The NFL will unveil its regular season schedule sometime in the next few weeks. It's then that we can begin to formulate opinions and handicap how we think the 2015 season is going to go for the Houston Texans.
Much the same way that the preseason is sort of a subdued dress rehearsal for the regular season, so too is the unveiling of the preseason schedule a subdued rehearsal for the release of the regular-season schedule. There's a fraction of the intrigue, a fraction of the pomp and circumstance, but still enough for us to at least have a few talking points.
With that in mind, let it be known that the Texans released their preseason list of opponents and weeks in which they'll play them yesterday, and here's the skinny:
Week/Date Opponent (Television Network) Kickoff Time Week 1, TBA SAN FRANCISCO (KTRK-TV) TBA Week 2, TBA DENVER (KTRK-TV) TBA Sunday, August 30 at New Orleans (FOX) 3:00 p.m. CDT Week 4, TBA at Dallas (KTRK-TV) TBA
Home games in BOLD.
A few observations on the calm before the 2015 regular-season storm:
1. The Texans will be the first team to get a taste of the tsunami of charisma that is Jim Tomsula as a full-time head coach when the 69ers invade NRG Stadium for the first preseason game of the 2015 season. The Texans actually faced (and thrashed 30-7) the 49ers in Jim Harbaugh's first season as Niners head coach. Hopefully, the results are similar this time around and much different from O'Brien's preseason debut last season when the Texans amassed 172 yards of offense against the Cardinals. At the very least, we get as inspiring an interview with Tomsula in the post-game as this one he did the day he got hired as head coach...
2.Hey, look who's coming to visit in Week 2! It's Gary Kubiak! And Wade Phillips.....and Bill Kollar....and Owen Daniels....chrissakes, it's Rick Dennison.....and Antonio Smith....and Brian Pariani....dear Lord, it never ends.
3. By the way, will the Texans be practicing for an entire week with any of these teams and, if so, which team will it be? Denver is the early favorite, since the Broncos hosted the Texans last season for a week and also since this would allow Kubes and Wade to eat some quality barbecue for a few extra days. However, a reprise of the weeklong practice in New Orleans would be preferable to all media members with travel budgets and an affinity for good gumbo.
4. Speaking of the Saints, that game in Week 3 of the preseason is the only one that has an actual date and time, with a 3:00 p.m. start on Sunday, August 30. The game will be televised on FOX, and it's worth noting that this is the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
5. In the fourth and final game, the Texans' third and fourth stringers will take on the Cowboys' third and fourth stringers in a game that will be thoroughly enjoyed by traveling media members with a travel budget and an affinity for IN N Out Burger.
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Texans re-sign OL Cody White
The Texans have re-signed guard Cody White (6-3, 306). White, 24, was undrafted in 2012 out of Illinois State, and signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent. He tore his Achilles tendon in the very first practice in training camp in 2014, and missed the entire 2014 season.
After the season, the Texans did not tender the former restricted free agent, but after visiting with the New York Jets, White was able to come to terms with the Texans. Now, almost completely recovered from the Achilles injury, White will battle for a spot on an offensive line that is seeking some depth on the interior after the release of Chris Myers earlier in the offseason.