The Houston Texans were chosen by HBO to be the next NFL team featured on the documentary series “Hard Knocks”. It will be the first time the Texans are featured on the show, which has been airing since 2001.
The obvious star and beneficiary is J.J. Watt, who’s popularity continues to soar. But it could be a win for the team as a whole, as the Texans continue to make moves towards relevance after crashing hard at the end of the Matt Schaub era and last year’s Ryan Fitzpatrick experience.
The show will give viewers a view inside Bill O’Brien’s camp. O’Brien was a part of some of the best Patriots years, and rebuilt the foundation at Penn State. But he’s still relatively unknown to the general public and may emerge as a favorite following the show.
We’ll also get an extended look at last season’s No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney, who missed the majority of last season with a knee injury.
Plus, the Texans have an open competition for the starting quarterback, albeit not between the biggest names in the league. The Texans brought in Brian Hoyer to compete with Ryan Mallet for the starting job. The team also has Tom Savage.
“We are thrilled to partner with HBO and NFL Films to give fans unprecedented access to our team and organization,” Texans owner Bob McNair said in a statement. “The ‘Hard Knocks’ documentaries do a tremendous job of displaying how an NFL team prepares for the upcoming season. We look forward to showcasing the Houston Texans to a worldwide audience.”