RTC: Surprise! Bortles wants to be top pick

February, 4, 2014
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Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney have both declared their desires to be the first overall pick in this year's draft, a pick belonging to the Houston Texans. On Friday UCF quarterback Blake Bortles joined the chorus during Super Bowl week. Bortles has been connected to the Texans by some, in part because his size seems to match Texans coach Bill O'Brien's affinities.

Texans fans might not like looking back at this, but on Sunday Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle revisited the Texans' 23-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4. It marked a turning point in both teams' seasons, seasons that ended in completely opposite ways.

A cross-Houston story from Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin said Craig Fitzgerald, the Texans' new strength and conditioning coach, changed his career. Lin said: "When I showed up, I was 170 and I was the weakest player to ever show up in the Harvard basketball program, just weight-wise. And when I left, I was one of the stronger guys there. He just taught me how to be more mentally tough. He pushed me. Man, he’s awesome.”

Tajh Boyd is focusing on his footwork and consistency, writes Drew Dougherty of HoustonTexans.com. Dougherty caught up with the former Clemson quarterback during the Senior Bowl.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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