Before we get into a day of heavy transactions by the Houston Texans, let's cleanse the palate with another J.J. Watt video production. This time it's a trailer for an ESPN E:60 titled "Never Given".
Stop me if you've heard this story before — J.J. Watt is a blue collar kid from Pewaukee, Wisconsin with some God given talent, an insatiable drive to succeed, and a dream. He was ignored by all the major colleges and only made it to the University of Wisconsin after a year at Central Michigan and a stint as a pizza delivery dude (with a heart of gold). Eight years later, he is walking the red carpet at the ESPY's and getting Instagram messages from Tiffani Amber Thiessen. The end.
Here is the trailer….
So women of Houston between the ages of 9 and 90, set those DVR's for October 20. The J.J. story is getting retold again!
Now onto a Wednesday of transactions that, in sheer volume, make you think that Daryl Morey has taken over operations of the Houston Texans. (How many of you would get a sports boner if that actually happened? Morey as the Texans GM... all of you, right? I knew it.) After a Tuesday where Bill O'Brien swapped out kickers — bye bye Randy Bullock, hello Nick Novak — the linebacking corps got a makeover, due in large part to a slew of injuries.
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Let's start with the players headed to injured reserve — inside linebacker Mike Mohamed and outside linebacker Carlos Thompson. Mohamed has not been active for a single game this season, having been sidelined since late in training camp when he was wearing a walking boot the week of the Chiefs game in Week One. Thompson was active on Sunday, but had concussion issues earlier in the season. Neither is eligible for the version of injured reserve in which they could return later in the season, as the Texans have already used that designation on tight end Ryan Griffin.
To replace those two players, the Texans made two more signings, brining back outside linebacker Kourtnei Brown and bringing in inside linebacker Brian Peters. Brown was a favorite of Texan fans who watched the Hard Knocks series and followed his story, in which he had been in and out of roughly a half dozen NFL camps in his four year career. The Texans waived Brown in the final cutdown in early September, he as picked up by Tampa Bay, and then released again on September 22. Meanwhile, Peters, undrafted in 2012 out of Northwestern, has yet to play a snap in an NFL regular season game, having most recently spent training camp this past summer with the Minnesota Vikings.
Additionally, the Texans called up inside linebacker Max Bullough from the practice squad, which is a move that may not only provide depth at linebacker but provide an earnest body on special teams, where the Texans have struggled mightily. Bullough was one of the team's more solid special teams players in the preseason. To take Bullough's place on the practice squad the team re-signed quarterback Zac Dysert, whom they'd cut last week and who had a tryout in New England yesterday.
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