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Texans release Kevin Walter

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The Houston Texans have released wide receiver Kevin Walter, according to Adam Schefter. Walter has been with the Texans since the 2006-07 season when he signed as a restricted free agent and the Bengals did not match. The move will save the Texans $2.5 million in cap space.



Last season, Walter appeared in all sixteen games for the Texans and finished the year with 41 receptions for 518 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has 25 career touchdowns in 152 career games.

Few coaches can operate a running back carousel quite like Bill Belichick, though Mike Shanahan is the ringmaster. Earlier this year we had hardly heard of Brandon Bolden, and then suddenly he had 137 rushing yards at a pace of 8.6 per carry in Week 4 against the Bills.

Now, enter Shane Vereen. After losing the battle for the starting job to Stevan Ridley during training camp, Vereen had been relegated to spot duty, receiving double-digit carries only twice. The result was meaningful and important yet still unspectacular production, with Vereen’s single-game rushing high a 49-yard outing way back in Week 7, and he finished with 149 total receiving yards, 91 of which came in one week. Overall then he averaged just 5.7 yards per touch, and 36.4 yards per game appearance (11) with four touchdowns.

So of course today during New England’s 41-28 win over the Texans he was summoned off the bench in a greater capacity after Danny Woodhead’s thumb injury, and he scored three times while finishing with 124 total yards.

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You think this is good? You should see what he can do with a few pairs of pliers and a bag of ice. I know, I’m confused too.

Bill Belichick is not amused.

Houston Texan defensive end J.J. Watt pumped himself up for today’s playoff game by doing several unnecessary push-ups.

I’m so out of shape that if I did this before a football game, I would immediately be placed on IR due to extreme exhaustion*.

That’s like a week’s worth of exercise.

*This isn’t much of an exaggeration.

Nearly one month ago to the day, this matchup ended poorly. Or very well. Whichever.

A Patriots offense that easily led the league in average points per game (34.8, over four points ahead of the second-place Broncos) posted 42 points on the Texans (final score: 42-14). For Houston, that loss started a conclusion to the regular season which came with a beeping sound, as they dropped three of their last four games, with all of those losses to playoff teams. It also tied a season high in points allowed.

For New England, it was…meh, as that Week 14 win marked the fifth time they scored 40 or more points. But what was particularly impressive about this debacle is that they scored 28 points before the Texans scored even one.

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If the Texans somehow beat the Patriots in New England a week from now and then keep chugging to the Super Bowl through an AFC road that will likely go through Denver, none of this will matter. We’ll look back on today’s game, and then regret looking back on today’s game. Let’s never speak of this again.

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“Spread ‘em and shred ‘em” is the cliché most often associated with the ever-growing use of spread formations, and it’s something that the Cincinnati Bengals will have a chance to do in their Saturday afternoon matchup with the Houston Texans. To take it one step further, it’s something that the Bengals will have to do to pull off an upset win over the Texans, because it’s the best way to attack an injury-riddled brigade.

It’s also something that they didn’t do at this time last year. In last year’s Wildcard matchup, the Bengals traveled to Houston and got tamed with a 31-10 loss. Andy Dalton threw three interceptions and the offense, overall, didn’t look good. Not enough creativity, not enough matchup advantages, and simply not enough output.

They featured “12″ (one back, two tight ends) personnel with compressed formations far too often it seemed, trying to run the ball at the heart of the sturdy Houston front-seven and finding little to no success, and they didn’t spread the defense out until they were down by two touchdowns late. This time, play caller Jay Gruden can’t be down two touchdowns and scrambling to find something that works, especially if he wants to impress any potential future employers. There are several keys strategies that he should, in my opinion, aim to implement against Texans defense.

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