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When Texans rookie cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. takes the field Monday night against the New Orleans Saints, it marks a significant moment in his life.

Not only is Johnson is preparing for his first NFL game, but the second-round draft pick from Kentucky is looking forward to playing against former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player quarterback Drew Brees.

“I’m excited about it,” Johnson said. “I’m ready to get out there and play and show everybody what I’m made of. I’m ready to show what I’m about for real. Being on the same field with Drew Brees, I’ve been watching him growing up. So, it’s going to be amazing. It’s Monday night. I can’t wait to play a real game.”
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Johnson represents the physical prototype for the position. At 6-2, 213 pounds, Johnson has run the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds.
Johnson is slated for a backup role currently behind veterans Johnathan Joseph and Bradley Roby, but is expected to see action Monday.

“He’s still learning,” Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said. “He’s a rookie, like you said. You know how I feel about rookies. Rookies are going to make rookie mistakes. If I can minimize those mistakes or minimize the chances of him making a mistake, I’ll do that, but he’s going to be on the field and he’s going to play some.”

Aggressive and physical, Johnson had his best performance of the preseason against the Dallas Cowboys when he prevented a touchdown by breaking up a pass.

The Texans face a big challenge against Saints All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas.

“He’s a great receiver,” Thomas said. “We match up in size pretty well. It’s going to be a good matchup.”

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Johnson experienced some rough moments during the preseason, including being kicked out of practice early after delivering some punishing hits in a joint practice with the Green Bay Packers that led to a scuffle and caused two injuries. He allowed a touchdown pass against Green Bay in the preseason opener.

“Just learned how to be a pro in this league, learned how to practice well and show what I’m made of,” Johnson said. “Just trying to earn my teammates’ trust and just physicality, just being myself. Confidence level, that was never a problem for me. I’ve always had confidence about football since I was little.”

Johnson had a difficult upbringing in Gary, Ind., a once vibrant steel town that has fallen on hard times economically and has an alarmingly high homicide rate. Johnson has lost several close friends to gun violence, including classmate and track and field teammate Daja Brookshire. He has several tattoos commemorating them.

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Johnson hopes he can offer hope to Gary residents through his example.

“Oh man, I’m not going back,” Johnson said. “Just give them something to look at and give them home coming from my city.”

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The Houston Texans gave up a future sixth-round pick to sign CB Keion Crossen. Questions remain about his purpose but Bill O’Brien addressed them recently.
Houston Texans fans — we’ve got five days to go before the start of the 2019 season is official. They’ll be taking on the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome to kick off the season and they will have their hands full against what most of us regard as a Super Bowl contender.

Drew Brees still remains in top form after all these years and I wouldn’t expect anything less out of him. His training/diet regimen is just as strict as Tom Brady‘s so it’s no surprise he’s still turning heads at age 40.

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With the NFL rules favoring protection of the quarterback, these guys could last a long time as long as they’re in shape. But the contrast is that Brett Favre tried to do it himself but it took one tumultuous hit in a playoff game in his last season with the Minnesota Vikings before he decided to call it a career.

Since then, the Saints and the New England Patriots are dead-set on ensuring their quarterbacks are protected. These guys also have quick releases on their passing so the defense doesn’t have an opportunity to get to them that often.

We’ll see how our pass rushers — sans Jadeveon Clowney — can get to Brees but that’s another storyline for another day.

Anyway, speaking of defense, the Houston Texans traded recently for cornerback Keion Crossen from the Patriots. Crossen is just in his sophomore season and has still a lot to prove in this league but the team feels that he can be a valuable contributor.

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As I wrote the other day, what could possibly be his purpose?

Bill O’Brien gave clarity indicating that he’s a replacement for special teams whiz Johnson Bademosi — who was traded to the Miami Dolphins in the Laremy Tunsil package — and here’s what he had to say via the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson:

“Johnson Bademosi did a lot of great things for us here, that was a tough decision,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “But when we decided to include Baddy in the trade with Miami, we felt like we had to replace that. Crossen’s a little bit of different player than Baddy, but both have excellent special teams production.”

