It’s officially the middle of the week as Wednesday is upon us. Today in the ‘Huddle’ we look at the Houston Texans’ strength of schedule and see that the training camp schedule has been released. Enjoy!
Ranking Every NFL Team by Strength of Schedule – By Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report
"The GoodThe Texans narrowly missed the postseason with a 9-7 record last year and should be in position to make another run at the playoffs in 2015. The fact that Houston’s schedule is only slightly more difficult that Indianapolis’ (opponents went 106-148-2 last year vs. 106-149-1 for the Colts) should help the team keep pace with its division rival for much of the season.The Texans play two of their first three games at home, which could help the team get off to a fast start in what will likely be a two-team race for the AFC South title.The BadThough Houston faces an easy schedule in terms of overall strength, the final month-and-a-half will be far from a cakewalk. The Texans have to play the Saints, Patriots and Buffalo Bills before finishing the season with three consecutive divisional contests."
Breakfast: Watt, Harden, Correa…and Lloyd – By John Harris of HoustonTexans.com
"Back in 2013, there was a twitter exchange between Texans defensive end JJ Watt and Rockets star guard James Harden. The exact gist of the conversation had something to do with shooting in a gym late at night when everyone was sleeping was the key to getting ahead. It hit me then that the city of Houston was lucky, very lucky, as it pertained to having those two as the faces of their respective organizations.After watching what that duo did in 2014/2015, I thought back to that conversation many times and it got me thinking. There aren’t many professional sports cities that have a situation quite like this.What other city has two transcendent talents, two near-MVP caliber talents, in the same town, at the same time?San Francisco can boast of Steph Curry of the Warriors and catcher Buster Posey of the world champion Giants. That’s not bad, but Posey doesn’t carry the same weight, in some sense.Boston has Tom Brady and I’m not sure who else to put in that conversation. Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia? Big Papi?Cleveland has LeBron and LeBron. He’s so good he needs to be mentioned twice.Okay, so let’s take this to a different level. Yes, Jose Altuve is an All-Star and a starter at that, but when Carlos Correa was called up to the Astros big club, it gave the city of Houston, two stars and a rising one that has the chance to be the best in the game in short order."
Texans Training Camp Schedule Released – By Garret Heinrich of CBS Houston
"The Houston Texans have two dates for their playersto report. Rookies will report on July 26th and veterans report on July 30th.The Texans also have a joint practice week scheduled with the Washington Redskins in Virginia August 6th-8th.Their first game is August 15th against the San Francisco 49ers.All Texans training camp practices are held at the Houston Methodist Training center across the street from NRG stadium."