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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



21 Training Camp Observations: Day 2

Posted Jul 27, 2014

Texans Analyst John Harris shared his observations from Day 2 of training camp.

I refuse to cramp up giving you my observations from Day Two of training camp, but I can't promise you anything. But I'm also not sitting around waiting for an "Alaskan cold front to blow through", so onward we trudge. What'd I see on Day Two? Glad you asked.

1. First note is my one omission from yesterday and I'm embarrassed that I missed this one. Late in practice on a field goal, Case Keenum took a bad snap (planned?) and started the FG fire drill. See, when a snap goes awry, the snapper and the holder alert everyone on the field with a "FIRE" call. That gives the end men on the line of scrimmage the notice to go get open because we are no longer kicking it. One of the end men was Ben Jones. So as Keenum rolled out, I heard "GIVE IT TO ME". It was Jones calling for the rock. That's right: a 300 pound guard at tight end calling for the ball like James Harden at the end of the shot clock. So good. Then  he dropped it. As expected, he caught some, well, you know.


2. Okay, on to today, two new OLBs on site Lawrence Sidbury and Quentin Groves, adding to the competition mix.


3. The "Two spot" period has been extremely helpful in getting "the threes" additional mental reps. I love seeing this near the start of practice.


4. Oh, if you try calling me today, forget it, I'm not answering mainly because I can't hear the phone ring. Let's just put it this way, the Texans found their amp/speakers and let rip today. Wow. And guess who was standing right next to the speaker? Headed to the store for some ear plugs immediately.


5. Former Nebraska defensive end Jason Ankrah continues to make progress as an OLB in this system. Watching him in a 1-on-1 passing drill against TE and RB, he matched cuts in a pass route as you'd expect a veteran to do. Quite impressive. More on him in a bit.


6. Watching the OLB in pass coverage read/fit drill, I noticed there weren't enough receivers on the field. Then, when the ball was snapped GM Rick Smith was running the route at the perimeter receiving position. The Texans have seemingly adopted "the more you can do" as a motto, but Smith may have taken it to another level. Unfortunately, he didn't yell "GIVE IT TO ME" like Jones.


7. On the second day,  Johnathan Joseph was moving even better than he did on day one, which is a great sign.


8. A tradition following hockey games is to name the game's three star players. If I followed that trend, I'd definitely make former Vanderbilt CB Andre Hal a Day Two 3-star player. He made an extraordinary interception on a deep ball as he was 1-on-1 with Andre Johnson. I'm not exactly sure how he drew that assignment but it's the kind of thing that can buoy a young man's confidence. I watched Hal after that play for the rest of practice and that play seemed to give him a boost confidence-wise. He's going to get better day by day as well; that's great news.


9. He wasn't the only rookie CB to make an impression. Former NDSU star Marcus Williams picked off a pass during team against Keenum and it's evident his confidence is gaining as well.


10. Watching WR Mike Thomas in 1-on-1 drills, I don't recall a S/LB or anyone for that matter that even came close to matching him step for step. He's an interior route running maestro.


11. It feels like we've all talked "Brooks Reed to ILB?" for months. With some injuries and the sort at OLB, he's played almost exclusively at OLB on the first two days. On the first play of team, it hit me how much they'll miss his ability to set the edge against the run if he does move inside. A healthy Jadeveon Clowney can hold that point for sure but Whitney Mercilus must prove he can as well as Brooks did to allow Reed to move inside semi-permanently. With this team/staff/players, I'll never using the words "always" or "never"...even though I just did. Just never again. Doh!


12. I've seen every football workout this team's had since April and I don't know that I've seen Ryan Fitzpatrick as dialed in as he was to start 7-on-7. He hit Dre between the numbers on a deep out. He dropped a dime on Keshawn Martin 45 yards downfield. He then completed the next three in a row. 5 reps. 5 completions. Ball didn't hit the ground. The best I've seen him sling it as a Texan.


13. To my Aggie friends out there, be proud, VERY proud, of the two Aggies on this team. I don't know what the future holds for EZ Nwachukwu and rookie Travis Labhart, but both of them are going to make roster cut time extremely difficult for the coaching staff. Labhart dropped a quick screen early in practice but caught everything else, including a deep ball behind a Texans DB. I remarked to Marc Vandermeer during practice that only Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins have caught more balls than Nwachkwu. He gets open and hangs on.


14. It's hard to imagine that two months ago, Lacolton Bester was an unsigned player on a tryout. He's made an impression, including on a diving catch in 7-on-7 from Tom Savage.


15. Oh, if you ever had any worry about the Texans challenging defenses down the field, well, don't anymore. Texans' quarterbacks threw it deep more than I can ever remember in a practice.


16. I remember when the hip hop group Public Enemy was HUGE in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Well, Chuck D and Flavor Flav got an honorary new member today: Brandon Harris. Public Enemy No. 1 did not make the receivers happy whatsover at practice. First, he inadvertantly tackled Johnson on a crossing route. That's U on U violence; we can't have that. Then, he interfered on a pass on the far sideline. On the third play, he tangled feet with Devier Posey on a deep route that irritated the former Buckeye receiver. It's almost too hot to start beef with the other side of the ball and that's about the only thing that stopped a donnybrook.


17. I mentioned Ankrah earlier and it's a name that you may hear more and more. During 7-on-7, he locked up with TE Garrett Graham on a corner route. The rookie matched Graham step for step. Keenum tried to get Graham the ball but Ankrah's coverage thwarted a completion. After the play, linebackers coach Mike Vrabel celebrated with Ankrah with a jumping butt bump...I don't know, maybe that celebration has a name, but I will tell you Coach Vrabel still has some hops.


18. You want some fantasy advice? Okay, be the smart one in your league that gets Hopkins on the cheap. Just go with me on this one. Then again, if you were sitting in the stands on the far side, you don't need that advice. He made a brilliant grab up over a corner, high pointing the ball as no one else on this roster can do.


19. Full disclosure, I played defensive back in college many eons ago. There wasn't much I was scared of, but when I saw Xavier Su'a Filo sprinting downfield today in front of a screen...I'd have been scared of that. The big fella was MO-VING. Pads go on tomorrow, so that'll be the true test for XSF and the other linemen.


20. Keenum might be the best "back shoulder" college quarterback I've seen and he made one of those throws to Keshawn Martin during 7-on-7 as well.


21. Mercilus must make an impact rushing the quarterback this year, but if he breaks up passes 35 yards downfield as he did to start the team session, so be it. He's no Deion Sanders but the coverage dictated that he run down the field with the receiver. He, then, knocked the pass down. Very impressive for a man that size.

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