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    2014-11-27 NFL notes - TEXANS Fitzpatrick will start HOUSTON — The Houston Texans placed quarterback Ryan Mallett (Arkansas Razorbacks) on injured reserve Wednesday with a chest injury, meaning Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Arkansas Democrat Gazette
    2014-11-27 Football Daily Dose: Dose: Herron Named Starter - Raymond Summerlin checks in on Dan Herron, Arian Foster, Latavius Murray and more in Thursday's fantasy football daily dose. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
    2014-11-27 Texans center Chris Myers confident in QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Center Chris Myers spent the last two games snapping to quarterback Ryan Mallett. Now he’s got Ryan Fitzpatrick back in the lineup. He was 4-5 as a starter before being benched for Mallett. “We’ve had this rotation throughout the season,” Myers said. “Whether it’s the quarterback, offensive line or running back, it’s the same way. You’re going to game plan the same way every week. “You just understand it’s a nature of the business. This is the way the NFL works. There are ups and downs, and there are injuries. You just roll with the punches.” john.mcclain@chron.com twitter.com/mcclain_on_nfl Houston Chronicle
    2014-11-27 Dose: Herron Named Starter (Rotoworld) - Raymond Summerlin checks in on Dan Herron, Arian Foster, Latavius Murray and more in Thursday's fantasy football daily dose. Yahoo Sports - Houston Texans
    2014-11-27 O'Brien Explains The Tom Savage Situation - Many are wondering why Tom Savage is not getting his opportunity with the Houston Texans with Ryan Mallett going down. With the signing of Thad Lewis, Savage's role was clarified by Bill O'Brien today. Scout - Houston Texans
    2014-11-27 Houston’s Fitzpatrick to start for injured Mallett - Ryan Fitzpatrick is getting a second chance to be Houston’s quarterback on Sunday at ... Austin American Statesman
    2014-11-27 NFL news and notes, Nov. 26 - Washington said Wednesday that it will start Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III on Sunday against the Colts, the latest development in a stunning slide for the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. At this time, I just feel like Colt gives us a better opportunity, Washington coach Jay Gruden told Colts reporters on a conference call. Washington (3-8) is 0-3 since Griffin returned from an ankle injury and has scored only one touchdown in each of the past two games. The former No. 2 overall draft pick seemed poised to revolutionize the quarterback position with his arm and legs when he led Washington to the playoffs two years ago, but he is 4-14 as a starter since the start of the 2013 season. The Texans placed quarterback Ryan Mallett on injured reserved, meaning Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Bills running back Fred Jackson hasn’t forgotten or forgiven what former teammate Donte Whitner had to say about the franchise and the city of Buffalo and his social-media shot at rookie receiver Sammy Watkins last summer. Jackson says it was “dumb” of the former 49ers and current Browns safety to taunt the Bills about the possibility of a franchise relocation to Toronto and referred to Whitner as being “an idiot” for trying to ruffle some feathers. Washington has placed cornerback Tracy Porter on season-ending injured reserve. ... San Francisco Chronicle
    2014-11-26 Pre-Thanksgiving Texans Roundup - Houston (CBS Houston) – A few news and notes about the Texans before Thanksgiving gets here. With Ryan Mallett headed for injured reserve, Ryan Fitzpatrick is again the Texans starter. Jadeveon Clowney could miss this weekend’s […] CBS Local
    2014-11-26 The Sports Update: McClain and Smith talk Texans’ QB situation (video) - Texans beat writers John McClain and Brian T. Smith discuss starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and the team’s quarterback situation heading into Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium. Houston Chronicle
    2014-11-26 Houston's Fitzpatrick to start for injured Mallett - Ryan Fitzpatrick is getting a second chance to be Houston's quarterback on Sunday at Tennessee with Ryan Mallett out for the season with a chest injury. The Palm Beach Post
    2014-11-26 Houston's Fitzpatrick to start for injured Mallett - Dayton Daily News
    2014-11-26 Houston's Fitzpatrick to start for injured Mallett - HOUSTON (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick is getting a second chance to be Houston's quarterback on Sunday at Tennessee with Ryan Mallett out for the season with a chest injury. Tulsa World
    2014-11-26 Houston's Fitzpatrick to start for injured Mallett - HOUSTON (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick is getting a second chance to be Houston's quarterback on Sunday at Tennessee with Ryan Mallett out for the season with a chest injury. tucson.com
    2014-11-26 Houston's Fitzpatrick to start for injured Mallett - HOUSTON (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick is getting a second chance to be Houston's quarterback on Sunday at Tennessee with Ryan Mallett out for the season with a chest injury. Richmond Times Dispatch
    2014-11-26 Colt McCoy might keep Washington Redskins' starting job - Robert Griffin III mingled in the locker room and made small talk about shoes and food. No sense talking about football, not when a player who once could do no wrong has been benched for the second time in two years. Los Angeles Times
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Texans, Latavius Murray returns to practice, and other NFL news http://t.co/bUsyGeu72c http://t.co/HCqqJH7LBb - None twitter
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Texans, Latavius Murray returns to practice, and other NFL news - Elsewhere, the Bears place their starting center on injured reserve. The Houston Texans learned on Monday that starting quarterback Ryan Mallett would miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral. However, the team waited until Wednesday to make any corresponding roster moves. According to ESPN, the Texans have finally placed Mallett on injured reserve and will turn back to former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. Mallett started Houston's last two games, producing a combined 400 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. There was some question as to whether the team would give rookie fourth-round pick Tom Savage a look, but at 5-6 and still in playoff contention head coach Bill O'Brien decided to go with the veteran Fitzpatrick who for the year has completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 1,960 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight picks. With Mallett's roster spot now open, the team signed journeyman Thad Lewis as the team's new third-string quarterback. Latavius Murray returns to practice When the Oakland Raiders raced out to a 14-0 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs last Thursday, it was largely due to the efforts of second-year running back Latavius Murray. The Central Florida product scored the game's first touchdown via an 11-yard run just minutes into the game. Oakland and Kansas City traded punts for the rest of the quarter before Murray busted out a 90-yard touchdown up the middle. Unfortunately, the tailback suffered a concussion soon thereafter, sidelining him for the rest of the game and putting his availability for the following week in doubt. It appears Murray has made significant progress, however, as Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune reports that he returned to practice Wednesday after being held out due to the league's concussion protocol. Though the Raiders have been eliminated from the postseason, there is still much on the line for the franchise. General manager Reggie McKenzie may need the team to show improvement over the final weeks of the season in order to avoid the axe while interim head coach Tony Sparano is trying to win over the front office in Oakland or others around the league. Having Murray on the field will go a long way towards helping the cause for both. Bears place Brian de la Puente on IR The Chicago Bears offense has been one of the league's most disappointing units. After finishing second in points a year ago, Chicago finds itself in the bottom half of the league in 2014. Head coach and play caller Marc Trestman has come under fire, as has quarterback Jay Cutler. Though there's still time to turn around the offense, injuries threaten to derail any progress. Starting guard Matt Slauson suffered a torn pectoral in late October, forcing the team to reshuffle the line. Now another change is in the offing, as starting center Brian de la Puente will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury according to the Chicago Tribune. De la Puente hurt his ankle at some point during the team's Week 12 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, though it is unclear when exactly the injury occurred. Replacing him in the lineup will be Robert Garza, the player de la Puente replaced at center earlier in the season. SB Nation
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick will officially start for Texans, has low fantasy value - Ryan Fitzpatrick will officially start for Texans, has low fantasy value The Palm Beach Post
    2014-11-26 Is Ryan Mallett's Injury Rick Smith's Opportunity? - The Texans are up against the cap and likely would have struggled to keep the team together in 2015. After injuries to two key players, however, their price tags may be just low enough to allow Rick Smith to work some contractual magic. In the category of "Silver Linings to Disastrous Situations", Ryan Mallett’s season-ending pectoral injury may be a blessing in disguise. I – along with most Texans fans – had lofty dreams of Mallett leading Houston to an improbable 11-5 record and a division title.  Alas, that was not meant to be. Instead, with Ryan Fitzpatrick back at quarterback, the Texans are likely relegated to finishing somewhere in the 8-8 range, which will stick them with a mid-round draft position. As disappointing as that outcome may be, Rick Smith may yet be able to turn Mallett’s injury into an opportunity to keep the core of this team together. As of today, the Texans have a very small amount of cap space at a measly $2 million due in large part to having over $20 million in dead money on the books. At the start of the next league year, all of that dead money will be cleared, leaving Rick Smith with a much more forgiving $12.2 million buffer zone. Furthermore, should the team decide to part ways with veteran corner Johnathan Joseph (who will be 31 next season), the Texans will have a whopping $20.7 million to work with at a minimum, depending on how much the salary cap increases next year. Considering that Mallett and star cornerback Kareem Jackson will both be free agents after this season, all of that available cash will likely come in handy during the annual March free agency frenzy. If the reports of Houston’s interest in bringing Mallett back for 2015 are true, one can assume that Mallett and his agent will be looking for a one or two year "prove it" deal to set up a monstrous payday down the line. Looking at other similar "prove it" quarterback contracts over the past few years, including Alex Smith’s one-year, $5 million deal in 2011, Matt Flynn’s three-year, $20.5 million contract in 2012, and Kyle Orton’s two-year, $11 million deal in 2014, one can assume that Mallett’s salary in a comparable deal will hover somewhere between $5 and $7 million dollars. For the sake of compromise in this post, I will settle at a one-year, $6 million deal as a springboard to allow Mallett to work for something substantially higher in 2016. After Mallett agreed to that contract, the Texans would then have just under $15 million left, assuming that Joseph is let go. Cornerbacks with top tier salaries are going for around $12 million a year these days.  Is Kareem Jackson worth that much money? When going off of accolades and national recognition, probably not.  