Whitney Mercilus Jersey

The Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans are going in two completely different directions when it comes to defensive schemes. Newly hired Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has noted that he will be switching the defense from a 4-3 to an ‘attacking’ 3-4.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Texans slowly converted their 3-4 front into a 4-3 one during the 2018 season — leaving Whitney Mercilus, a natural 3-4 linebacker, as the odd man out on a talented and soon to be expensive defense.

In an increased role as a coverage linebacker, Mercilus struggled for the Texans, and his stat sheet showed it. He dropped to 68th best outside linebacker, according to Pro Football Focus, as he finished the year with a measly grade of 63.1 and just four sacks. But, when he’s told to set the edge, he remains a force to be reckoned with.

When playing strictly as a pass rusher, Mercilus has shined. During the 2015 and ’16 seasons, he was a featured pass rusher and leader for the Texans. He tallied a combined total of 25.5 sacks, 34 tackles for loss, and 47 quarterback hits over 38 games including the postseason. Unfortunately, in 2017, Mercilus tore his pectoral muscle five games into the season, but when he came back in 2018, he showed flashes of dominance when properly utilized in the Texans defense.

For the Cardinals, trading for Mercilus could pay dividends. Not only is he a natural fit as a pass rusher adjacent Chandler Jones, but he is also useful while defending the run. Over the past four years, Mercilus has tallied an NFL second best 19 tackles for loss on the run plays on second and third down, per Pro Football Focus. His boost in run stopping would be massive for a defense that allowed 154.9 rushing yards per game during the 2018 season, the worst mark in the NFL.

Mercilus’ value shouldn’t be sky high. Not only does he look to be the odd man out in the Texans defense, but his age (soon to be 29), 2018 stat line, and $7.3M cap hit, per Spotrac, could lead to the Cardinals landing him for a lower price than expected.

A trade centered around the Cardinals high fourth rounder would make sense on both sides as the Cardinals could bolster their pass rush around Chandler Jones, while the Texans add the highest fourth-rounder in 2018 — a pick that could help them reinforce a shallow depth chart.

Johnathan Joseph Jersey

Jonathan Joseph is one of only a handful of Bath Rugby first-teamers who rode the wave of form all the way to the Premiership final in 2015.

The Blue, Black and White won seven matches in a row at the end of that campaign before falling at the final hurdle against Saracens at Twickenham.

Fast forward almost four years and Joseph was at Twickenham in club colours again at the weekend; scoring a try and winning the man-of-the-match award in the 26-19 win over Bristol Bears.

And, when he reflects on the qualities 6th-placed Bath need to make a successful play-off push this season, one stands out in his mind.

“I think we need to show our resilience for the full 80 minutes,” he said. “You can see when we get it right we’re a great side, but when we potentially have a lapse in concentration or what have you we’ll find ourselves unstuck and we’ll find ourselves on our own tryline, conceding a very soft try.

“We’ve got to be more resilient for the full 80 and if we can do that in the next game (against Gloucester), and the game after that, we’ll be in good stead.”

After a nine-month lay-off with a foot injury, Joseph’s fitness and form has been building. Against the Bears his speed and footwork was sharp, as was his brain.

“How I feel in myself is great,” he added. “Before I got injured I used to always cramp up really badly and, touch wood, I haven’t done that once since I have come back.

“In terms of my physical capabilities I am feeling the best I ever felt. And sharpness wise, I don’t think I am far off at all. “

A feature of Joseph’s play in recent weeks has been an increased involvement in the playmaking side of the attacking game.

Despite being an outside centre, he often pops up as a second receiver and has enjoyed spraying out long passes to the wings, as well as deft kicks to team-mates.

“If you look at the way we’re looking to play we’ve got to have a couple of distributors along our backline,” he said.

“I seem to have got the nod ahead of Doc (Jamie Roberts), which I’m more than happy to do, but it’s about getting that balance right.

