Houston Texans are bringing back a critical piece on defense

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Houston Texans are bringing back a critical piece on defense
Maliek Collins re-signs with Houston. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Houston Texans and DT Maliek Collins have agreed to a contract. Collins will return to the Texans on a 2-year, $17 million deal with $8.5 million guaranteed.

We've heard several reports that the Texans were looking to find a way to bring Collins back, and they did exactly that. Lovie Smith mentioned Collins during his NFL Combine interview as one of several players the team was hoping to retain. The 26-year-old defensive tackle started 15 games and recorded 2.5 sacks with 7 QB hits for Houston in 2021. Collins was drafted by the Cowboys out of Nebraska in the third round in 2016.

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How national narrative about Texans just took a most unexpected turn

As the Texans prepare to play the most important game of the year against the Colts, they're getting a lot of attention from the national media.

Just this week, Colin Cowherd ranked the Texans as one of his Top 10 teams, but he took some heat for not knowing Tank Dell is currently on IR, and that the Texans haven't clinched a playoff spot yet.

Which got us thinking. Is it a sign of disrespect that so many national pundits don't know that much about the team? Or are they not watching Texans games because they haven't played in prime time all season?

In Cowherd's case, it doesn't look like disrespect, after all he ranked them 9th in front of the Dolphins in his Top 10. It's more likely that most of his knowledge about Houston comes from highlights and the Red Zone Channel.

And if most of the national media is like Cowherd, winning in prime time this Saturday night will go a long way in earning respect outside of Houston.

Plus, while the Texans-Titans game was well attended, there were still some empty seats at NRG. If the Texans make the playoffs, should we expect fans to pack the stadium next season, and go back to the glory days when there was a waiting list for season tickets?

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