March 20, 2018

SOTT Notebook: The New League Year Approaches

There will be a break from the NFL draft talk with the 2014 NFL season set to start on March 11th, and the Houston Texans will be working to put the 2013 season behind them. With so much talk about the draft, the Texans must handle in-house business before free agency opens which will influence decisions later down the road.

The roster evaluations took over a month and a half to complete according to Bill O’Brien and the plan with the current roster has been kept top-secret. As the deadline approaches the team will be forced to start making moves which will help show the plan for the O’Brien era in Houston.



Texans Cap Room 

The Houston Texans have around $11 million in cap space (according to ESPN) for the upcoming free agency period. This is before any cuts or restructuring on contracts on players that are currently with the team. It is hard to really feel that the Texans will be active players on the free agent market and they will have the ability to open up more cap space with some roster movement if needed. Releasing players like Matt Schaub and/or Owen Daniels could add more to the cap space, but expect no movement on those two or others until the Texans close in on potential free agent targets.

The Texans need to concentrate on finding possibly two starters and key depth on the open market, most notably at right tackle, nose tackle and defensive end.


The Quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft

The discussion on who the best quarterback in the NFL draft is being talked at all levels, but this quarterback class is more than just Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater. Detriot and Darren Page took it a step further and looked at the passing totals of majority of 18 quarterback prospects. The totals are easy to read and it helps answer some questions on passing ability from the quarterback group.

The national media has tagged who the top three quarterbacks are in the draft with Manziel, Bortles and Bridgewater but assuming that all NFL teams agree with that assessment is not accurate. What coaches want in their quarterback changes from team to team, and the Texans now are no different. What Head Coach Bill O’Brien wants in a quarterback is different from what former Head Coach Gary Kubiak wanted in a quarterback, and that will come to life in the 2014 season.

There is no reason to try to guess what O’Brien wants in a quarterback, but his top quarterbacks could look much different from what we all asume.


Clowney’s Red Flags?’s Bucky Brooks and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks looked at the red flags that seem to be haunting Jadeveon Clowney coming into the draft. His motor and desire on the field has been put into question since his junior season at South Carolina and it is one of the biggest knocks on Clowney coming out of the NFL Combine.

Brooks said this of Clowney

 If the Gamecocks’ coaching staff didn’t emphasize running to the ball or playing from snap to whistle, I can’t hold Clowney completely responsible for his actions on the field.

This is just another example of what NFL organizations will take into consideration looking at Clowney and every prospect in the NFL draft.


Which Prospect Have the Texans Met With?

Ra'Shede Hageman

Ra’Shede Hageman

Here is a compiled list of who the Texans have interviewed since the end of the season.


Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (informal interview) NFL Combine

Blake Bortles, QB, UCF, NFL Combine

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville, NFL Combine

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State, NFL Combine

Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU, NFL Combine

Demetri Goodson, DB, Baylor, NFL Combine

Stephen Morris

Stephen Morris

Dee Ford, DL, Auburn, NFL Combine

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State, NFL Combine

Aaron Donald, DL, Pittsburgh, NFL Combine

Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor, NFL Combine

Ra’Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota, Senior Bowl

Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State, Senior Bowl

Stephen Morris, QB, Miami, Senior Bowl

Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana, Senior Bowl



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