Texans vs. Rams Aug. 19 preseason game to be carried live on NFL Network

The Houston Texans will play the Los Angeles Rams live on NFL Network on Aug. 19 at 9:00 p.m. Central Time.

Houston Texans fans outside of the home market will get a chance to see their team take on the defending Super Bowl champions in an exhibition tilt live on NFL Network.

NFL Media announced Monday the Texans vs. Los Angeles Rams preseason game on Aug. 19 will be carried live on NFL Network at 9:00 p.m. Central Time.

The game is one of 22 live preseason games the network will be airing throughout preseason.

Here is a look at the Texans’ preseason schedule, including times, dates, and TV channel:

Week 1 — Aug. 13 — New Orleans Saints at Houston Texans — KTRK-TV

Week 2 — Aug. 19 — Houston Texans at Los Angeles Rams — KTRK-TV [NFL Network]

Week 3 — Aug. 25 — San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans — Amazon Prime Video

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Bears’ preseason opener vs. Chiefs to air live on NFL Network

Matt Nagy will return to Soldier Field for the Bears’ preseason opener against the Chiefs, which will air live on NFL Network.

The NFL announced that 22 preseason games will air live on NFL Network this August, including the Chicago Bears’ preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 13. And it’s easy to see why.

The Bears’ lone home preseason contest will mark the return of Chicago’s former head coach Matt Nagy, who is now the Chiefs quarterbacks coach, to Soldier Field. And it’s safe to assume it’ll be anything but a warm welcome from the home crowd.

Nagy, along with former Bears general manager Ryan Pace, was fired after a 6-11 record in 2021. But it was his mishandling of hopeful franchise quarterback Justin Fields that was a huge factor in his firing.

Perhaps new Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy can show Nagy a glimpse of how to utilize a quarterback with Fields’ skillset. All indications are that Chicago’s new offense has been tailored to Fields’ strengths, including getting him on the move a lot.

While preseason games aren’t known for their remarkable excitement, it’s no wonder NFL Network jumped at the chance to air Nagy’s anticipated return to Chicago.

This marks the Bears’ second preseason game that will air nationally. Chicago’s Week 2 contest against the Seattle Seahawks will air on ESPN on Aug. 18.

Here’s a look at the Bears’ 2022 preseason schedule (with updated networks):

Week Date Opponent Time (CT) Network
1 Aug. 13 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 12:00 p.m. NFL Network*
2 Aug. 18 at Seattle Seahawks 7:00 p.m. ESPN*
3 Aug. 27 at Cleveland Browns 6:00 p.m. FOX32

*National game

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Browns preseason schedule set with dates and times announced

We’ve known who the Browns would play in the preseason, now we have the dates and times of those games:

The Cleveland Browns have a lot ahead of them before the start of the regular season. With OTAs finishing this week and mandatory minicamp just around the corner, not to mention training camp later in the summer, a lot can happen before the start of the season.

The team’s two high-profile quarterbacks are the biggest unresolved issues in Cleveland right now. The Deshaun Watson allegations continue to get more and more detailed and concerning while Baker Mayfield remains on the team despite the fact he is unlikely to step foot back in Berea again.

Those two issues could be resolved at any point or drag on through into training camp.

When the NFL announced the 2022 schedule, we also learned who the Browns would face in the preseason. This week, we got the final details with the dates and times of those preseason games. None of these games are scheduled to be televised nationally:

What’s next for the Bears heading into remainder of 2022 offseason

The Bears are gearing up for the start of OTAs this week. Here’s a look at the remainder of Chicago’s offseason schedule:

The Chicago Bears are gearing up for the start of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) this week at Halas Hall, where veterans and rookies will come together for the first time ahead of veteran minicamp.

We’re through the first waves of the offseason with free agency and the NFL draft in the books. And while things are about to quiet down a bit, there’s still plenty of action ahead for the rest of this offseason and heading into training camp.

Here’s a look at the Bears’ upcoming offseason schedule:

Bears 2022 preseason schedule features Matt Nagy’s return to Chicago

Here’s a look at the Bears’ three-game preseason schedule, which features Matt Nagy’s return to Soldier Field with the Chiefs.

The Chicago Bears unveiled their 2022 schedule on Thursday night. But before the regular season gets underway, Chicago will play three preseason games.

The Bears will host one preseason contest at Soldier Field and wrap the preseason on the road in back-to-back games.

The preseason should provide fans with a glimpse at quarterback Justin Fields in his second season. Fields is sure to get plenty of reps during Chicago’s three preseason games, as the Bears are learning a new offense.

Starting last season, the preseason schedule has been trimmed from four games to three games, which is still good for some of the younger players trying to prove themselves and earn a roster spot.

One of the bigger storylines from this preseason schedule is the return of Matt Nagy to Chicago. After being fired by the Bears, Nagy reunited with Andy Reid in Kansas City, where he’ll serve as the Chiefs quarterbacks coach.

Here’s a look at the Bears’ three-game preseason schedule:

Week Date Opponent Time (CT)
1 Aug. 13 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 12:00 p.m.
2 Aug. 18 at Seattle Seahawks 7:00 p.m.
3 Aug. 27 at Cleveland Browns 6:00 p.m.

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Bears’ Matt Eberflus would like to hold joint practices this preseason

Bears HC Matt Eberflus is already looking ahead to joint practices this summer.

