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JWarren14
01-23-2009, 02:53 PM
So I decided to check out Scout.com's Battle Red Nation.com and threw down a few bucks to see what sort of coverage they do in the off-season.

A few things that may be of interest:

Texans interested in Peppers and Peppers wants out of Carolina, although Peppers wants to play in a 3-4 a chance playing opposite Mario would be a great opportunity.

Team officials say they are regretting the signing of Reeves and if the Texans draft a CB early Reeves days as a Texan are numbered

Texans have had intense interviews with Wake Forest Safety Chip Vaughn and Oklahoma Safety/Linebacker Nic Harris

Although the WR position is solid Texans have shown interest in Juaquin Iglesias of Oklahoma and Derrick Williams of Penn State.
**I think this might be a clue that Jacoby's days as a Texan are numbered because both are return specialist**

That's it for now, I will come back and post some more news, just reading through some stuff. I am not sure on the track record of the reporting, if anyone uses or has used it let me know.

WolverineFan
01-23-2009, 03:15 PM
Getting Peppers would be huge for the defense!! Also I am very high on Nic Harris so possibly drafting him is very exciting. In addition drafting a WR like Williams would definetely help out in the return game and help stretch the field, but we can't go to high for a WR as it is not a big need at all.

Texecutioner
01-23-2009, 03:16 PM
All interesting prospects.

I really think that Sean Smith from Utah could be an interesting 2nd round pick for the Texans if he were there. He played CB, but many scouts project him to move to safety. He could obviously play both and since we have a strong need at S and another need at CB, he seems like he could be a really good guy to bring in and help out the secondary.

badboy
01-23-2009, 04:18 PM
Getting Peppers would be huge for the defense!! Also I am very high on Nic Harris so possibly drafting him is very exciting. In addition drafting a WR like Williams would definetely help out in the return game and help stretch the field, but we can't go to high for a WR as it is not a big need at all.
I don't want to offer a long term high $ contract to Peppers. If we could get him for two years.... not sure if last season was due to contract year or not.

PHAROAH
01-23-2009, 06:07 PM
People are saying they don't want julius Peppers on our team are crazy this guy is one of the premier pass rushers and the league and they are talking about not giving him a long term contract sounds crazy to me. I say lay it out for Peppers and lock up Mario Williams and draft for best player available in the first round.

Texans_Chick
01-23-2009, 07:57 PM
So I decided to check out Scout.com's Battle Red Nation.com and threw down a few bucks to see what sort of coverage they do in the off-season.

A few things that may be of interest:

Texans interested in Peppers and Peppers wants out of Carolina, although Peppers wants to play in a 3-4 a chance playing opposite Mario would be a great opportunity.

Team officials say they are regretting the signing of Reeves and if the Texans draft a CB early Reeves days as a Texan are numbered

Texans have had intense interviews with Wake Forest Safety Chip Vaughn and Oklahoma Safety/Linebacker Nic Harris

Although the WR position is solid Texans have shown interest in Juaquin Iglesias of Oklahoma and Derrick Williams of Penn State.
**I think this might be a clue that Jacoby's days as a Texan are numbered because both are return specialist**

That's it for now, I will come back and post some more news, just reading through some stuff. I am not sure on the track record of the reporting, if anyone uses or has used it let me know.

The articles about Peppers in the 3-4 doesn't make it sound like he really wants to wants to play in the scheme--rather that he is open to it.

Equals keeping more bidders available for his services. So many defenses run the 3-4 base these days.

LonerATO
01-23-2009, 10:03 PM
All interesting prospects.

I really think that Sean Smith from Utah could be an interesting 2nd round pick for the Texans if he were there. He played CB, but many scouts project him to move to safety. He could obviously play both and since we have a strong need at S and another need at CB, he seems like he could be a really good guy to bring in and help out the secondary.

I also am starting to like Smith and having Williams as a WR would be freaking awesome, as I am tired of using picks in project players that cant stop fumbling.

LORK 88
01-24-2009, 03:18 AM
I'm glad we're interviewing Chip Vaughn intensively. The more and more I look and read up on him, the more impressive he is. With the Texans set to sign Eugene Wilson with the intention of him being our starting FS, Vaughn would make a great SS. It would be great to have an in the box safety with the athleticism and speed of a FS.

