel when the Star-Spangled Banner is played?

Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans players are discussing a joint demonstration to make a statement on racial injustice and display unity before tonights season opener, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, and that will be the point where many fans will turn away from the NFL. 

But what choice do NFL owners have but to accept whatever actions the players take? Jerry Jones made an impassioned plea for understanding, on all sides - that those who are kneeling are dealing with 'pain.' Texans GM/head coach Bill O'Brien has already said he would kneel.  The reality is, they have no leverage over the players in this situation.

In tonight's game, an alternative idea is being discussed by leaders from both clubs involved including Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Kenny Stills. What may happen is both teams stay in their locker rooms during the national anthem.

Some NFL players have chosen to stay off the field until after the National Anthem in recent years. Per an agreement with the NFLPA, the league has never disciplined athletes for demonstrating during the anthem.

Either way, as fans, you have a choice. 

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September 8, 2020

Hopkins gets massive new deal

     Former Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who was traded to the Cardinals, received a new five-year, $94 million contract, with an $18 million average at signing.

The last year reportedly is voidable, which could make it a one-year, $39.585 million extension. 

The deal also reportedly includes a no-trade clause and a commitment not to apply the franchise tag to Hopkins.



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