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    Celebrate the return of college football with a Big Ten and SEC showdown at NRG Stadium, as the LSU Tigers and Wisconsin Badgers square off in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff on Saturday August 30 at 8pm. Secure yours today by calling 832-667-2390 or at advocare texas kickoff dot com.

  • Sun., Aug. 31, 2014 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT Kickoff at Kemah Boardwalk Join the Houston Texans Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, TORO, and the Battle Ready Band at the Kickoff at Kemah Boardwalk on Sun., Aug. 31 from 1-3 PM. Bring the entire family for autograph signings, live music, & prize giveaways!
  • Tue., Sep. 02, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans defensive ends Jared Crick and Tim Jamison 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 Texans Live at Houston Texans Grille Texans Live with Marc Vandermeer broadcasts live from 6-8pm the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), and offensive lineman Duane Brown calls in from 6-7pm.  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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    Friday, September 5
    6pm-7pm – Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium

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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

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  • 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.

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OTA Day 7 Observations

Posted Jun 9, 2014

According to Texans Analyst John Harris, Monday's OTA reminded him of a former Houston nemesis.

Approximately 90 minutes into Monday's OTA session, I couldn't help but think of a former Texan nemesis: Peyton Manning.

Yeah, I know, it's not the name you expected, but I couldn't help it. Let me explain.

When ominous gray skies dumped buckets of water on the Texans practice, I wondered whether the the squad would take the short jaunt to the protective bubble or stay outside on the practice fields. Then I thought of Manning.

When Manning was with Indianapolis, the Colts were prepping for an away game in which weather was expected to be a factor. Manning asked his equipment staff to soak the footballs in water so he, his center Jeff Saturday and his receivers could practice in game like conditions if they worsened that Sunday. Of course, as the story apparently goes, the sun never left the sky that Sunday but that's not the genesis of the story. The fact that Manning thought far enough ahead to practice with wet footballs spoke volumes as to his preparedness for each and every potential situation he could imagine.

I didn't expect Bill O'Brien to send his charges into the bubble at any point and there was a part of me that believed that O'B was actually happy it rained.

Why?

As with Manning, it provided O'Brien the opportunity to encounter a situation that's nearly impossible to practice. Situational football is at the core of O'Brien's installation plan as he's discussed often in his pressers after practice. Throughout the last few weeks, the Texans have worked through a myriad of controllable situations that each of the three units could possibly face. Weather? Can't plan for rain, just have to overcome the situation when it occurs, but that only happens if you've practiced that situation.

Luckily, the rain came and went and the Texans were able to finish off their Monday workout, another intense workout in a sea of them this off-season.

One player who made an impression was defensive back Josh Victorian who had a pick in the rain that got the defensive players on the sideline pumped. Of course, on the first punt during punt team right after his interception, Victorian flew down as the gunner and was unable to stop a bounding ball before it made its way into the end zone. That elicited a comment from Arian Foster who hasn't played a day of special teams in six years. Well, that's what I would've said to him if he were heckling me. Victorian took the high road and stayed quiet, but the young corner had a strong day in practice. 

Standing behind the defensive backs during team drills in the rain, I was quite impressed how those guys communicated with one another off the field, shaking hands, congratulating each other and discussing previous play calls. That group has seemingly been tight since Johnathan Joseph arrived in 2011 and there's an evident camaraderie with those players. The competition battles in the secondary during training camp could ultimately be the most difficult to figure this year. We'll definitely put a spotlight on both cornerback and safety during the off-season, along with other key positional training camp battles.

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