When watching the Texans defense with and without Ice Kareem, his value is painfully obvious. According to Football Outsiders – one of the few statistics based websites I actually trust – the Texans are the best team in the entire NFL at stopping opposing "number two" receivers, and that is due in large part to Jackson blanketing them all day long. When trying to slow down "number one" receivers, Johnathan Joseph’s performance has the Texans ranked a disappointing 28th. I have thought for the past two seasons that K-Jax was the best defensive back on the team, but the secondary’s outings against the Eagles, Browns, and Bengals without Jackson have practically shouted "PAY ME, RICK!" on K-Jax's without even needing a marked up shoe. Simply put, the Texans need this guy on their team if they want to survive Andrew Luck twice a year. I have a hard time believing that Jackson will command $12 million a year despite never making the Pro Bowl or being voted as an All-Pro.  Then again, I have an harder time believing that Jackson will command anything less than recent cornerback signings like Alterraun Verner ($6.4 million per year) and Keenan Lewis ($5.1 million per year). Splitting the difference, I think it is perfectly reasonable to expect something in the range of a five-year, $35 million deal ($7 million per year) with incentives thrown in for Pro Bowl and All-Pro appearances. After signing Jackson in this scenario, that would leave another $8 million dollars available to sign other role players back to the team, like Brooks Reed, Tim Jamison, and even Derek Newton. Hell, Rick Smith could even take that money and go after a few well known 2015 free agents like Sean Weatherspoon, Terrance Knighton, Karl Klug, Brandon Marshall (linebacker), Shane Vereen, Tashaun Gipson, or Devin McCourty. This year may end up in soul-crushing disappointment, but in the NFL there is always a bright side to everything. For Texans fans, that bright side is next season…again. Titans vs Texans coverage Poll How much would you pay Kareem Jackson in a new contract? $5-6 million per year. $6-7 million per year. $7-8 million per year. $8-9 million per year. $9+ million per year.   1 votes | Results Battle Red Blog
    2014-11-26 Houston's Fitzpatrick to start for injured Mallett - HOUSTON (AP) - Ryan Fitzpatrick is getting a second chance to be Houston's quarterback on Sunday at Tennessee with Ryan Mallett out for the season with a chest injury. Milwaukee Journal
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick is again the starter at quarterback for the #Texans. READ: http://t.co/ZAUsmeU96z http://t.co/O2tAe0aNX9 - None twitter
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick gets his old job back, loses (most of) his beard: (via @ClaudiaIzet) http://t.co/YrBUEYWMcA http://t.co/nq5ExKbonf - None twitter
    2014-11-26 Texans still deciding between Savage, Lewis as backup - Texans coach Bill O’Brien has yet to make a decision about the team’s backup to starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. O’Brien said Wednesday that he will use the next few days to determine whether rookie Tom Savage or veteran Thaddeus Lewis will be the No. 2 QB against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at NRG Stadium. Twitter: ChronBrianSmith Houston Chronicle
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick Announced as Texans' Starting QB in Week 13 vs. Titans - After Ryan Mallett suffered torn pectoral muscles in Week 12, the Houston Texans are reverting back to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick to be their starting quarterback.    Head coach Bill O'Brien announced the decision Wednesday ahead of Week 13's AFC South matchup with the Tennessee Titans, per the Texans' official Twitter account:Fitzpatrick is a career journeyman who has never had sustained success as a starter. Other members of Houston's QB depth chart include another nomad in Thaddeus Lewis, who just signed with Houston this week, and raw, rookie fourth-round draft pick Tom Savage.O'Brien also discussed the battle to be Fitzpatrick's primary backup for the time being:This is not a promising situation for a team that has a playoff-caliber defense and running game. Although none of the top signal-callers in the 2014 NFL draft class has looked spectacular to date, one has to wonder what a reputed QB guru like O'Brien could have done with one of them if the Texans went that route.Instead, the team has gotten next to nothing out of No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, has still managed to have a respectable, 11th-ranked scoring defense and has not solved the vital issue under center.Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm referenced how underwhelming Clowney has been in his analysis of the Texans:With a 7.72 yards-per-attempt average, a touchdown-interception ratio of 11-to-8 and an 87.1 passer rating, Fitzpatrick hasn't been an abject disaster this season. However, he wasn't playing at a high enough level to avoid being benched.Now Houston finds itself further outside the playoff picture than it would like due to its overall negligence of the most important position and some untimely injury misfortune for Mallett.Read more Houston Texans news on BleacherReport.com B/R - Houston Texans
    2014-11-26 "Can't ask for a more understanding person from a quarterback standpoint," Godsey says of Fitzpatrick. #Texans - None twitter
    2014-11-26 Titans-Texans Preview - The Houston Texans need to be nearly perfect from here on out to have any chance at the playoffs. They'll also need Ryan Fitzpatrick to step up. Fox Sports
    2014-11-26 Texans going back to Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB http://t.co/jMKRGIxD7A - None twitter
    2014-11-26 JJ Watt Talks Titans - Texans star J.J. Watt spent some time Wednesday answering questions from Nashville media on this Sunday's meeting between the Titans and Texans in Houston. Scout - NFL
    2014-11-26 RT @ESPNNFL: Ryan Fitzpatrick shaved down his beard. "I finally got some time to look in the mirror and thought it was disgusting" http://t… - None twitter
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick trims epic beard, gets haircut - Ryan Fitzpatrick showed up to his locker with a newly trimmed beard and haircut on Wednesday. Houston Texans
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick trims epic beard, gets haircut - Ryan Fitzpatrick showed up to his locker with a newly trimmed beard and haircut on Wednesday. Houston Texans
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick prepping like he always has - Despite a change in starting quarterbacks, Ryan Fitzpatrick is still preparing the same way he always has. Houston Texans
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick prepping like he always has - Despite a change in starting quarterbacks, Ryan Fitzpatrick is still preparing the same way he always has. Houston Texans
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick To Start At QB For Houston #Texans Against Tennessee #Titans Sunday. http://t.co/MYJTzhaS3v - None twitter
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick To Start At QB For Houston Texans Against Tennessee Titans Sunday - With Ryan Mallett lost for the season, the Houston Texans will turn once again to Ryan Fitzpatrick to be their quarterback. Check out Battle Red Blog for what's sure to be the elation of Texans fans. "Elation" means "horror," right? Tania Ganguli tweets some Houston Texans quarterback news on this Thanksgiving Eve: Ryan Mallett has been officially placed on IR. Ryan Fitzpatrick is starting. Thad Lewis officially added to the active roster. #Texans — Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) November 26, 2014 It would appear Bill O'Brien has completely ignored the undeniable mandate of the Houston Texans fan base with his decision to start Ryan Fitzpatrick again. RESPECT THE POLL, O'BRIEN. STOP DISENFRANCHISING US. What's that? Fitzpatrick trimmed his beard? Ryan Fitzpatrick's new look. (Screen shot from ABC 13's locker room video, thanks!) #Texans pic.twitter.com/HvquIguVOf — Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) November 26, 2014 Fitzpatrick then promptly auditioned for "Last Comic Standing" and riffed about his new look: "I’m kind of mad you guys didn’t tell me I looked like that," Fitzpatrick joked Wednesday at NRG Stadium. "I finally got some time to look in the mirror and thought it was disgusting, so I had to trim it down a little bit." "It was more me just getting tired of having to pick corn out of it," Fitzpatrick. "When I eat pancakes in the morning with the syrup and stuff, that’ll be there for days. My wife will ask me, ‘Did you have pancakes this morning?’ And I’ll say, ‘No, it was four days ago.’ " Well, that changes everything. Verily, I have been pacified. Yup, no worries at all. Everything is gonna be A-OK with Fitzy under center. /whistles past graveyard Titans vs Texans coverage Battle Red Blog
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick To Start At QB For Houston Texans Against Tennessee Titans Sunday - Ryan Fitzpatrick To Start At QB For Houston Texans Against Tennessee Titans Sunday The Palm Beach Post
    2014-11-26 Texans place Ryan Mallett on season-ending IR - The Houston Texans placed Ryan Mallett on injured reserve Wednesday, officially bringing an end to his 2014 season.The 26-year-old had recently taken over for Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback until a pectoral injury suffered in Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals forced him to undergo surgery.Fitzpatrick returns to the starting role with Mallett's injury, but the Texans also signed free-agent quarterback Thad Lewis for additional depth at the position.Copyright © 2014 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license. theScore NFL
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick retakes starting role, removes most of beard: HOUSTON -- Among the two bits of Ryan F... http://t.co/BoY1vbdoNL #Texans - None twitter
    2014-11-26 The Texans have turned back to Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter. Read about it here: http://t.co/7KcTzSecNz - None twitter
    2014-11-26 Texans place Ryan Mallett on season-ending IR - Quarterback Ryan Mallett was placed on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the team’s new starting QB. Safety Terrance Parks (Florida State) was added to the Texans’ practice squad, while the signing of veteran QB Thaddeus Lewis was made official. Twitter: ChronBrianSmith Houston Chronicle
    2014-11-26 RT @taniaganguli: Ryan Fitzpatrick's new look. (Screen shot from ABC 13's locker room video, thanks!) #Texans http://t.co/HvquIguVOf - None twitter
    2014-11-26 Houston's Fitzpatrick to start for injured Mallett - The Houston Texans placed quarterback Ryan Mallett on injured reserve on Wednesday, meaning Ryan Fitzpatrick will start on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. … Click to Continue » Sports News | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com
    2014-11-26 Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick Shaves His Massive Beard After Regaining Starting Job - When Ryan Fitzpatrick was the starting quarterback the first time around for the Houston Texans there were two things fans talked about: (1) when are we going to start someone else? and (2) what the heck is up with that Grizzly Adams-on-steroids looking beard? That sucker was so massive it probably could have handled a small bird's nest.Well-- it appeared the first question was answered, but now he's back. However, while he may be back in the starting line-up it appears that his beard is not.@CaliCalrissianRead more » YardBarker
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick retakes starting role, removes most of beard - HOUSTON -- Among the two bits of Ryan Fitzpatrick news to appear today, one was much more shocking than the other. Fitzpatrick is returning to his starting role. Fitzpatrick has cut off most of his signature beard. "I'm kind of mad you guys didn't tell me I looked like that," he said. "I finally got some time to look in the mirror; thought it was disgusting." The beard shearing wasn't so much about getting a fresh start. "I think it was more just getting tired of having to pick corn out of it," he said. ESPN - Houston Texans
