Texans morning huddle: Rookies report soon, Cardale Jones a Texan?


Good morning Texans fans, and a happy Friday to all of you! Today’s ‘Huddle’ brings links to a rumor that Houston may be looking at Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones as well as a story about the rookies getting ready to report to camp. Enjoy;

Texans rookies get another chance to impress starting Sunday – by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle

"One of the most interesting things about Texans training camp will be watching rookies develop – draft choices and undrafted free agents.When the rookies report Sunday for orientation and conditioning, the coaches will get invaluable time with them before the veterans report July 31. Practice begins Aug. 1.Some rookies made a strong impression in the offseason. That’s to be expected for the first two picks – cornerback Kevin Johnson and inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney.The coaches are going to be watching closely receivers Jaelen Strong and Keith Mumphery."

Breakfast: NFL Films recaps the Texans 2014 season – by Eric SanInocencio of HouustonTexans.com

"As everyone gets excited about the upcoming 2015 football season, now is also a good time to look back.NFL Films has released the Texans ‘Team First’ season review video, which you can see in four parts below. The video chronicles the team’s turnaround and goes behind the scenes as then first-year Coach Bill O’Brien helped lead the Texans to a remarkable turnaround. Each victory is explored in depth, with plenty of great soundbites from players and coaches.There are some memorable moments among the four videos below, and this is a great trip through the 2014 season for any Texans fan."

Houston Texans RUMORS: Bill O’Brien Targeting Cardale Jones in 2016 NFL Draft? – by Brandon Katz of HNGN.com

"The NFL can be simplified into an easily understood economic concept: the haves and the have-nots. In football, you either have a franchise quarterback or you don’t. Those that do are in a much better position to compete for the playoffs while those that don’t will struggle to build a winning team.As of right now, the Houston Texans are a have-not type of team. Brian Hoyer can be solid for stretches, Ryan Mallett provides good depth and Tom Savage is an interesting young arm. But none of them provide the security and consistent play of a true blue franchise quarterback. That’s why the Texans will be keeping tabs on the QB prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft and that is why Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com projects them to select Ohio State signal-caller Cardale Jones with the No. 24 pick.“The Texans will see if a long-term starter emerges this season, but they could easily be in the quarterback market next year,” Campbell wrote. “Bill O’Brien wants a big-armed pocket passer, and Jones certainly fits that criteria.“Jones put on a display in 2014 after entering the starting lineup behind Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones has great size and a cannon for an arm. In his three starts, he completed 61 percent of his passes for 860 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Jones has a ton of upside, and it will be fun to watch him in 2015, assuming he wins the starting job over J.T. Barrett.”"

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