It has been a busy week for the Houston Texans as they continue training camp, and here is a look at what has occurred this week.
The Houston Texans have had an interesting week for sure, and it is just Friday, as they have been preparing for their second preseason game of 2018 with joint practices with the San Francisco 49ers. Those practices have seen the likes of DeAndre Hopkins being ejected from practice for an altercation with 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward, plus there is still the fact these two teams will play each other on Saturday night.
"“He’s a good quarterback,” Hopkins said. “Deshaun has a lot to work on, but it’s a team sport. So, we have to go out and win games for anything to happen.”"
It is tough to disagree with Ramsey on his assessment of Watson being an MVP-caliber player in the very near future, but the No. 1 concern for Watson this season should be playing all 16 games, because if he does, the Texans will have a real chance to return to the playoffs.
As for Hopkins speaking about his quarterback, he gave an honest and truthful answer for Watson to even dream about being an MVP candidate or winning the award.
On Thursday, the Texans officially released quarterback Stephen Ross and signed kicker Nick Rose, with Rose taking over the kicking role as Ka’imi Fairbairn recovers from an injury. Aaron Wilson of Chron.com said the transaction will be a “short-term replacement” for the Texans special teams:
"“The Texans needed a short-term replacement for regular kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn, who is sidelined with a minor injury that may cause him to miss one preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.”"
This is a quiet signing that will most likely not cause too much noise on the Texans’ roster in the grand scheme of the preseason. Ross wasn’t making the roster of the Texans anyway, as it seems the franchise is going the route of having veteran quarterbacks behind Watson, so Ross was a movable piece of the puzzle this week as Fairbairn sits out at least one preseason game.
This week at FanSided’s House of Houston, there was an article by T.A. Mock on the 2018 season being the best season for Lamar Miller in a Texans uniform. Mock wrote the following on Miller’s upcoming ’18 season:
"“(Miller) is down to about 217 pounds which is slightly lighter than what he ran at with Miami. So far, the results look very promising.”"
Miller’s best season in 2014 was with Miami, as he rushed for 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns on 216 carries. Miller’s best season with the Texans was in ’16 when he rushed for 1,073 yards on 268 carries. That season, Miller averaged 4.0 yards per carry, and in ’14, he averaged 5.1 ypc.
This has to be the best season for Miller with the Texans, and it would be great to see Miller become the player he was while with the Miami Dolphins or even in his first season with the Texans in 2016. Miller can be a special player and will be needed for the Texans to improve over their 4-12 record from last season.