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HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans proved they were serious about upgrading their offense this offseason by luring Brock Osweiler from Denver with a four-year, $72 million contract. Malik Hooker Jersey . Now its time to see if the quarterback was worth it.All eyes will be on Osweiler when the Texans begin training camp on July 31 -- especially with star defensive end J.J. Watt sidelined by a back injury.Im impressed with Brock, probably most of all in his ability to learn our system, our operation, coach Bill OBrien said. Its not easy to come in here and learn how we operate as an offense, how we meet, how we call plays at the line of scrimmage, how we teach defense ... were really happy with his progress.On Thursday night, a person familiar with Watts condition said the star defender has had back surgery and will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list. The person spoke to The Associated Press on on condition of anonymity because the team hasnt confirmed the surgery or Watts roster status.Watt, the NFL sacks leader last season with 17 1/2, will miss the start of training camp, but is expected to be ready for the season opener. Watt spent most of the offseason recovering after having surgery to repair a groin injury in January.Watts still looking to do more in 2016 and said he never watches his highlights, instead viewing his bad plays to figure out how to get better.Theres so many great players in this league, and you want to learn and grow as much as you can and gain as much information as you can so that you can improve your own game, Watt said.Osweiler has started just seven games in his four-year NFL career and they were all last season. He was presumed to be Denvers starter this season after Peyton Mannings retirement, but he signed with Houston for megabucks instead.He joins an offense highlighted by star receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who finished third in the NFL with 1,521 yards receiving last season, and that added running back Lamar Miller in free agency, then got receivers Will Fuller and Braxton Miller in the draft.The Texans overcame quarterback woes last season to finish 9-7 and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2012. They were ousted in the wild-card round by Kansas City after Brian Hoyer committed five turnovers in the 30-0 loss.Now Osweiler takes over and he feels good about his grasp of Houstons offense after the work he got in practices and minicamp this spring and early this summer. Hes looking to take his understanding to another level in camp.Its just focusing on the details of our offense, he said. Theres a lot of things that go into it -- formations, motions, shifts, different cadences, different route concepts, run checks, pass checks -- and so its just focusing on the details and focusing on the line-of-scrimmage operation.Some things to know about the Texans, who open the season Sept. 11 against the Chicago Bears:EXPECTATIONS FOR CLOWNEY: Outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is entering his third NFL season and so far the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft has failed to live up to expectations during two injury-plagued seasons. Clowney played just four games as a rookie before having season-ending microfracture surgery. He recovered from that for the start of last season, but missed three games and Houstons playoff match with various ailments. He did show flashes of the potential he displayed in college, though, and finished with 4 1/2 sacks and forced a fumble.Its frustrating. It feels like youre letting the team down when youre not out there, Clowney said. Injuries happen, youve just got to be mentally tough to come back and show the guys you are ready to play.MILLERS POTENTIAL: The Texans snagged an intriguing player when they drafted Braxton Miller in the third round. Miller was the two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year in 2012 and 2013 after throwing from more than 2,000 yards and rushing for more than 1,000 in both of those seasons. He sat out for a season with a shoulder injury before moving to receiver last year, when he finished with 26 receptions for 341 yards.Miller is happy with his progress since making the move.NEW CENTER: The Texans will likely have rookie second-round pick Nick Martin at center after Ben Jones, who started every game the last two seasons, signed with Titans. He is the younger brother of Zack Martin, a first-round pick by the Cowboys in 2014 and a two-time Pro-Bowler at guard.---AP NFL website: and Zach Banner Colts Jersey . He just needed to be his best twisting, turning acrobatic self. "I didnt need to be anybody else, I just needed to be myself and be aggressive," said Burks, who scored a career-high 34 points to spark the Utah Jazz to a 118-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. Quincy Wilson Jersey . Paul Pierce couldnt believe he missed at the end. Young scored a season-high 26 points to spark a huge effort from the leagues most productive bench, and Los Angeles beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-94 on Wednesday night after blowing a 27-point lead. . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. NEW YORK -- The matchup of young superstars Connor McDavid and John Tavares will be the main attraction Saturday night at Barclays Center. But McDavids Edmonton Oilers and Tavares New York Islanders will be less concerned about individual duels and more about snapping their respective teams losing streak when the Islanders host the Oilers in the fourth game of a five-game homestand.The Oilers suffered their third straight defeat Thursday, when they blew a trio of one-goal leads and gave up the final three goals in the third period of a 5-3 loss to the New York Rangers. The Islanders lost for the second straight time, and the fourth time in five games, when they blew a third-period lead before falling to the Philadelphia Flyers in the shootout.The losing streaks have reminded both the Oilers (7-3-1) and Islanders (4-6-1) how narrow the line is between victory and defeat in the NHL. Edmonton fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, in overtime on Tuesday.Obviously, youre never certain about anything -- youve got to play all 60 minutes, Oilers head coach Todd McLellan said.The Islanders have been reminded of that numerous times this season. New York has been tied or ahead in the third period in five of its seven losses.The Islanders inability to put games away is tied into the lack of scoring they have received from forwards. New York, which lost three of its nine 10-goal scorers from last year to free agency (Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin) is tied for 12th in the league with 30 goals but has received just 19 ggoals from non-defensemen. Tarell Basham Womens Jersey. Offseason signings Jason Chimera and Andrew Ladd have yet to score a goal.Thats my concern -- where are we going to get point production? Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said. Took 134 points out of our lineup that we lost and now weve got to find a way.If the Oilers or Islanders are going to steer out of their skids, theyll likely do so behind McDavid or Tavares. McDavid, who became the youngest captain in NHL history when he was bestowed the C prior to this season at age 19, leads Edmonton with five goals and eight assists. Tavares, who was a comparatively wizened 22 years old when New York named him captain prior to the 2013-14 season, has four assists and a team-high five goals.This will be the third time McDavid and Tavares oppose one another. McDavid had one goal and one assist while Tavares had a goal and two assists as the Oilers and Islanders split last seasons series.With both teams having Friday off, number one goaltenders Cam Talbot and Jaroslav Halak are likely to draw the starts. Talbot, who has started all 11 games this season for the Oilers, is 4-1-0 in seven career appearances against the Islanders. He earned the win the last time he faced New York on Feb. 28, when Talbot stopped 36 of 37 shots in a 3-1 victory at Rexall Place.Halak is 8-3-1 in 13 career appearances against the Oilers. He made 23 saves in taking the loss on Feb. 28. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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