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Gilberto Coronado: Dear Drew, When are they going to put in RB Scottie Phillips?
DD: Phillips is still on the Reserve/Injured list (IR). In three preseason games this August, he led the team with a combined 155 yards on 25 carries. Head Coach David Culley said he expects Phillips to come off IR this season but that "he's not there yet" and won't play at Jacksonville. So there's a chance Phillips could suit up next week at home versus the Chargers. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Texans were planning on David Johnson and Royce Freeman being the ball-carriers against the Jaguars. Rex Burkhead, who started last Sunday, has a hip injury that will keep him out of action this weekend.

Andy Caldwell: Dear Drew, It seems like when the Texans play in hurry-up mode, they do well. How come they don't play that way more often?
DD: You're right, Andy. The Texans have been effective at times when they've gone up-tempo offensively. They scored 22 points in span of 5:33 at the end of the loss to the Rams. Los Angeles, though, had taken a few star defenders out of the game and was playing the Houston offense a bit differently than it had earlier in the game. Culley said after that game that he and the staff would consider going no-huddle more often in the future. He also put the caveat out there of "It's different when you're in the middle of a game, and you're doing that, and you have to be effective when you do that."

Rookie QB Davis Mills, though, is on record as saying he's comfortable pushing the pace offensively. Perhaps it's something we'll see again in the future.

John Rubio: Dear Drew, What do you think the Texans will do with their first pick in the draft?
DD: Best player available. They're obviously going to pick pretty high this April, and they'll likely go with whoever's the biggest difference-maker available when they're picking. There aren't many, if any, position groups off-limits this year, so if the Texans think somebody up front on either side of the ball is the best player out there, then I believe that's what they'll do.

James Broderick: Dear Drew, Will NRG Stadium have an NFL Draft Party for fans during the 2022 draft?
DD: It might, but then again, the Texans might do one at a different venue this year. The marketing crew is still in the planning stages, and there will be an announcement about a Draft Party in a few months.

Dan Callahan: Dear Drew, What does TORO do to stay in shape and what does a non-game day look like for him?
DD: He walks a lot. Like three or four miles per day during the week. Sometimes seven or eight on Sundays. I think he's a golfer from time to time. He's big into rappelling and ropes stunts, too, so that takes a bit of strength and agility. He also takes the 'bull' out of bullying, so there's that.

The next time you can see the Texans at NRG Stadium is December 26 when they take on the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 16. Kickoff is set for noon CT. Click here for tickets.

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