Report: Houston Texans One of Three Finalists for HBO ‘Hard Knocks’

By Jesse Reed

The Houston Texans are reportedly on the short list to be featured on HBO’s popular series “Hard Knocks” for the 2015 season.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported this news, per a source:

“Owner Bob McNair said at the NFL meetings in March he was considering a Texans appearance on the 10th “Hard Knocks,” but at the time, there was speculation that Cleveland was the favorite.

“A person familiar with the situation said the Texans are one of three finalists, and an announcement could be made next week.”

According to, Washington and the Buffalo Bills are the other two teams in the running to be featured.

It is easy to see why Houston would be appealing.

It can be summed up in two words: J.J. Watt.

Besides being the best football player on the planet, Watt’s personality is larger than life, and he is constantly doing things off the field to help others in need.

There are other players on the Texans that could make the show appealing as well, however, including Vince Wilfork and Arian Foster—one of the league’s most interesting people. Foster has previously filibustered interview sessions with the statement, “I’m just out here trying to be the best teammate I can be, man.”

Forced into a situation where cameras are everywhere, tracking his every move, it would be interesting to see how Foster responds. Then there is the impending quarterback competition between Ryan Mallett and free agent acquisition Brian Hoyer.

There is enough going on in Houston that it could be quite interesting to see the inner machinations of training camp this year.

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