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The Leftovers: Watt, Clowney, Trades and Explosions

Drew Dougherty answered a few fan questions from Facebook in the video above. He answered some more in the article below.

Derwin Jordan: Dear Drew, Could this slow start be due to the majority of our stars being out for an entire season almost, added to not much playing time in the preseason?

DD: I wouldn't totally rule that out, Derwin, but ultimately, I think it's all about execution of the little things. The first three games have turned on about a total of four or five plays. If the Texans make them, we're talking differently about this team. But yes, to support your theory, guys like J.J. Watt said the rust has continued to come off, and Jadeveon Clowney said he expects this week to go better than the first three.

Manuel Flores: Dear Drew, Will Clowney & Mercilus have a bigger impact since more attention will head back to Watt?

DD: That could happen, Manuel. Clowney drew a lot of attention last week against the Giants, and faced a generous helping of double-teams. He still came close a couple times to getting Manning. In the first two weeks, the Patriots and Titans also sent blockers low at him. Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said the Texans have "moved Whitney around a little bit more than we have in the past", so he's been in some unfamiliar territory. I think as the weeks go by, you'll see Clowney and Mercilus look more like their old selves.

George Tsakiris: Dear Drew, Despite an 0-3 start, can the Texans still make the playoffs?

DD: Of course. It won't be easy, but they still have five games to play against AFC South opponents, 13 games left in the season. Win this Sunday, and they're tied with the Colts at 1-3. Keep stacking wins and good things will happen. But they gotta stack those wins.

Natalie Boone: Dear Drew, Why does Watt keep showing up on the injury report? Is he OK?

DD: Yes, he is ok. But if you have an injury, no matter how big or small it is, the team has to report it. He was on it last week and went out and played magnificently.

Alejandro Mazal: Dear Drew, How great would it be for the Texans to engage the services of one Le'Veon Bell?

DD: He's a wonderful running back, but I think Houston would prefer to improve in a few other areas instead. I don't see it happening.

Steve Hicks: Dear Drew, when is the NFL trading deadline and do you see the Texans making any move?

DD: Yo Steve, I answered this question for you last week, remember? Here it is again: It's October 30, which is the Tuesday between Weeks 8 and 9. General manager Brian Gaine has repeatedly said the Texans will always look to improve the roster via the Draft, free agency, the waiver wire and by trade.

DD: I did some digging, and this year's chain gang at Texans game in NRG Stadium is a really good one...and they've been together for over a decade. Doesn't look like there are any openings in the near future.

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