    2014-11-26 Titans-Texans Preview (The Associated Press) - The Houston Texans need to be nearly perfect from here on out to have any chance at the playoffs. They'll also need Ryan Fitzpatrick to step up. Yahoo Sports - Tennessee Titans
    2014-11-26 QB Fitzpatrick shows off new look - Ryan Fitzpatrick caught everyone's attention after he trimmed his famous beard. But why did he do it? Houston Texans
    2014-11-26 Houston's Fitzpatrick to start for injured Mallett - Fitzpatrick to start for Texans against Tennessee; Mallett out for season with injury          USA Today
    2014-11-26 Houston's Fitzpatrick to start for injured Mallett - HOUSTON (AP) Ryan Fitzpatrick says he'll start for the Houston Texans on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans with Ryan Mallett out for the season... SI.com Top Stories
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick shaves beard (and regains role as #Texans' starting QB) http://t.co/3PYDkA1GBo #NFL #Titans - None twitter
    2014-11-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick shaved his beard - None twitter
    2014-11-26 Now that is breaking. RT @taniaganguli: You guys. ATTENTION!! Ryan Fitzpatrick cut his beard. #Texans - None twitter
    2014-11-26 Houston's Fitzpatrick to start for injured Mallett (The Associated Press) - HOUSTON (AP) -- Ryan Fitzpatrick says he'll start for the Houston Texans on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans with Ryan Mallett out for the season. Yahoo Sports - Buffalo Bills
    2014-11-26 Michael Beller: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Who to start in final week of fantasy's regular season - Having your entire fantasy football roster at your disposal guarantees that you?ll have all your studs active in Week 13, but it can also make for more challenging decisions at the fringes of your lineup. Over the course of the entire season, there may not be much difference between a Torrey Smith and a Julian Edelman. There could be a chasm between the two, however, in any given week, and the wrong choice could have you looking ahead to 2015 a month before you had hoped to do so. SI.com Writers
    2014-11-26 Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for injured Ryan Mallett - The Texans placed quarterback Ryan Mallett on injured reserve Wednesday, tapping Ryan Fitzpatrick to start Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. espn
    2014-11-26 Five observations on Week 12 in the NFL: - Five observations on Week 12 in the NFL: Seattle is back in the hunt read more Florida Times Union
    2014-11-26 Five observations on Week 12 in the NFL - Five observations on Week 12 in the NFL: Seattle is back in the hunt read more Florida Times Union
    2014-11-26 Texans sign Thad Lewis from Bills - With Ryan Mallett out for the year the Texans scrounged around the league to find another quarterback; the Texans have signed Thad Lewis, pending a physical. Lewis has a connection to Texans head coach Bill O’Brien; Lewis was Duke’s quarterback when O’Brien was the team’s offensive coordinator (2006). Thad Lewis has been with three teams in four years, St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns and then on to the Buffalo Bills. The signing of Lewis isn’t much of a boost of confidence in rookie Tom Savage being the quarterback of the future. I doubt the Buffalo third stringer will come in and play, he will simply be the backup for Ryan Fitzpatrick. If Fitzpatrick gets injured or just becomes completely ineffective, Lewis might get a shot, it isnt that hard to imagine Fitzpatrick just falling apart. If circumstances see Lewis on the field I hope to see plays like this to Hopkins. http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000261444/Lewis-40-yard-TD-pass You may also be interested in: Texans sign Tha YardBarker
    2014-11-26 Texans sign Thad Lewis from Bills - With Ryan Mallett out for the year the Texans scrounged around the league to find another quarterback; the Texans have signed Thad Lewis, pending a physical. Lewis has a connection to Texans head coach Bill O’Brien; Lewis was Duke’s quarterback when O’Brien was the team’s offensive coordinator (2006). Thad Lewis has been with three teams in four years, St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns and then on to the Buffalo Bills. The signing of Lewis isn’t much of a boost of confidence in rookie Tom Savage being the quarterback of the future. I doubt the Buffalo third stringer will come in and play, he will simply be the backup for Ryan Fitzpatrick. If Fitzpatrick gets injured or just becomes completely ineffective, Lewis might get a shot, it isnt that hard to imagine Fitzpatrick just falling apart. If circumstances see Lewis on the field I hope to see plays like this to Hopkins. http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000261444/Lewis-40-yard-TD-pass You may also be interested in: Texans sign Tha YardBarker
    2014-11-26 Texans sign Thad Lewis from Bills - With Ryan Mallett out for the year the Texans scrounged around the league to find another quarterback; the Texans have signed Thad Lewis, pending a physical. Lewis has a connection to Texans head coach Bill O’Brien; Lewis was Duke’s quarterback when O’Brien was the team’s offensive coordinator (2006). Thad Lewis has been with three teams in four years, St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns and then on to the Buffalo Bills. The signing of Lewis isn’t much of a boost of confidence in rookie Tom Savage being the quarterback of the future. I doubt the Buffalo third stringer will come in and play, he will simply be the backup for Ryan Fitzpatrick. If Fitzpatrick gets injured or just becomes completely ineffective, Lewis might get a shot, it isnt that hard to imagine Fitzpatrick just falling apart. If circumstances see Lewis on the field I hope to see plays like this to Hopkins. http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000261444/Lewis-40-yard-TD-pass You may also be interested in: Texans sign Tha YardBarker
    2014-11-25 Savage 'Not Ready to Play' Texans to Rely on Fitzpatrick, Likely Re-Sign Mallett - The Houston Texans defense is one of the most formidable in the AFC with J.J. Watt at the helm, but their offense continues to struggle. With quarterback Tom Savage "not ready to play," the Texans will likely turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick for the remainder of the season and re-sign Ryan Mallett to a one-year extension, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Who will finish the season as the Texans' starting quarterback? Watch John McClain and Bleacher Report's Adam Lefkoe discuss the future of the Texans quarterbacks.  brvideo
    2014-11-25 What about Tom Savage? - HOUSTON -- For the past six months, since being drafted in the fourth round by the Houston Texans, Tom Savage has understood this: It's not his time yet. "I think that’s my main goal right now is just to keep improving and kind of put myself in a good situation so that whenever that time comes, whether it’s next year or this year, just be ready to go," Savage said the day before Ryan Mallett was named the Texans' starter, supplanting Ryan Fitzpatrick. ESPN NFL
    2014-11-25 What about Tom Savage? - HOUSTON -- For the past six months, since being drafted in the fourth round by the Houston Texans, Tom Savage has understood this: It's not his time yet. "I think that’s my main goal right now is just to keep improving and kind of put myself in a good situation so that whenever that time comes, whether it’s next year or this year, just be ready to go," Savage said the day before Ryan Mallett was named the Texans' starter, supplanting Ryan Fitzpatrick. ESPN AFC South
    2014-11-25 What about Tom Savage? - HOUSTON -- For the past six months, since being drafted in the fourth round by the Houston Texans, Tom Savage has understood this: It's not his time y... espn
    2014-11-25 Tom Savage not expected to play unless Texans eliminated from playoff contention - Getty Images The Texans are expected to return the keys to the offense to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick while they are still in playoff contention. Fitzpatrick was not awful as the Texans starter this season but did little to advance the teams chances of winning. He was replaced by Ryan Mallett two games ago but a pectoral injury to Mallett has Fitzpatrick back for more starts. Rookie Tom Savage continues to sit on the bench waiting for his chance and signs point to him waiting longer. At 5-6 on the season the Texans are still in the AFC playoff race – even if it is barely. With games against the Titans and Jaguars in the coming weeks they could climb back above .500 before facing off against the Colts and Ravens. The Texans could be in a position to need only one win in those games as they do get the Jaguars again to finish out the regular season. Of course if Fitzpatrick is unable to do anything this week and the Texans lose they very well could pull the plug on him and insert Savage. YardBarker
    2014-11-25 Risers and Fallers: Stock Up, Stock Down: Week 12 - Raymond Summerlin examines which fantasy football players saw their stock rise or fall during Week 12 of the NFL season. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
    2014-11-25 Texans Injury Update: Ryan Mallett out for season - The Houston Texans thought they were going to have almost half of a season worth of games to evaluate the play of quarterback Ryan Mallett, who took over as the starter in week 11, but unfortunately his season is now over. #459495798 / gettyimages.com It was reported that Mallett may have suffered a torn pectoral muscle during warmups on Sunday, and after an MRI yesterday, those fears were confirmed.Just left Texans dressing room and I'm told Mallett is out for rest of season.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) November 24, 2014 The Texans are currently 5-6 and two games out of first place in the AFC South division and have a decision about what direction they want to go in. They could replace Mallett with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started the team's first nine games but struggled enough to be benched for Mallett, or they can see what they have in rookie Tom Savage, who they drafted in the fourth round this year. If the Texans want to try and fight for the playoffs, my guess is they would go with Fitzpatrick, YardBarker
