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  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST Houston Super Bowl Host Committee Touchdown Tour

    The Touchdown Tour is the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee’s traveling celebration of
    football. It will travel all over Houston throughout the fall, raising awareness and excitement in
    the community for Super Bowl LI, which will be played at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017.
    The Touchdown Tour will have a wide variety of games, many exhibits, appearances, food and fun for
    people of all ages. The Tour will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at every stop on its tour around the
    city. Every stop on the Touchdown Tour is free to the public and everyone is encouraged to
    celebrate the city, football and Super Bowl LI with the Host Committee.

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders will be in attendance at each tour from 11am - 1pm, and TORO will be on occasion as well.

    Touchdown Tour Schedule Dates
    All events will be scheduled from 10A – 2P

    Date                            Location                                Address
    Oct. 8                          Mason Park                            75th and Tipps Houston, TX 77023
    Oct. 15                        Sylvester Turner Park             2800 West Little York Houston, TX 77091
    Oct. 22                        MacGregor Park                      5225 Calhoun, Houston, TX 77021
    Oct. 29                        Sunnyside Park                      3502 Bellfort, Houston, TX 77051
    Nov. 5                         Agnes Moffitt Park                  10645 Hammerly Houston, TX 77043
    Nov. 12                       Finnigan Park                         4900 Providence, Houston, TX 77020
    Nov. 19                       Kingwood High School             2701 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339
    Dec. 3                         Moody Park                            3725 Fulton, Houston, TX 77009

    Dec. 10                      Blueridge Park                         5600 Court Road Houston, TX 77053
    Jan. 7                        Burnett Bayland Park                6000 Chimney Rock Houston, TX 77081
    Jan. 14                      Alief Community Park               11903 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, TX 77072

  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM CST Texans Extra Points

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 6:30 PM for this weekly in-season Houston Texans show that previews the upcoming Texans game in-depth with special guests and is hosted by Drew Dougherty from Texans TV.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CST Texans Buzz

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday during the regular season at 11 PM for this  show that goes 1-on-1 with Texans players to get to know them on a personal basis and is hosted by Voice of the Houston Texans Marc Vandermeer and Texans Insider Deepi Sidhu.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sun., Dec. 11, 2016 10:35 PM - 11:05 PM CST Houston Texans Inside the Game Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Sunday at 10:35 PM for this in-season show that recaps each Houston Texans game in-depth with coverage and analysis from Greg Bailey and Spencer Tillman.
  • Tue., Dec. 13, 2016 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM CST Houston Super Bowl Host Committee Touchdown Tour

    The Touchdown Tour is the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee’s traveling celebration of
    football. It will travel all over Houston throughout the fall, raising awareness and excitement in
    the community for Super Bowl LI, which will be played at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017.
    The Touchdown Tour will have a wide variety of games, many exhibits, appearances, food and fun for
    people of all ages. The Tour will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at this stop on its tour around the
    city. Every stop on the Touchdown Tour is free to the public and everyone is encouraged to
    celebrate the city, football and Super Bowl LI with the Host Committee.

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders will be in attendance at this tour from 12pm - 1pm, as well as the Go Texan Express merchandise truck.  Stop by for Texans games and a chance to win great Texans prizes!

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  • Tue., Dec. 13, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Players Show Live from Fuddruckers

    Join Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus from 6 PM – 7 PM at Fuddruckers (11445 Fountain Lake Dr, Stafford, TX 77477) for a live Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610 broadcast with Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer, and special guests!

    Plus, all Houston area Fuddruckers will be feature a Buy One Texans Burger, Get One Free and $15 beer buckets every Tuesday during the season for fans showing up in their Texans gear, whether the Texans win or lose their previous game, so don't miss out!

    Then stay for Texans Live from 7-8 PM.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

  • Fri., Dec. 16, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, December 16
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 8767 South Main, Houston, TX

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE Jumbo Jack for this hour at this location

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

    Jack in the Box is going to be giving away 4 tickets to a Houston Texans home game and two autograph items

    More info: http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/Texans-Friday.html

  • Sat., Dec. 17, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM CST Texans Extra Points

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 6:30 PM for this weekly in-season Houston Texans show that previews the upcoming Texans game in-depth with special guests and is hosted by Drew Dougherty from Texans TV.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sat., Dec. 17, 2016 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CST Texans Buzz

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday during the regular season at 11 PM for this  show that goes 1-on-1 with Texans players to get to know them on a personal basis and is hosted by Voice of the Houston Texans Marc Vandermeer and Texans Insider Deepi Sidhu.

    Broadcast Schedule - http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/broadcasting/broadcast-network.html

  • Sun., Dec. 18, 2016 10:35 PM - 11:05 PM CST Houston Texans Inside the Game Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Sunday at 10:35 PM for this in-season show that recaps each Houston Texans game in-depth with coverage and analysis from Greg Bailey and Spencer Tillman.