We’re still several months away from the start of training camp and preseason, but Bears head coach Matt Eberflus is already looking ahead.

When speaking to reporters during the NFL Annual League Meeting in Palm Beach, Eberflus said that he’d like to have joint practices with another team during the preseason.

This is nothing new for the Bears, who most recently held joint practices with the Miami Dolphins last summer at Halas Hall. Chicago also traveled to Denver for joint practices with the Broncos back in 2019.

Obviously, this is something not happening in the near future as the preseason schedule hasn’t been finalized. But Eberflus clearly sees the benefit in two teams getting to scrimmage against each other ahead of their scheduled preseason game.

Eberflus is entering his first offseason as the Bears’ head coach, where he’ll be looking to build off what was another disappointing 2021 campaign. But it’s going to be difficult considering some of the roster turnover.

The Bears will begin their offseason program on April 4, which is the earliest teams with new head coaches can return to the practice field. Franchises with returning coaches can’t start their offseason programs until April 18.

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Woj: Celtics sign wing Brodric Thomas to final open two way slot

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard will join Sam Hauser on the Maine Celtics and filling in with the parent club when possible.

The Boston Celtics have signed shooting guard Brodric Thomas to a two way contract according to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski. Thomas, a 6-foot-5 wing who went undrafted in 2020, played his college ball with the Truman State Bulldogs, a Division II team.

He inked a deal with the Houston Rockets, making a two way slot with that team, and has since had stints in the G League and most recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers as a two way player. He most recently averaged 4.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and just under an assist per game over 13.4 minutes per game, and at 24, is still young enough to refine his game into a potential rotation player.

He will fill the Celtics final remaining open two way slot while joining forward Sam Hauser with the Maine Red Claws this season where he will likely spend most of his time.

The Celtics now stand at 16 players counting both two way contracts, with one remaining regular roster slot open after waiving Jabari Parker.

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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum becoming increasingly comfortable as a leader

Boston Celtics star forward Jayson Tatum dove a bit deeper into his leadership style with reporters on Sunday.

The Boston Celtics have not yet named a captain for this season, head coach Ime Udoka told reporters Sunday. Udoka said that it is more likely to be a leader-by-committee-type situation.

“I think it is by committee, we haven’t named any captains yet but the guys that have been here, we want them all to lead by example as well as be vocal and grow in that area,” Udoka said. “So, I talked about that with Jaylen [Brown] and Jayson [Tatum] before taking another step in their progression as players who have been here and some of the main guys on the team to be more vocal.”

Udoka highlighted Al Horford and Marcus Smart for their leadership as well. He also said he wants to help the younger guys improve in that area too.

Tatum outlined his personal style as a bit more lead-by-example-type, which he has said in the past. Tatum said he is not incredibly animated in front of the camera, but behind the scenes speaks up when necessary.

“I show up to work every day. I put in extra work every day. And earn my teammates trust and respect and my coaches by showing up in and buying in every day,” Tatum said. “I speak up in the huddles, and the meetings, I pull guys to the side and I make sure that I’m held accountable. Anybody from the head coach to two-way guys, if they see something that I should be doing that they can come up and talk to me, and vice versa.”

Tatum said he leads in his own way and he’s gotten more comfortable in a leadership role over time. At just 23-years-old, Tatum has heaps of time to continue to develop as a leader.

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Celtics reportedly waive Jabari Parker; could a big be on their list of targets?

The Duke product’s tenure in Boston has come to an end, but what does the front office have in mind for his roster spot?

The Boston Celtics are reportedly waiving for No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker according to the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach. Parker, whose current contract would have had the Celtics guarantee a significant part of his $2.7 million contract if he were still with the team once the 2021-22 NBA regular season kicks off for Boston on Oct. 20, had seemed to be trending in the right direction to stick with the team.

It seems the Celtics have other plans in mind, however, with Boston electing to save money on their tax bill instead by waiving Parker, putting themselves in a position to sign or absorb another player by keeping their 15th regular-season roster spot open.

Whether the Celtics have a specific target in mind after a number of players have shaken free from other teams finalizing their own 2021-22 rosters or the team simply values flexibility moving forward, one thing is certain — the Jabari Parker era has come to an end with the team, for better or worse.

Celtics Blog’s Keith Smith relates that ‘there has been some buzz’ about adding another big to the roster given some recent concerns regarding the availability of both Robert Williams III and Al Horford, but at present nothing concrete seems to be in the pipeline.

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Report: Celtics waive Theo Pinson, Garrison Mathews, and Chris Clemons: two way slot remains unfilled

Boston has left its last two way slot open – could they have a target in mind?

The Boston Celtics are nearing what their 2021-22 NBA regular season roster will look like after The Athletic’s Jared Weiss reports that the Celtics are waiving guards Theo Pinson, Garrison Mathews, and Chris Clemons.

Per Weiss, Mathews — whose cutting is something of a surprise given the team’s need for shooting and his two way eligibility — will become a free agent, while Pinson and Clemons will join the (Portland) Maine Celtics, Boston’s developmental affiliate in the G League, as affiliate players. Luke Kornet, Ryan Arcidiacono, and Juwan Morgan will join them in that role with the Maine Celtics according to The Athletic NBA insider.

Jabari Parker and Bruno Fernando will reportedly remain with the team for the time being.