Maddict5
01-24-2009, 08:40 AM
Team officials say they are regretting the signing of Reeves and if the Texans draft a CB early Reeves days as a Texan are numbered


:rolleyes:

right cos we thought we were getting a lockdown corner.. reeves has been what we expected- a mostly solid, sometimes picked on, sometimes playmaking cb

rickyb
01-24-2009, 09:20 AM
It would almost be unfair. Imagine if the Texans are able to sign Peppers. The options that one action creates for us in the draft round 1 are exciting.

Go NT. Or LB. Or CB. Or trade back, to pick up a safety (or CB, or LB) and picks. (I guess I am also excited by the prospect of actually having a 2nd round pick again.)

The world does not end if we fail to sign Peppers, but it is not hard to get overstimulated by the thought of Mario and Peppers meeting at the QB.

rmartin65
01-24-2009, 09:45 AM
Nic Harris would be a solid pickup in the second.

TheRealJoker
01-24-2009, 10:41 AM
If we sign Peppers odds are that we have to give up our 1st round pick. I am not at all opposed to that, our defense is in sore need of playmakers and I think that the FO knows the fans are tired of waiting for a winner. If they have to give up a 1st for a proven playmaker in the prime of his career so we become a winner then so be it. Smithiak has proven they can find players in the later rounds, why not use the 1st on someone proven instead of giving a rookie that kind of cash without knowing what we're getting?

YoungTexanFan
01-24-2009, 11:13 AM
Nic Harris would be a solid pickup in the second.
Good pickup, but the second is too early. I was thinking more of a 4th rounder or so.

bah007
01-24-2009, 12:09 PM
Good pickup, but the second is too early. I was thinking more of a 4th rounder or so.

Everything I've heard about Harris lately indicates that he will not make it out of the 3rd round.

rmartin65
01-24-2009, 01:56 PM
Good pickup, but the second is too early. I was thinking more of a 4th rounder or so.I disagree.* 3rd at the latest.* He is a playmaker, simple as that.* He would be an instant upgrade at the OLB spot.

YoungTexanFan
01-24-2009, 04:05 PM
I disagree.* 3rd at the latest.* He is a playmaker, simple as that.* He would be an instant upgrade at the OLB spot.

You also have the OU logo as your avatar. I think you might hold a slight bias. I think he is going to be a "tweener" between SS and OLB. I like him as a player, but I'm not THAT into him to spend a second round pick. If you are talking 2nd round, I can take an actual OLB or an actual SS.

LonerATO
01-24-2009, 04:20 PM
I see him as the kind of guy that the Patriots would want, as they tend to pick players that can play more than one position. I also feel that is why they could either go with Sean Smith or DJ Moore.

hot pickle
01-24-2009, 04:36 PM
at first i was kinda opposed to signing peppers cause we will have to give up our 1st and maybe more... but just thinking about how beasty our ends would be offenses wouldnt know what to do... they would have to play double tight ends all game... lol i say lets do it... but chances are he will go to a 3-4 team.. so im not counting on him coming to h-town

rmartin65
01-24-2009, 05:43 PM
You also have the OU logo as your avatar. I think you might hold a slight bias. I think he is going to be a "tweener" between SS and OLB. I like him as a player, but I'm not THAT into him to spend a second round pick. If you are talking 2nd round, I can take an actual OLB or an actual SS.

I admit that I am biased, but I dont see him as a tweener. He is a legit SS, and has the size to be a legit OLB.

Jackie Chiles
01-24-2009, 06:02 PM
I admit that I am biased, but I dont see him as a tweener. He is a legit SS, and has the size to be a legit OLB.

I don't see how he is an upgrade over Adibi on the weak side and a converted SS isn't ideal for the strong side either.

YoungTexanFan
01-25-2009, 12:01 AM
I admit that I am biased, but I dont see him as a tweener. He is a legit SS, and has the size to be a legit OLB.

I love how the guy makes plays. I'm not trying to rag on the guy as a football player. I just see him as a Michael Boluware type of player, and I have a hard time declaring a value for what I view as a tweener.

