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NFL Preseason Preview Capsules: AFC

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AFC South: Houston Texans

OPEN CAMP: July 25, Houston.

LAST YEAR: Texans entered season with designs on reaching Super Bowl after two straight playoff appearances. They won first two games, but soon quarterback Matt Schaub went through terrible stretch before being benched. Injuries piled up and Houston never won again, tying the worst record in franchise history.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: Coach Bill O'Brien; defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel; OLB Jadeveon Clowney; QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tom Savage; S Chris Clemons; G Xavier Su'a-Filo.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips; Schaub; RB Ben Tate; DE Antonio Smith; TE Owen Daniels; S Danieal Manning.

CAMP NEEDS: Clowney missed minicamp after sports hernia surgery and he'll need camp to work on transition from end to OLB. Team must resolve issues with disgruntled WR Andre Johnson, who skipped minicamp. Fitzpatrick, who O'Brien chose as starter in June, needs to settle into new offense. RB Arian Foster must show he can return to form following back surgery.

EXPECTATIONS: Texans should be better, but aren't likely playoff contenders. Return of MLB Brian Cushing to play with Clowney and 2012 Defensive Player of Year J.J. Watt could give Houston dominant defense, but some question Fitzpatrick as answer to team's quarterback problem. If Texans don't get Johnson on field there will be big hole in offense. WR DeAndre Hopkins will have much more pressure to perform in second season. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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