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Report: Texans to sign safety Tashaun Gipson, corner Bradley Roby

Report: Texans to sign safety Tashaun Gipson, corner Bradley Roby
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After the Texans lost Tyrann Mathieu to the Chiefs and Kareem Jackson to the Broncos, Houston is reportedly set to sign former Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson. Albert Breer is reporting that the deal is for 3-years, $22 million. Gipson started all 16 games for the Jags over the last three seasons and has 20 career interceptions. This will be his eighth year in the league and he is 28 years old. He will compete with Justin Reid and Andre Hal at safety.

The Houston Texans continue to make moves in the secondary adding former Broncos corner Bradley Roby on Tuesday afternoon. Roby will sign a 1-year deal for $10 million according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Roby will be 27 years old in May and is entering his 6th season in the league. Roby started 15 games in 2018 while recording 1 interception and 12 passes defended.

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Cristian Javier is in better shape this season. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.

Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).

Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.

But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.

In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.

Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.

The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.

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