JWarren14
02-04-2009, 11:36 AM
A player that caught a few eyes during the Senior bowl and is getting attention from AFC South teams such as the Texans and the Jags and also the Bears among others is Andy Levitre from Oregon State. He is 6'3" 306 lbs and is a versatile lineman that is projected to play guard at the next level and be selected in the 3rd round. I honestly don't know too much about the guy who is definitely overshadowed by Unger/Mack, but an upgrade on the interior line would be great!

Scout.com:In an effort to learn more about Levitre and what kind of future might be in front of him as a professional, Bear Report obtained a full scouting report on him from Scout.com Oregon State expert Barry Bolton:

The Skinny: Levitre does everything well. In the USC win, he was regularly seen blocking his man seven yards downfield. As a pass blocker, he has great feet and led a line that allowed just 1.62 sacks per game. He has excellent balance and strength.

On and Off the Field: Athleticism and versatility are overused terms in scouting reports, but the 6-2.5, 317-pound Levitre excelled at each guard and tackle spot over his career at Oregon State, where he made 34 consecutive starts. As for coachability, offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh doesn't dish out praise lightly, and he's said Levitre is simply the best lineman he has ever coached over his time in the game.

Bolton Says: Early indications suggest that Levitre will go somewhere in the second round, but he could move up or down from that depending on how he performs at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this February. A writer from Sports Illustrated thinks he may have slid based on his Senior Bowl performance to as far as Round 4, but other reports indicate Levitre had a very good week down in Mobile and helped himself.

Anybody else know anything about this guy? Add him to the big board for the Texans...

badboy
02-04-2009, 12:02 PM
A player that caught a few eyes during the Senior bowl and is getting attention from AFC South teams such as the Texans and the Jags and also the Bears among others is Andy Levitre from Oregon State. He is 6'3" 306 lbs and is a versatile lineman that is projected to play guard at the next level and be selected in the 3rd round. I honestly don't know too much about the guy who is definitely overshadowed by Unger/Mack, but an upgrade on the interior line would be great!

Scout.com:

Anybody else know anything about this guy? Add him to the big board for the Texans...
I recently read about the same things somewhere recently but did not register as I don't see us taking a guard. Sounds like a player to me.

Also, found this today on J. Peppers.http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3839736

JWarren14
02-04-2009, 12:07 PM
Also, found this today on J. Peppers.http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3839736

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney, who was informed of Peppers' decision in a meeting with Carey in Houston on Thursday, did not return phone calls Saturday but released a statement through a team spokesman.

Peppers decision in Houston has a nice ring to it...

JWarren14
02-23-2009, 12:21 PM
I just got back to the country and am slowly catching up on all the news. Dunta being tagged, TMac out for the season, etc.

Just checked in on some combine interviews and a few players the Texans set some time to visit with are:

Demetrius Byrd, WR, LSU
Louis Murphy, WR, Florida
Andre Brown, RB, NC State
Jaimie Thomas, OG, Maryland

Also a FA name drop - Chauncey Davis a FA DE from the Falcons

Just throwing some names out there of who the Texans are at least somewhat interested in.

JWarren14
03-13-2009, 11:25 AM
Here are a few players the Texans have contacted per Scout.com

William Moore (S, Mizzou)
Nic Harris (S/LB, Oklahoma)
Rashad Johnson (S, Alabama)
Chip Vaughn (S, Wake Forest)
Malcolm Jenkins (CB, Ohio State)
Vontae Davis (CB, Illinois)
Keenan Lewis (CB, Oregon State)
Coye Francies (CB, San Jose States)
Robert Ayers (DE, Tennessee)
Connor Barwin (DE/OLB/TE, Cincinnati)
Everette Brown (DE, Florida State)
Cody Brown (DE, Connecticut)
Gerald McGrath (LB, Southern Miss)
Clay Matthews (LB, USC)
Larry English (LB/DE UNI)
Jason Watkins (OL, Florida)
Jaimie Thomas (OL, Maryland)
Quan Cosby (WR, Texas)
Louis Murphy (WR, Florida)
Juaquin Iglesias (WR, Oklahoma)
Derrick Williams (WR, Penn State)
Jeremy Maclin (WR, Mizzou)
Jared Cook (TE, South Carolina)

Maybe this will help with your big boards for draft day. A few names that haven't been mentioned before on the board.

