Texans open season at home against Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars

The Texans will get the first crack at former Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the top overall pick of the NFL draft.

The Texans, 4-12 last season, open the NFL regular season Sept. 12 at NRG Stadium with a noon kickoff against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Lawrence, a strong-armed, mobile 6-foot-6, 213 pounder who won a national championship as a freshman, went 34-2 as a starter and passed for 10,098 career yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and rushed for 943 yards and 18 touchdowns.

The Texans, with Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson having requested a trade and currently facing 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct, are expected to start veteran newcomer Tyrod Taylor to open the season after signing him to a one-year contract this offseason. The Texans, under the direction of new general manager Nick Caserio and coach David Culley, also drafted Stanford quarterback Davis Mills in the third round and traded with the Cincinnati Bengals for quarterback Ryan Finley.

Aaron Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 years. He's on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7128.

Jacksonville Jaguars v Houston Texans

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