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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



Coaches Commentary: The Rookies

Posted Jul 25, 2013

The Texans' position coaches shared their thoughts on the team's 2013 Draft class.

Coaches Commentary: RB | WR | QB | TE | OL | DB | DL | LB |Special Teams

*At the conclusion of June's minicamp, HoustonTexans.com huddled with the team's position coaches to get their respective thoughts on the projected starters. This is the tenth 'Coaches Commentary' in a series of articles that will go through the roster, position by position. This piece focuses on the club's nine draft picks, starting with second-rounder D.J. Swearinger. (First-rounder DeAndre Hopkins is slated to be a starting wide receiver, and was analyzed here.

S D.J. Swearinger
2nd round (57th overall)
University of South Carolina

“The first thing that comes to mind with D.J. is instincts. Certain things with good, young players, you won’t have to tell them. He’s that way. He just kind of feels his way through and falls into making plays effortlessly. That’s special. You can tell when a young guy has those kinds of instincts that he’s going to be a good player.

On top of that he’s very smart, learns from his mistakes, is a good listener. He’s a good studier and a hard worker with great physical tools. We’re excited about him playing the safety position and also the dime position.

He’s a fun kid to coach and he’s a very confident guy which really helps. He believes in himself. When you watch his college film, the first thing you see is he’s a physical player. That won’t change. Being around the kid, he has no problem being physical.” –Defensive backs coach Vance Joseph


OT Brennan Williams
3rd Round (89th overall)
University of North Carolina

“Brennan we were excited to get. He’s a bigger tackle playing the right tackle spot from North Carolina and we’re excited to get him in.  Unfortunately he got hurt early in camp so he wasn’t able to participate in OTAs, but we’re excited to get him in the rotation.

We originally drafted him with the idea he could challenge at that right tackle spot and provide depth as he develops. He’s a little more physical presence than some, was a very physical player at North Carolina. He has good athletics which is always important for us. He’s got that length and that attitude that we really like. 

Brennan likes to operate in the run game and is able to work to the second level real well which is imperative for our scheme. I think he’ll be a great fit, it’ll just be a matter of time.”-Offensive line coach John Benton

OLB Sam Montgomery
3rd Round (95th overall)
Louisiana State University

“The characteristics of the young man are this: he’s big, strong, powerful, explosive individual.

As far as the run game, he has that play strength that you need to play early in this league. I think he’ll blend in well as far as the run game and setting the edge in our package.

The other thing is when we look at our outside backers, we look at pass rush as a priority in our defense. He does bring an element of rush off the edge that is, once again, probably undeveloped and raw, but he has the basic ingredients and that is he can rush speed to power.

He’s an explosive player, like I said; the play strength will help him make the transition quicker than later. . I don’t think he will have any problem transitioning into this league early.”-Linebackers coach Reggie Herring

OLB Trevardo Williams
4th Round (147th overall)
University of Connecticut

“With Trevardo Williams' ability to rush the passer, his speed; his height is not ideal for the position, but it is adequate. There’s plenty of 6’1” ‘backers that are pretty good in this league.

His play strength is really good, which is really important to me if you’ve heard me speak before. The transition to this league with the play strength, but the one thing he has that the rest of them on the board don’t is he’s fast, period.

The guy can fly, and the transition to this league without knowing any technique or fundamental skills on rushing the passer in this league, if you are fast, you have a chance to be successful early before you even learn any techniques. Fast is important.

Speed is very valuable in our defense, and that’s what he’s got, and that’s why I’m emphasizing that.”-Linebackers coach Reggie Herring

OL David Quessenberry
6th Round (176th overall)
San Jose State

“David’s another guy we really liked all the way leading up to the draft. I can’t believe we got both David and Brennan (Williams). We had both targeted and ended up with both of them so it was a good deal.

David’s really a great scheme fit with a great first step. He’s playing tackle for us now, but he has the kind of athletics and body type that we could move him around. He could end up at either guard spot or tackle. He’s gotten a lot of work at tackle with the injuries to Newton and Williams and has done very well.

He’s athletic, he’s still growing into his body a little bit, and I think there’s room for some added bulk and strength there. He’s already an explosive mover. He’s a very serious and a very committed young man. David’s been a pleasant surprise this spring.”-Offensive line coach John Benton

WR Alan Bonner
6th Round (195th overall)
Jacksonville State

“Alan is from a small school but he has some talent, he has some skills. He’s not afraid of competition. He’s a very confident young man but there is a learning curve for him, and he’s just got to continue to stay focused and do the little things.

I think when the light comes on, if he knows what to do he can go out and compete and play and help us. He has good hands, he explodes off the snap and because of that explosiveness, defensive backs have to respect that.

I think he’s a very confident guy but, at the same time, I don’t think he’s overconfident. He’s going to have to learn that he’ll have some highs and some lows and some ups and some downs, but he’s going to have to work through that and be a positive player form that standpoint.” –Wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey

NT Chris Jones
6th Round (198th overall)
Bowling Green

“So far Chris has got a long ways to go. He’s a guy that works hard. Isn’t the quickest or the biggest guy around but was the defensive MVP in the MAC last year with 12 sacks.

He’s just a grubber that just keeps going and slips of a block here and slips off a block there. He’s got his hands full to end up making the ball club but he’s come a long way in OTAs initially.

We see him as being a combination guy at nose and end both. We like the guys that can play all three positions because it makes them more valuable. If you’re able to suit up six guys for the game, you have a guy that you can move over.” –Assistant head coach/defensive line Bill Kollar


TE Ryan Griffin
6th Round (201st overall)
University of Connecticut

“The thing that excites me about Ryan is I think he’s a tough-minded kid like Owen (Daniels) and Garrett (Graham). I don’t think he backs down to a lot of things that will happen on the field.

I think he has great receiving skills, his hands are great, he’s got a big radius. He’s a taller, longer type player. I think he runs really well for a big kid. He can get bigger, too. It’s still untapped potential.

You’re just dealing with a good athlete. and hopefully this system will fit him. There are a lot of things that he brings to the table, and I think he’s ahead of the curve.”- Tight ends coach Brian Pariani

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