Former Houston linebacker Connor Barwin took out a newspaper ad in the Houston Press to thank Texans' fans on Thursday, but he didn't just thank the fans, he also thanked Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert, Houston mayor Annise Parker and his popcorn guy Timothy, among others.
Months after opening last season with 11 wins in their first 12 games, the Texans look to pick up the pieces from a disastrous end to the 2012 season. The Texans will hope to re-sign several of their prominent free agents, most notably safety Glover Quin. Houston's most pressing needs are arguably at wide receiver and middle linebacker.
Successfully switching defensive schemes doesn't usually happen overnight. Th Saints and Eagles will have to try to find the right players through the draft and free agency.
Houston nose tackle Shaun Cody underwent back surgery in Los Angeles last week. Cody, an eight-year veteran, is set to become a unrestricted free agent in March.
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (foot) missed practice for a second-straight day. Ravens WR Torrey Smith was added to the injury report but practiced on a limited basis. Packers WRs Randall Cobb (illness) and Jordy Nelson (ankle) returned to practice.
Adrian Peterson leads the NFL in rushing, but the Texans have the fifth-ranked run defense.

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