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Hopkins, Watt earn 2016 Pro Bowl invitations – HoustonTexans.com

"Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins and DE J.J. Watt were named to the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl, the NFL announced today. Houston will send Hopkins and Watt to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii for the League’s feature of the best players on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. This marks the 12th consecutive season that the Texans have had at least one player elected to the Pro Bowl.Hopkins will be making his first trip to the Pro Bowl after emerging as one of the league’s best receivers in 2015. He is currently ranked fourth in the NFL in both receiving yards (1,315) and receptions (97). He is also tied for seventh in the league in receiving touchdowns (10) and second in receiving first downs (74)."

The story of Charles James II and $100 Uber ride – by Deepi Sidhu, HoustonTexans.com

"Charles James got in a Honda Accord and told the Uber driver, “Just drive, man.”“You have no destination?” the driver asked.“No,” James responded.It was Oct. 17 and James was in Santa Clara, California with the Baltimore Ravens, who were playing the 49ers the next day. The 25-year-old cornerback had just gotten the news that he was cut from the team, after finally being called up to the active roster only days earlier. He had traveled across the country with the team, only to be disappointed when he arrived. James understood it was part of the business and didn’t hold any hard feelings towards Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. Still, he was devastated."

Bell: Brandon Weeden may take Texas team to playoffs … but not the one you thought – by Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY Sports

"By the time Brandon Weeden left the visitors locker room at Lucas Oil Stadium late Sunday afternoon, the former minor league pitcher had a surefire way to quantify the impact of the biggest relief victory of his life.The quarterback needed only to look at his phone.Weeden, who came off the bench to help the Houston Texans win the game that puts them within striking range of the AFC South crown, glanced and noticed 95 text messages were waiting."