“You’ve got to have people creating stuff, people who can run hard and people in the wide channels. I think we’re getting that balance right in the backline.”

For the third season in a row more than 60,000 supporters were at the home of English rugby to watch The Clash as Bath took a home Premiership game away from the Rec to London.

Joseph said: “It was an unbelievable day from the coach journey in, to the final whistle.”

Jadeveon Clowney Jersey

Though Houston Texans edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney isn’t quite on the same stage as a Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders or the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald, he is no doubt more deserving of a contract extension than any other player on the Texans’ roster.

Before the disagreements begin, we all are aware of the injuries that Clowney dealt with within his first two seasons, but his leadership and the value that he brings to the Texans franchise are limitless. J.J. Watt is a huge name and takes majority of the credit for anything that transpires with the defense, as he should — but let’s not get amnesia, as if Clowney was not the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, who has also came off three consecutive outstanding seasons with the Texans.

We all can agree that Clowney had many folks wondering if he was worth the No. 1 pick at the end of his sophomore season due to being injured majority of both seasons. Not only was he injured, but he failed to show any development in his hands and footwork as many saw in college.

Fast forward, we begun to see a different player through the years. Clowney showed significant progress in his game and showed consistency with staying healthy. In 2017 Clowney was first in the AFC in tackles for loss with a total of 21, and fourth in the AFC for the same stat during the 2018 NFL season, as he totaled 16 TFL while only missing one game. Clowney also finished the 2018 season as the ninth best edge rusher with a grade of 88.0, according to Pro Football Focus.

Another reason why he should receive an extension, is none other than the fact that the Texans can afford to do so. We know sooner or later the Texans will need space to re-sign receiver Will Fuller V, quarterback Deshaun Watson and many others, but they’ve proven to handle re-signing players at the right time over the years. Clowney will demand a great amount of money, but the Texans can afford it and more.

If the Texans decides to extend Clowney to a long-term deal, his market value would sit close to $16.6 million per year over a six-year span according to Spotrac.

Not to mention, J.J. Watt and Clowney when healthy, have proven to be one of the best duos in recent memory. Each player can bring constant headaches to the quarterback and can cause havoc at their own will.

After all, breaking up dominant pass rushing duo won’t lead to much success for Houston in the long run.

Lamar Miller Jersey

Heading into Week 16 at Philadelphia, Lamar Miller has been limited in practice this week.

“We’re just taking it day-by-day,” Miller said Thursday.

On Saturday, the Texans starting running back suffered an ankle injury on the first possession of Houston’s 29-22 win against the New York Jets. Miller returned for one more series before exiting the game for good.

“I wanted to get back out there to compete with my teammates, to try and help this team in any way that’s possible,” Miller said. “But at the same time, I’ve got to be smart and just make the right decision for the team.”

Miller says he sees progress regarding his ankle injury. He will likely be a game-time decision to play on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“It’s very frustrating, but at the same time, it’s Week 16,” Miller said. “A lot of guys have little bruises and nicks so that’s part of the game.”

Through 13 games this season, Miller has rushed for 917 yards and four touchdowns on 193 carries. He has also caught 23 passes for 163 yards and a score. The seven-year veteran missed just one game, the Sunday night matchup against Dallas with a chest injury. Miller has recorded four 100-yard rushing performances this season, tying a single-season career high.

The (10-4) Texans will travel to Philadelphia to take on the (7-7) Eagles on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 12 noon CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.

DeAndre Hopkins Jersey

We’ve seen teams do well when they’ve gone with throwback jerseys. The Green Bay Packers’, San Francisco 49ers’ and Dallas Cowboys’ throwbacks from the mid-1990s are still absolutely legit.

But we have to hand it to Houston Texans star receiver DeAndre Hopkins for pitching these amazing throwbacks on his Instagram page. Whoever did the editing should also get an award here.

For those of you who are not long in the tooth, these were the Houston Oilers jerseys before they relocated to Tennessee in 1996 and eventually rebranded as the Titans.