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John Harris Rookie Review: Defense

Posted May 21, 2014

As he did with the offense, Texans Insider John Harris picked out a few rookie draftees and undrafted free agents on defense who shined during the weekend's minicamp.

In this second part of our series looking at the Texans Rookie minicamp, I’ll take a look at the defensive side of the ball. Let me preface all the comments with this quick story.

When I was a freshman in college, we had a massive, hulking veteran running back on the roster. Suffice it to say on first glance, I was a bit intimidated. Let’s be honest, I hit anything that moved and thinking about hitting him shook me just a bit. When I made a comment to one of the seniors on the team, without missing a beat, he said “looks like Tarzan and plays like Jane”. I thought it was sort of a mean assessment.

Until the pads went on three days later.

It was at that particular point that I understood the true value of a player wearing pads or without. He ran upright, slow and scared. He wasn’t the hammer I thought originally he was. Instead, he wore a bullseye as a target.

The point?

It's difficult to gauge the full value of the defensive rookies until we see them put the pads on against the veterans. The most telling aspect of a defensive player is how violent he is, gory though that may be to say. But that doesn’t mean that certain rookies didn’t make their presences known over the weekend.

Here’s a look at a few standouts on the defensive side of the ball.


Defensive line

Just as on offense, the Texans signed a defensive player after his tryout over the weekend, Julius Warmsley of Tulane. Whether by design or not, Warmsley came to a great situation in Houston with only a handful of bodies on the defensive line. It certainly helped his case that Louis Nix III traveled back to Notre Dame for his graduation and Alabama DE Jeoffrey Pagan missed practice with an injury. As such, Warmsley got a lion's share of the instruction from DL coach Bill Kollar. He impressed enough to sign a deal and compete further.



Linebackers

Other than Jadeveon Clowney, the linebacker that made the most significant impression on everyone in and around the Texans’ facility last weekend was former Michigan State ILB Max Bullough. Each and every year, there’s a handful of players that don’t get drafted and it makes no sense why they weren’t selected. In 2014, it was two guys, both inside linebackers. One was former Stanford All-American Shayne Skov who signed with San Francisco and the other was Bullough. I can’t argue with any of the ten selections the Texans made in this draft but they were unable to address the inside linebacker position over those three days. But by signing Bullough they got an eleventh draft pick, to be honest.

That said, I don’t want to put the cart in front of the horse and tell you he’s an All-Pro in the making, a la Arian Foster.

But Bullough can play.

He has a designated skill set as a B-gap to B-gap run-plugging linebacker on first and second down, at worst. Maybe he’s only a first down player, but throw in special teams and Bullough has a great shot of making an impact on this team from day one. He was a co-captain at Michigan State and was the unquestioned leader on the best defense in the country. He doesn’t run like the wind and that’s probably what kept him from being drafted. But he’s a coach’s son, he’s tough as nails and he chose Houston because of the opportunity on the inside. He did the right thing.

The other linebacker’s name that I heard, literally, more often than not, during the weekend was former Nebraska star defensive end Jason Ankrah. I can’t tell you how many times I heard linebackers coach Mike Vrabel say “good job, Jason” over the two days of practice. He’s a former defensive end transitioning to outside linebacker and that move won’t be easy. But he’s a stout 262 pounds and will be solid against the run. Again, there’s opportunity to make this team at outside linebacker and of course, contribute on special teams.

Secondary

As a former member of the secondary and a member of the fraternity, if you will…c’mon, I DID play in the secondary. Either way, I was most excited about a trio of players in the back end. Safety Lonnie Ballentine of Memphis and cornerback Andre Hal of Vanderbilt were drafted in the seventh round and we’ve discussed them plenty at this point.

But the third player I was stoked to see in Houston was former North Dakota State star Marcus Williams. The Bison were clearly the best team in FCS for the past three years and would probably have made a bowl game if they played in the Big 12. As such, Williams was a big factor in that success. Teams learned through his first three years as a starter to not throw at him or pay the price. Unfortunately, Kansas State tested him early in his senior year and he picked off Kansas State’s Jake Waters in the team’s opening night upset in Manhattan.

I spoke with him a bit before Friday’s practice and got the sense that he was motivated by the draft slight, yet honored that Houston made the call. As with Bullough and Ankrah, his decision to sign in Houston was made due to the opportunity. Williams won’t unseat Kareem Jackson or Jonathan Joseph and he’ll have to fight to make the roster, but there isn’t much proven depth behind the starting duo. The addition of Hal and Williams to the cornerback corps will make for interesting camp watching in a few weeks and months.

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