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Giants Hope to Avoid 0-3 Start

Giants Hope to Avoid 0-3 Start

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Giants (0-2) hope to turn around a tough start to the season on Sunday against the Houston Texans (2-0).

“You treat every game as a must-win,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. “You don’t want to put any extra pressure on guys, but we know we’ve got to get things going. We have to start playing better football.”

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is well aware of Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who also scored his first career touchdown in their win last week against the Raiders.

“He’s a very good football player,” Coughlin said of Watt.  “Very energetic, they move him around, they play him in different spots, comes off the ball very well.  There’s no doubt people have to be aware of where he is.”

New York opened last season with a 0-6 start.

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Jadeveon Clowney Prepares for Robert Griffin III

Jadeveon Clowney Prepares for Robert Griffin III

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Texans rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is good to go on Sunday and is looking forward to playing in his first NFL regular season game against the Washington Redskins.

Clowney will have a tough task at hand in running down quarterback Robert Griffin III.

“One of the best running quarterbacks in the league I think,” Clowney said of RG3. “You gotta be ready to contain him in the pocket because he can get out there and cause havoc, he can run pretty fast.”

“I’m just treating it like another game,” the first-overall pick said Thursday. “Just go out there and take one play at a time and just do my assignment.”

Clowney said his entire family will be in attendance, but he isn’t worried about any added pressure during his regular season debut.

“I’m not really nervous, I’m just ready to get to it,” Clowney said.  “Something I’ve been waiting for my whole life.”

Clowney missed the final two preseason games, but had three tackles for a loss, a sack and a quarterback hit in the first two games against the Cardinals and Falcons.

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Texans Sign Watt to $100M Deal

Texans Sign Watt to $100M Deal

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Texans have rewarded one of the top defensive players in the league with the top contract ever for a defensive player. J.J. Watt and the Texans have agreed to a new six-year deal worth a reported $100 million.

The contract will have a guaranteed $51.8 million payday for Watt, the highest amount ever for a defensive player in the NFL. Watt will earn an approximate $16.6 million per year, also a record total for a defensive player.

Watt had hoped in August to work out a new deal with the team that drafted him with the 11th overall pick in 2011.

“I think when a team gives a big contract after the third year, they’re saying, ‘Listen, we think you’ve earned this,’” Watt said. “I don’t know if [the Texans] feel that way or not, but I sure hope I’ve put in all the work, and I’ve put in everything I can do to hopefully earn it.”

The 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, Watt has racked up 36.5 sacks during his first three seasons.

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Texans Bring Back Safety Danieal Manning

Texans Bring Back Safety Danieal Manning

National Football League(NEW YORK) — Even though he left the team via free agency this offseason, veteran safety Danieal Manning is back with Houston Texans.

The Texans had originally offered Manning a pay cut following last season, but he declined and instead opted for free agency. He signed a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Manning wound up getting cut by the Bengals, and decided to reunite with his old team.

“Health-wise he’s perfect,” Manning’s agent, Russel Hicks said. “He may be in better shape than when he left. His leg was fine. He was cleared to play. He played all four [preseason games]. It just wasn’t good fit for him in [Cincinnati]. It was a numbers game. It happens like that. The right fit for you is the right fit for you.”

The 32-year-old Manning is an eight-year NFL veteran who can still contribute to an NFL team. He battled injuries last season and appeared in just six games, recording 24 tackles.

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Ryan Mallett Traded to Texans

Ryan Mallett Traded to Texans

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Texans have acquired quarterback Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots for a conditional sixth or seventh-round pick in 2016, a source said on Sunday.

Mallett had served as the primary backup for Tom Brady in each of the last two seasons after being drafted in the third round in 2011. A 6’6″ quarterback out of Arkansas, Mallett will enter Houston as the backup for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. 

The Texans will waive Case Keenum in order to make room for Mallett and still have rookie Tom Savage on the depth chart. It was a rookie in New England that led to the trade as Jimmy Garoppolo completed 46 of 79 passes for 618 yards and five touchdowns in the preseason.

During limited action this year, Mallett was just 14-for-26 passing in three games with one touchdown.

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Welker Leaves Game with Concussion

Welker Leaves Game with Concussion

Hyoung Chang/Denver Post(DENVER) — Wes Welker missed three games during the 2013 season after suffering a pair of concussions. On Saturday night, the Broncos wide receiver left the game when he sustained another one following a hit from Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger.

“It was determined it was a concussion,” said Denver head coach John Fox. “He’ll go through the protocol. The biggest thing on him is, of course, player safety.”

The hit came late in the second half as the Broncos were driving. Welker caught an 11-yard pass from Peyton Manning on the previous play, and as Manning went back to him on the next snap, Welker went into a slide and Swearinger made the tackle.

Replays showed that as the wideout slid, Swearinger led with his shoulder and forearm, hitting Welker in the head. The safety was assessed a personal foul as Welker got up and walked to the sideline before entering the locker room.

There is no timetable for Welker to return to game action. Denver went on to lose 18-17 to the Texans.

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Texans Sign Top-Pick Clowney

Texans Sign Top-Pick Clowney

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Texans signed the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft Jadeveon Clowney, the team announced Friday.

