NFL Preseason Predictions: Will Panthers knock off Texans? 8/9/17

Texans coach Bill O'Brien confirms JJ Watt will play preseason opener

Texans coach Bill O'Brien confirms JJ Watt will play preseason opener

Meanwhile, J.J. Watt played just one series in his first game back since his season-ending back surgery a year ago and he was delighted to be playing again.

Watson finished completing 15 of 25 passes for 179 yards and rushed for a 15-yard touchdown.

O'Brien is searching for improvement from his offense, which is seen as the missing link for a deep postseason run in the season ahead.

After two weeks of practicing against each other at The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center, there is little doubt the Houston Texans are ready to hit someone else for a change. According to ESPN Stats and Information, it's not often that a winning team starts a rookie quarterback the following season. The moral of the story, as always, is I am an idiot.

One preseason game does not prove that Watson is the next big thing in the National Football League or that he is a future MVP.

Until Wednesday, there hadn't been as many Clemson players on the field at Bank of America Stadium since the 2015 ACC Championship game. He also had an 11-yard catch. "To me, it was a typical first preseason game". One of the more positive takeaways from the first half, however, was the play of Alfred Blue. Cunningham missed a few tackled and needs to work on form tackling and shedding blockers, but he showed plenty of promise in his first preseason game for the Texans.

Byrd, 24, is excited - but not overconfident - about his chances of making the 53-man roster out of training camp for the first time in his career. The speedy wide out also returned two punts for 19 yards and one kick for 22 yards.

He marched the Texans down the field on a 15-play, 75-yard drive, carving up the Panthers with quick, efficient passes. We saw a lot of that with Brock Osweiler last season where he'd still make the bad throw even though he likely knew it was going to be one. Lamar Miller is the starter, the Texans drafted D'Onta Foreman, and Akeem Hunt has had a really good training camp. Duane Brown should be the left tackle when the season starts, but he has yet to report to practice due to a contract dispute. On multiple kick/punt coverages in the first half there were at least three missed tackles, and Eddie Pleasant (who's actually had a great training camp) went back in time to 2014 and 2015 when he was a penalty machine, almost decapitating a Panthers punt returner about two seconds before the football arrived. "But, all three quarterbacks will play in the game". With Duane Brown's absence all three players got an extended opportunity to prove they deserve the spot. That won't be a problem with the Texans' starting unit out there. "Both guys had their moments".

Texans: Rookie linebacker Dylan Cole appeared to return a fumble for a touchdown to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but the play was overturned.

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