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Old 08-09-2012   #1
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Default Our first round pick Whitney Mercilus

How's he doing in camp? Haven't heard much about him and I don't know if that is a good or bad thing.
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Default Re: Our first round pick Whitney Mercilus

Crazy, I was thinking the same thing last night. From what I've heard here and there on the radio its been pretty much good news. Thing is, I would expect to hear a lot more about a first round pick.
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Default Re: Our first round pick Whitney Mercilus

I think it's because this year (unlike years past) our first round pick isn't starting right out the gate. There's far less pressure on him to succeed immediately, and as a byproduct, there's far less attention being paid to him in regards to the media.
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Default Re: Our first round pick Whitney Mercilus

Oh, he'll get his playing time in this season, you can count on that. Whether he starts or not, a 1st round pick had BETTER see some playing time. LOL
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Default Re: Our first round pick Whitney Mercilus

yeah I've heard more about the offense this summer on the radio and ESPN ( the 30 second segment about Andre Johnson pulling a groin) and that's about it. And quite frankly I love it. I think the defense is quietly getting a lot better and Mercilus will have more energy throughout the game.
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Default Re: Our first round pick Whitney Mercilus

This training camp has been different all around, it seems to me. I don't know if I am following it less fervently, or if it's taken a different disposition. But, I'm viewing it as 'no news is good news,' and that the players are performing--as much as they can in such as situation--as well as they are expected to perform.
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We'll have a much better idea in 2 more days
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This training camp has been different all around, it seems to me. I don't know if I am following it less fervently, or if it's taken a different disposition. But, I'm viewing it as 'no news is good news,' and that the players are performing--as much as they can in such as situation--as well as they are expected to perform.
ditto for me as well, kinda nice to know good things are just around the corner after all the hard work this off season. I study the draft for months before April, posting such in draft forum but there is no way Whitney Mercilus should have still been on the board #26. He was top 20 easy prospect with potential to vault into the top 15. Chicago & Seattle are the teams who passed on Merciuls, drafting 15th & 19th respectively, thankfully for Texans their respective war rooms took less polished prospects in Bruce Irvin & Shea McClellin. Texans won't miss a beat after standing down & watching 100 million dollar DE extraordinaire Mario Williams jet to Buffalo.
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Damn I can't wait. LOL. There's so much I want to see this pre-season. I don't think we'll see Case Keenum the first game, but I really want to see him throw a few long ones down the field.
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Damn I can't wait. LOL. There's so much I want to see this pre-season. I don't think we'll see Case Keenum the first game, but I really want to see him throw a few long ones down the field.
Really?

I expect Matt to take a series or two. Then TJ to finish out the first half. I expect Beck to get the 3rd quarter and Case the 4th.
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ditto for me as well, kinda nice to know good things are just around the corner after all the hard work this off season. I study the draft for months before April, posting such in draft forum but there is no way Whitney Mercilus should have still been on the board #26. He was top 20 easy prospect with potential to vault into the top 15. Chicago & Seattle are the teams who passed on Merciuls, drafting 15th & 19th respectively, thankfully for Texans their respective war rooms took less polished prospects in Bruce Irvin & Shea McClellin. Texans won't miss a beat after standing down & watching 100 million dollar DE extraordinaire Mario Williams jet to Buffalo.
No news is good news.

Merciluus and McClellin will be the best pass rushers in this draft. IMHO (Provided McClellin doesn't have concussions) It's goingto be interesting to see how their careers progress.

100 mil for MW = LOL
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Really?

I expect Matt to take a series or two. Then TJ to finish out the first half. I expect Beck to get the 3rd quarter and Case the 4th.
Keenum will probably play the last 2 series of the game. Think Alex Brink and Gary was only carrying 3 QB's.
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Really?

I expect Matt to take a series or two. Then TJ to finish out the first half. I expect Beck to get the 3rd quarter and Case the 4th.

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OTOH, Kubiak's quotes after today's practice:

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(on the significance of the preseason games for QB Case Keenum) Its huge and I will play (John) Beck before him this week. I may reverse it next week, but I hope to play all four of them this week. But man, he has made a lot of progress. I guess Im giving him a hell of a compliment but Ive told you guys all along, football is important to him. He really works at it. I really like the way hes responded to his opportunity here in Houston. I think were all excited to see him play.
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Dude is fast as hell rushing the passer.
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Case will have to be electric this preseason to get the #3 spot ahead of Beck, and Beck is going to have to tank it as well.

Keenum is getting some nice praise from Kubiak, but I always read Kubiak's quotes about players with a focus in trying to read between the lines. In the most recent praise Kubiak has for Case, it's not the same "gush level" as we see Kubiak/Keyshawn Martin praise comments.

Kubiak is being nice, is obviously genuine, but there's nothing in the Kubiak praise-for-Keenum quotes that makes me think Case is really standing out from the pack thus far.

So Case Keenum is going to need to maximize his chances and basically make the decision an easy one for Kubiak. I don't think Gary Kubiak is going to just hand the #3 job to Keenum. In fact, I don't think Gary is going to just hand the Kicker job to Bullock either. Gary is growing up. He's realizing he cannot be everybody's pal and play the favoritism games like he did with the David Andersons, the Amobi Okoyes, and the Jacoby Joneses of the NFL. With success, Gary is seemingly unlearning some bad habits from his first several years here.

Case, you better make some noise and be smart with the ball. Period.
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Exactly.

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He has terrible forecasting abilities. He should be a weatherman on a TV station instead of prognosticating for an NFL team every week. He could say "It's gonna' be a hot one today, folks..." and pretty much nail the prediction for most of the year.
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Yeah, that's why I put the disclaimer there. lol.
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