Houston Texans Monday Roundup


Nov 9, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive lineman Denico Autry (90) sacks Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

The conversation for the next Houston Texans quarterback seems to always go back to Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M.

The former Heisman Trophy winning QB has been talking a lot lately about his future in the NFL, and in a post on the Ultimate Texans site Manziel said the following about not wanting to scramble as much when he becomes pro.

John McClain quoted Manziel in the article:

"“I want to be a pocket passer, too, and be able to pick apart defenses and beat teams with my arm. But when a play breaks down, the scrambling and running ability (take over), and we’re back to doing what I’ve been doing the past six years playing football.”"

We’ll see on Mr. Manziel. I’m still not sold on him being the perfect fit for the Texans, but we’ll see. The combine will be interesting at least.

• Here is an article from ESPN.com on the Texans and franchise tag. Tania Ganguli wrote:

"“Tagging a player puts his next year’s salary among the top five to 10 at his position. The top Houston players hitting free agency this year are nose tackle Earl Mitchell, defensive end Antonio Smith (one of the highest tag numbers), offensive guard Wade Smith and running back Ben Tate.”"

She later said from that list it looks like Tate and Mitchell are gone for various reasons … and I agree. In fact, I don’t think I would franchise tag any of the Texans free agents this offseason. There is really no reason to do so.

• CSN Texans writer Dave Zangaro had some thoughts about the Texans in his latest article. Here is one of them:

"“(Jadeveon) Clowney is clearly an elite talent. There are questions about his work ethic but I think he’ll be a good NFL player. And Houston would probably be a good situation for him.”"

I wouldn’t have a problem at all if the Texans selected Clowney in the first round. The Seahawks proved defense still wins championships in the offensive-minded NFL, and a team doesn’t need to select a QB in the first round to be successful.

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