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Old 08-10-2015, 07:30 PM   #1
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Fans eager for inside look at Texans on "Hard Knocks"

Since the announcement in late May that the Houston Texans were the chosen ones for the HBO reality series, "Hard Knocks" fans have been waiting for the unprecedented behind-the-scenes access inside Texans training camp. While the most important off-season question has not been answered for the Texans, another nearly important issue has arisen.

The Texans still have not named a starting quarterback, but now also are without the services of Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster. Foster was injured early in the first padded practice of training camp. He’s had surgery and a timetable for his return has not been determined, but what the team may be considering and what they might be thinking could be unveiled to a certain degree when Hard Knocks with the Houston Texans premieres on Tuesday night.

Oh, and there has also been a knockdown, drag-out brawl with Washington on the third day of joint practices on Saturday. While most of us have seen the footage of the brawl, maybe not every angle, maybe not every shove and certainly not all that was said behind closed doors by the players and the coaches. This is where the show could shine, provided they deliver compelling footage and interviews from "inside the facility," that other media may not be privy to.

There are a host of players considered long shots to make the team that could be introduced to the hordes of football fans across the country on Tuesday night. Wide receivers Chandler Worthy and Alan Bonner could be candidates to have a developing storyline. Cornerback Charles James, who was a surprise cut by the New York Giants last year, before joining the Texans practice squad, has had another strong start to training camp, but the cornerback position is loaded and could be a good story to follow.

HBO’s producer and director said they go into a season without many, if any, preconceived ideas of what will be the dominant storylines.

SI’s Peter King divulged in his latest Monday Morning Quarterback article, that – surprise, surprise – J.J. Watt will have an expanded role in the first episode.

"The first show, in fact, will have the rarest of events: a mistake by Watt, highlighted by coach Bill O’Brien in front of the team. Before a practice, Watt, miked, tells a teammate: “Ever since O-B got here, he’s been trying to get me to jump offsides. And I haven’t jumped offsides one time. Not one single time. He talks to me about it all the time.

"So they go out to practice one day, and O’Brien sing-songs to Watt, "We’re gonna get you!" And Watt, too aggressive in anticipating the snap from center, jumps offside. The offense is jubilant. O’Brien tells Watt to take a lap—the customary penalty for jumping offside.

"Then, NFL Films cameras show Watt, post-practice, working alone as the sun goes down on his swim moves past the offensive-lineman dummy."

Bill O’Brien has maintained throughout the summer and training camp that all the added cameras and crew around the facility and practice have not been a distraction and have been a pleasure to work with. Though, each time he normally adds with a chuckle, “We’ll see when the first show comes out. But to this point, it hasn’t been an issue at all.”

It’s always been one of the most anticipated shows of the football season and with the Texans as the featured team, it will be no different, starting Tuesday night for their five-week run.

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