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Texans coach Bill O'Brien complimented rookie CB Kevin Johnson's intelligence and athleticism in a conference call with season ticket holders.

It is not surprising a coach would praise his first-round pick, but O'Brien spread it on thick during the call. "This is a guy that's a very quick guy. He's a tall guy. He's a guy that has really good transition ability," O'Brien said. "He's a very bright player. If you ask him questions in the morning meeting, he really has obviously studied the night before." It will be difficult for Johnson to jump Kareem Jackson or Johnathan Joseph on the depth chart year one, but he should earn significant snaps as the Texans' nickel corner when Jackson kicks into the slot.
May 23 - 10:55 AM

ESPN's Tania Ganguli and the Houston Chronicle's John McClain report the Texans are the favorites to appear on this year's HBO Hard Knocks.

A report surfaced early Friday that the Texans, Redskins, and Bills were in the mix. Buffalo's new coaching staff reduces its chances of appearing on Hard Knocks, while ESPN's John Keim reported Friday afternoon that the Redskins are not in consideration. That leaves the Texans, who will hold a camp battle at quarterback between Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer. Other potential storylines include Jadeveon Clowney's health, J.J. Watt, Arian Foster, polarizing rookie WR Jaelen Strong, and DeAndre Hopkins' post-Andre Johnson ascension.
May 22 - 12:40 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien said he's been "impressed" with the way Jadeveon Clowney (knee) has "been working."

"Working" is a loose term with Clowney as he's roughly 5 1/2 months removed from microfracture surgery. "He's rehabbing. But he's also being able to take part in some of the things that we do in the weight room. He's not able to do all of the things that we do on the field just yet, because of his rehab. But he's on the right track," O'Brien said. The Texans remain confident Clowney will be ready to contribute Week 1.
May 19 - 12:39 PM

Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer will split first-team reps at OTAs later this month.

Mallett has a big leg up in this battle as the one who spent last season with the Texans, the one with the more talented arm and the one Bill O'Brien hand-picked. But he'll have to earn it. Mallett was far from impressive in his two starts last year, completing just 54.7 percent of his passes with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a 67.6 passer rating. He only earned a meager two-year, $7 million contract in free agency.
May 12 - 8:22 AM

The Texans aren't ruling out moving fifth-round WR Keith Mumphery to running back eventually.

"We know that he does have that skillset in his background," coach Bill O'Brien said. Mumphery, a low-upside 6'0/215 Michigan State product, is opening his NFL career as an outside receiver and special teamer. He did not get many chances to run the ball as a Spartan, rushing just 14 times for 125 yards with one touchdown in his four-year career.
May 11 - 8:07 AM

Coach Bill O’Brien said the Texans drafted fifth-round WR Keith Mumphery to contribute on special teams.

Mumphery was never a productive receiver at Michigan State, totaling 88 catches, 1,348 yards, and seven TDs over his four-year career. The Texans like his versatility to back up at all three wideout spots. Mumphery will spend 2015 as depth behind DeAndre Hopkins, Jaelen Strong, and Cecil Shorts.
May 9 - 2:33 PM

The Texans plan to limit rookie Jaelen Strong to outside receiver.

"We’re going to leave him in one spot, on the outside teach him that and watch him get better," HC Bill O’Brien said. "We have high expectations." Strong’s conditioning has been an issue at rookie camp. With Cecil Shorts penciled in as Houston's No. 2 receiver, Strong has an opportunity for a big rookie-year role. Strong projects to play opposite DeAndre Hopkins in three-wide sets.
May 9 - 2:20 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien criticized rookie WR Jaelen Strong's conditioning.

O'Brien added he would the same about "virtually every guy out there," but he mentioned Strong by name. The comments sound like a coach trying to motivate his players following a disappointing practice. Strong should play a big role in the Texans' offense this season, likely as the No. 3 receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins and Cecil Shorts.
May 9 - 11:47 AM

Texans signed No. 70 overall pick WR Jaelen Strong to a four-year contract.

Strong should have a chance to contribute right away following the departure of Andre Johnson. A third-round pick out of Arizona State, Strong is a high flyer who makes catches in traffic but needs to improve his route running.
May 8 - 10:28 AM

Texans signed No. 175 overall pick WR Keith Mumphery to a four-year contract.

The Texans lost Andre Johnson this offseason but Mumphery isn't a candidate to fill that role. An average athlete in college, Mumphery will serve as depth behind starters DeAndre Hopkins and Cecil Shorts at wide receiver.
May 8 - 10:24 AM

Texans signed No. 211 overall pick LB Reshard Cliett to a four-year contract.

A sixth-round pick, Cliett offers some appeal as a sub-package pass rusher but is undersized for a traditional linebacker. His best chance of making the team is to excel on special teams.
May 8 - 10:16 AM

Texans signed No. 216 overall pick DT Christian Covington to a four-year contract.

Covington joins a crowded Houston front seven that includes J.J. Watt, Vince Wilfork, Brian Cushing, Whitney Mercilus, Benardrick McKinney, Louis Nix, and Jadeveon Clowney. An explosive interior presence, Covington's ticket to playing time will be as an inside "sub-rusher" on obvious passing downs.
May 8 - 10:01 AM

Texans signed No. 43 overall pick ILB Benardrick McKinney to a four-year, $5.3 million contract.

$3.2 million of that is guaranteed and McKinney will receive a $2.1 million signing bonus. McKinney was arguably the most athletic linebacker in this year's draft class. He'll be plugged into the lineup right away where he'll start alongside Brian Cushing at inside linebacker.
May 8 - 9:47 AM

Texans signed No. 235 overall pick RB Kenny Hilliard to a four-year contract.

Houston has now signed all seven of its draft picks. The Texans took a seventh-round flier on Hilliard despite a thoroughly unimpressive 40 time. Even if Hilliard overachieves in camp, he won't cut into Arian Foster or Alfred Blue's carries.
May 8 - 9:40 AM

Texans signed No. 16 overall pick CB Kevin Johnson to a four-year, $10.04 million contract.

It comes with a $5.5 million signing bonus. Johnson was the second cornerback taken in the draft behind Michigan State's Trae Waynes. With Johnathan Joseph entering a contract year, Johnson could start for Houston as early as 2016.
May 8 - 9:29 AM


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