Specnatz
03-13-2009, 11:27 AM
Not a single RB?

JWarren14
03-13-2009, 11:46 AM
I dont think this is a full list, but just a few names. I am sure they have spoken to RBs, but it wasn't posted. I think I remember reading somewhere they spoke with Andre Brown.

The Pencil Neck
03-13-2009, 12:00 PM
Nice list. Interesting.

Ole Miss Texan
03-13-2009, 12:03 PM
Here are a few players the Texans have contacted per Scout.com

William Moore (S, Mizzou)
Nic Harris (S/LB, Oklahoma)
Rashad Johnson (S, Alabama)
Chip Vaughn (S, Wake Forest)
Malcolm Jenkins (CB, Ohio State)
Vontae Davis (CB, Illinois)
Keenan Lewis (CB, Oregon State)
Coye Francies (CB, San Jose States)
Robert Ayers (DE, Tennessee)
Connor Barwin (DE/OLB/TE, Cincinnati)
Everette Brown (DE, Florida State)
Cody Brown (DE, Connecticut)
Gerald McGrath (LB, Southern Miss)
Clay Matthews (LB, USC)
Larry English (LB/DE UNI)
Jason Watkins (OL, Florida)
Jaimie Thomas (OL, Maryland)
Quan Cosby (WR, Texas)
Louis Murphy (WR, Florida)
Juaquin Iglesias (WR, Oklahoma)
Derrick Williams (WR, Penn State)
Jeremy Maclin (WR, Mizzou)
Jared Cook (TE, South Carolina)

Maybe this will help with your big boards for draft day. A few names that haven't been mentioned before on the board.

Sweeeeet. Lots of interest in some safeties!

TheRealJoker
03-13-2009, 03:14 PM
William Moore (S, Mizzou)
Malcolm Jenkins (CB, Ohio State)
Vontae Davis (CB, Illinois)
Robert Ayers (DE, Tennessee)
Connor Barwin (DE/OLB/TE, Cincinnati)
Everette Brown (DE, Florida State)
Clay Matthews (LB, USC)
Larry English (LB/DE UNI)
Jeremy Maclin (WR, Mizzou)

these are the ones from the list I figure the Texans are targeting at # 15 or with a trade down. Aside from Maclin, we can see the obvious theme. BPA would be Jenkins who isn't likely to fall to 15. IMO, we're gonna pick Bruce's nephew and i'm gonna enjoy watching him wreak havoc with DeMeco!!!

76Texan
03-13-2009, 03:38 PM
I will be estatic if we get Everette Brown and Rashad Johnson on the first day.

I like William Moore also, but I will take Rashad (I think he's safer because of his versatility and his football IQ).

Mac#5
03-13-2009, 04:37 PM
I realy like Iglesias but i dont kno much about the other reciever... i wouldnt mind gettin Iglesias in the later rounds but i wouldnt want to see Jacoby gone. he has shown flashes of greatness on punt returns but he just tries to do too much sometimes having iglesias will add depth to an already deep recieving core but he has great potential and can be insurance incase we lose someone in seasons to come

Mac#5
03-13-2009, 04:39 PM
I will be estatic if we get Everette Brown and Rashad Johnson on the first day.

I like William Moore also, but I will take Rashad (I think he's safer because of his versatility and his football IQ).

I also like rashad but i would rather take Moore because of the chance of him playin at the level he did his junior year. he has big time steal potential. hopefully we can get him in the second

threetoedpete
03-15-2009, 01:55 AM
People are saying they don't want julius Peppers on our team are crazy this guy is one of the premier pass rushers and the league and they are talking about not giving him a long term contract sounds crazy to me. I say lay it out for Peppers and lock up Mario Williams and draft for best player available in the first round.

I'd love him on the roster. there are a few of us however who are reading the cap numbers for 2010 and wondering just how the heck are they're going to swing a high end veteran and re-doing Mario's contract. Not saying, just saying.

And if you bring him just for the year....aren't you going to have the same old Jason Babin hole we've had for three years next off season ? not sayng. just saying.

Specnatz
03-15-2009, 01:32 PM
Connor Barwin (DE/OLB/TE, Cincinnati)


He is the enigma of the draft.

threetoedpete
03-15-2009, 03:53 PM
Connor Barwin (DE/OLB/TE, Cincinnati)


He is the enigma of the draft.

