TCU QB Casey Pachall is expected to be one of the highest rated QBs in the new Big 12. In February, Pachall admitted to police that he was also the highest QB off the field as well. Pachall also failed a drug test, but has already completed the TCU mandated counseling, and coach Patterson has stated he will not face discipline actions this season. The Fort Worth Police interviewed Pachall after his roommate and team mate Tanner Brock and other TCU players were arrested for selling marijuana.
With the first week of camp basically behind us, here is a quick recap of some of the news from the week:
- Dez Bryant is back to his old self and appears to have his head on straight (at least while on the field). He’s making spectacular grabs, one handed catches and tearing which ever CB is on him a new one (including Mo Claiborne).
- Morris Claiborne is having an ok camp so far. He has shown some sparks but it appears he needs to get back in the rhythm of the game. It is not anything that will not be cleared up after a few more practices. He did have a minor set back with a sprained MCL. MRI showed he did not have any major damage and is expected back by the end of next week.
- Rookie WR, Cole Beasley who was talked about by Garrett as having a lot of ‘hunger’ for the game quit camp and returned to Dallas because “his heart wasn’t in it”. BUT…. He’s back with a change of heart.
- Bruce Carter appears to some as the favorite for the LB spot opposite of Sean Lee. If you remember, the Cowboys signed Dan Connor for that spot but Carter is making it a battle. It is a real tough competition and one we will keep our eye on.
- Yup, you guessed it. Miles Austin tweaked his hamstring. It doesn’t appear to be major but he is out.
- Garrett said they currently have their eye out for a Center and WR.
- Stephen and Jerry Jones both said, the Cowboys have ‘no’ interest in bringing in veteran WRs like TO, Crayton, or Plaxico Burress. They really want to give the young wide receivers a chance to prove they deserve the #3 spot.
- On Friday, the Cowboys had their first fight of camp and of course it was in the trenches. Costa and Geathers got into a scuffle, rolled around on the floor together and then were separated.
- Sensabaugh has been cleared to practice after having knee surgery in July.
- Felix Jones (RB), Andre Holmes (WR) and Brodney Pool (S) failed the pre-camp conditioning test but then finally passed it on Wednesday and were cleared to practice.
- With Pool being out a few days, this left room for Church to take first string reps at the safety spot and it looks like he’s in it to win it. Shocking to some, he is having a great camp, reacting good to the ball and trying to win the starting spot. This is another competition that we will keep our eye on.
- There were a quite a few players listed on the injury report earlier today and they are as follows: WR-Austin (hamstring), RB-Dunbar(hamstring), TE-Phillips(ankle), DE-Spears(concussion), CB-Claiborne(MCL), G-Bernadeau(knee), WR-Coale(foot), RB-Tanner(hand), WR-Hakim(finger), G-Livings(hamstring), OLB-Spencer(hamstring), DE-Hatcher(hamstring), CB-Jenkins(shoulder), FS-Johnson(hamstring), SS-Sensabaugh(knee), DE-Crawford(knee), DT-Ratliff(foot), G-Kowalski(knee), and G-Nagy(ankle).
By JD Texican
At the beginning of the week, I said this was a huge week for the Rangers. Would they make a trade? How would they do against the Angels? Would they lose a top prospect if they did trade for a pitcher? Well, it’s safe to say the Rangers had a roller coaster week, and be honest Rangers fans, some of you were genuinely scared. And I’m sure some Rangers fans are still worried about this team. But before we go into what happened on the field, let’s talk about what happened off.
Going into the trade deadline, many fans, “experts” and media all felt the Rangers needed a starting pitcher. The Rangers were probably on the fence about whether they needed a pitcher, thinking they could get it done with their current rotation. Then Roy Oswalt got rocked by the Angels, and Neftali Feliz had Tommy John surgery and is now out for the year. The Rangers went from on the fence, to big time shoppers in the trade market. Even with the Rangers needing a pitcher, they stuck to their guns and said they would not give up either of their top 2 prospects, Mike Olt and Jurickson Profar. We here at Texas Sports Junkie even did a twitter debate, asking if Rangers fans would be ok with dealing Olt for Cliff Lee perhaps. Even Fox Sports Emily Jones chimed in, with the vote about 50\50. In the end, the Rangers showed once again that they are one of the top front offices in all of sports, landing Ryan Dempster and his 2.25 ERA. The best part, the Rangers only had to give up 2 single A prospects and held on to Profar and Olt. As for Mike Olt, he got called up the very next day, and will now be a full time Ranger.
As for on the field, things weren’t looking good. The Angels took the first two games of the series, and game 3 didn’t look much better for the Rangers. Texas fell behind 6-0 after 3 innings, and used the rest of the game to fight back. Ian Kinsler hit a homer in the 9th to tie the game up, and it felt like maybe the Rangers were back. Not just back in the game, not just back in the series, but the mojo of the Rangers might really be back. Then the 10th inning came, and all star reliever Joe Nathan gave up home runs to Chris Iannetta and the now hated Albert Pujols. It seemed like the Angels just stepped on the Rangers throats, and were ready to take their 3rd straight game against the Rangers. The game and the AL west seemed to be slipping from the Rangers. Texas was down 3 in extra innings, and in baseball that usually means the game is over. But the Rangers did what they hadn’t done in a long time, they dug deep, and got their bats going. First, Cruz hits a solo shot to cut into the lead, then Young, Murphy, Napoli and Moreland got on base just in time for Elvis Andrus to get the walk off hit. The Rangers finally answered the bell, got off the floor, and hit the Angels back. Then came game 4 of the series, with new players Ryan Dempster , Geovany Soto, and Mike Olt playing there was a new buzz in the stadium. And of course because of the night before the Rangers felt they had their mojo back. The Angels then proceeded to rock Dempster, scoring 9 runs. But the Rangers did it again, every time the Angels seemed to finally score enough to win, the Rangers scored right with them. They continued to answer the bell, until the Angels just couldn’t keep up.
The Rangers still have issues, they need to get their pitchers back on track, their bats need to stay hot, and of course theirs that issue with Hamiltion. But after this week, one thing is certain: The Rangers are ready to fight, on and off the field, and if you knock them down, they’re ready to get up and answer the bell.
First it was Andre Johnson, now defensive end JJ Watt is injured, and will miss significant time in the preseason. Watt suffered a dislocated elbow in practice Thursday morning, but is expected to be ready for the season opener September 9th. With Mario Williams gone, Watt is now the top pass rusher on this Texans defense. With Andre Johnson hurt, and now Watt, I’m sure Texans fans are just hoping training camp ends as soon as possible.