Houston Texans Daily Roundup: Are you ready for some football?
Game day for the 2018 Houston Texans is just two days away and that means we all could be witnessing the start of something special this Sunday.
As the 2018 season-opener for the Houston Texans draws ever so close there are still decisions the Houston Texans made this preseason which some believe don’t make a lot of sense or even puzzling. That brings us to an article on FanSided’s House of Houston on the signing of Buddy Howell.
Brian K. Patterson of House of Houston wrote about Greg “Buddy” Howell and how the Texans signed him last weekend as the final running back on the roster, and in doing so released Troymaine Pope. Patterson wrote on the topic:
"“Troymaine Pope just seemed to fit better with this offense and I think he should’ve been the pick to be the third running back.”"
This is an interesting situation to say the least, but one that once everything is said and done could see not only Pope off the roster of the Texans, but even Howell. In six weeks D’Onta Foreman will most likely be able to return to action following his stint on the PUP list, leaving the Texans to make a decision on the running back depth chart of all of them are still healthy.
If that is the case most likely Howell will be the odd man out unless he’s able to impress the coaches from this point forward.
• Drew Dougherty of HoustonTexans.com gave us a first look at the Week 1 match against the New England Patriots as the game takes place this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. He asked many questions in the article, including, “Will the wolves get loose?” Dougherty wrote of the Texans defensive front seven:
"“That trio should be set for Sunday at New England, and how they and the rest of the defensive front fare against the Patriots’ offensive line will be a fascinating part of the game.”"
The trio Dougherty spoke of was J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney and I’m with him on this. Being able to see just how good those there can be when all are healthy against a team like the Patriots is what makes football fun to watch. This is some of the highest competition any fan will be able to watch in Week 1, and for the Texans if it all works out to plan they could really disrupt the Patriots offense on Sunday, though that is easier said than done.
• Nora Princiotti of the Boston Globe wrote about Watt and how the Patriots have to prepare for him. Princiotti quoted Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia about how Watt:
"“I mean, he may not keep you up at night, but he keeps me up at night.”"
That is the best comment Watt could get from an opposing coach and for good reason because he is that good of a player when he’s healthy and able to be on the field at a consistent basis. Watt and the Texans defense could be special this season, but two things have to happen … they need to stay healthy and on the field at the same time, and they have to all be on the same page with each other which could take some time since they aren’t used to that on a consistent basis during the regular season.
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If this doesn’t get you ready for the start of the 2018 NFL season nothing really will. Though the Texans are underdogs entering this game, they still have a realistic chance to leave winners.
The Texans and Patriots kickoff at 1 p.m. ET on CBS and will have the No.1 broadcast team from CBS in Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, which should also add excitement to the game as well. Now the only thing left to as is, “Are you ready for some football?”