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Given how much is on the line, don't sleep on the Texans

The Houston Texans are getting ready for another big season and several of their players will be playing on the last year of their contracts.

Will the added incentive or chasing a new deal help these players up their performance and impact the Texans in the win column?

ESPN 97.5's Charlie Pallilo and Raheel Ramzanali share their thoughts on their expectations for these players and the Texans this season.

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One unlikely player could be the linchpin of the Texans defense

The Houston Texans are getting ready for a big season, and the defense could certainly use a big boost from Whitney Mercilus returning to his old self.

Mercilus struggled last year coming back from a pectoral injury, so maybe after another year of recovery he can have a big year.

ESPN 97.5's Joel Blank talks about how Whitney Mercilus could be the key for the Texans defense this year. Point Blank is presented by Fitz Roofing.