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5 Houston Texans Storylines to Follow During Training Camp

Houston Texans: 5 Storylines to Follow During Training Camp

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The Houston Texans were arguably the most disappointing team in the NFL last season. The team responded this offseason by hiring a new head coach, acquiring a new starting quarterback and taking Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Training camp will be a key time to incorporate these new pieces. Here are the five biggest storylines to watch for during camp.

5. Brian Cushing’s Health

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5. Brian Cushing’s Health

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Brian Cushing is still recovering from the broken fibula and torn fibular collateral ligament he suffered midway through last season. Injuries have caused Cushing to play in just 12 games over the past two seasons. The Pro Bowl linebacker vows to be ready for Week 1, but the Texans will make sure they bring him back slowly during training camp.

4. Tom Savage’s Development

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4. Tom Savage’s Development

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Houston selected quarterback Tom Savage in the fourth-round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Savage has prototypical size and arm strength for an NFL QB, but he needs to refine his mechanics and improve his accuracy. The Texans have already named Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter, but they will be looking for Savage to have a strong training camp and show that he can eventually take over as the team's top quarterback.

3. Replacing Ben Tate

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3. Replacing Ben Tate

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Ben Tate signed with the Cleveland Browns as a free agent, leaving the Texans with a need at backup running back. Tate was extremely valuable for Houston, easing Arian Foster's workload and filling in for him when he missed time with injuries. The Texans need one of their new backs to step up during training camp and fill the void left by Tate. Look for either Andre Brown or Alfred Blue to emerge as the new No. 2 back.

2. Creating the Best Scheme for Jadeveon Clowney

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2. Creating the Best Scheme for Jadeveon Clowney

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One benefit of the Texans' awful 2013 season was that it enabled them to draft defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Now, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel must design a defensive scheme that maximizes Clowney's potential. Crennel will likely try the No. 1 pick as a stand-up outside linebacker in 3-4 alignments. He can also use him as a traditional defensive end in obvious passing situations.

1. Andre Johnson’s Future

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1. Andre Johnson’s Future

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Andre Johnson has not hidden his frustration about the direction Houston is heading. The veteran wideout does not want to go through another rebuilding process. After skipping offseason workouts and minicamp, it will be interesting to see if Johnson shows up for the start of training camp. He wants to be traded, but Houston will have a hard time finding a team willing to take on his massive contract.

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