    2014-11-25 Houston Texans News: November 25, 2014 - Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Houston Texans News Ryan Mallett of Houston Texans done for season - ESPNTexans quarterback Ryan Mallett will miss the rest of the season due to a torn right pectoral muscle, according to media reports. After losing Ryan Mallett to injury, Texans intend to sign QB Thaddeus Lewis - Ultimate TexansWith starting QB Ryan Mallett done for the year due to a torn right pectoral muscle, the Texans are in need of another signal caller. The team intends to sign veteran Thaddeus Lewis to round out a unit that features veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tom Savage. Texans return to messy QB situation - Houston ChronicleO'Brien raises questions by deciding to keep injured quarterback on field Texans’ linemen noticed Mallett was in pain vs. Bengals - Ultimate TexansYour vote is being added to the total. Votes are not reflected in the tallies immediately. The Texans’ Duane Brown and Brandon Brooks acknowledged that they don’t know what exactly was troubling quarterback Ryan Mallett during a home loss Sunday to Cincinnati. Ryan Fitzpatrick unsure about Texans’ QB situation - Ultimate TexansMonday wasn’t normal for the Texans, who lost starter Ryan Mallett for the season due to a right pectoral injury. Ryan Mallett Out for Year; Is Tom Savage Ready to Start for Texans? | Bleacher ReportHouston Texans news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more Thad Lewis agrees to terms with Houston Texans - NFL.comThad Lewis has found a home. The Texans agreed to terms with the quarterback on Monday. Will Lewis see the field in Houston? Around the League Monday Night Football results: Bills, Ravens win on Monday night - SBNation.comThe Bills had to play a home game in Detroit, but it didn't matter as beat the Jets 38-3. The Ravens and Saints went back-and-forth in the second game with a few big plays in the fourth quarter giving the Ravens an edge and a 34-27 win. Chiefs safety Eric Berry believed to have lymphoma - SBNation.comThe Chiefs placed the safety on the non-football injury list. MMBM Week 12- What Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch really means - SBNation.comThe week's most important NFL column explores all the hottest issues facing the league today. Johnny Manziel and his entourage involved in Cleveland brawl, per report - SBNation.comA police report obtained by Scene suggests Manziel's crew assaulted a fan who approached the quarterback for a hug. From Odell Beckham to Mike Smith, the best and worst of NFL Week 12 - SBNation.comIntroducing The Sporting Gentleman, the highest-brow, upper-crustiest NFL show ever made. Anquan Boldin calls Jim Haslett 'irrelevant' after sideline altercation - SBNation.comThe wide receiver and defensive coordinator exchanged words late in the Washington-49ers game. Mike Smith's seat heating up after timeout debacle - SBNation.comThe Falcons head coach is taking intense criticism after poor clock management dropped them to 4-7 Sunday. Houston & Collegiate Sports BA's Top 10 Astros Prospects - The Crawfish BoxesBaseball America published its Astros Top 10 prospects list today, and TCB debates it. Harden carries Rockets to victory over Knicks, Anthony leaves early - The Dream ShakeJames Harden is able to lift Houston over New York, but injuries remain a problem for the immediate future. Watson: Texas QB Jerrod Heard "starting to get it" - Burnt Orange NationThe Denton Guyer product wasn't ready to play this fall, but he's getting closer to being ready. Red Raider Gridiron: Mike Smith and Eric Morris Discuss Texas Tech; Mike Mitchell to be one of Defense's Best Players - Viva The MatadorsMike Smith and Eric Morris discuss the Iowa State win and we've got non-transcripts of their weekly press conferences. Plus, Smith says that Ohio State transfer LB Mike Mitchell will be one of the defenses best players next year. Gary Patterson is here to stay. Forever. - Frogs O' WarIn a special edition of 'Overreaction Monday', we remind you that Gary's not leaving TCU. And he never will. Gary Patterson is here to stay. Forever. - Frogs O' WarIn a special edition of 'Overreaction Monday', we remind you that Gary's not leaving TCU. And he never will. Meet The Press: Baylor vs. Texas Tech - Our Daily BearsIt's time to start getting ready for Texas Tech, which means we're kicking off with the weekly Meet The Press event. First Glance - LSU @ Texas A&M - Good Bull HuntingDetails about Thursday night's matchup at Kyle Field. The Texas Pregamer: TCU - Barking CarnivalIt's been a big week. You want bowl eligibility? We got that. QB commitments? Just move Swoopes to TE and Heard to Long Snapper. Want to start the season against Notre Dame? Don't say we never... Battle Red Blog
    2014-11-25 Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings: Position-by-Position Breakdown - For most fantasy football leagues, Week 13 is the penultimate week of the regular season and studying the latest rankings in order to walk away victorious has never been more important to owners. Bye weeks are no longer an excuse, but injuries have taken their toll on most teams at some point this season. With three Thursday games and a schedule full of intriguing divisional and interconference matchups, this week is crucial for fantasy owners. Here is a position-by-position fantasy breakdown heading into Week 13. When in doubt, start the higher-ranked player on each list.   Quarterbacks Few quarterbacks deal with more scrutiny than Washington Redskins star Robert Griffin III, but fantasy owners must take a leap of faith and use the former No. 2 overall pick as their starter in Week 13 against the Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis' pass defense is ranked 20th in the NFL, allowing 249.4 yards per game. If there was ever a time for Griffin to return to the elite form he showed in his rookie season, it would be Sunday afternoon against the Colts. After throwing for just 106 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions in Week 12, Washington must look to give Griffin more opportunities to lead the team to victory. With a larger workload, Griffin could have a huge statistical game in a favorable matchup at the most opportune time for fantasy owners.   Running Backs Two running backs to consider this week will go head-to-head Sunday when the Green Bay Packers play the New England Patriots. If you have Eddie Lacy or LeGarrette Blount on your roster, get them into your lineup in Week 13. Lacy has continued to emerge as a No. 1 running back in fantasy this season and has put up big numbers in the passing game and on the ground. With over 1,000 all-purpose yards and nine total touchdowns, fantasy owners should be starting Lacy every week without exception. Add in a favorable matchup against a beatable New England front seven (giving up 108.2 rushing yards per game), and Lacy should have a big fantasy output. On the other side of the field, Blount has stolen the show from backup Jonas Gray and emerged as the Patriots’ preferable option as the primary between-the-tackles back. In Blount’s first start with New England since being released by Pittsburgh, he amassed 78 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy owners should be wary of Shane Vereen stealing carries and Gray eventually being used more often, but Blount is a legitimate red-zone threat and a bruising back who will get touches in Bill Belichick’s offense. Owners should use Blount as a Week 13 flex against Green Bay's 30th-ranked run defense.   Wide Receivers Finding receivers that won’t let you down in Week 13 is imperative to your success, and Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans and Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins will be keys to victory. For fantasy owners who took the educated risk drafting a rookie like Evans and didn’t abandon ship when he went the first three games without a touchdown, you are being rewarded tenfold with his recent streak of success. Over the last four games, Evans has 24 receptions for 505 yards and six touchdowns. Tampa Bay has a favorable matchup against a Cincinnati Bengals pass defense that gives up 243.5 yards per game, and fantasy owners should start Evans as a borderline WR1/WR2 with high expectations. One receiver who owners are down on is Hopkins. With the season-ending injury to quarterback Ryan Mallett, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans will once again turn the reins over to Ryan Fitzpatrick: The good news is that Hopkins and Fitzpatrick were developing a nice rhythm before the QB was benched. In Fitzpatrick’s final two starts, he targeted Hopkins 22 times for 210 yards and one touchdown. Houston squares off against a Tennessee Titans team that is coming off a beating at the hands of the high-powered Philadelphia Eagles offense. No one will mistake the Texans for the Eagles, but Houston has the blueprint to have a big offensive day against the Titans.   Tight Ends It took awhile for the Dallas Cowboys to once again lean on tight end Jason Witten in the passing game, but he has caught 20 passes over the last four games compared to 23 receptions through the first seven games of the season. Witten has also scored three touchdowns over the last four games, including a crucial score against the New York Giants Sunday night. While Witten still isn’t amassing the yardage owners would like, the red-zone dependence on him should result in a steady stream of touchdowns. Against a beatable Philadelphia defense on Thursday, Witten should be a big part of the Dallas game plan and should have a big day on the stat sheet.   Team Defenses The Cincinnati Bengals defense was dominated early in the season, but has excelled over the past two weeks, allowing just 23 total points. With a matchup against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense that has only scored 20-plus points once since Week 6, fantasy owners who stream defenses should pick up Cincinnati if they are available.   Kickers Philadelphia Eagles kicker Cody Parkey had the best game of his young career, hitting five of his six field-goal opportunities and all four of his extra points. Philadelphia will likely be involved in a shootout against Dallas on Thursday, and fantasy owners should expect Parkey to play a big role in keeping the score close.   *Stats via NFL.com.Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com B/R NFL
    2014-11-25 This Week in Hurt: We hardly knew you, Ryan Mallett - Every injury is horrible, but some injuries also having the added bonus of brutally cruel timing. Welcome to your life, Ryan Mallett. Ryan Mallett learns that sometimes the universe can hate you Over his first three NFL seasons Ryan Mallett attempted four meaningful regular-season passes. That tends to happen when you’re Tom Brady’s backup, but […] This Given Sunday
    2014-11-25 This Week in Hurt: We hardly knew you, Ryan Mallett - Every injury is horrible, but some injuries also having the added bonus of brutally cruel timing. Welcome to your life, Ryan Mallett. Ryan Mallett learns that sometimes the universe can hate you Over his first three NFL seasons Ryan Mallett attempted four meaningful regular-season passes. That tends to happen when you’re Tom Brady’s backup, but there was an annual early-offseason tradition of Mallett’s name surfacing as trade bait. A deal finally materialized in early September, with the New England Patriots sending Mallett to the Houston Texans. There he joined Bill O’Brien, the former Patriots offensive coordinator turned Texans head coach, and was finally given a chance to start after Ryan Fitzpatrick’s inevitable face plant. So of course he tore his pectoral during warm-ups prior to his second start. He’ll miss the rest of the season, and he’s yet another reminder that it’s hard to have nice things in the NFL. Just left Texans dressing room and I’m told Mallett is out for rest ... YardBarker
    2014-11-25 Texans sign quarterback Thad Lewis - getty images With quarterback Ryan Mallett done for the season the Houston Texans have added  Thad Lewis to their roster. Lewis will be the Texans No. 3 quarterback meaning he may not necessarily be active on game day, especially if rookie Tom Savage proves that he is capable. The Texans have reached the bottom of the barrel here as Lewis was absolutely dreadful this preseason while with the Buffalo Bills. Lewis finished the 2013 season by appearing in six games completing 59.2-percent of his passes for 1092 yards and four touchdowns while throwing three interceptions. The Texans will hope that they do not need to turn to Lewis at any point this year. Whether or not the Texans give the keys to the offense back to Ryan Fitzpatrick or move on to Savage is the bigger question. YardBarker
    2014-11-25 Texans sign quarterback Thad Lewis - getty images With quarterback Ryan Mallett done for the season the Houston Texans have added  Thad Lewis to their roster. Lewis will be the Texans No. 3 quarterback meaning he may not necessarily be active on game day, especially if rookie Tom Savage proves that he is capable. The Texans have reached the bottom of the barrel here as Lewis was absolutely dreadful this preseason while with the Buffalo Bills. Lewis finished the 2013 season by appearing in six games completing 59.2-percent of his passes for 1092 yards and four touchdowns while throwing three interceptions. The Texans will hope that they do not need to turn to Lewis at any point this year. Whether or not the Texans give the keys to the offense back to Ryan Fitzpatrick or move on to Savage is the bigger question. YardBarker
