Seantrel Henderson Jersey

The Texans may not have seen much regular season action from offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson last year, but they saw enough to bring the fifth-year offensive lineman back for another season.

“He’s big, he’s athletic, he’s tough, he’s smart,” head coach Bill O’Brien said at the NFL annual meeting on Tuesday. “Unfortunately, he broke his lower leg in the first game of the year and missed the year. He’s been rehabbing and we’re optimistic about his return. We’re optimistic about him being able to participate in the offseason program and training camp and things like that so we’re looking forward to getting him back.”

Henderson re-signed with the Texans this offseason after a promising offseason and training camp in 2018. The veteran offensive lineman earned the starting right tackle spot, but unfortunately suffered a season-ending injury in the first quarter of the Texans regular season opener at New England and was placed on injured reserve.

“Those injuries are tough but I think that he’s done a good job of rehabbing,” O’Brien said. “I think he’ll be ready to participate in either maybe the end of the offseason program or obviously, training camp.”

Henderson spent four seasons with the Buffalo Bills (2014-17) before joining the Texans. He saw action in 34 games with 27 starts before signing with Houston in March 2018 as a free agent.

The Texans will begin their nine-week offseason program on April 15 at NRG Stadium.

Henderson is expected to be the Texans’ starting right tackle to kick off the 2019 season, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The news was delivered by general manager Brian Glain at the NFL combine. Henderson won the starting job last season but suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 1. The 27-year-old has started three games in the past three seasons between the Texans and Bills. He signed a one-year contract with Houston this offseason, so he will seemingly be playing for a long-term deal.

Senio Kelemete Jersey

Senio Kelemete and Xavier Su’a-Filo are friends and they also have much in common, sharing the bonds of an American Samoan heritage, PAC-12 grooming and, now, the Texans’ left guard position. Further, they have become AFC South rivals.

Of course, what the Texans are hoping is that Kelemete, whom they signed as a free agent last spring after letting Su’a-Filo become one, too, will prove to be the vastly superior left guard, which has been made his position to lose during this preseason.

Su’a-Filo, a Tennessee Titan after his four ho-hum seasons in a Texans uniform, started 31 of their past 32 games there without convincing Bill O’Brien he deserved to own the job long term. He left Houston as one of the lowest-rated offensive linemen in the league, according to a cross-section of analysts charged with determining same.

Kelemete arrives with mixed baggage of his own in terms of his play-to-play, never mind day-to-day, consistency. But he was at least part of an O-line in New Orleans, where he started 22 games from 2015 through 2017 – playing every position except center – for a group that last season permitted its running backs to lead the NFL in yards gained before defenders closed within a yard of them. As arcane a statistical category as that may be, it casts Kelemete and his fellow Saints grunts in a positive light.

So does this one: New Orleans allowed fewer sacks per game (1.3) a year ago than every team except the Rams.

Again, how much individual credit Kelemete deserves is difficult to quantify, but he seemed well worth the risk of the three-year, $12 million contract the Texans gave him. On Tuesday, O’Brien called him “a battler” and praised his people skills, meaning he’ll be a “good guy to have in the locker room.” Kelemete’s having been paid to protect Drew Brees means he’s also a good guy to have in the O-line mix, saving Deshaun Watson from harm.

Zach Fulton Jersey

It was the easy smile of a veteran blocker accustomed to mauling opponents with well-practiced, powerful techniques of leverage and torque.

As much as the Texans’ offensive line chemistry experiment hinges on the health of oft-injured prize center Nick Martin, it will also come back to the leadership and skill of the heavy men who flank each side of him.

Texans general manager Brian Gaine identified and recruited Fulton as the centerpiece of an overhaul project intended to upgrade a line that allowed 54 sacks last season, the second-highest total in the NFL. Once the Texans traded Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown, they surrendered 28 more sacks to tie them for the most in the NFL during that time with the Buffalo Bills and the Arizona Cardinals.

When the Texans signed Fulton to a four-year, $28 million contract that included $13 million guaranteed, the Homewood, Ill., native and former Kansas City Chiefs starter became an extremely important figure in the offense.

With former starting guard Jeff Allen and Fulton’s former Kansas City teammate on the reserve-physically unable to perform list after struggling with concussions and other injuries last season and his outlook uncertain, Fulton is now the highest-paid active offensive lineman on the roster.

He’s the most experienced active starter with 46 starts in 63 career games and the capability and experience to line up at either center, as he did at an organized team activity when Martin was sidelined while he continues to recover from his second ankle surgery of his career, or guard.

With Xavier Su’a-Filo now on the Tennessee Titans, Allen out indefinitely and Martin frequently hurt, the Texans are leaning on Fulton to provide more than just a 6-5, 316-pound big body to throw at the problem.