The white background with the baby blue was so darn fresh back in the day. The red outlines make these even better.

With all due respect to the current Houston Texans, these are about 1,000 times better than their current uniforms.

It’s good to know that Nuk understands history. Now make it happen, Texans — signed a grateful football nation.

Antonio Brown used to be the most coveted receiver in fantasy football, but his shift from the Pittsburgh Steelers to Oakland Raiders may have made way for a challenger to surpass him.

In Michael Fabiano’s early 2019 fantasy football mock draft, the NFL.com fantasy expert has Houston Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins as the first receiver taken off the board at eighth overall.

What Hopkins has been able to accomplish in his career with inconsistent play from the cavalcade of quarterbacks has been remarkable. With Deshaun Watson under center for all 16 games in 2018, the All-Pro receiver caught 115 passes for 1,572 yards and 11 touchdowns, and collected seven games with 100-plus receiving yards.

Brown is now the one who will have a question mark at quarterback, only because his chemistry with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has yet to be determined. Hopkins, meanwhile, can always be counted on for production no matter the situation with the signal caller.

We’ve seen teams do well when they’ve gone with throwback jerseys. The Green Bay Packers’, San Francisco 49ers’ and Dallas Cowboys’ throwbacks from the mid-1990s are still absolutely legit.

But we have to hand it to Houston Texans star receiver DeAndre Hopkins for pitching these amazing throwbacks on his Instagram page. Whoever did the editing should also get an award here.

For those of you who are not long in the tooth, these were the Houston Oilers jerseys before they relocated to Tennessee in 1996 and eventually rebranded as the Titans.

The white background with the baby blue was so darn fresh back in the day. The red outlines make these even better.

With all due respect to the current Houston Texans, these are about 1,000 times better than their current uniforms.

It’s good to know that Nuk understands history. Now make it happen, Texans — signed a grateful football nation.

Antonio Brown used to be the most coveted receiver in fantasy football, but his shift from the Pittsburgh Steelers to Oakland Raiders may have made way for a challenger to surpass him.

In Michael Fabiano’s early 2019 fantasy football mock draft, the NFL.com fantasy expert has Houston Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins as the first receiver taken off the board at eighth overall.

What Hopkins has been able to accomplish in his career with inconsistent play from the cavalcade of quarterbacks has been remarkable. With Deshaun Watson under center for all 16 games in 2018, the All-Pro receiver caught 115 passes for 1,572 yards and 11 touchdowns, and collected seven games with 100-plus receiving yards.

Brown is now the one who will have a question mark at quarterback, only because his chemistry with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has yet to be determined. Hopkins, meanwhile, can always be counted on for production no matter the situation with the signal caller.

J.J. Watt Jersey

Kealia Ohai, JJ Watt

JJ Watt and girlfriend Kealia Ohai are still going strong!

The Houston Texans defensive end celebrated date night with Ohai on Instagram Sunday, sharing a sweet photo of the soccer star smiling at a restaurant.

“Date night with the ever beautiful @kealiamae,” Watt, 30, wrote on Instagram.

Ohai, 27, responded to the post with two heart emojis, one blue and one red.

The shot featured the Houston Dash player smiling and sitting by herself at a table for four in B&B Butchers & Restaurant, which appears to have been cleared of any other patrons.

“Had to clear the place out ,” Watt’s teammate Johnathan Joseph jokingly commented.

The date night post is just the latest public message of affection for the couple, who frequently share photos of each other on social media.

Ohai wished Watt a happy birthday last week with a snap featuring her sitting on his lap on a fence overlooking the beach.

“I love every minute I get to spend with you. You’re the only person that can make me laugh at 5 am while I am cleaning up piles of dog poop off our bathroom floor,” she wrote March 22. “I am so proud of you and can’t wait to see what you accomplish this year. I love you babe.”

Meanwhile, Watt wished her a happy birthday in January with a funny video in which they attempted to film a birthday message for someone else before dissolving into laughter.