    2014-11-25 Thaddeus Lewis to Sign with Texans: Latest Contract Details, Analysis, Reaction - The Houston Texans' scramble to add quarterback depth resulted in signing veteran journeyman Thaddeus Lewis on Monday.      ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the news:As is noted above, the acquisition of Lewis was triggered by a season-ending torn pectoral muscle suffered by Ryan Mallett in Houston's Week 12 loss to Cincinnati, per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:Mallett had supplanted another NFL nomad in Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter under center. Fitzpatrick is likely to be the man the Texans turn to in the wake of Mallett's injury, but Lewis provides some experienced insurance.Lewis, 27, made one start in the 2012 regular-season finale for the Cleveland Browns, where he played decently but lost the game to the Pittsburgh Steelers.Nick Mathews of the Houston Chronicle outlined what Lewis did in Buffalo last year, and also alluded to a loose connection between Lewis and Texans coach Bill O'Brien:A 2010 undrafted free agent out of Duke, Lewis had a successful collegiate career before joining the St. Louis Rams. Then-offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur brought Lewis in when he was the head coach in Cleveland for a time.Prior to Lewis' time in Buffalo he spent time with the Detroit Lions.Rookie fourth-round pick Tom Savage is the other QB on the Texans' roster, but it appears Houston doesn't feel comfortable with the prospect of him being one play away from his NFL debut. Although Savage has a huge arm, he is a project the Texans evidently don't want to rush onto the gridiron.If Fitzpatrick plays poorly enough, it's feasible that Lewis' recent starting experience could get him on the field. More likely, though, Lewis will be serving as more of a mentor to Savage in the event that either of them needs to play this season.Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com B/R NFL
    2014-11-24 Ryan Fitzpatrick unsure about Texans’ QB situation - What grade do you give the Texans in their loss to the Bengals? A B C D F View Results Your vote is being added to the total. Votes are not reflected in the tallies immediately.  Loading ... Monday wasn’t normal for the Texans, who lost starter Ryan Mallett for the season due to a right pectoral injury. It somewhat was for Ryan Fitzpatrick. The veteran quarterback and Week 1-9 starter spent the day after the Texans’ 22-13 home loss to Cleveland preparing like normal for his team’s next opponent, the Tennessee Titans. While several teammates commended QB Ryan Mallett for playing through a pectoral injury — the Texans haven’t [...] Houston Chronicle
    2014-11-24 Texans lose QB Ryan Mallett for season - What grade do you give the Texans in their loss to the Bengals? A B C D F View Results Your vote is being added to the total. Votes are not reflected in the tallies immediately.  Loading ... Quarterback Ryan Mallett is out for the season with a torn right pectoral muscle that will require surgery, according to two familiar with the situation. The Texans have refused to comment today. Coach Bill O’Brien has his regularly scheduled Monday news conference at 2:30 today. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started the first nine games and compiled a 4-5 record, is expected to start against Tennessee on Sunday. Rookie Tom Savage is the other [...] Houston Chronicle
    2014-11-24 Quotes: The day after - Members of the Houston Texans spoke to the media on Monday. Houston Texans
    2014-11-24 Quotes: The day after - Members of the Houston Texans spoke to the media on Monday. Houston Texans
    2014-11-24 Houston's Mallett's status unclear for Sunday - Houston QB Ryan Mallett being evaluated for undisclosed injury; status unclear for Sunday          USA Today
    2014-11-24 Ryan Mallett Out for Year; Is Tom Savage Ready to Start for Texans? - When a team goes through quarterbacks like a window shopper at a department store, often you'll notice the fans getting attached to the idea of a certain quarterback and ignoring the warts. For the Houston Texans, previous examples have included "I can't believe this T.J. Yates isn't made out of any Schaub-like materials" and "I buy this ratty Case Keenum dress because I support local businesses." On Monday, news broke that newly instated starting signal-caller Ryan Mallett is done for the season with a torn right pectoral muscle, per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport (via NFL.com's Marc Sessler). Mallett's injury is not a huge loss for the Texans, because, as I've previously written, there wasn't much upside for the Texans to tap. It is, however, a big gain for those attached to the idea of Mallett, who can now theoretically point out that his bad start was the product of the injury that ended his season. (Especially if you ignore the part where a lot of Mallett's throws against Cincinnati were poorly considered before he even let the ball go.) Regardless of how you see Mallett, it's a tough break for a player who waited years to get his opportunity and wasn't able to seize on it due to injury. As a free agent next offseason, Mallett will likely again be getting offers only for backup roles.  This turns the Texans back to square zero at the quarterback spot. It's still too early to say exactly to whom the Texans will turn, but the smart money is on them going back to placeholder Ryan Fitzpatrick. Houston media swarmed him on Monday.  I have no idea. We just came in and got a workout. There’s a lot of things swirling in the air right now. But there’s not a whole lot of information, other than what you guys probably know. I’m not really sure. ... Maybe when things get figured I’ll probably have a better shot at talking to you guys and giving (you) something but I don’t know anything. But nature abhors a vacuum, and given that the Texans already moved on from Fitzpatrick once, it's worth considering just how ready rookie fourth-round quarterback Tom Savage is to start for the Texans. Unfortunately, we can't see inside the locker room. Since we have no way to access how Savage is absorbing Bill O'Brien's system, we really have no way to tell how much he has improved since the preseason.  If you didn't watch his preseason play—and if it's not part of your job description, I advocate that you do not do so—Savage played at what can best be described as an embryonic level. He checked down, checked down and checked down some more on his way to accumulating a high completion percentage with an extremely low yards per attempt.  Since the preseason, the Texans have shown almost no sign of remembering that Savage is on the roster. He's been inactive for every game this season, and despite Mallett having zero experience with the team, the latter immediately took over backup duties from Savage upon being acquired from New England.  So while, in theory, it makes sense for the Texans to turn to Savage in the same way that the Tennessee Titans turned their season over to Zach Mettenberger—because no other quarterback on the roster has received as significant an investment—the best guess without being in the building is that the Texans see Savage as a developmental quarterback. In other words, he's probably not ready to play yet, and watching him try to do so would elicit memories of Dave Ragone for Texans fans.  Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle doesn't see that as reason enough to go back to Fitzpatrick:  Houston knows that Fitzpatrick isn't good enough to be its starter. If Savage isn't ready to attempt to do so either, the Texans need to go right back to QuarterbackMart and try on some nice winterwear quarterbacks in the hopes that they can find a future backup or Brian Hoyer-type. It's too late to tank the season, and the Jacksonville Jaguars and Titans are doing a better job of it than Houston could aspire to.  The Texans should see if an unsigned free agent like Thad Lewis, who played competently for the Buffalo Bills in 2013, can help them. They should be exploring off-brands like B.J. Coleman and Bryn Renner. They might even consider a practice-squad raid on a quarterback like Keith Wenning, Zac Dysert or Stephen Morris. They could even try out Case Kee ... OK, we already know that's not happening again. The Texans had a chance in the 2014 draft to pick a quarterback high and commit to him. They decided not to take Blake Bortles over outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. They decided not to trade up to snag Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater, or select Derek Carr with the 33rd pick. Because they didn't, they committed to being window shoppers for another season. And as Black Friday approaches, Houston must continue to try to find the best deal it can at quarterback.   Rivers McCown is the AFC South lead writer for Bleacher Report and the co-host of the Three-Cone Drill podcast. His work has also appeared on Football Outsiders and ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter at @riversmccown. Read more Houston Texans news on BleacherReport.com B/R - Houston Texans
    2014-11-24 Ryan Mallett out for the season with torn pectoral - Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett will miss the rest of the season because of a torn right pectoral muscle, according to the Houston Chronicle. Mallett injured the muscle in his first career start Nov. 6 against the Cleveland Browns, but he played through the injury during Sunday’s game. Mallett replaced former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, who compiled a 4-5 record.  On Sunday, Mallett completed just 21-of-45 passes for 189 yards and no touchdowns with one interception. With this Ryan Mallett news, he won’t reach playtime numbers required to up draft-pick compensation. So NE will receive HOU 7th-rounder. — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 24, 2014                         The post Ryan Mallett out for the season with torn pectoral appeared first on SportsGlory. YardBarker
    2014-11-24 Ryan Mallett out for the season with torn pectoral - Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett will miss the rest of the season because of a torn right pectoral muscle, according to the Houston Chronicle. Mallett injured the muscle in his first career start Nov. 6 against the Cleveland Browns, but he played through the injury during Sunday’s game. Mallett replaced former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, who compiled a 4-5 record.  On Sunday, Mallett completed just 21-of-45 passes for 189 yards and no touchdowns with one interception. With this Ryan Mallett news, he won’t reach playtime numbers required to up draft-pick compensation. So NE will receive HOU 7th-rounder. — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 24, 2014                         The post Ryan Mallett out for the season with torn pectoral appeared first on SportsGlory. YardBarker
    2014-11-24 Houston's Mallett's status unclear for Sunday (The Associated Press) - HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston quarterback Ryan Mallett is being evaluated for an undisclosed injury and coach Bill O'Brien said Monday more about his status will be known later this week. Yahoo Sports - Tennessee Titans
    2014-11-24 Game Prep Monday: More Quarterback Questions - After Mallett's right pectoral injury against the Bengals, there are more questions than answers about the Texans' quarterback situation CBS Local
    2014-11-24 QB Fitzpatrick: "Like Riding a Bike" - Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick addresses the media in the locker room on Monday. Houston Texans
    2014-11-24 QB Fitzpatrick: "Like Riding a Bike" - Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick addresses the media in the locker room on Monday. Houston Texans