They need the 26-year-old to give the line toughness and savvy and to show the younger linemen how to act and operate when they’re at the line of scrimmage, in the weight room or studying film.
It’s a role that Fulton embraces. He’s determined to give the Texans a lot back for their investment in him as a free agent this March.

“I mean, honestly, that’s kind of secondary,” Fulton said when asked about his hard-nosed style of play. “I bring veteran leadership. We’re a young group. You tend to be antsy and worry about stuff sometimes. I’m bringing kind of a laid-back attitude. I’m still fierce in everything I do. I bring a little bit of personality. I’m well-seasoned.”

That kind of makes Fulton the entrée of a reconstructed line that figuratively got their lunch consumed and spit back in their faces last season when they were dominated by the Jacksonville Jaguars and other formidable defenses.

Fulton brings a lot to the table. The former University of Tennessee lineman started 12 of 15 games last season for Kansas City, lining up at guard primarily and pitching in at center when injuries forced him to shift over.

“Absolutely, he’s a good pro,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “He’s a big guy, tough, strong, smart, good communicator. Really glad we have him.”

Big, strong and mobile, Fulton joins a line that could have as many as four new starters.

Tashaun Gipson Jersey

How about this for role reversal? Safety Tashaun Gipson, who has played 98 games in the NFL, picks the brain of 22-year-old Justin Reid, who has played all 16 career games for the Houston Texans.

The free agent, who signed a three-year contract to come over from the Jacksonville Jaguars, spoke with the media Tuesday during the club’s offseason workouts at NRG Stadium and praised the former 2018 third-round pick from Stanford.

“Oh man, the first thing that you realize is that he’s definitely a smart guy,” said Gipson. “I sit next to him in the meetings and I try to pick his brain. Other people had said he’s almost too smart. He’s a guy who knows everything.”

Gipson learned that Reid, the younger brother of Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, was an intelligent safety when he tried to stump him after coming to the Texans.

“There hasn’t been a question yet — and I’ve asked him a lot of questions — he hasn’t not had the answer to one question,” Gipson said. “For a guy being that young — I don’t think he’s even 23 yet — so, for him being this young and understanding the game, that’s the biggest part about it.”

Gipson admits that when he was first in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns from 2012-2015 that he just wanted to play football and out-athlete the player across from him. It worked to the tune of a Pro Bowl selection in 2014 and leading the NFL with 158 interception return yards on six picks. It wasn’t until later that he added the mental component.

For Reid, he has already added the mental side of the game to his skill.

Said Gipson: “That’s one of the things that they told me. They said, ‘Hey, the one thing you have to realize with him is he might be too smart.’ I don’t think I’ve ever heard that about a football player. That’s awesome. You realize that. Just being able to pair with a guy like him, obviously the athleticism is there, the talent is there.”

Gipson was also impressed with Reid’s rookie year, which he called “one of the more underrated seasons” in 2018. The former Cardinal recorded 88 combined tackles, three interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, deflected 10 passes, forced a fumble, and recovered two others.

“You combine that with the mental skill set, I think that him and I will mesh well,” said Gipson. “Our skill set is similar and I’m excited to pair up with him.”

Bradley Roby Jersey

A former first-round pick of the Denver Broncos, newly acquired Hosuton Texans cornerback Bradley Roby is no stranger to being under pressure.

A Super Bowl champion back in 2015, the former Ohio State Buckeye signed a one-year deal with the Houston Texans worth a reported $10 million. This high-priced corner is expected to start from day one and help revitalize a formerly stale Texans cornerback group.

Despite signing such a short-term deal, it is safe to say that Roby is not short of confidence as he enters his sixth season in the NFL.

When asked what he aims to prove this coming year, Roby’s answer was simple.

“Just to prove that I’m one of the best in the league and just to get another opportunity to do that,” Roby said on a conference call with Houston media on March 14. “That’s really it.”

Houston will hope he can support this statement with some big performances this season as he will be facing off against the likes of Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton and Tennessee Titans wideout Corey Davis twice a year. But yet again, Roby fully believes in his abilities to cover fast receivers and deep balls, something Houston has struggled with in recent years.

“I think I can guard anybody,” said Roby. “It doesn’t really matter size or speed. I can cover anybody. I think that’s another reason why Houston wanted me here is to guard guys like T.Y. and [Kansas City Chiefs receiver] Tyreek Hill and those guys. I saw him twice a year for the past two or three years. So, I’m used to it and I look forward to the challenge, definitely.”

Despite a rocky tenure in Denver, where he only found himself starting consistently for one season (2018), Roby seems unaffected by his past experiences.