The Houston Chronicle reports the deal is for four years, includes a fifth-year option, and is fully guarenteed. The Chronicle also reports the contract is worth $22.272 million and comes with a signing bonus worth $14.518 million.

The 6-foot-5, 266 pound Clowney played three seasons at South Carolina where he recorded 24 sacks including a school record 13 in 2012. The two-time first-team All-Southeastern conference selection finished his college career with 130 tackles, 24 sacks, 47 tackles for a loss and nine forced fumbles.

Clowney, who played defensive end in college, is transitioning to outside linebacker in Houston’s 3-4 system.

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Andre Johnson Unsure of His Future in Houston

Andre Johnson Unsure of His Future in Houston

Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is entering his 11th year in the NFL, but he isn’t sure of his future with the team.

“Nobody’s been here as long as I have,” Johnson said on Tuesday.  “You just kind of look at things. I’ve been thinking about things this offseason. And I just kind of wonder sometimes, ‘Is this still the place for me?’”

The Texans brought in first-year head coach Bill O’Brien this offseason, which is the third coach that Johnson will play under during his time in Houston.

During his 11 years in Houston, Johnson has only made the playoffs twice and doesn’t think the Texans are building a contender.

“I think we’ve only had three winning seasons,” Johnson said. “I don’t think any player wants to experience that. I think over time it can become very frustrating. And this offseason has been very frustrating for me; beginning of the offseason, I should say. That’s just kind of where I’m at right now.”

Johnson skipped the Texans voluntary workouts last week and said he has no plans to show up for OTAs and the mandatory minicamp.

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Texans Take Clowney with First Pick in NFL Draft

Texans Take Clowney with First Pick in NFL Draft

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Texans selected defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick of the NFL Draft Thursday.
While there seemed little doubt to most prognosticators that Clowney would go first, there was at least on…

2014 NFL Draft First Round Selections

2014 NFL Draft First Round Selections

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL Draft Round 1:
1. Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2. St. Louis Rams – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
4. …

Texans Sign Free Agent Safety Chris Clemons to Two-Year Deal

Texans Sign Free Agent Safety Chris Clemons to Two-Year Deal

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In need of some roster upgrades after a disappointing 2013 season, the Houston Texans have signed former Miami Dolphins safety Chris Clemons to a two-year deal.
The deal is worth $2.7 million and also includes…

ESPN: Raiders Set to Acquire Matt Schaub

ESPN: Raiders Set to Acquire Matt Schaub

Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the NFL Draft on the horizon, all signs point to the Houston Texans taking a quarterback with the first overall pick. ESPN reports that the team will trade former starting quarterback Matt Schaub to the Oakland …

Browns Ink RB Ben Tate to Two-Year Deal

Browns Ink RB Ben Tate to Two-Year Deal

National Football League (NEW YORK) –  The Cleveland Browns have themselves a new starting running back.
Cleveland signed former Houston Texans running back Ben Tate to a two-year contract.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources …

Ravens Hire Kubiak as Offensive Coordinator

Ravens Hire Kubiak as Offensive Coordinator

Bob Levey/Getty Images(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) — The Baltimore Ravens hired Gary Kubiak as the team’s offensive coordinator on Monday. Kubiak, the former Houston Texans head coach, is the third different offensive coordinator in the last 13 months for the …

ESPN: Denver’s Chris Harris Tears ACL

ESPN: Denver’s Chris Harris Tears ACL

Rob Carr/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) —  Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the postseason, according to ESPN and media reports.  
Harris left in the third quarter of Sunday’s win over the …

Wade Phillips Fired by Texans

Wade Phillips Fired by Texans

NFL via Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Despite not getting the Houston Texans head coaching job, Wade Phillips said he wanted to stay with the team as defensive coordinator. That wish was squashed Saturday once Phillips was fired after a meeting with new hea…

Texans Introduce Bill O’Brien

Texans Introduce Bill O’Brien

Houston Texans/NFL(HOUSTON) — The Houston Texans introduced their new head coach Bill O’Brien on Friday.
“I’m really excited to be the new head coach of the Houston Texans,” O’Brien said.
O’Brien spent the last two seasons at Penn State, taking over a…

Wade Phillips Wants to Stay with Texans

Wade Phillips Wants to Stay with Texans

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After the Houston Texans reached an agreement with former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien on Tuesday, Wade Phillips indicated he would still like to be around come September.
Phillips served as the team’s interim he…

ESPN: Bill O’Brien Reaches Agreement to Coach Texans

ESPN: Bill O’Brien Reaches Agreement to Coach Texans

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien has reached an agreement to become the new head coach of the Houston Texans, according to ESPN.
ESPN also reports the deal should be announced no later than Saturday.
O’Brie…

Broncos Clinch AFC West, Manning Breaks Single-Season TD Record

Broncos Clinch AFC West, Manning Breaks Single-Season TD Record

Steve Nehf/The Denver Post(HOUSTON) — Peyton Manning reached another milestone in his career in the Broncos (12-3) 37-13 win over the Texans (2-13) on Sunday.
Manning threw his 51st touchdown pass of the season to Julius Thomas with 4:28 remaining in …

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