    2014-11-24 Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins Updated Fantasy Outlook After Ryan Mallett Injury - Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett will reportedly need season-ending surgery on the pectoral muscle he injured in Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals.   John McClain of the Houston Chronicle and Mark Berman of Fox 26 reported the news Monday:For fantasy owners, the focus shifts to the value of elite wide receivers Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins as Houston turns the reins over once again to former starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.During the nine-game stretch Fitzpatrick started earlier this season, he averaged just 217.8 yards per game and only managed 11 touchdowns with eight interceptions. With an average of 7.72 yards per pass, Fitzpatrick is dependent on the short-yardage game, and that will limit the deep-threat factor of both Johnson and Hopkins.    The move to Fitzpatrick hurts Hopkins' value the most. Mallett was targeting Hopkins consistently, including nine times in Week 12. The two were developing a rapport, but the move back to Fitzpatrick will likely have the offensive unit leaning more on Johnson.  On the season, Johnson has been targeted 104 times to Hopkins’ 81 times. Owners with Johnson or Hopkins should not panic, though. The Texans will continue to lean on the passing attack as running back Arian Foster deals with a nagging groin injury. The result should be plenty of targets to go around.In a favorable Week 13 matchup against the Tennessee Titans, fantasy owners should ride with Johnson as a WR2 in all fantasy formats and Hopkins as a flex play or WR3 with high upside. *Stats via NFL.com. Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com B/R NFL
    2014-11-24 Ryan Mallett's Season Over - Pectoral - The Houston Texans turned their season over to Ryan Mallett a few weeks back, and an injury suffered during warmups, has ended his season.  After a nice start in a win over the Cleveland Browns, Mallett struggled through 45 pass attempts, in 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.  He did spread the ball around to 6 different receivers, each with at least 3 receptions, TE Garrett Graham led the team with 41 yards.   Andre Johnson caught 10 of his 22 targets from Mallet in the last two weeks, gaining 104 yards. DeAndre Hopkins caught 9 of 17 targets, for 119 yards.  Johnson has just 1 TD on the season, and since Week 4, the duo has caught just 2 TDs. #454487624 / gettyimages.com Could the Texans take a look at rookie Tom Savage? Or are they better off going back to the veteran in Ryan Fitzpatrick? Regardless, the only player you want starting in the Texans lineup on your fantasy football team come playoffs times is Arian Foster....if he ever gets healthy!  Rookie Alfred Blue has gained 202 YardBarker
    2014-11-24 Ryan Mallett's Season Over - Pectoral - The Houston Texans turned their season over to Ryan Mallett a few weeks back, and an injury suffered during warmups, has ended his season.  After a nice start in a win over the Cleveland Browns, Mallett struggled through 45 pass attempts, in 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.  He did spread the ball around to 6 different receivers, each with at least 3 receptions, TE Garrett Graham led the team with 41 yards.   Andre Johnson caught 10 of his 22 targets from Mallet in the last two weeks, gaining 104 yards. DeAndre Hopkins caught 9 of 17 targets, for 119 yards.  Johnson has just 1 TD on the season, and since Week 4, the duo has caught just 2 TDs. #454487624 / gettyimages.com Could the Texans take a look at rookie Tom Savage? Or are they better off going back to the veteran in Ryan Fitzpatrick? Regardless, the only player you want starting in the Texans lineup on your fantasy football team come playoffs times is Arian Foster....if he ever gets healthy!  Rookie Alfred Blue has gained 202 YardBarker
    2014-11-24 Report: Texans' Ryan Mallett out for the season with pectoral injury - Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallet will miss the remainder of the 2014 season due to a pectoral injury, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.The quarterback out of Arkansas, who recently unseated Ryan Fitzpatrick as the team's starter, reportedly played through the injury which he suffered in his first start on Nov. 16 against the Cleveland Browns.Mallett is reportedly set to undergo surgery.I feel terrible for Mallett. Worked his butt off, kept his mouth shut, played well in first start, played hurt and will have surgery.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) November 24, 2014 Mallett completed 41-of-75 passes for 400 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions this season. Copyright © 2014 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license. theScore NFL
    2014-11-24 With Ryan Mallett out for season, Ryan Fitzpatrick says he's unsure about #Texans' QB situation http://t.co/5mi2ftyfRm #NFL - None twitter
    2014-11-24 RT @PFTCommenter: Ryan Fitzpatrick might just be the spark that Texas was looking for folks - None twitter
    2014-11-24 Ryan Mallett’s pectoral injury a season-ender - Ryan Mallett waited nearly four years for a chance to start in the NFL, and that chance ended after two weeks. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the pectoral injury suffered by the Texans quarterback yesterday against the Bengals was season-ending. The Texans will now have to turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick, though… Pro Football Talk
    2014-11-24 Texans lose Ryan Mallett for the year - It looks like it is the Ryan Fitzpatrick will be back at the helm a week and a half after losing his starting spot. Mallett tore his pectoral muscle and this is a huge loss for the fighting Texans. @McClain_on_NFL: Just left Texans dressing room and I’m told Mallett is out for rest of season. […] The post Texans lose Ryan Mallett for the year appeared first on NFL Draft Diamonds. YardBarker
    2014-11-24 Fitzpatrick said he hasn't been told about Mallett's status or if he's starting against the Titans. #Texans - None twitter
    2014-11-24 Reports: Texans' Ryan Mallett done for season with pec injury (Shutdown Corner) - After starting only two games for the Houston Texans, Ryan Mallett's season reportedly is done. He suffered a season-ending pectoral injury in Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and, per the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, will be shut down for the remainder of the year. Just left Texans dressing room and I'm told Mallett is out for rest of season. — John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) November 24, 2014 The report later was confimed by other media outlets in a conga line thereafter. [ Join FanDuel.com's $1.75M Week 13 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 14,530 teams paid ] Mallett was promoted to the starting lineup and played well in a win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 11 but struggled in the Week 12 loss to the Bengals. The man he replaced, Ryan Fitzpatrick, now will re-enter the starting lineup for the 5-6 Texans, whose playoff hopes are dim now at best. The Texans also could turn to fifth-round pick Tom Savage, who reportedly has struggled at times since joining the team, down the stretch. In Week 13, the Texans play the Tennessee Titans, and they have two more games remaining against the last-place Jacksonville Jaguars in the final five weeks of the season. Mallett's future is unknown, as he heads into free agency in the offseason. He still appears to be the best option for the team as far as who is currently on the roster, but head coach Bill O'Brien certainly could look to make a clean sweep and look elsewhere for his team's next starter. In two starts (three games) this season, Mallett completed 41-of-75 passes (54.7 percent) for 400 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. In Sunday's loss, playing through the injury for part of the game, Mallett completed 21-of-45 passes for 189 yards and a pick. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm Yahoo Sports - Cincinnati Bengals
    2014-11-24 Fitzpatrick said his whole career has been about being ready for an opportunity. Said it's like riding a bike. #Texans - None twitter
    2014-11-24 If Ryan Mallett Has To Miss Time, Should The #Texans Start Ryan Fitzpatrick Or Tom Savage? http://t.co/8FcPSi2NlZ - None twitter
    2014-11-24 Texans Injury Update: Ryan Mallett's season could be over - The Houston Texans made the decision to bench quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in favor of the young Ryan Mallett, whom the Texans obtained via a trade from the New England Patriots just prior to the start of the season. Mallett was named the starter prior to Week 11, but it looks like Fitzpatrick will have to lace of his spikes and take the reins once again as Ryan Mallett may be done for the season. #459495798 / gettyimages.com NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, according to NFL.com, was told by a source that Ryan Mallett may have torn his right pectoral muscle during pregame warmups prior to the contest with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Mallet was on the Week 12 injury report with a chest injury and although he did play, he struggled, going 21-45 for 189 yards and a pick.Mallett is scheduled for an MRI on Monday and the team should have a better idea of the extent of the injury shortly. It's a tough break for Mallett, who becomes a free agent after the season. It appears as though the Texans are prepared to g YardBarker
    2014-11-24 Texans Injury Update: Ryan Mallett's season could be over - The Houston Texans made the decision to bench quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in favor of the young Ryan Mallett, whom the Texans obtained via a trade from the New England Patriots just prior to the start of the season. Mallett was named the starter prior to Week 11, but it looks like Fitzpatrick will have to lace of his spikes and take the reins once again as Ryan Mallett may be done for the season. #459495798 / gettyimages.com NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, according to NFL.com, was told by a source that Ryan Mallett may have torn his right pectoral muscle during pregame warmups prior to the contest with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Mallet was on the Week 12 injury report with a chest injury and although he did play, he struggled, going 21-45 for 189 yards and a pick.Mallett is scheduled for an MRI on Monday and the team should have a better idea of the extent of the injury shortly. It's a tough break for Mallett, who becomes a free agent after the season. It appears as though the Texans are prepared to g YardBarker
    2014-11-24 Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 13: Ryan Mallett sees fantasy stock falling - Ryan Mallett stumbled on Sunday and now may be dealing with a season-ending injury. We take a look at his fantasy value moving forward. If Ryan Mallett is the future of the Houston Texans, he hasn't proven it yet. Mallett finished Sunday's loss against the Cincinnati Bengals 21-of-45 for 189 yards, one interception, and zero touchdowns. There seemed to be no chemistry happening with Houston's offense, as Mallett was erratic and inaccurate for most of the afternoon. It wasn't until after the game that reports surfaced regarding Mallett dealing with a torn pectoral muscle on Sunday. His injury could possibly keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season. It's unlikely that the Texans want to return to Ryan Fitzpatrick, but they may not have a choice. Even if Mallett turns out to be healthy enough to play, if he can't bounce back against the Tennessee Titans, his job will be far from safe. Fantasy impact: Fantasy owners who scooped up Mallett as a late-season lottery ticket should realize that it's not looking good. Even if Mallett ends up being healthy enough to play against the Titans in Week 13, it may be too late in the season to rely on him as many leagues head into their fantasy playoffs. He's a desperation option for two-quarterback leagues at this point. Deeper two-quarterback leagues may want to grab Fitzpatrick for insurance if the waiver wire is bare. SB Nation
