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  • Thu., Apr. 30, 2015 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT 2015 Houston Texans Draft Party pres. by Coors Light

    The 2015 Houston Texans Draft Party presented by Coors Light isThursday, April 30 at NRG Stadium.  The Draft Party begins at 5 p.m. CDT and the 2015 NFL Draft begins at 7 p.m. CDT.

    NFL Network’s draft coverage will be shown on the HD televisions throughout the 100 Level Concourse and Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610 will broadcast live, with commentary and analysis from “The Voice of the Texans,” Marc Vandermeer, and a number of special guests. When the Texans make their first-round pick, fans at the Draft Party will hear from the player first as part of Texans Radio’s live broadcast.

    Texans Ambassadors will be on hand to sign autographs throughout the evening. Texans fans can also get their first glimpse of the 2015 Houston Texans Cheerleaders when the squad makes its debut performance at the event. 

    Young fans can play in the TORO’s Kids Club Zone presented by Kroger, which will feature interactive games, a balloon artist and appearances by TORO and Deep Steel Thunder. Fans can also take photos in Memory Alley located on the concourse. 

    Get more information on the event here.



  • Fri., May. 01, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Flashback Fridays at Go Texan Store

    Stop by the Go Texan Store on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm to meet a TBD Houston Texans Ambassador.  Fans can also enjoy a 10% off Power Hour discount in the Go Texan Store during the event!

    Store info - http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html

  • Sat., May. 02, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant is a city-wide volunteer day on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8AM - noon where Texans players, Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, TORO and staff will volunteer alongside Texans fans!

    As an organization, the Texans make it a priority to give back to the Houston community. This day provides an opportunity to invite Texans fans to volunteer with the team to make a positive change. These organizations work to improve the standard of living for the young people of Houston, which aligns with the Texans mission to be Champions for Youth.

    There are plenty of locations across Houston, so sign up today at http://www.houstontexans.com/community/volunteer-day.html!
  • Sat., May. 02, 2015 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM CDT NFL Draft Day 3 from Houston Texans Grille

    Stop by the Houston Texans Grille (I-10 & Beltway 8) on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, Saturday, May 2 from 10:30am – 6:30pm for a chance to announce a Texans Draft Pick live on TV or chance to win tons of other prizes!

    All of the Texans draft picks that day will be made by Texans fans live from the Grille, with at least one on NFL Network and the rest on NFL.com. See rules - http://bit.ly/1Eid0WN

    Texans Radio with Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer and special guests, will be broadcasting LIVE the entire time. Plus, Houston Texans Cheerleaders and Ambassadors will be there for autographs and pictures!

  • Sun., May. 03, 2015 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT Texans All Access: 2015 Draft on KTRK ABC 13

    Tune in to KTRK ABC 13 in Houston on Sunday, May 3 at 11pm to catch the Texans TV special, Texans All Access: 2015 Draft.  This will be an exclusive look into the day of the Texans first round draft pick, as well as an analysis of all the 2015 Texans draft picks from Texans TV Insiders.

    Fans throughout Texas, be sure to check your local TV listings for air dates and times in your area.

  • Tue., May. 05, 2015 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Houston Texans Grille Stop by the Houston Texans Grille located at CityCentre, 12848 Queensbury Ln. Ste 208, Houston, TX 77024 (I-10 & Beltway 8), as Texans Radio broadcasts LIVE with special guests including Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer!
  • Wed., May. 13, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Moms Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE

    The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Moms Clinic just for football moms on May 13th!

    This free clinic will provide moms with the latest safety information in concussion awareness, proper hydration and nutrition to prepare them for the upcoming football season.  These classroom-style instructions and interactive football drills will take place in the Houston Methodist Training Center.

    Space is limited, so register today at http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/momclinic.html!

  • Sun., May. 17, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT Gridiron Gang Auditions

    Are you motivated, outgoing and passionate? Well then, we're looking for you to audition for the Houston Texans Gridiron Gang gameday entertainment team on Sunday, May 17 from 1-3pm at the Hosuton Methodist Training Center.

    For more info and to regsiter, click this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/gridiron2.html

  • Thu., May. 21, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Houston Texans Grille Stop by the Houston Texans Grille located at CityCentre (I-10 & Beltway 8) as Texans Radio broadcasts LIVE from 6pm - 7pm with special guests including Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer!
  • Fri., Jun. 05, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Flashback Fridays at Go Texan Store

    Stop by the Go Texan Store on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm to meet a TBD Houston Texans Ambassador.  Fans can also enjoy a 10% off Power Hour discount in the Go Texan Store during the event!

    Store info - http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html



14 Training Camp Observations: Day 9

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Texans Analyst John Harris shared 14 observations from Monday morning's training camp practice.

The new head coach of the Texans is full of surprises lately. A two hour workout this morning? Shorts and jerseys only? What's next, plates of cupcakes for his players on the way back to the locker room? Oh, I kid, I kid.

I know there's a well thought out method to his message and to his way. That said, I'm impressed with the work this team gets from team drills without pads. As the workout was shorter than usual and I was on the radio for a good majority of the workout, I didn't get to my observations record but hopefully 14, including one from yesterday, will appease the masses.