“I don’t really want to talk too much about the past,” said Roby. “I’ve kind of self-assessed and have my reasons and things like that, but I’m moving forward. It’s a clean slate here, and I will be so much better than I was last year. That’s for sure. That’s all I’m worried about.”

Benardrick McKinney Jersey

When the Texans signed inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney to a $51 million contract this year, he wanted to justify the investment and the faith that coach Bill O’Brien and general manager Brian Gaine had placed in him.

The contract included $21 million guaranteed.

McKinney has lived up to the deal, leading the Texans with 96 tackles and operating as their defensive signal caller. He was named to his first Pro Bowl on Tuesday night

“It’s a great honor, OB, Brian Gaine, all those guys trusted me to pay me that type of money,” McKinney said. “I’m trying to show them that it was a good reason they did it for. I’m just trying to be a good teammate, a great inside linebacker and trying to prove it every day.”

McKinney was caught off guard when he was named to the Pro Bowl despite having a strong season for the AFC South leaders. He learned that he made the annual all-star game by watching television.

“I really wasn’t even thinking about it, to be honest,” McKinney said. “I ended up getting a lot of texts and seeing it on social media and I seen it on TV. I was happy, I was proud. It’s a great feeling.

“It’s a great honor. I want to thank the fans. I want to thank the coaches, thank everybody for voting for me.”

McKinney was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct Saturday during a win over the New York Jets. He took off his helmet on the field and was visibly upset following a touchdown.

“I was just in the moment,” he said. “I was a little upset. Things happen. I just got to play with a little more poise.”

McKinney hasn’t heard from the NFL on if he’ll be fined.

“I ain’t got no letter in my locker yet,” he said. “Hopefully, not.”

Nick Martin Jersey

If Pro Football Focus is to be believed, then Houston Texans center Nick Martin was the worst center in the AFC South in 2018. And not only was he the worst in a four-team division, but he was the worst in a five-center race.

According to analytics released by Pro Football Focus on Sunday, Martin graded out at 59.3. Indianapolis Colts fill-in center Evan Boehm, who started four games among his 11 played, had a better grade.

When quarterback Deshaun Watson takes 62 sacks on the season and the running game drops off the map in the final four games of the season, then one would be hard pressed to find high grades along Houston’s offensive line. Therefore, it shouldn’t be an indictment of Martin’s play as a center so much as another example of how bottom tier the offensive line was in 2018.

Martin started out the 2018 season as one of the best pass-blocking centers. The talent is there for Martin to be a key contributor along the blocking unit. Nonetheless, Martin and the rest of the unit have to find ways to protect Watson and keep the running lanes open as the Texans make a division title defense in 2019.

The Houston Texans were able to win three straight for the first time since the 2016 season and with every team in the AFC South losing their games yesterday outside of this team, it’s now a dead-heat for three teams in the division.

With the way things have started for the season and with the peculiar way this team has been able to win games, it’s quite amazing to make that admonition. But it’s true. I’m not sure how long things will last as the Houston Texans will start to face some tougher competition over the next few weeks but the division crown is for the taking if this team should so choose to go get it.

Yesterday’s win wasn’t finesse in any sorts but the Houston Texans were able to outlast the Buffalo Bills 20-13 after two key interceptions thrown by Nathan Peterman were caught by Johnathan Joseph — which was a game-winning Pick 6 — and Kareem Jackson respectively.

The offense looked as horrid as they could possibly be as a unit and I’m extremely thankful that they didn’t have to come back out on the field for those final minutes of the game.

Why did such an important unit look so lackluster? It was Deshaun Watson not necessarily having the best of days on the field with poor blocking from the offensive line as a result of mostly-stout Bills’ defense.

Yesterday afternoon, I saw hit-after-hit that Watson took along with multiple fumbles and turnovers that were created as a result — the team had three total — and it was extremely hard to watch.

Julién Davenport Jersey

Davenport (70) resting on the bench during an October game at Jacksonville.

Julién Davenport lived out a dream when he started on Christmas Day last year for the Houston Texans against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although the offensive tackle grew up in Paulsboro, about 15 miles from Philly, he did not become an Eagles fan. Instead, he rooted for the Steelers.

That doesn’t make Sunday’s game against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field any less special for the mammoth tackle, who finally gets to play an NFL game in front of those who have followed him since the beginning.

“I’m going to have a bunch of family and friends. It’s going to be a lot of people at the game, probably over 20-plus,” Davenport said. ”So it’s going to mean a lot to go out there and basically have one of my best games I’ve had, in the area I grew up in.”

Paulsboro High School, where the 6-foot-7, 320-pounder played football and basketball, has a rich sports history. The area is known for its wrestling, football, and basketball, with recent NFL talent such as Anthony Averett of the Baltimore Ravens and Corey Clement of the Eagles also having played in Gloucester County. Davenport remembers the dog days of facing the Averett-led Woodbury and Clement-led Glassboro teams, considering them the highlights of his high school career.