He also added this tidbit:

“Keion Crossen played on a Super Bowl team last year, played well in the AFC championship game and is a great guy. Comes to our organization very highly thought of. I just met him and he’s got a lot of energy and I think he’s going to be a good addition.”

Bademosi was signed by the Houston Texans before the start of last season to a two-year, $6.25 million deal, making him the highest-paid special teams player in the NFL at the time. With him having a base salary of $2.5M for 2019 (the last season of his expiring contract), his versatility and team-friendly made him an asset the Houston Texans were willing to deal.

But let’s compare the numbers, shall we?

Pro Football Focus graded Bademosi out a 52.2 through 322 snaps in terms of his special teams

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work to which in all retrospect, is quite underwhelming. But the Houston Texans valued his versatility it may not have mattered to them.

Crossen received a 58.4 through 122 snaps in 2018, which is slightly better than his traded counterpart so the Houston Texans feel that they’re getting a player that could adequately replace him and could possibly morph into a valuable asset for the team.

I’m sure Brad Seely had a say in this and if he did, I certainly trust his knack for finding talent because of his sterling reputation and his ability to turn around this unit after the team ousted the disgraced Larry Izzo after two seasons as special teams coordinator (2016-17).

We’ll have to see how it goes but the bright side is that Crossen did have 12 tackles, one pick and five pass deflections last week in their final preseason game against the New York Giants.

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HOUSTON — Carlos Hyde hasn’t been in Houston for a very long, but the running back is getting a crash course in the Texans’ offense after he was traded by the Chiefs last Saturday.

Luckily he has a translator to help him out.

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Running back Duke Johnson — who is also relatively new to the Texans, as he was traded from the Browns on Aug. 8 — played with Hyde in Cleveland for six games last season and has been helping him learn the new terminology in Houston.

“I’m just trying to get him acclimated and compare things back to when we were in Cleveland,” Johnson said. “Plays we had, calls we had, just trying to put them on the same level.

“But Carlos is a professional, and he’s a smart player. A lot of things that he’s doing now, he can do it in his sleep. It’s just different terminology, but it’s the same thing.”

Hyde is on his fourth team in two seasons. He said the biggest challenge has been just “erasing all of the information I learned in the past six months in Kansas City,” but that he is getting “comfortable” in the Texans’ offense.

“It’s like two different offenses, but I’ve been doing pretty good though, picking things up,” Hyde said. “Good thing that the offense is not too crazy here. It’s been easy for me to learn and catch on pretty quick.”
Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson were teammates with the Browns in the first half of last season, before Hyde was traded to Jacksonville. Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports
After trading for Johnson at the start of the preseason, the Texans were hoping his strength in the passing game would complement what starting running back Lamar Miller can do. But after Miller tore his ACL in the third preseason game, the Texans needed to add a veteran back. O’Brien cautioned that the Texans weren’t trying to replace Miller with Hyde, but “we’re just trying to add depth to that position and we think Carlos can possibly do that.”

While the duo will likely split the carries as the season goes on, Johnson should get the majority of the touches in Week 1 against the Saints. If the Texans trail early on Monday night, Johnson should be even more involved in the passing game.

Johnson has not missed a game in his four NFL seasons and has had at least 47 catches each year. After Miller’s injury, his workload is expected to increase.

“I’ve always been ready, especially mentally,” Johnson said. “Physically, I guess we’ll find out.”

Hyde, who has now been traded twice in the last year, feels he’s “got a lot to prove” in Houston.

“I’m definitely coming in with a chip on my shoulder,” Hyde said. “I’ve been traded twice, so things haven’t been going the way I wanted. So I’m in a fresh start right now, and I’ve got the opportunity to change a lot of people’s minds. So I’m ready to go.”