    2014-11-24 Ryan Mallett could be done for the season with torn pectoral - Looks like Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett's dream at being a regular starting quarterback in the NFL is on hold after reports are out that he tore his pectoral muscle during Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, per the NFL Network's Marc Sessler. Mallett already had what was called a 'strained chest' injury prior to the game, and seemed to have aggravated it during warmups. But after sitting on the bench in New England, he wanted to play through the injury. Now he'll be sidelined once again. Journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick will once again be elevated to starter. YardBarker
    2014-11-24 Looking ahead to Sunday’s matchup with Titans - 1. Rookie Zach Mettenberger will be a different quarterback than the one the Texans beat up in the first game. In Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia, he completed 20-of-39 for 345 yards and two touchdowns. He threw one interception and had completions of 65 and 40 yards. 2. The Titans still can’t run the ball. They went into Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia ranked 26th in rushing, averaging 92.5 yards a game. Against the Eagles, they ran 19 times for 52 yards, a 2.7-yard average. The Texans limited them to 36 yards in the first game. 3. With quarterback Ryan Mallett suffering an injury to his pectoral muscle, expect Ryan Fitzpatrick to [...] Houston Chronicle
    2014-11-24 Football Daily Dose: Injury Roundup: Week 12 - Chet Gresham gives you all the pertinent fantasy football injury news from Week 12. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
    2014-11-24 Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett Likely Out for the Season With Torn Pectoral Muscle - Last week against the Cleveland Browns Ryan Mallett looked like he could be the quarterback of the future for the Houston Texans. This week against the Cincinnati Bengals he looked more like a younger, clean-shaven version of Ryan Fitzpatrick. After the game he put it perfectly when he said he couldn't hit the broadside of a barn from five yards out.Well--as luck (bad of course) would have it there was a pretty good reason why.via Bleacher ReportRead more » YardBarker
    2014-11-24 Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett Likely Out for the Season With Torn Pectoral Muscle - Last week against the Cleveland Browns Ryan Mallett looked like he could be the quarterback of the future for the Houston Texans. This week against the Cincinnati Bengals he looked more like a younger, clean-shaven version of Ryan Fitzpatrick. After the game he put it perfectly when he said he couldn't hit the broadside of a barn from five yards out.Well--as luck (bad of course) would have it there was a pretty good reason why.via Bleacher ReportRead more » YardBarker
    2014-11-24 The Sports Update: A look at how Ryan Mallett’s injury affects the Texans - Texans beat writers John McClain and Brian T. Smith discuss Ryan Mallett’s pec injury and Ryan Fitzpatrick likely regaining his role as the team’s starting quarterback. Houston Chronicle
    2014-11-24 Ryan Fitzpatrick's Full Fantasy Scouting Report Following Ryan Mallett's Injury - The Ryan Fitzpatrick era may be getting a reboot for the Houston Texans, but that doesn't mean the same should hold true for your fantasy team. As the Houston Chronicle's John McClain reported on Sunday, it appears an injury to Ryan Mallett will thrust the Harvard product back under center: If you're in a deep two-quarterback league and are simply looking for insurance at the position, then Fitzpatrick can be added. In that sense, he has appeal in the fact that he's actually starting football games. But that's pretty much where the fantasy value ends. He's a QB3, so unless you're facing very unusual circumstances (like, you get extra points for magnificent beards), he should remain on the waiver wire.  In nine starts with the Texans this season, Fitzpatrick threw for an average of 217.8 yards to go with 11 touchdowns, eight interceptions and five fumbles (one lost). His play under center was completely underwhelming, and he eventually earned a trip to the bench. Football Outsiders' Scott Kacsmar put it simply: Head coach Bill O'Brien has clearly made up his mind about Fitzpatrick, and it's difficult to imagine the soon-to-be 32-year-old suddenly turning things around. If the Texans lose another game or two, it's conceivable that O'Brien takes a look at what rookie Tom Savage has to offer as the starter. Either way, Fitzpatrick is fully off the fantasy radar despite his newest role.Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com B/R NFL
    2014-11-24 Texans’ Ryan Mallett has right pec injury; could miss several weeks - Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett played Sunday with a right pectoral muscle injury. He will undergo an MRI Monday and could miss several weeks of action. If Mallett can’t play next week against the Tennessee Titans, the Texans will likely turn again to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter. Mallett struggled during a 22-13 loss to Cincinnati, completing just 21-of-45 passes for 189 yards, one interception and a 49.2 rating. brian.smith@chron.com twitter.com/ChronBrianSmith Houston Chronicle
    2014-11-24 Report: Ryan Mallett Injures Pectoral Muscle, Will Have MRI - Ryan Mallett looked awful in the Texans' loss to the Bengals. There may be a physical reason why, and it could result in yet another QB chance for the Texans. Read more at Battle Red Blog. As Corzo detailed in the recap of the game, Ryan Mallett was horrendous in today's loss to the Bengals. Turns out there may be a legitimate physical reason why. Mark Berman tweets: Ryan Mallett played with an injured right pectoral muscle. He'll have an MRI. Could miss a few games. — Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) November 24, 2014 Oof. For what it's worth, Mallett made no mention of any injury issues in his postgame comments. If Mallett does in fact have to miss time, should Bill O'Brien go back to Ryan Fitzpatrick? Or should he see whether Tom Savage is ready to contribute? Bengals vs Texans coverage Battle Red Blog
    2014-11-24 Ryan Mallett Injury: Updates on Texans QB's Pectoral and Return - Ryan Mallett's brief run as the Houston Texans' starting quarterback could be over for the time being. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported that Mallett was dealing with an injured right pectoral muscle during Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 26-year-old will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. McClain added that if the MRI reveals a torn pectoral, Mallett will likely spend weeks on the shelf: Mallett was unimpressive Sunday as the Texans fell 22-13 to the Bengals. He played the entire game, finishing 21-of-45 for 189 yards and an interception. The injury helps explain at least part of his poor performance. McClain also reported that the problem began back in Week 11: Mallett was rather hard on himself after Sunday's game. According to The Associated Press (via ESPN.com), he felt his throwing accuracy was nowhere near good enough: "I didn't play well. I couldn't hit the broad side of the barn from 5 yards away." With Mallett out, the Texans will turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick, who won't elicit a ton of confidence among Houston fans. The team was 4-5 this season with Fitzpatrick under center. The Texans are only two games back of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South, but as long as Mallett's out, it's hard picturing Houston as a potential playoff team.Read more Houston Texans news on BleacherReport.com B/R - Houston Texans
    2014-11-24 Report: Texans' Ryan Mallett suffers pectoral injury, may miss several weeks - Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett suffered a right pectoral injury during Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain.Mallett will undergo an MRI Monday and could be out for several weeks if the scan reveals a tear in his pectoral.The Texans' quarterback went 21-of-45 for 189 yards and an interception in a losing effort Sunday.Mallett played hurt through the game, which explains why he was so off target compared to the win at Cleveland.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) November 24, 2014 If Mallett can't play, Ryan Fitzpatrick will be re-inserted into the starting lineup. Fitzpatrick completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions prior to being benched. Copyright © 2014 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license. theScore NFL
    2014-11-24 Ryan Mallett Could Miss “Several Games” With Pectoral Injury - John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Texans QB Ryan Mallett suffered a right pectoral muscle injury and could miss “several weeks.” McClain adds that Mallett will undergo an MRI Monday to determine the severity of the injury. As of now, the Texans are expected to start Ryan Fitzpatrick for Week 12’s game against the Tennessee Titans. Mallett completed 21-of-45 throws for 189 yards and an interception during Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Mallett, 26, came over from New England in a trade that sent a conditional seventh-round pick to the Patriots in return for him. He is in the final year of his four-year, $2,947,828 rookie and will make a base salary of $776,976 for the 2014 season before testing the open market next year. There’s no question that Mallett has a lot riding on his opportunity this season, so missing any amount of time would be a major disappointment for him. We’ll have more updates as the news is available. The post Ryan M YardBarker
    2014-11-24 Ryan Mallett Could Miss “Several Games” With Pectoral Injury - John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Texans QB Ryan Mallett suffered a right pectoral muscle injury and could miss “several weeks.” McClain adds that Mallett will undergo an MRI Monday to determine the severity of the injury. As of now, the Texans are expected to start Ryan Fitzpatrick for Week 12’s game against the Tennessee Titans. Mallett completed 21-of-45 throws for 189 yards and an interception during Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Mallett, 26, came over from New England in a trade that sent a conditional seventh-round pick to the Patriots in return for him. He is in the final year of his four-year, $2,947,828 rookie and will make a base salary of $776,976 for the 2014 season before testing the open market next year. There’s no question that Mallett has a lot riding on his opportunity this season, so missing any amount of time would be a major disappointment for him. We’ll have more updates as the news is available. The post Ryan M YardBarker
    2014-11-24 Ryan Mallett had one storybook game. Now, 5-6 Texans will likely turn back to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick while Mallett recovers. - None twitter
