Aug 16, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) tackles Atlanta Falcons running back Antone Smith (35) at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans Vs. Denver Broncos: What To Look For

The Houston Texans have now entered into Week 3 of the NFL preseason and looked as poised as ever to undertake this week’s opponent, the Denver Broncos.

The Texans have been in Denver for about a week now and it seems that they’ve adjusted to their surroundings.

They don’t call that metropolis the Mile-High City for anything and I’m sure they wanted to make sure all of the players, especially the newcomers are well-accustomed to play outdoors with the dry, thin air being the prevailing factor.

Wow, what a week makes!

J.J. Watt demanded a contract extension, albeit politely and Aqib Talib threw a football at D.J. Swearinger causing a scuffle, both events stemming from the scrimmage the teams had between each other!

Jadeveon Clowney was sensational last week with one sack and did some tackling for-a-loss, which is always a prized asset!

Time keeps on ticking and roster decisions will have to be made before the start of the season.

There is still some jockeying for some position for those coveted 53 slots, so keep an eye on these battles:

QUARTERBACK:  Yes, there’s still a battle here.  Case Keenum is battling for his future with the Houston Texans.  With Ryan Fitzpatrick looking a lot better last week against the Falcons, Keenum looked rather tepid on his part going 6-for-12 for 81 yards, throwing one pick.  His 37.2 quarterback rating is nothing to sneeze at either.  On the other hand, Fitzpatrick went 9-for-12 for 97 yards with one passing touchdown  for a QB rating of 126.  I’m still completely positive that Keenum will take advantage of the time given to him and make the best of it tonight, keeping himself a roster spot.  Let’s go Case!  Tom Savage will see some time but we all know he will be carried as Bill O’Brien will look to develop him into a quarterback that fits his style of offense.

Aug 16, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Jonathan Grimes (41) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

RUNNING BACK:  Jonathan Grimes continues his strong play at the back from late last season when he was plugged in and his momentum is admirable.  He seems to work really hard at what he does and is extremely deserving of a roster spot.  He will get it.  However, the exponential effort of draftee Alfred Blue has not gone unnoticed and these two will continue to go back-and-forth for the coveted slot of backing up Arian Foster.  Who will win out?  This one’s a tough call but Grimes is the victor so far.  Grimes rushed for 42 yards off nine carries last Saturday with 22-yard burst while Blue ran for 22 yards off six carries.  I’m sure Ronnie Brown and William Powell will be thrown in for awhile but the battle for second- and third-string is clearly between the preceding backs mentioned.

TIGHT END:  Has C.J. Fiedorowicz moved himself up on the depth chart?  As I expected, he likely has.  Of course, he’ll be the No. 2 behind Garrett Graham for now but this guy has talent that you rarely see for tight ends.  Earlier this spring, I talked about what a great draft pick Fiedorowicz was, take a look here.  He has dominated in every level at his position of play and it’s now time for him to do it in the professional leagues.  His frame and his exceptional blocking capabilities will drive defenses crazy.  Ryan Griffin might as well been on the picture of a milk carton last week.

So here we are, ready to face Peyton Manning and the high-charged offense of the Broncos, the runner-up of this past Super Bowl match up.

But we won’t see much of Manning but likely heavy doses of Brock Osweiler, a name that outside of Broncos’ fans, will clearly become forgotten when the season starts.

The Texans will take them on at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium tonight at 8 p.m. CDT.  The game can be seen on KTRK/Channel 13 and will be broadcast on 610 SportsRadio AM/100.3 (KILT).

Go Texans!

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