The Houston Texans coaches have been all over the Senior Bowl looking for “hidden” talent as they try to improve the roster. While this year’s class isn’t overwhelming, there are still plenty of players that should interest the Texans. After a 2-14 season, almost all positions on the team need new players and depth. I expect to see almost 50% of the roster gone from last season as the new regime looks to jumpstart the franchise. Check out the rest of the links for more!
- David Coleman (Crawfish Boxes) on Jason Castro and the history of catcher extensions.
While it’s hardly conclusive, it looks like this is the year to watch for an extension for Castro. If he can prove he’s healthy this summer, maybe we see a Jose Altuve-type extension. I’m guessing Castro would get between four and five years on a deal, given the history at the position.
- Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) was with the Astros on their caravan stop in Galveston.
- Greg Thurston (Climbing Tal’s Hill) profiles Raul Valdes and Max Stassi.
- Astros tweet of the day…
— Houston Astros (@astros) January 23, 2014
- Ben DuBose (Houston Press) on the importance of Aaron Brooks.
With Beverley back in the lineup, sixth-year veteran point guard Aaron Brooks returned to his usual third-string role. It’s often a thankless job that can come without minutes (he played 31 seconds on Monday), and as a free agent last July, Brooks had opportunities to leave for more playing time. But Brooks unexpectedly chose to stay in Houston, citing familiarity with the club that drafted him in 2007 and an appreciation for the city.
- Adam Wexler (CSN Houston) spoke with Chandler Parsons who is upset about his Team USA snub.
- Jenny Dial Creech (Houston Chronicle) on Donatas Motiejunas earning playing time.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
Bradley Beal is a good player, but it’s downright disrespectful that he made it over Chandler Parsons. #Blasphemous
— House Of Houston (@HouseOfHouston) January 23, 2014
- Brian T. Smith (Houston Chronicle) on the Texans staff at the Senior Bowl.
O’Brien’s new crew was in full force here, with recently added coaches (Mike Vrabel, Crennel), holdovers from the Kubiak era (special-teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky) and O’Brien’s trusted right-hand man (Jim Bernhardt) taking in a deep but unspectacular collection of young talent that will be available when the organization runs through its most important amateur selection process since 2006.
- James Palmer/Dave Zangaro (CSN Houston) grade the Texans coaches.
- Tania Ganguli (ESPN) on the lack of talk around Case Keenum.
- Texans tweet of the day…
— Deepi Sidhu (@DeepSlant) January 23, 2014