“My town is really known for their sports,” said Davenport, who was an All-South Jersey selection in football and All-Group 1 in basketball. “Just growing up, it was taken seriously. You know a lot of winners throughout the years in the history of Paulsboro football. so it was big-time.”

Living in South Jersey, Davenport often ran out of things to do. He remembers his older brother, Ernest Davenport, initiating frequent trips across the bridge. When they visited Philadelphia, Ernest chauffeured his brother down South Street, stopping to shop and eat.

“He absolutely loved Philly,” Julién Davenport said. “I don’t know too many names of places like he does because I was more so following his lead, but I enjoyed a lot of places we [went].”

Davenport went on to play left tackle for Bucknell, before being drafted by the Texans early in the fourth round (130th overall) in 2017. As a first-year starter, Davenport struggled earlier this season protecting quarterback DeShaun Watson’s right side. He was benched for the team’s Week 4 win over the Colts and played only seven snaps after racking up a team-high eight penalties, including five for false starts, in three games.

When he returned to the starting lineup the next week, he was moved back to the left side, his more natural position. Now that he has spent the last 10 weeks covering Watson’s blind spot, he says he has more of a grasp of his role on the team.
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“It’s had its ups and downs,” Davenport said of his season, “but overall, it’s been a good year. Excited to be playing and being a part of this team and the things we’ve accomplished, and still have to accomplish is way ahead of us. We’re just going to keep on grinding. I’m loving it. I hope I have more starting seasons in my career.”

Coach Bill O’Brien says Davenport has been working all season to improve his technique to be more effective in the running and passing game. Tuesday, he spoke highly of Davenport’s development throughout this season and the responsibility he has given the offensive tackle in his second year in the league.

“Jules has a very business-like approach to his every day,” O’Brien said. “He really works to get better every day. He has worked really hard in the weight room to get stronger. … He has improved. There’s always areas and ways he can improve, but he has done a good job.”

Zach Cunningham Jersey

It was a day of two “firsts” for Zach Cunningham.

In the Texans 29-13 win over Cleveland, Cunningham picked off a pass for the first time in his NFL career. It was also his first touchdown as a pro.

But more importantly, Cunningham’s timing was outstanding in the eyes of head coach Bill O’Brien.

With the Texans up 10-0 in the middle of the second quarter, the second-year linebacker intercepted a Baker Mayfield pass at the Cleveland 37-yard line, and weaved his way up the left side of the field. He dove at the end of the play and extended the ball over the pylon for a score, and gave the Texans a 17-point advantage.

“To me, that was one of the bigger plays in the game, early on,” O’Brien said. “His ability to get it into the end zone, the way that he did, was really a great play. He’s really an excellent athlete and that helped us. It was 10-nothing at that point, and that made it 17-nothing. That was a big play in the game.”

Cunningham said scoring after he snared the pass “was definitely my mindset”, and he enjoyed discussing what happened after the victory.

“Obviously I made an amazing catch,” Cunningham joked. “That was my first pick, my first touchdown in the NFL, so it definitely felt great for me.”

He also had two tackles and two passes defensed in the win. Being back on the field with his teammates after missing a pair of games because of injury was meaningful for Cunningham.

“It definitely felt great for me just to get back out there and play with the guys,” Cunningham said. “To be able to do what I can to help the team. It felt great for me.”

His teammates were impressed by the degree of difficulty, too.

“It was a great play by Zach,” Jackson said. “Considering Zach was out until last week, for him to come in and make that type of play, a one-handed interception, and to be able to take it back for a touchdown, that was huge. It definitely gave the stadium a lot of energy.”

Cunningham and the Texans defense came up with four takeaways on the afternoon.

Deshaun Watson Jersey

Houston Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson will be hosting a Youth Football ProCamp on May 11. It will be held at Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas from 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

The event is sponsored by Academy Sports AND Outdoors.

Boys and girls ranging from grades 1-8 are welcome to sign up.

To register, you may visit www.watsoncamp.com, where there will be information about pricing and details.

During the day-long camp, Watson and a team of coaches from high schools and colleges in the area will offer instruction, lectures, skills stations, competitions, and non-contact games in what is sure to be an enjoyable atmosphere.

The campers will be places into age groups. Children of all skill levels are welcome. Individual and team awards will be given in each age group.

Each camper will receive a provided item with an autograph from Watson, a camp team photo with Watson, a Deshaun Watson Football ProCamp t-shirt, and a Game On Mouthguard.

So sign your kids up and tell all your friends and family members who are parents about what a wonderful Saturday afternoon is in store, brought to you by one of Houston’s biggest superstars!

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