Following their beatdown on Saturday, the Texans cancelled practice Monday, leaving us with no news. Two a days are over, so the team probably just wanted to give the players a bit of a breather before the Dallas preparations begin.
- According to Adam Schefter, Jacoby Jones has hired Houston-based agent Kennard McGuire. McGuire has already stepped in twice this offseason for Texans stars DeMeco Ryans and Andre Johnson, and has completed an extension for both of them. This is good news if you’re a Jacoby fan, since he has only one year left on his current deal before he hits restricted free agency. Or at least thats how the scenario would normally play out under the regular CBA. Of course, with the league looking at a possible lockout and labor issues being debated contentiously, there isn’t much of a reason to speculate about what will actually happen.
- The Texans signed undrafted FA wide receiver Derek Townsel, who was cut by the Jaguars. He’d been in some workouts for the Texans in mini-camp, the Jaguars cut him after signing LB Rod Wilson.
- The Texans gave tryouts to both Charles Spencer and Ephraim Salaam. They signed neither of them, but it looks like, as Alan Burge speculated, Adam Stenavich may not be a fit in the mind of the front office if the Texans face an injury to one of their top two tackles.
- Chris Baldwin over at CultureMap crafts a compelling anti-Kubiak case based on his decision to leave Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson in longer than the Saints left their starters in. While I probably would’ve pulled them myself, it is worth noting that a) nobody would have brought this up had Johnson not taken a helmet in the knee from Tracy Porter and b) the Texans first-team offense, due to the muffs of Trindon Holliday, the three and out and the fumble by Arian Foster, did not really receive much in the way of snaps.
- Lance Zierlein had a fairly in-depth tape study of the game. I’m not sure I subscribe quite as much as he does to Earl Mitchell being better than Amobi Okoye, but the fact that it’s even a debate at this point (and that he and Frank Okam were getting snaps with the 1’s) is very telling. I haven’t finished my charting (it’s very extensive) to the point where I can question much else in the piece, but I do agree that Foster was a bright spot.