Coming Up
  • Mon., Apr. 20, 2015 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM CDT Spring Cleaning Sale at Go Texan Store

    Spring Cleaning Sale!

    It’s time to make room in your closet for lots of great new Texans gear! Stock up at our Spring Cleaning Sale April 20-21 with 20% off the entire store!*

    *Excludes sale and value items

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

  • Tue., Apr. 21, 2015 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM CDT Spring Cleaning Sale at Go Texan Store

    Spring Cleaning Sale!

    It’s time to make room in your closet for lots of great new Texans gear! Stock up at our Spring Cleaning Sale April 20-21 with 20% off the entire store!*

    *Excludes sale and value items

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

  • Sat., Apr. 25, 2015 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT Play Safe Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Football Clinics! These clinics will highlight the importance of concussion awareness,  proper hydration, and nutrition.

    Special guests will include experts in related fields, Houston Texans Ambassadors, and Texans Cheerleaders!  Participants will hear from guest speakers and then take part in interactive football drills. 
     
    Play Safe Football Clinics
    9:30am: Check-in
    10:00am-12:30pm: Clinics


    March 7: Cinco Ranch High School
    March 21: James Driver Park
    April 11: Pearland Junior High West
    April 25: Capmbell Middle School


    These events are free, however registration is required. There are four different dates and locations to choose from. Space is limited, so register for a clinic near you today through this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/footballclinic.html
  • 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.

    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!

  • 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!

News

Print
RSS

Keshawn Martin takes over as Texans' kick returner

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Rookie wide receiver Keshawn Martin, a fourth-round draft pick from Michigan State, is replacing Trindon Holliday on kickoff and punt returns.


Rookie wide receiver Keshawn Martin is the Texans’ new kick returner.

After Trindon Holliday was released on Wednesday, Texans coach Gary Kubiak announced that Martin, a fourth-round draft pick from Michigan State, will replace Holliday on kickoff and punt returns.

“We have a lot of confidence in him doing that,” Kubiak said. “He did it in college. He was excellent doing it... Hopefully, he can give us a boost and get us going a bit.”

The Texans rank last in the NFL in kickoff return average (17.6 yards) through five games. Martin (5-11, 190) returned three kicks for touchdowns at Michigan State, including two punts and one kickoff. He averaged 12.2 yards per punt return in his final two seasons with the Spartans.

Martin has practiced returning kicks all season but has yet to return one in a game.

“I’ve definitely been getting the reps," Martin said. "It’s time to go make plays now.”

When the Texans drafted Martin 121st overall, it was widely assumed he would be their kick returner right away. Texans special teams coordinator Joe Marciano called Martin, who had a 4.45 40-yard dash and 39.5-inch vertical jump at the NFL Scouting Combine, a “terrific” punt and kickoff returner.

“He plays fast,” Marciano said on the final day of the draft. “He’s fearless. He’s got courage. He doesn’t like to run out of bounds. When he got near the sidelines, he looks to cut back or even get three, four, five more yards. Usually, I judge a returner by how they run the middle returns because when you run in the middle, it’s not a wall; it’s instincts, and he has the instincts. He has running back instincts.

"He can put his foot in the ground and make a move. He can break tackles. He can make you miss. He has the speed to go the distance. He’s pretty complete. There are not many holes in him as a returner.”

Martin surprised Texans coaches with an impressive training camp at wide receiver, vaulting himself into a four-man rotation with Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter and Lestar Jean. Holliday returned three kicks for touchdowns in the preseason while averaging 39.9 yards on kickoffs and 21.1 yards on punts, earning a roster spot as a return specialist.

Holliday was unable to recapture his preseason magic in the regular season, averaging only 19.4 yards per kickoff return and 9.2 yards per punt return. That, coupled with Jean returning this week from a knee injury that kept him out of the last two games, prompted the Texans to release Holliday and go with Martin.

“We were working with four receivers there for a period of time with Lestar being out, so I was concerned of putting too much on (Martin’s) plate,” Kubiak said. “I have him playing two spots for a rookie, which is tough. If I had thrown that on him, I just felt like I was doing too much to him too early. I think he’s made a lot of progress. The fact that Lestar is back and will be ready to go this week, now we have five healthy receivers. I felt like we can give Keshawn a little bit more.”

Kubiak and the Texans hope Martin can give them a little bit more in their struggling return game. He’ll get his first chances to do so in the national spotlight on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

“It's going to be fun for me,” Martin said. “It's going to be my first returns in the NFL. I'm going to be excited. I’m going to be ready.

“Obviously, the coaching staff here has confidence in me, so I just want to go out there and make some plays for ‘em.”


Twitter.com/NickScurfield


Twitter.com/NickScurfield

Content on HoustonTexans.com does not necessarily represent the views of the Houston Texans front office staff, coaches or executives.

Trending Now

Recent News