Texans morning huddle: Joseph snubbed, game preview


The morning huddle brings all the Houston Texans news you need to one spot, today’s links look at the upcoming game and Joseph missing out on the Pro Bowl

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With that said, let’s see what news there is to catch up on:

DeAndre Hopkins “surprised” by Pro Bowl bid – by Deepi Sidhu

"DeAndre Hopkins was walking through the mall with his little sister when he got the news from general manager and executive vice president Rick Smith. Hopkins, now in his third NFL season, had been named to his first Pro Bowl.More from Toro TimesHouston Texans: Can Sean Payton really be the next head coach?Houston Texans Draft: Michael Mayer should be a no doubter at pick 12Houston Texans already telling fans the Davis Mills era is overHouston Texans have hand forced, waste no time in firing Lovie SmithHouston Texans: Pros and Cons of keeping Head Coach Lovie Smith “I was surprised, definitely excited,” Hopkins said Thursday. “I was surprised about it because I know a lot of great receivers that are doing well right now. You never know how that can work out. My whole family texted me. Friends I haven’t heard from in years texted me and congratulated me."

Accustomed to bucking history, Texans might have to again – by Tania Ganguli

"There came a testy moment early in the season when Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien declared he didn’t care one bit about the percentage chance of a team that started as poorly as the Texans did making the playoffs.It was slim.Since 1990, about 11 percent of teams that started 0-2 had made the playoffs. Only six teams that started 1-4 — as the Texans did — made the postseason."

Teammates irked by Johnathan Joseph’s Pro Bowl snub – by Tania Ganguli

"“I think it’s wack,” Texans cornerback Charles James II said. “I think it’s completely wack because J Joe is playing at the highest level right now of any corner in this football league. He’s going out, he’s covering the best receiver man up. Not all that zone stuff, to whoever that goes for. He’s playing man up. Straight up man-to-man corner. He’s playing good ball.”"

Six Points: Texans vs. Titans – FOX Sports

"The Texans (7-7) hold the top spot in the AFC South after last Sunday’s 16-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Quarterback Brandon Weeden relieved injured starter T.J. Yates to lead Houston to a comeback victory. With Yates lost for the season with a knee injury and Brian Hoyer uncertain because of a concussion suffered two weeks ago, Weeden may be called on once again. Houston can clinch the division with a win this week, coupled with a Colts’ loss or tie."