Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans ...
While both Andre Johnson and his agent played coy in this story by Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle last week, Johnson's uncle, Andre Melton, was a little more specific. Melton said Johnson "doesn't mind taking a pay cut." A big part of Johnson's holdout last offseason had to do with his concern about his future with the organization. Johnson wanted security. For his part, Johnson repeated what he's always said about his future, that he'd love to remain with the Texans for the rest of his career, but if his future doesn't end that way, he'll accept that and move on.
Case Keenum filled in nicely at quarterback for the Texans, writes Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press. "When Case Keenum woke up Wednesday morning, he didn't even realize it was Christmas Eve," Rieken writes. "It's easy to see why Houston's quarterback hasn't had time to think about the holidays. Instead of visions of sugar plums dancing in his head, he's swimming in play calls, formations and defensive alignments after being plucked off the St. Louis practice squad to start for the Texans."
Kareem Jackson is helping the Texans get into playoff contention, writes Mark Inabinett of al.com. The Alabama paper checks in on Jackson, who played college football at Alabama before becoming a first-round pick for the Houston Texans.
If you missed it earlier in the week, two former Texans made their first Pro Bowl this season. Eagles outside linebacker Connor Barwin and Lions safety Glover Quin. Barwin was offered a deal before the 2012 season and when he opted to play out the season, the Texans used the money on an extension for quarterback Matt Schaub instead. Quin departed the same offseason that the Texans signed Ed Reed.