Everyone who enjoys watching the HBO series Hard Knocks should be excited for the 10th season when the show heads to Houston to follow theTexans throughout training camp.
The Houston Texans offer a lot of exciting storylines that should excite not only the Texans fans, but other fans around the NFL.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Bill O'Brien, the Houston Texans drastically improved from their 2-14 record in 2013 with a 9-7 record in the 2014 season.
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Despite missing the playoffs in 2014, a lot of fans have high hopes for what the Texans might be able to accomplish in the upcoming 2015 NFL season.
That is one of the reasons that I myself will be tuning into watch the Hard Knock's crew follows the Texans around training camp.
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What to look out for
There should be no shortage of interesting storylines for the show to keep the audience entertained. Here are some of the things that I will personally be interested in keeping an eye on:
First and foremost, I will really be interested in watching one of the most dominant players at his position, JJ Watt.
Most of us only get to see Watt when the Texans are on national TV and it will be really interesting to see what he is like on the practice field. Does he practice with the same intensity that he plays with on game days? How does he prepare for the upcoming season? Will he be the star of the show? JJ Watt is one of those once in a generation player and it will be interesting to get a close-up of a player of his caliber.
Arian Foster in the running game is another area that I will be keeping a close eye on. Foster has battled injuries over the past few seasons and it will be interesting to see if the Texans organization has him on some sort of pitch count throughout training camp in hopes of keeping him healthy for the season.
Also, it will be interesting to see the battle for the backup position behind Foster. Will Alfred Blue continue to progress or while somebody else overtake him for that backup position?
Who will start at quarterback? The Texans brought back Ryan Mallett and also signed Brian Hoyer in the off-season to compete for the starting quarterback position in 2015.
Both players have really been nothing more than backups so far throughout their careers. Hoyer has received some starting experience with the Cleveland Browns and could be the favorite to win the job at this point.
It'll be interesting to see if they each received the same amount of playing time in training camp for if there is already a favorite to win the battle.
Can Jadeveon Clowney come back strong from his injury and be a major contributor to the Texans defense in 2015?
Clowney's 2013 season was a disappointment due to his injury and there are a lot of high hopes of what a healthy Clowney can accomplish in 2015.
And what about the offense? How Texans offense replace Andre Johnson's production and leadership? Andre Johnson was a pro's pro in every sense of the word. Johnson is the franchise leader in every receiving category for the Texans and his production will be hard to replace.
Johnson's contribution to the team went way beyond what happened on the field. He took a lot of the younger wide receivers under his wing and taught them how to become professionals. Can DeAndre Hopkins step up and be that number one receiver in the Texans offense?
Making a mark
Keep an eye on the Quessenberry brothers. David and his brother Paul are both battling to become fixtures with the Texans. David is working his way back after battling lymphoma and hopes to earn a starting spot with the offensive line. Paul is an undrafted free agent battling for a roster spot.
Will the Texans 2015 first-round draft choice, Kevin Johnson, earn one of the starting cornerback positions? Jonathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson are considered to be the favorites to win the starting spots at the quarterback position, but can Johnson somehow beat one of them out?
In the trenches
The offensive line is one of the big question marks surrounding the Texans organization going into training camp. Other then Duane Brown starting at the left tackle position, all other positions should be up for grabs. Who will be the starting offensive linemen when the season start? It will be interesting to see all of the different combinations the Texans employ in training camp.
On the othe side of the ball, can the off-season addition of Vince Wilfork improve the Texans defense and take pressure off of JJ Watt? To say that Wilfork is a big man is an understatement. He is the nose tackle that the Texans defense has been missing. He should be able to occupy several blockers and free JJ Watt to wreak havoc on opposing offenses.
Who starts at linebacker and safety? Brian Cushing should be penciled in that one of the starting linebacker positions, but who starts at the other one? Both starting safety positions look like they may be up for grabs. It will be an interesting training camp battle to see who wins those starting positions.
And finally, what will Bill O'Brien be able to accomplish in his second year as head coach of the Texans?
I have to admit that I wasn't a fan of the Texans signing O'Brien to be the next head coach of the Houston Texans. He didn't really do anything last year to really make me believe that he is the long-term answer the Texans either. I'm interested in keeping an eye on his coaching philosophy and seeing how he is able to coach up the players and get them prepared for the upcoming season.
These are just a few of the storylines that I will be personally keep an eye on in training camp.
It is always fun to see a different side to the players and see their personalities shine through. This one the reasons why Hard Knocks has become such an interesting show for fans to watch.
The common fan doesn't usually get the opportunity to see anything more from football players than what is nationally televised during the season and this is a great chance to do that.
Is there any particular player or storyline that you would like to pay close attention to?
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