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  • Tue., Sep. 02, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans Ambassador Chester Pitts at the Verizon Greenway Store, 3817 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Sep. 02, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille

    Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways

  • Fri., Sep. 05, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Sonic Drive-In

    Friday, September 5
    Noon-1pm – Sonic Drive-In, 8504 Main St., Houston, TX 77025

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE All-American Hot Dog (1/person) for this hour at this location
    Enter for possibility to win a pair of tickets and parking pass to Texans vs. Redskins game on Sept. 7

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  • Fri., Sep. 05, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Go Texan Store

    Friday, September 5
    6pm-7pm – Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium

    Stop by for a 20% discount on white gear for this hour in preparation for Liberty White Out on Sept. 7

    Enter for possibility to win a pair of tickets and parking pass to Texans vs. Redskins game on Sept. 7

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  • Tue., Sep. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT “Player Inspired: Kareem Jackson Fly Guy” Apparel Line Launch Party

    Visit the Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium on Tuesday, September 9 from 6 to 7 PM for cornerback Kareem Jackson's new Player Inspired Fly Guy apparel line launch party. Stop by to meet Kareem, get light refreshments and to pick up some of his new apparel.

  • Tue., Sep. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Fri., Sep. 12, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Pappadeaux

    Friday, September 12

    Noon-1pm – Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, 13080 NW Freeway, Houston, TX 77040

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE cup of Shrimp Gumbo (1/person) for this hour at this location, dine-in only

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Sun., Sep. 14, 2014 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM CDT Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run/Walk presented by H-E-B Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run and Walk presented by H-E-B is Sunday, September 14 at NRG Park.  The 5K run/walk and TORO's Kids 1K presented by Aramark will both finish on the floor of NRG Stadium, where the post-race party is with the return of pizza and beer! Also, there is a new course for 2014. Secure your spot before Sept. 8 at 5 PM at HoustonTexans.com.
  • Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Meet Texans defensive back D.J. Swearinger at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 16610 US Hwy 59, Sugar Land, TX 77479.

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways

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BWTB: 2014 Draft Needs Retro Results

Posted Feb 14, 2014

As we look at the projected top quarterbacks available in this year’s draft, let’s hope they pan out as they did in 2004 and not like a bizarre year as in, say, 2011.


As we look at the projected top quarterbacks available in this year’s draft, let’s hope they pan out as they did in 2004 and not like a bizarre year as in, say, 2011.

Not that the 2011 draft was a bad one. It was spectacular, just not for quarterbacks in the top 12.

Prior to that draft, three top QB prospects were on the cover of Sports Illustrated; Cam Newton Blaine Gabbert and Jake Locker. They would all go in the top ten and Christian Ponder was nabbed 12th by the Vikings.

Well, every player taken in the top 12 that year has been to a Pro Bowl except for Gabbert, Locker and Ponder. In fact, 12 of the top 16 picks have all gotten tickets to Hawaii with the three quarterbacks and Nick Fairley left out in the cold.

And going into that draft, Cam Newton was no sure thing. But he’s been a success while seeing his former co-cover boys sputter. And isn’t it interesting that two 201  second round picks, Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick have a combined nine playoff starts and Newton, Locker, Gabbert and Ponder have combined for one (Ponder would have started a game in ’12 had he not been hurt, but you get the idea).

We bring up 2004 because there were also three quarterbacks projected to go early; Eli Manning, Phillip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger. They all became successful franchise quarterbacks with a combined 33 playoff starts and four Super Bowl wins.

The jury remains very much out on how Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles will perform. They all have positives and negatives. NFL GMs won’t weigh in publicly but the Gil Brandts, Daniel Jeremiahs and Greg Cosells of the world have varying opinions on how they will ultimately perform.

Millions of dollars are spent on player evaluation. Hundreds of hours of game footage are analyzed. Days of interviewing help further paint the picture. But the NFL Draft remains a very expensive educated guessing game and that’s what makes it fun to follow.

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