Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...
Tortured Texans fan and Grantland writer Shea Serrano offers a reverse ranking of all the quarterbacks in Texans history. I'll let him explain.
A Reverse Ranking is like a normal ranking, except instead of counting toward the best, or even toward the worst, it begins at an imagined bottom and works upward toward the least worst (but not the best). What that means is, OK, the Texans have had 13 men who have taken snaps at quarterback. A normal ranking would end with someone being at first place. But that can't happen here. There's no first place in Texans QB history. There's just a Not Last Place.
Also in that post, look for the shoutout to T.J. Yates for being a very likeable guy and the section on how badly he wishes the Case Keenum experiment worked.
DeAndre Hopkins met Sammy Watkins on Watkins' recruiting visit to Clemson. They became fast friends when Watkins joined Hopkins at the university, writes Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle. This weekend, Watkins and Hopkins will face each other as the Buffalo Bills visit the Texans. Watkins insists Hopkins took him under his wing. Hopkins says Watkins didn't need anyone to take him under his wing.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is eager to face his former team, writes Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press. Now, if only he could get his kids to all root for the Texans, instead of the Bills.
Mario Williams claims he'll have no feeling of nostalgia returning to Houston and doesn't care how he's received, writes John Wawrow of the Associated Press. Williams is one of two defensive No. 1 overall picks the Texans have selected. They took the other one in May, outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.
The Texans signed 14-year veteran nose tackle Ryan Pickett after placing rookie Louis Nix on injured reserve. Pickett is ready to contribute to their run defense, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. "They said they need help stopping the run and that's what I do," Pickett said.