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It’s tough to be recognized as a good player on a bad team. A year ago, Johnathan Joseph was viewed as one of the best cornerbacks in the league, and now he is rarely mentioned. He’s still playing well, however, attacking the football with his usual prowess and sticking on receivers like glue. The Jaguars’ receivers know this and are going to have their hands full tonight like they did a couple of weeks ago with Joseph. In that game, he showed why he continues to be one of the better cornerbacks in the league.

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Arian Foster will either resume being beastly when the Texans open their season against San Diego just less than a week from now, or he’ll spontaneously combust, and nothing in between. Scary/sad times indeed.

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Draft Preview: 27. Houston Texans

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Help is coming, Andre (maybe).

Andre Johnson is injury prone (he missed 12 games between 2010 and 2011), and Andre Johnson isn’t young (he’ll turn 32 this summer). But Andre Johnson is also still quite fast, and generally quite skilled (112 catches for 1,598 yards in 2012).

He’s also still so utterly alone. Cold, and alone.

The Texans haven’t invested a first- or second-round pick in a wide receiver since they made Johnson the third overall pick in 2003. Just beyond that, third-round picks have tried to be an adequate complement across from Johnson, with Jacoby Jones doing sort of alright, but in both Houston and now Baltimore his moments of brilliance have mostly come as a kick returner. There was hope that an answer to the ancient complementary No. 2 receiver riddle was found last spring when DeVier Posey was selected. Then nature corrected its course, and he ripped apart his Achilles in the playoffs.

The search should intensify during the draft this year due to both that injury, and the impending departure of Kevin Walter through free agency. But how early will a receiver be targeted? And which receiver is the right fit? Those questions and more seem pretty appropriate for Rivers McCown since he writes many words over at the Battle Red Blog, and does many things with numbers for Football Outsiders.

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The Ed Reed era in Baltimore has ended, but the former Raven star opted to say thanks one more time before beginning a new chapter in Houston.
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Ravens Nation, My eleven seasons in Baltimore were more than I would have everimagined, which is why I have such deep love for you all. I will forever cherish my time with the Ravens and the chills that ran down my spine when I finally kissed the Lombardi Trophy. Special thanks to the City, Team, Organization and all the Fans! I’m going to miss being a part of this tremendous team and organization, but I’ll always be Baltimore and my Foundation will remain in this community, this is not a goodbye, but a See You Soon.

Thank you for everything Baltimore, God Bless you.

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The full page ad appeared in Sunday’s edition of the Baltimore Sun. Reed signed a three-year deal with the Texans on Friday. The nine-team Pro Bowler will get a chance to say thank you in person when the Ravens host Houston this season.

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Texans re-sign Brice McCain

Houston Texans v Denver BroncosThe Houston Texans have re-signed nickel CB Brice McCain, according to a tweet by John McClain.

Rotoworld is reporting the deal is for three years. McCain recorded 24 tackles and one interception last season, playing in just 461 snaps. He started two games in place of an injured Johnathan Joseph.

The 26-year old was graded as one of the worst free agent CB’s by Pro Football Focus. After losing Alan Ball to the Jaguars, re-signing McCain became a priority.

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Multiple sources have been reporting about the ongoing talks between the Houston Texans and the agents that represent Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, and apparently the two sides are still very far apart on money.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans have offered Reed a deal that would pay him a little over $4 million per season, but Reed and his agents are looking something in the $6-7 million range.

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Super Bowl XLVII - Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers

The Baltimore Ravens that take the field for the 2013-14 season will have a very different look from the group that won the Super Bowl in February. The Ravens have already parted ways with Anquan Boldin, Bernard Pollard, Dannell Ellerby and Paul Kruger. Ray Lewis is hanging up his cleats as well, meaning that 5 starters will have to be replaced (Chris Canty has signed a 3-year deal with Baltimore). Read the rest of this entry »