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The Broncos wanted to keep him as the starter
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The Broncos wanted to keep him as the starter

In March 2016 Authentic DeAndre Hopkins Jersey , quarterback Brock Osweiler found himself in the middle of a tug of war. In the end, Osweiler opted for a four-year, $72 million deal in Houston over a three-year, $48 million offer from the team that drafted him.And then, after agreeing to terms with the Texans, he went to meet his new coach for the first time.The situation highlighted one of the bizarre quirks of the free-agency rules. For all the time spent interacting with potential draft picks, teams often commit millions to a veteran free agent without ever meeting with him. In some cases, they don’t even know him.Osweiler didn’t know Texans coach Bill O’Brien. O’Brien didn’t know Osweiler. O’Brien relied heavily on Osweiler’s performance during a Sunday night game against the Patriots.But watching a guy from afar is a far cry from working with him Womens Whitney Mercilus Jersey , interacting with him, seeing him at his best, living with him at his worst.It ultimately didn’t work, with the last straw coming when Osweiler and O’Brien had some sort of altercation during halftime of a Week 17 game against the Titans, when O’Brien told Osweiler (who had been benched for Tom Savage) that Osweiler would finish the game because Savage had a concussion. The Texans, despite owing Osweiler $16 million fully guaranteed in 2017, became determined to get rid of him.To do that, the Texans could have eaten the money, or they could have traded him. To trade him, they had to give up a second-round pick to the Browns Womens Zach Cunningham Jersey , which essentially bought the selection for $16 million.Osweiler thereafter failed to make the 53-man roster of a team that would go 0-16, he returned to Denver as a bottom-of-the-depth-chart guy, and then he reunited with former Broncos assistant Adam Gase in Miami. Tonight, Osweiler starts for the injured Ryan Tannehill.聽And the guys in the Houston locker room who may have not been big Brock Osweiler fans will get a chance to get after him.These facts alone make tonight’s game far more intriguing than the fact that both teams currently are above .500 after seven weeks. Even though everyone involved has downplayed it, there are surely hard feelings. Which could become hard hits from a potent front seven in Houston. One of the biggest questions for the Patriots entering the season was how their defense would look following a series of offseason tweaks.[Image: nike_texans_139.jpg]
While the defense certainly had some miscues during New England's 27-20 victory over Houston on Sunday , it may not be the unit looking to make the most improvement heading into Week 2.That task probably belongs to special teams, which had several mistakes that allowed the Texans to stay within striking distance for most of the game.Special teams has been one of the Patriots' most stable area the past few seasons. But against Houston the unit showed cracks in both kickoff coverage and punt return. Improvement will be key with a tough road matchup at Jacksonville up next.Last season, the Patriots allowed opponents just 18.9 yards per kickoff return, the third-best mark in the NFL.That meant nothing to Houston's Tyler Ervin, who found all kinds of seams in New England's kickoff coverage. He finished the game with 156 kickoff return yards on five returns (31.2 avg.) , including a game-long 36-yard return.The 156 return yards are the most ever by a Texans player in a season opener."I thought there were a lot of areas that we did well in, a lot of areas that we need to work on and a lot of areas that we can improve," coach Bill Belichick said when asked about the mishaps on kickoffs.Special teams captain Matt Slater said he didn't think the new kickoff rules aimed at improving safety were to blame for their deficiencies."I think it was more about what we didn't do," he said. "Some of the things that we're coached to do we just didn't go out there and do them. ... It plays differently, obviously there's no wedges. Schemes have changed a little bit. But hopefully it's something we can fix."New England's punt team wasn't exempt from mistakes, either.With under five minutes left in the game, Riley McCarron fumbled a punt to set up Deshaun Watson's 5-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington that got the Texans within seven."I made a stupid play," McCarron said. "I should have handled the ball; it is as simple as that. I did not make the decision on a fair catch, obviously, but I know the one I should have made now."McCarron was released by the team on Monday.It wasn't all bad for the special teams.Before he suffered a right knee injury in the third quarter Womens Benardrick McKinney Jersey , running back Jeremy Hill partially blocked a punt by Houston's Trevor Daniel.And some late execution by the Patriots' punt coverage team helped put a slight happy face on an otherwise lackluster day.The play came via punter Ryan Allen, who dropped a 54-yard punt inside the Houston 5, which was downed by Jonathan Jones on the 1 with 43 seconds remaining. It forced the Texans to speed up on offense and they moved the ball to only their 43 by game's end.Slater said both Hill's block and Allen's punt were shown a lot in Monday's film session. Still, there was little celebrating."The hits keep coming," Slater said. "This will be a tough team this week and we gotta be on top of our game and certainly try to execute better."NOTES: The team placed running back Jeremy Hill on injured reserve. Hill's 2017 season with Cincinnati ended after seven games, when he had right ankle surgery. ... Hill entered the season third on the running back depth chart behind James White and Rex Burkhead and was expected to contribute primarily on special teams. ... The team also released wide receiver Chad Hansen.
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