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    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!
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    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!

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QUOTES: Bill O'Brien, Rick Smith on Draft Day 2

Posted May 9, 2014

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith addressed the media following Day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Head Coach Bill O’Brien
General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Rick Smith
Draft Press Conference
Friday, May 9, 2014

Bill O’Brien
(on the versatility of the defense now) “Again, versatility is a key word in this process led by Rick (Smith). This is something, in every position, that we look for in all of our players. Defensively, there’s no question that we feel like in these first two nights of the draft that we’ve come out with versatile players and same thing on offense. We’re both, not to speak for Rick, we’re very excited about the new additions to our organizations.”
 
Rick Smith
(on how they feel the draft is going so far) “Big picture, it’s going well. It really is. I know that there’s an obvious need we haven’t addressed yet, but really, when you look at the players that we’ve added to our football team and where we’ve gotten them, we feel like we’ve really gotten some really good players, number one. We’ve gotten bigger, we’ve gotten stronger, we’ve gotten tougher, and we’ve added versatility as we just talked about. We’ve gotten good value, which is something that’s very important to us as you know.”
 
(on if this is what was envisioned leading up to the draft) “It is. It is from a standpoint that we made a move here to go back into the third round to pick up a big nose tackle who is a really good scheme fit for us in the defense that we’re going to play and we had him rated high, so for us to have an opportunity to do that and go back and get him; you put him with JD (Jadeveon Clowney) and on the offensive side we were able to get one of the most versatile players in the draft, in our opinion, just a tough player from UCLA, Xavier (Su'a-Filo), his versatility from a standpoint that I watched this guy this year play left guard, right guard, left tackle. This guy played all over the place. To add him, that’s a significant amount of value in our opinion and in the tight end (C.J. Fiedorowicz). We want to be a physical team that runs the football and you’ve got to be able to do that. We talked yesterday about our confidence in JD being able to set the edge in the run game, and that’s something that he was going to have to do and we feel confident that he can do it. Conversely, when you talk about offensive football, you need to be able to block the edge if you’re going to run the ball effectively and we feel like this young man has the chance to help us to do that.”

Bill O’Brien
(on the workout that he went through with C.J. Fiedorowicz at Iowa and what he liked about it) “Well we went there, John Perry and myself went there and Paul Dunn was there also and we did, we put him through various drills and really similar drills to what we do with all those types of tight ends. We see him as a Y tight end and he did, he had a good day that day. He was a really good guy to talk to. You could tell he was a team guy. I think anybody that plays for Kirk Ferentz has to be a team guy; he runs that type of program. And again, in the meeting room with him, he could explain what they were doing there at Iowa when we watched film and then obviously when we watched tape of him last year, we saw a guy that got better and better as the year went on. Again, we came back and reported that back to Rick (Smith) and we were fortunate enough to be able to draft him where we did and we’re excited about him.”

(on how adding Su’a-Filo to the mix adds versatility to the line and how he will affect David Quessenberry’s status) “What we’re looking for up front, Rick (Smith) just said it, are versatile guys. We’re looking for guards that can help us at tackle, tackles that can go inside and tackles that can maybe sometimes play tight end in certain situations for us, centers that can play guard. We think that Xavier can play for us at guard. He’ll come in and battle for that position. Rookies come in to these situations and it’s very tough because it’s a big jump from college football to pro football, but we’ll start coaching him up in the rookie minicamp this weekend. We’ll start him off there at guard and let him compete for that position and then we’ll see how that goes. But like Rick said, he’s a valuable guy because of his versatility. Now, how it affects anyone else on the offensive line, we’ll let that play out and see how it goes. In these three days of our minicamp leading up to the draft, we saw some really good things with the guys that are here right now, guys that have played football here, guys that maybe were rookies last year like Quess (Quessenberry) and they had a good three days. Any rookie coming into this situation, no matter what position they play, it’s a competitive situation and they’re going to have to come in and work very hard to get caught up.”

Rick Smith
(on if the Texans planned on staying with the 33rd to get Xavier Su’a-Filo) “Well, we talked about it. We got together pretty early this morning to talk through all the various scenarios and different opportunities that we thought might come up. When you look at the opportunity to move back, you look at your board and you look at the players that you feel really good about and the number of guys on the board at that pick that you feel really good about, and that will help you determine how far you can move back or not. We entertained some thoughts and had some conversations with some teams, but at the end of the day we felt good about that pick there and that’s why we stayed there and took him.”

(on if the staff thinks they can still get a valuable quarterback in remaining rounds) “Yeah, I do. Again, we have talked about this before from the standpoint that we have done a lot of work on the quarterbacks throughout the process because it is a position—we’d like to be able to draft quarterbacks and develop young quarterbacks, and that is certainly something that we want to do, but we will always do that obviously with corresponding value, and so if there is an opportunity for us to do that tomorrow, then we will certainly entertain that.”

(on if there are any remaining quarterbacks that stand-out to them) “Yeah and even if there was, I wouldn’t tell you that; that’s not real smart for me to do right now. I think there are still some good quarterbacks on the board, that’s correct.”

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