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Houston Sets Its Sights On The Playoffs
HOUSTON — The Houston Texans are preparing to start their 2008 training camp this week and they are setting their sights on not only having a winning record, but making it to the NFL’s postseason.
Last season, the Texans finished with a franchise-best 8-8 record playing in the AFC South, the NFL’s toughest division. The Indianapolis Colts (12-4), Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5), and Tennessee Titans (10-6) all made the playoffs.
The Texans reported on Thursday at 2 p.m. CT and will begin the first-round of their two-a-days on Friday morning. Houston will play its first preseason game on Saturday, August 9th as they play host to the Denver Broncos at Reliant Stadium.
Staying healthy will be a key this season. Houston finished last season with 17 players on injured reserve, including five who were starters at the beginning of the 2007 season.
The biggest loss came in the defensive backfield with cornerback Dunta Robinson. Robinson, who is still recovering from knee and hamstring surgery is expected to start the season on the physically unable to perform list.
He will miss the first six games before the Texans have to make a decision to activate him or place him on injured reserve for the season.
Over 50,000 free training camp tickets were distributed at participating Wachovia Financial Centers. Due to the heat index, all practices that were made available to fans have been moved from the afternoon to the morning.
The dates for morning practices were fans are allowed include: this Saturday and Sunday; Friday, August 1st, and Saturday, August 2nd. There will be only one night practice on Thursday, July 31st from 7:15-9:15 p.m.
Here is a breakdown of our picks for the Texans’ projected starters:
WR Andre Johnson WR Andra Davis LT Ephraim Salaam LG Chester Pitts C Chris Myers RG Fred Weary RT Eric Winston TE Owen Daniels QB Matt Schaub RB Chris Brown FB Vonta Leach
DEFENSE DE Anthony Weaver DT Travis Johnson DT Amobi Okoye DE Mario Williams LB Morlon Greenwood LB DeMeco Ryans LB Zac Diles CB Fred Bennett CB Jacques Reeves FS Will Demps SS C.C. Brown
K Kris Brown P Matt Turk
DATES TO REMEMBER Aug. 9th — Preseason game vs. Denver Broncos Aug. 16th — Texans travel to New Orleans Saints Aug. 25th — Texans travel to Dallas Cowboys Aug. 26th — Roster must be trimmed to 75 players.
Aug. 30th — Roster must be trimmed to 53 players.
Sep. 7th — Regular-season opener at Pittsburgh.
Sep. 14th — Home-opener against Baltimore Ravens