Just a big 'ol lump of clay waiting for the right coach to mold him. More than a work out warrior....team first guy who was asked to move to DE his senior season. Not only did it , but dominated the conference at the position. So the gamble with him is can you coach him up to drop in coverage with in the next six months after the draft. Wanna catch the Colts ? That's the type of athlete we should be looking for. Worst case, he comes in to spell Antonio Smith on passing downs. Best case he does learn to drop into coverage. He beats out Adibi or Diles out of camp. Diles or Adbi spells him.

steelbtexan
03-15-2009, 04:00 PM
Just a big 'ol lump of clay waiting for the right coach to mold him. More than a work out warrior....team first guy who was asked to move to DE his senior season. Not only did it , but dominated the conference at the position. So the gamble with him is can you coach him up to drop in coverage with in the next six months after the draft. Wanna catch the Colts ? That's the type of athlete we should be looking for. Worst case, he comes in to spell Antonio Smith on passing downs. Best case he does learn to drop into coverage. He beats out Adibi or Diles out of camp. Diles or Adbi spells him.

Yep

I would take the chance.

Matthews who seems to be the consensus favorite @15 doesn't have much experience dropping into coverage either.

I wouldn't have a problem with Mattews or Barwin.

I like Barwin better because he should have a better idea of how to cover the TE since he used to be a TE. Obviously he has the better hands.

Specnatz
03-15-2009, 06:43 PM
Use Barwin like Belichick uses Vrabel and or Troy Brown. Use him both on offense and defense. Situational pass rusher and as a TE.

steelbtexan
03-15-2009, 08:52 PM
Use Barwin like Belichick uses Vrabel and or Troy Brown. Use him both on offense and defense. Situational pass rusher and as a TE.

Saves a roster spot

dalemurphy
03-16-2009, 10:01 AM
I got an email from Battle Red enticing me to sign up for another year with the headline:

Texans interested in speedy wideout from the Big Ten.

Could someone post the nuggets of this story?

Mac#5
03-17-2009, 09:26 PM
I got an email from Battle Red enticing me to sign up for another year with the headline:

Texans interested in speedy wideout from the Big Ten.

Could someone post the nuggets of this story?

Replacement for Jacoby?

I hope not i like wat he offers this team i juss hope he can finaly get sometime on the field

BigBull17
03-17-2009, 10:23 PM
Replacement for Jacoby?

I hope not i like wat he offers this team i juss hope he can finaly get sometime on the field

Yep, its hard to find immature wide outs with fumbling problems.

Mac#5
03-18-2009, 12:26 AM
Yep, its hard to find immature wide outs with fumbling problems.

I cant argue wit that cuz its true but its just because he tries to do to much. if he can settle down instead of tryin to create somethin out of nothin then he shouldnt hav that problem

barrett
03-18-2009, 03:08 AM
that should also cut down on his silly family reunions. it's double edged.

Luigi
03-18-2009, 03:36 AM
You know, getting Peppers here would be insane. Our whole d-line will be over 280 pounds. He'll probably go to the patriots though.

I'm high on William Moore too. If we can get him in the 2nd round it will be the steal of the draft. He's a great player who had a down year because of injury. He may not be a free safety but he could be the next polamalu or adrian wilson.

bah007
03-18-2009, 09:49 AM
You know, getting Peppers here would be insane. Our whole d-line will be over 280 pounds. He'll probably go to the patriots though.

I'm high on William Moore too. If we can get him in the 2nd round it will be the steal of the draft. He's a great player who had a down year because of injury. He may not be a free safety but he could be the next polamalu or adrian wilson.

I don't think he will ever be like those guys because he doesn't tackle well enough.

I think if everything falls right he could be a less talented version of Kerry Rhodes. And there's nothing wrong with that.

mussop
03-28-2009, 01:44 AM
I got an email from Battle Red enticing me to sign up for another year with the headline:

Texans interested in speedy wideout from the Big Ten.

Could someone post the nuggets of this story?

I am assuming they are talking about Derrick Williams (WR, Penn State)? He is on the list Warren posted.

Anyone got any news on this front? I cant find any info on visits lately.