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When the Houston Texans looked through the Seattle Seahawks’ depth chart to negotiate a Jadeveon Clowney trade, second-year outside linebacker Jacob Martin must’ve stood out as a player to get; they did just that.
A former Temple Owl, Martin doesn’t come to Houston with ideal size (6-2, 242 ), but he has the drive to make up for it. In Seattle, his tape reflected that of an outside linebacker that’s drinking four Red Bulls a game — he’s relentless off the edge and rarely slows down.

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When asked on Thursday what he brings to the Texans, energy is the first to come to mind.

“Energy, man,” said Martin. “One-hundred percent effort all the time. I bring the juice all the time, and making sure that guys that are playing with me understand that we’re talking and communicating. I’m just trying to bring some fire off the edge.”

As a rookie in 2018, Martin brought that fire off the edge. Playing as an undersized defensive end in Seattle’s 4-3 system, he recorded three sacks, eight quarterback hits, and two tackles for loss in 225 defensive snaps played.

In Houston, Martin will be used as a 3-4 outside linebacker; the role includes rushing off the edge and dropping back in coverage. Martin feels as if he can contribute in that role, particularly as a speed rusher.

“I’m good off the ball. I’m an edge rusher,” says Martin. “I’m a speed guy, so getting quarterbacks off the spot and getting sacks, just contributing to the already great pass rushers that are already here.”

Martin may not start with the Texans, but his skill set is ideal for a 3-4 that often prioritizes speed off the edge alongside defensive end J.J. Watt and outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus.

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Relocating to Houston, absorbing a new playbook, meeting new teammates as he gets acclimated to the Texans’ locker room and his fifth NFL team, it’s been a lot for veteran outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo.

Mingo was traded to the Texans along with outside linebacker Jacob Martin from the Seattle Seahawks for franchise player Jadeveon Clowney and a third-round draft pick.

“It’s been a pretty hectic week, getting a different playbook, being able to come in and practice with the guys, but it’s been great getting here, getting acclimated and just getting back to football,” Mingo said. “Just terminology. Word meaning different things, but once you get to translate all that kind of stuff you can marry up old terminology and new terminology and it makes things run even faster.”
Mingo is a former Cleveland Browns first-round draft pick from LSU. He has also played for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.

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Houston Texans bolster their cornerback depth with the addition of Cornell Armstrong prior to the start of the season.
The Houston Texans continue to tweak their 53 man roster prior to their season opener against the New Orleans Saints and added cornerback Cornell Armstrong to the secondary. Texans agreed to a deal after Armstrong went unclaimed through the NFL waiver wire on Sunday afternoon.

The move was announced according to Armstrong’s agent Brett Tessler after he was cut by the Miami Dolphins. Armstrong was selected by the Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft but was part of the wave of players that were released as NFL teams got to their roster of 53 before the deadline set by the NFL.

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He is the second cornerback the Texans have brought in after trading a future sixth-round draft pick to the New England Patriots for Keion Crossen. Armstrong is joining a crowded group of cornerbacks that includes Johnathan Joseph, Bradley Roby, Aaron Colvin, Lonnie Johnson Jr., Xavier Crawford, and Crossen.

Armstrong has 15 games under his belt with 8 tackles in what turned out to be his first and only season with the Dolphins. He will likely be a reserve in the Texans secondary and assume a role on the special teams unit after the team traded one of the better special teams contributors in Johnson Bademosi in the blockbuster package that netted left tackle, Laremy Tunsil.

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Armstrong will be reuniting with former Dolphins teammates, Tunsil and receiver Kenny Stills in Houston, and will prepare for the first game on the national spotlight against the Saints on Monday night football.

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NEW ORLEANS — Despite trading for left tackle Laremy Tunsil right before the start of the season, the Houston Texans’ offensive line struggled in Houston’s 30-28 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

In 2018, quarterback Deshaun Watson was sacked an NFL-high 62 times, for an average of 3.9 times per game. In the season opener against the Saints, Watson was sacked six times, an NFL high through Week 1.