    2014-11-21 Three And Out: Useless Predictions For Texans-Bengals - With a chance to truly climb into the AFC playoff picture, will the Houston Texans defeat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday? One Texans fan makes his predictions for the game. Once upon a time (scholars estimate it was last week), I predicted that your Houston Texans would lose to the Cleveland Browns. I based that prediction in large part on the likely absence of Arian Foster and Ryan Mallett making his first NFL start on the road. The Texans won 23-7. Alfred Blue was astoundingly effective in relief of Arian Foster. While not perfect, Ryan Mallett played very well in his first start, showing good command of the offense and minimizing his mistakes. The Texans looked like a completely different team with him under center in place of Ryan Fitzpatrick. I was wrong. Outrageously wrong, even. I underestimated Ryan Mallett. I underestimated Alfred Blue. I understimated the Texans. And perhaps I overestimated the Browns. Will I do it again? Will my blood oath of allegiance to all things Katy, Texas result in me blindly picking Andy Dalton to prevail? There's only one way to find out. It's prediction time for Texans-Bengals. 1. Despite his "day-to-day" status, I don't expect Arian Foster to suit up on Sunday. He practiced Wednesday, sat out yesterday, and as I write this, I have no idea if he practiced today (Friday). I imagine Foster will be inactive against the Bengals, which means it's going to be Alfred Blue's show for the second week in a row. I don't think you'll see 36 carries from Blue again, but I do think you'll see him have north of 22 carries. Mark Blue down for 24 carries, 102 yards, and 1 TD. 2. In his second NFL start and his first start at home, Ryan Mallett will open things up a bit more than what we saw against the Browns. Personally, I'd love to see Bill O'Brien send Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins deep on the first play from scrimmage; if Mallett was to connect with one of those guys for a long touchdown, the roof would blow off NRG Stadium (which, naturally, would be the only way the roof would ever be opened). I saw much more than I thought I would from Mallett last week. I'm still not convinced he's the long-term answer at QB; I need to see several more games before I'm ready to jump off that ledge. Nevertheless, I'm exponentially more optimistic about the possibility of the Texans having a legitimate NFL starting quarterback on their current roster than I was a week ago. Mallett's line against the Bengals on Sunday? 22-33 for 227 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 INTs. 3. J.J. Watt's ongoing quest to be the sole subject of Andy Dalton's night terrors aside, the key match-up on Sunday will be Johnathan Joseph versus A.J. Green. Green is going to find the end zone, likely thanks to a safety's failure to provide help over the top. J-Jo simply has to minimize the number of deep plays surrendered against one of the best wide receiver in the NFL. I think he'll do a decent job of achieving that goal, as Green will be "held" to five catches for 88 yards and the aforementioned touchdown. PUT YOUR NAME ON IT: I can't explain this feeling in my gut. It could well be the shrimp scampi. But I believe the Texans beat the Bengals. Cincinnati has more film of Mallett than the Browns did in that they have something to watch, but is a single game really enough to render an opinion on a QB's tendencies? Especially when said QB gets rid of the ball so quickly? Isn't it possible that O'Brien kept a card or two up his sleeve last week? Ryan Mallett moves to 2-0, the Texans move to 6-5, and playoff talk gets considerably louder next week. Texans 24, Bengals 21. To buy tickets, visit the NFL Ticket Exchange. Bengals vs Texans coverage Cincy Jungle Battle Red Blog
    2014-11-21 Ryan Fitzpatrick reminisces about Harvard-Yale - It’s a good news, bad news situation for Ryan Fitzpatrick this week. “Fortunately, I’m still playing in the NFL,” the Houston Texans’ backup QB said by phone this week. “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it back for The Game.” It’s been 10 years since Fitzpatrick led Harvard to a perfect 10-0 season in 2004, and the well-traveled signal-caller has been able to make it back to campus for only one Harvard-Yale matchup since. ESPN - Houston Texans
    2014-11-21 Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans: Complete Week 12 Preview for Houston - What a difference one week and a quarterback change make! With just one victory, the Houston Texans have gone from feeling out of the race at 4-5 to being in the serious conversation of the playoff race at 5-5. Perhaps that means they were never really out of it before the win over Cleveland, but it would have been hard to sell me on their potential while Ryan Fitzpatrick was starting. The Texans are currently favored according to OddsShark.com—as of Friday morning—to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals, and if they do so, they'll likely reach 8-5 before heading into their huge Week 15 matchup at Indianapolis. They play very winnable games against Tennessee and Jacksonville before taking on the Colts. They'll be favored to reach 8-5. It's crazy how quickly fortunes can turn in the NFL when you have a competent quarterback. At this point, it will probably take 10 wins to reach the playoffs, so if the Texans lose at Indianapolis—where they've never won in franchise history—they'll need to defeat both Baltimore and Jacksonville at home over their final two games assuming they reach 8-5—certainly not a daunting task. The perfect scenario to help out the Texans' playoff odds would be for the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the AFC North, since the Texans will lose any tiebreaker scenario to them if both were in the wild-card mix, but the Texans own the tiebreaker over Cleveland and have a chance to win it with head-to-head games against Cincinnati and Baltimore. The Colts' remaining schedule is pretty soft with games against Jacksonville, Tennessee and Washington, so catching them when the Colts will likely hold the tiebreaker as well probably won't happen. However if the Texans take care of business against Jacksonville and Tennessee and win two home games against Baltimore and Cincinnati—all of which they'll probably be favored to win—then that gets them to 10 wins and should secure the Texans their third playoff berth in franchise history. It's crazy how favorable the Texans' situation and formula to make the playoffs have become. Of course Ryan Mallett has only had one start so far, so we shouldn't put the cart before the horse. Nevertheless, he did put up a great performance on the road and in the cold against a great pass defense. Mallett was accurate, decisive, confident and poised, and he basically checked off every box on the quarterback wish list against Cleveland. The Bengals don't have a bad defense, but you could certainly argue that they have a worse pass defense than that of Cleveland—they rank ahead of Cincinnati in passing yards allowed and interceptions—so there's no reason to expect Mallett to take a step back with this game at home. Invite everyone back on to the bandwagon. This is about to get fun if the Texans defeat Cincinnati this week. B/R - Houston Texans
    2014-11-21 Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans: Complete Week 12 Preview for Houston - I guess this is the question we have to ask: What took so long? That is, of course, a reference to finally starting Ryan Mallett—which I've been calling for on here since after the loss to the Indianapolis Colts—who had a breakout performance against the Cleveland Browns. Actually saying it that way doesn't do it justice because it wasn't just any normal situation. It was on the road, in near freezing temperatures and against a pass defense that ranked first in opponent's completion percentage and first in quarterback rating and had intercepted the second-most passes coming into last week. Mallett's stat line wasn't mind-blowing or comparable to the freak show Aaron Rodgers is putting out weekly, but he did finish the game 20-of-30 (66 percent) for 211 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Forget Mallett's strong arm for a moment. What was really impressive about how he played against Cleveland was his accuracy, command of the offense and how quickly he got rid of the football. The Texans offensive line struggled with pass protection earlier this season, so how a quarterback with limited mobility like Mallett would hold up was a legit concern. As it turns out, however, maybe the struggles in pass protection were more about Ryan Fitzpatrick holding on to the ball too long and not the line. #Texans' Godsey credited Mallett not holding onto ball with helping O-line protect him. Clear that Fitzpatrick was holding on too long. — Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) November 19, 2014 Almost like clockwork, whenever Mallett's back foot would hit on his three-, five- or seven-step drop, the ball would come out immediately because he seemed to know exactly where to go with the ball based on the defensive look or which receiver won his battle.  Ball is coming at Dre before he starts to break his route off. Mallett timing good for first start. #Texans https://t.co/PpCnDFRgt8 — PDS (@PatDStat) November 19, 2014 Mallett getting rid of the ball on time and with a purpose. Hopkins first down. #Texans https://t.co/DtKAgfF4XB — PDS (@PatDStat) November 19, 2014 His three-plus years of experience in this system really showed in how well he was able to operate the offense at a higher tempo than Fitzpatrick and how easily he seemed to make audibles to the play call or protection before each play and anticipate routes instead of having to wait for receivers to come wide open. That's surprising for a player making his first start compared to a 10-year NFL veteran. Alfred Blue also had a great game in support of his quarterback with 156 rushing yards on 36 carries. That total is one yard less than the Texans' highest single-game rushing effort this year, which came in Week 5 when Arian Foster ran for 157 yards against Dallas. Blue joins Mike Anderson and Marion Butts as the only rookies in NFL history from the 6th rd. or later w/ 35+ car. 150+ yds. in a game. — PDS (@PatDStat) November 19, 2014 The stellar performance of the offensive line also deserves a mention here. Blue played well, but he also had some huge holes to run through. Blue does many things well, but he doesn't come close to Foster in terms of his vision for the cutback lane and the ability to rip off a huge run when the blocking isn't great. I'm not saying that Blue isn't shifty at all, but he's more likely to run it up into the line when the blocking doesn't open a hole than cut across the grain and try to get to the corner on the other side like Foster did on that big run against Tennessee. J.J. Watt had another stellar performance, which we have all come to expect. Watt finished the game with five tackles, one sack, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble, one fumble recovered and, of course, his ridiculous touchdown catch. Watt turning the corner with his speed. #Texans https://t.co/E5PVFYUtqK — PDS (@PatDStat) November 19, 2014 Schwartz with no chance again Watt. Watt posts him up with his right arm and makes the play on Tate. #Texans https://t.co/eJqEAJGe7a — PDS (@PatDStat) November 19, 2014 Seriously, he's an interior defensive lineman, and they split him out wide and threw him a fade pass like teams do with Calvin Johnson or Dez Bryant? Praising him gets repetitive, I'm sure, but he really is a rare and amazing athlete. That wasn't an easy catch to make for Watt, who had to make an over-the-shoulder grab while falling down. It's no wonder the Madden developers had to finally make him eligible as a tight end on the game and actually gave him a pretty good rating. JJ Watt scores ANOTHER TD. What a catch! https://t.co/ubuWVbnhV2 — Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 16, 2014 I say this in all seriousness: If Watt trained, practiced and played as a tight end exclusively, he'd be a Pro Bowl player at that position. The run defense stepped up as well, as it held the Browns to just 58 yards on 2.8 yards per carry. Rookie back Isaiah Crowell had a solid game, but the Texans stuffed every other Browns back, including former Texan Ben Tate, who had negative-nine yards rushing on two attempts. Big Pickett doesn't let the center zone him. Then gets down the line to make a play. #Texans https://t.co/eJ72B51K5U — PDS (@PatDStat) November 19, 2014 Pickett eating up two blockers. Cush triggers, Pagan makes a nice play. #Texans https://t.co/1XUmwK1mqh — PDS (@PatDStat) November 19, 2014 The Houston Texans gave a total team effort on a big team victory. This was easily their biggest and most impressive victory of the season. B/R - Houston Texans

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