Adrian Peterson Wants To Be A Texan

Adrian Peterson wants to be a Houston Texan, or at least it appears that way. Lamar Miller says he would be open to it.

“I used to look up to Adrian Peterson growing up,” Miller said. “He runs the ball hard. He’s a great running back. He’s been a great running back in this league for years. It would be good to have him join us, just his leadership, seeing the things he’s done in previous years, that I feel like I could probably learn from him. It would help us out as a team.”

This would definitely add some star power to go along with Deshaun Watson and the rest of the Texans core.

I don’t see this happening in the end, but the Texans would be wise to move on this. They will need depth behind Miller, and Peterson proved down the stretch with Arizona that he could still play a little bit in 2017.

Deshaun Watson named NFL Network’s 50th Best Player in the NFL

It’s always nice to see this, it’s as voted by his peers.

Deshaun Watson’s Knee Checks out

Deshaun Watson’s knee is doing just fine. That was the report from minicamp, when he was in pads for the first time since the injury last season that cut his record setting rookie season short.

“My knee feels [good and] comfortable,” Watson said. “[It was great] to be able to go out there and throw and do some things out there and get the timing down with the receivers. … Just to actually get back out here with the group, with the team, with the whole offense and being able to just get back to the basics of football and build that chemistry and just build that leadership and that trust within each other.”

Stay hot out there kid. Get feeling good, never suffer another injury in your long career. Sky is the limit.

And if you’re the Texans. Just put weapons around the kid, every signing, every pick. Build the O-line, protect the investment, and continue to put guys around him that he can make better. Draft playmakers!

Texans Sunday Links

I’m finally back from New Jersey. It feels good to be home from a long two-day trip. Up late at night and blogging about the Texans, just like I should be.

Couple of links:

  • Deshaun Watson will officially participate in mini-camp. [USA Today Texans Wire]
  • Adam Schein of NFL.com said that the Texans are going to make the playoffs. We wholeheartedly agree with this. [NFL.com]
  • I listened to Brady Quinn tonight talk about how an NFL play-caller can make or break a young QB’s career. It’s important to note that Bill O’Brien is the guy holding the keys to the Texans offense, and to read up on what O’Brien’s system is. [Houston Chronicle]
  • J.J. Watt will pay for the funerals of the latest school shooting. [Pro Football Talk]
  • One of our favorite Watson games so far, against the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. The Texans lost; but Watson just kept attacking and attacking. Look at these damn throws! [YouTube]

Aaron Rodgers has Praise For Deshaun Watson

I’m in New Jersey. I talked some Giants football today with my father in law and some of the residents where he lives. It’s nice being out here. Lots of football and fall memories from being here in Spring Lake.

It’s hard to believe Deshaun Watson and the Texans will be here in December. Aaron Rodgers had some high praise for Watson today.

“He did some amazing things,” Rodgers said via The Greenville News. “Obviously he’s extremely gifted athletically and can throw all over the field. That gives him a lot of different weapons to use in that offense.”

It’s nice to hear the present star of the position talk about the future at the position. I can’t wait for the season to start and to see if Watson avoids the sophomore slump.

Houston Texans Core

The Texans have a real athletic core. Here’s more than just their starters, but what I consider to be their building blocks.

Elite: Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt, DeAndre Hopkins, Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercillus, Bernardrick McKinney

Good: Will Fuller, Lamar Miller, Braxton Miller, Stephen Anderson, Tyrann Mathieu, Shane Lechler

Passable: Andre Hal, Jonathan Joseph, Alfred Blue, Bruce Ellington

The offensive line is a real problem, according to some grades out there in advanced scouting. Actually, the entire roster seems to be problematic. The Texans have to acquire some draft capital or hit on some big time lottery tickets and improve the core.