Jan 7, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44) rushes against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter of the 2011 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US Presswire

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HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Texans finally had their breakthrough season in 2011. It just didn’t unfold the way coach Gary Kubiak envisioned it would.

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans have signed third-round draft pick Brandon Brooks.

“The quote New Yorkers apply to themselves ‘If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere’ is valid to the willing participants at the Texans NFL camp.

Matt Schaub – At the age of 31, Schaub is closer to the end of his career than the beginning, but I think he still has a few prime years left. Over the last three seasons, Schaub has averaged 3,873 yards, 23 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, with a 95.7 QB rating. Multiple that out over a full 16 game season and it becomes 4,425 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions; very good numbers, but can he stay healthy enough to put up those stats? Given the overall talent now surrounding Schaub, I think he’s good enough to get them to a Super Bowl. He’s not an elite quarterback, and probably ranks 10th at best among his peers, but he fits this system very well and can get the job done. With Schaub last season, the Texans were 7-3 through 10 games, averaged 27 points per game, and were considered a Super Bowl favorite; if he stays healthy, I think they’ll resume that level of play.

The hype around of Texans is evident in the SB Nation Power Rankings, which list the Texans at No. 5 as training camps get underway. The order was determined by ballots for all 32 SB Nation NFL bloggers with the rankings averaged out.

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