1. Before I get into today's observations, I have to rewind to yesterday. After I submitted my Sunday TC observations, I packed up and headed into the cafeteria for a drink on the way home. There's no telling who you'll see in there at any time, which is always a bit fascinating. Typically, I stay out of the way, grab my water or Diet Coke and head back out. Staying quiet and doing my job, ya know?

Anyhow, there's a refrigerator with waters just inside the door and I usually grab one from there and then pop right back out. But on Sunday as I opened the door, I saw the quarterbacks and a couple of other players locked in on the television screen in front of them, each watching intently. Curious as to what interests NFL players on television, I eschewed my plan and headed for the Diet Coke refrigerator, just to see what they were watching. In stealth mode, I grabbed my Diet Coke and turned around to see them watching ESPN's Sport Science with John Brenkus. The subject? Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney.

I heard one of them say "is this it?". With that I looked back up and saw 'The Hit'. At the same time, I heard Brenkus talking about pounds of force and science mumbo jumbo that I disdained as a civil engineering major over two decades ago. But it was their rapt attention to watching their new teammate on television that stoked my curiosity. I can only imagine what would've happened had Clowney walked in. "Hey whatcha y'all doing?" "Ah, nothing, just watching you on television." Surprisingly, that's never happened to me and never will.


2. Monday's was the first workout without a full complement of fans in the stands. It seemed almost eerie to not see the mob scene at the barriers for autographs, handshakes and selfies.


3. As Marc Vandermeer and I started the show today, I noticed what looked like a kickoff return drill. But then I saw DeAndre Hopkins on the field. I thought about all the different reverses and trick plays he could run from that position on kickoff return. Then as the ball was kicked, I realized that it was just work for the onside kick hands team. My brain can get away from me; that's a fact.


4. A decent amount of Two Spot work today, giving all three quarterbacks a bunch of reps in team situations.


5. The first offense worked on goal line today again in a number of different forms. But early in practice, Brandon Harris broke up a fade route intended for Hopkins. I can imagine Ryan Fitzpatrick is learning Hop's "throwing radius" and definitely stretching the boundaries of what he can catch. It almost had no chance from the time it left Fitz's hand but it's Hop, so there's no such thing as "never had a chance".


6. I've noted the number of situations the team's worked through and today was no different. At one point, the first kickoff team was lined up against no scouts and only returner Joe Adams back in the end zone to receive. K Randy Bullock bombed one that nearly took out the tent in the end zone. O'Brien instructed Adams to just grab it and run. Once he got to the five yard line, O'Brien yelled "he fumbled it, offense recovers at the five yard line...sudden change".


7. After that "sudden change" situation, the first offense worked more on two minute end of game, down by two points, one time out situations. 


8. During that drill, I noticed Fitzpatrick change his arm slot two or three different times. I'm so intrigued by throwers that can do that like a Major League Baseball shortstop. Lions QB Matt Stafford is the king at doing that but Fitz seemingly has about three or four different release points, which just amazes me.


9. After kicking a FG, the offense went back on the field and worked on being backed up to their own end zone. The ball was placed on the two yard line and on the first snap, Hopkins jumped offsides. I couldn't see who it was immediately but I then saw No. 10 circling the field and I knew.

DJ Swearinger, playing official with none on the field today, walked up, grabbed the rock and moved it half the distance to the goalline. The only thing missing was the former South Carolina star turning his mic on and telling the entire crowd that the Clemson guy committed the penalty.


10. The defense was the clear winner of the "backed up" situation. DE Jared Crick knocked down a pass and DE JJ Watt altered a third down throw as well.


11. Then it was on to "Last play of the game", aka the Hail Mary. The ball was placed on the 50, the 35, 25, 10 and 5 for one final play. Once the offense got to the five, CB AJ Bouye knocked away a fade route intended for Hopkins, one of his many excellent plays in camp.


12. Tom Savage got some reps at the 25 but on his first rep, he didn't get the play off in the time allotted and O'Brien exclaimed "game over, next rep". Later on a goal line drill, Savage more than redeemed himself with a brilliant touch throw to Dennis Johnson down the sideline for a touchdown.


13. CB Marcus Williams has flashed at times during camp but he nearly made his best play of the two weeks when he darted in front of a receiver and nearly had a pick six. He couldn't hang on to the pass. I'm not going to fall into the "that's why he plays defensive back" trap because he does have excellent hands and ball skills. Not to mention, I was a defensive back so I stick up for them most of the time.


14. After practice, each player, each position group gets in a ton of extra work once O'Brien has excused them from practice. I can't tell you the number of different things I've seen players doing after practice, some with coaches nearby, some completely on their own. There are players all over the three practice fields; all the way down on field three Watt worked on his timing of batting balls down. On field two, Whitney Mercilus and a couple of other OLB worked on pass rush 1-on-1s with some offensive linemen. On field one, Shiloh Keo and Chris Clemons worked on shadowing receiver releases. They weren't the only ones. Heck, I was on field one trying to avoid getting hit by footballs thrown by Arian Foster and Dennis Johnson as I interviewed Brandon Harris, so I got some additional work in too.

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