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Saturday, December 14, 2019

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10 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 4

Ezekiel Elliott

The NFL’s Week 4 included a game in which two teams scored 95 combined points, a late rally to keep the Kansas City Chiefs unbeaten, and the highly-awaited debut of a rookie quarterback in Washington. It also brought its fair share of disappointments — and some of them had to do with those exact storylines.

Who underwhelmed in Week 4? Here are 10 big disappointments.

Dallas Cowboys’ offense

The Dallas Cowboys’ offense looked pretty awesome the first few weeks of the season as they started off 3-0 and scored over 30 points in every game. On Sunday night in New Orleans, their offense went missing. Dak Prescott failed to throw a touchdown for the first time all season. His 6.8 yards per attempt was his lowest of the year. The rushing game was arguably worse and went for just 45 yards on 20 carries. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for just 35 yards on 18 carries with a long of six. Both he and Jason Witten lost fumbles in consecutive possessions before halftime. When they needed big drives late in the game, they ended up punting twice. A 12-10 loss was a rude awakening for a team that had been great through three weeks.

Los Angeles Rams

What happened here? The Rams scored 40 but gave up 55 to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that has been inconsistent at best. Jameis Winston went for 385 yards and four touchdowns. A lot of that was set up by quality field position owing to four turnovers by Jared Goff, including three interceptions and a late fumble that was returned for a Tampa Bay touchdown. This will raise a lot of new questions about Goff and the defense, and they’ll have to respond.

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Texans acquire Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills in trade with Dolphins

Laremy Tunsil

The Houston Texans are making more big moves to address Deshaun Watson’s blind side.

The Texans are acquiring offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a package of draft picks, including a first-round selection

The Dolphins are in full tank mode, as they were expected to be. Tunsil is one of the league’s best offensive linemen, but the Dolphins would rather have draft capital going forward. The inclusion of Stills is also interesting, given his criticism of owner Stephen Ross’ political stances and what it may have meant for his roster spot.

For Houston, Tunsil will protect Watson, who has been in dire need of the protection in recent years. That can only help him and the rest of the offense. This is also the second big trade of the day by Houston, who also traded Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle.

Carlos Hyde acquired by Texans in trade with Chiefs

Carlos Hyde

The Houston Texans have added badly-needed depth to their backfield.

The Texans acquired running back Carlos Hyde in exchange for offensive lineman Martinas Rankin in a deal involving two players who were likely poised to be cut anyway.

Hyde isn’t likely to be thrust into a leading role in the Houston backfield, but he’ll likely get his reps. The 28-year-old ran for 571 yards and five touchdowns last season, which he split between the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent two years as a regular starter for the San Francisco 49ers before that, where he tallied up 1,926 yards over two seasons. He’s likely to be the backup for ex-teammate Duke Johnson after starter Lamar Miller suffered a season-ending knee injury during preseason.

Texans acquire Duke Johnson from Browns

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The Houston Texans had a need for a reserve running back and they’ve moved to fill it with a player who badly wanted a new opportunity.

The team announced Thursday that it had acquired running back Duke Johnson from the Cleveland Browns, with a conditional draft pick headed the other way.

Johnson immediately enters the picture to back up starter Lamar Miller after Houston surprisingly waived D’Onta Foreman earlier in the week. Their new acquisition had fallen out with teammates following his trade request, so this will come as a relief to him as well.

Johnson has 1,286 rushing yards and five touchdowns over four seasons, primarily as a reserve. He’s a pretty solid backup option who should ensure that the Texans won’t miss a beat if Miller isn’t on the field.

Report: Jadeveon Clowney plans to report to Texans after third preseason game

Jadeveon Clowney has a target date to rejoin the Houston Texans.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Clowney, who is currently absent from camp after failing to get a long-term deal, tentatively plans to report to camp after the team’s third preseason game.

“From what I understand, the tentative plan is to show up after the third preseason game — they play the Cowboys in late August,” Rapoport said, via Kevin Patra of NFL.com. “That is my understanding of when Clowney is planning to show up. (He) wouldn’t play in the fourth preseason game. Would get a week to make sure he’s alright. And I am told he’s in great shape. And the Texans don’t have any worries there.”

Things don’t appear to have become seriously acrimonious at any point between Clowney and the Texans, though the team did gauge trade interest in him. He won’t miss any regular season action, and the Texans appear confident that he’s doing the right things despite being away from organized activities.

D’Onta Foreman waived by Texans after disappointing coaches

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The Houston Texans were expecting big things from D’Onta Foreman when they drafted him in the second round two years ago, but the running back’s tenure with the team has come to a disappointing end.

As John McClain of the Houston Chronicle first reported, the Texans have waived Foreman. The move came after head coach Bill O’Brien made it clear he was not happy with where Foreman was at this offseason.

Foreman, a former Texas star, is just 23. He should get another shot fairly quickly, though he did suffer a serious injury during his rookie season two years ago. He played in just one game last year and had seven rushing attempts.

Report: Texans not planning to hire GM for 2019 season

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The Houston Texans made the bold decision to fire general manager Brian Gaine after one season on the job, and it does not sound like they will hire a replacement for the upcoming season.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday that the Texans are not planning to hire a GM for the upcoming season and will instead divide up the GM responsibilities among a few existing front office members.

The Texans’ handling of the GM situation seemed hasty and ill-planned.

Almost immediately after the news of Gaine’s firing was released, reports said the Texans were targeting Patriots executive Nick Caserio for the position. The Patriots responded by filing a tampering allegation against the Texans, who later agreed to drop their pursuit of Caserio in exchange for the tampering charge being dropped. Now they will go through the upcoming season without a GM.

Another interesting note related to this matter is that Pro Football Talk reported on Tuesday that Gaine and Texans head coach Bill O’Brien disagreed on whether Jadeveon Clowney should receive a contract extension. Clowney is likely to play the season under the franchise tag.