How Texans rookies are igniting the Houston fan base in a big way


Houston Texans rookies CJ Stroud and Will Anderson are both igniting the Texans fan base already.

How are they doing it? Jake Asman caught up with some Texans fans that shared with him why they are so excited about the start of the season. Two of the biggest reasons these fans were pumped about the team were CJ Stroud and Will Anderson.

While the Texans caught some heat for what they traded to move up and draft Will Anderson, it looks like it was a great and necessary move to win the fans back after the infamous Jack Easterby era. At least according to these fans.

The team now has two cornerstones of the franchise, with one on offense and the other on defense.

Plus, the addition of DeMeco Ryans seems to be a great hire to get Houston fans ready to follow the team each and every Sunday.

Which hasn't been the case over the last couple of years. And fans will definitely be looking to see the guys in action at training camp.

Be sure to check out the video above as ESPN’s Houston's Jake Asman, Brad Kellner, and Cody Stoots lay out the full discussion on The Wheelhouse.

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Jose Abreu is no longer an Astro. Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Astros released José Abreu on Friday, cutting ties with the former AL MVP less than halfway through a three-year, $58.5 million contract.

The 37-year-old Abreu was batting .124 (14 for 113) with two homers and seven RBIs this season, during which he spent time in the minors trying to fix his swing. The Astros still owe him $30.8 million from the deal he signed before last season.

A three-time All-Star during his nine years with the Chicago White Sox, Abreu was named MVP during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2014 after defecting from his native Cuba the previous year.

His production dropped off significantly with the Astros. He batted .237 last year, the lowest average of his career, with 18 homers and 90 RBIs.

Abreu is a career .283 hitter with 263 homers and 960 RBIs in 11 seasons.

Houston owes him $30,822,504, including $11,322,504 remaining from this year’s salary and $19.5 million for 2025. Any team can sign him for a prorated share of the $740,000 major league minimum, with the Astros responsible for the rest.

Be sure to watch the video above as Charlie Pallilo, Brandon Strange, and Josh Jordan of Stone Cold 'Stros react to the news.

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