Dec 21, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Two Texans had a very good Christmas present this week. J.J. Watt, defensive end, tight end and demi-god of football greatness in Houston will be joining the most suave of running backs Arian Foster for a little trip to Hawaii courtesy ofthe Pro Bowl. Not too shabby I’d say. While both would rather be busy with football games that really matter the selection is none the less a pretty neat honor. While they got the nod, a few others on the team I think would have been good choices as well.
DeAndre Hopkins has continued to mature and impress in his growth as a receiver. In one years time, with a game to go Hopkins has 74 catches for 1205 yards. In all of last season he only pulled down 52 for 802 yards. He has 6 TD’s to go with his number, an increase of 4 over last season. More importantly, he’s accounted for 56 first downs this year, a huge leap over last years 38. Part of that is the new system, the flip side is that Hopkins talents are starting to come through, this young man is becoming something special here in Houston.
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It’s cheating a little to name Shane Lecher, but the man knows how to punt the football. It’s not that he’s doing anything amazingly above and beyond, it’s his steady and consistent play that is worthy of attention. He’s in his 14th season and still manages to make other punter look pedestrian with his play. While Lechler seems to be getting a big workout with the number of three and outs the team has been plagued by, last year he had more punts by far. Oh and he’s got a completed pass for a first down.
While Christmas might have interrupted the flow of practice, the Texans are working hard to be ready to face the Jaguars to close out the regular season. While they need big help from the floundering Browns, the Chiefs need to beat the Charges the Texans still have to take care of business themselves. Sunday will be exciting, here’s hoping the Texans have one more gift under the tree and make it back to the post season!
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