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Texans Bill O’Brien Says No Price Too High To Land Franchise Quarterback

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Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien knows what it’s like to be unsettled at the quarterback position and how much it can derail your process not having a franchise quarterback under center.

The Texans have trotted out a number of quarterbacks during O’Brien’s tenure, including names such as Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, Tom Savage, Brock Osweiler, and T.J Yates, among others.

O’Brien now has Deshaun Watson and says that there is no price too high for a team to land their franchise signal caller.

“I don’t think you can quantify how important it is,” O’Brien stated during an appearance on Good Morning Football. “It’s so important. That position on any team carries the dreams, the hopes, of the organization. When you have a guy who you feel can do those things, can be a great go off the field for you, obviously be great on the field for you, has a passion for being a great teammate, trying to get better every single day, obviously has the talent to play at the highest level, that means a lot to your organization.”

“It’s the hardest position in football to evaluate. Very, very difficult to evaluate, O’Brien continued.

“When you look at them in college, you’re not sure exactly what maybe their coach is telling them in that system. When you interview them, you’re trying to teach them some things that maybe you’ll do with them, see how they pick that up.

You just have to do the best job you can of spending time with the person, with making sure that you know everything you can know about that person. And when you feel it in your gut, and your organization feels it, then you go ahead and make that pick. But it’s a very, very important position on any team in the NFL.”

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Bills Cut Terrelle Pryor

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The Buffalo Bills have released wide receiver Terrelle Pryor who was signed only a few short weeks ago, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Pryor saw his snap count drop from his first game with the Bills to his second game, and he only managed to haul in two receptions for 17 yards, which will cause speculation that Pryor’s hamstring issues may not be fully behind him.

Pryor as cut from the New York Jets in October, prior to latching on with the Bills.

 

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Jets Unlikely To Fire Mike Maccagnan

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Despite what appears to be another lost season, the New York Jets are considered unlikely to fire general manager Mike Maccagnan, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.

Furthermore, the report indicates that while Maccagnan’s job appears to be safe for now, head coach Todd Bowles is on the hot seat.

Due Maccagnan’s long-stated plan to compete for a playoff berth in 2019, ownership sees him as not falling short of their expectations, making it likely that they will move forward with the general manager despite Bowles’ likely departure.

The Jets will have around $100 million in cap space in the 2019 offseason, and are putting their faith in Maccagnan to put something together in 2019.

 

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Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill Throwing Without Pain

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The Miami Dolphins may have quarterback Ryan Tannehill back when the team plays the Indianapolis Colts following their bye this week, as head coach Adam Gase provided an update concerning Tannehill’s status.

“That was the start of their throwing progression after so many off,” Gase said earlier this week, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “It seemed like it went well. It’s not like he’s out there throwing 60-yard throws. They have a progression of how they want to do it. They said it was a good first step and he felt good. So that’s a positive.”

Tannehill has missed the last five games because of a capsule injury in his throwing shoulder, and the team has been rolling with Brock Osweiler under center.

Gase said that Tannehill is on a pitch count right now but the team is hoping that he will be fully cleared by next Wednesday’s practice so he can be a full go against the Colts.

“It’s a pitch count, distance,” Gase said. “There are a lot of factors involved. It’s like what they’re doing right now – it’s like don’t throw any balls over 15 yards, don’t through any over 20, 25. It’s going to be a progression. He didn’t throw a ball there for a while. We’ve got to be careful. There has to be a buildup from there.”

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