“We’re going to watch the film tomorrow and fix our mistakes,” Tunsil said. “How many sacks did we give up today? Six? We’ve got to improve that number. We’ve got to drop that number down a little bit.”

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On Monday night, Watson was pressured (sacked or put under duress) on 45% of his dropbacks, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Last season, Watson was pressured on a league-high 41% of his dropbacks.

“Of course that’s concerning,” right tackle Seantrel Henderson said. “We never want our quarterback to be touched at all. We just come back and fix what we’ve got to fix and keep people up off him.”

Henderson called the Mercedes-Benz Superdome “the loudest place I’ve ever played,” saying that sometimes the crowd noise “can throw the communication off, especially if we can’t really hear each other.”

Watson completed 3 of 9 passes when pressured in the game, according to ESPN Stats & Info research, but that also includes his final pass of the game, a 37-yard, go-ahead touchdown to Kenny Stills.

“They blitzed us, they got us on a couple of blitzes,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “I thought we did block them at times. We’ve got to block them more consistently and the ball has to come out a little bit quicker sometimes. Same old deal. We’ve just got to get a little bit better and work hard this week to shore this up.”

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NEW ORLEANS – Kenny Stills was traded to the Texans from the Miami Dolphins just over a week ago.

The speedy wide receiver made an immediate impact against his original NFL team, the New Orleans Saints. Stills caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Deshaun Watson in the final minute of a 30-28 loss Monday night at the Superdome.

Stills streaked down the middle of the field for a 37-yard touchdown catch as Watson manufactured an epic last-minute comeback that was ultimately outdone by the Saints on a last-second, 58-yard field goal as time expired.

One of the most active players in the NFL when it comes to raising awareness about social injustice issues, Stills followed through on his previously stated plan to continue kneeling during the national anthem.
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Stills said in August that he intended to kneel before the anthem as he has done for the past three years.
Stills was critical of Dolphins team owner Stephen Ross holding a fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

Stills was also critical of hip-hop mogul and businessman Jay-Z for his partnership with the NFL on social justice issues.

Stills is known for his activism in the community, including participating in ride-alongs with police officers.

Stills is an ally of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He has protested racial injustice and economic inequality issues by kneeling during the national anthem for the past three years.

“Kenny exercised his right, his prerogative,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “I’m not going to really get into that. I talked to Kenny. Kenny is a good guy, very smart guy, very articulate guy, and he’s a really good football player. Glad to have him here. He made some plays.”

The NFL and NFL Players Association agreed jointly last year to indefinitely suspend a new policy governing anthem behavior. Under the terms of that policy initially, teams could be fined for players kneeling during the anthem with players having the option to stay in the locker room with everyone on the field asked to “stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.” That policy was shelved, though, prior to last season.

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Houston Texans will sign veteran tight end Logan Paulsen to the 53 man roster.
The Houston Texans will be signing tight end Logan Paulsen to their 53 man roster according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Paulsen will be joining his fifth NFL team after going undrafted from UCLA in 2010. Paulsen caught on to the Washington Redskins for five seasons before spending short stints with the Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, and the Atlanta Falcons.

Paulsen started in 65 of the 125 games he has appeared and has 91 receptions for 907 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions. He was with the Falcons throughout last season and their previous training camp and preseason activities before being waived as the Falcons worked on trimming their roster to the 53 man roster for the 2019 regular season.

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He will be joining a crowded group of tight ends that includes Jordan Thomas, Jordan Akins, Darren Fells, Jerrell Adams, and Kahale Warring. Texans will more than likely reduce the number of the tight ends they bring for their first game of the regular season against the New Orleans Saints.

Warring is a candidate to be placed on the injured reserve after missing most of the Texans preseason with a hamstring injury and was going through the concussion protocol. Paulsen will be a welcome addition to the Texans locker room and be a good influence on the Texans young group of tight ends.

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