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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. 

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  • 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!

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  • 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!
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    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.

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    Space is limited, so register today at http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/momclinic.html!

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    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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Texans see major improvement in CB Kareem Jackson

Posted Aug 14, 2012

Head coach Gary Kubiak, defensive backs coach Vance Joseph and Pro Bowl cornerback Johnathan Joseph have seen Kareem Jackson make major strides this offseason.

Kareem Jackson


Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson made a spectacular play in practice on Tuesday morning at the Methodist Training Center.

Quarterback Matt Schaub dropped back to pass and heaved a ball to the end zone. Jackson leapt high in the air to tip the ball with his right hand, then corralled it for a one-handed interception.

It was just one play, but it was representative of the progress that the much-maligned Jackson has made entering his third NFL season.

“This time last year, he wouldn’t have pulled the trigger to make that play,” Texans defensive backs coach Vance Joseph said. “But now he’s feeling confident enough where he knows what he’s looking at, he’s experienced enough to go, ‘You know something, I see it; I’m going to go get it.’ That’s encouraging for me to see.”

Jackson has been vilified by Texans fans and media for the last two years, perhaps more than any other player. A first-round draft pick out of Alabama in 2010, he was on the wrong end of numerous big plays as a rookie, becoming the poster child for a defense that ranked 32nd against the pass.

In his second season, Jackson started 13 games as the Texans improved to third against the pass under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. He improved his technique under Phillips and Joseph. He gave up far fewer big plays.

That improvement has carried over into the offseason.

“He’s a much better player right now,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said on Tuesday.”He’s much more comfortable in Wade’s system, confident. I think Kareem’s really improved as a player, and it’s all about confidence with him, too.”

The biggest remaining area of improvement for Jackson is turning his head around to make plays on the ball. He had just six passes defensed last season, one less than Texans linebacker Connor Barwin. He had one interception.

In the Texans’ preseason opener at Carolina on Saturday, Jackson ended the Panthers’ first series by batting down a pass from Cam Newton to Brandon LaFell on third-and-short. The fact Joseph was not satisfied with the result – he expected Jackson to make an interception – is another indication of how far Jackson has come.

“He’s improved so much from the spring to the fall,” Joseph said. “His technique is really, really good. His confidence is at an all-time high. He’s making plays on the ball. His next level is to make the big plays. He was solid last year – good player, solid – but now he has to make more big plays for us. That play he made today was a great play. The one he didn’t make Saturday, we can’t do. We’ve got to make those plays.”

Pro Bowl cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who has been a mentor of sorts to Jackson since signing with the Texans in 2011, said Jackson has made "tremendous strides" this offseason.

"The first time we had a chance to come out here in OTAs back in the spring, his first period, he went out there, stayed square in his backpedal," Joseph said. "Things they were preaching to him all year long, and he came right out there the first day and just did it the correct way. Everybody in the meeting room, when we saw it, we kind of gave him a round of applause, because that shows your progression or shows you’re maturing on and off the field to take things that were taught to you last year and bring it right back in the spring from the time-off period that we had.

“Coming into training camp, they were talking about ‘Make more big plays,’ and today, he comes up with a one-handed interception. So it’s just things like that that you want to see him take that next step in and have those progressions.”

Jackson, 24, said he tries to take what he has learned from Johnathan Joseph, Vance Joseph and film study and transfer it to the field. So far, it has paid noticeable dividends.

“I’m a lot closer in making plays and breaking on the ball a lot better,” he said. “I’m seeing things out there, recognizing formations, recognizing routes, recognizing receiver stems and stuff. Once I’m able to recognize those things, I’m able to get a jump on the ball.”

Vance Joseph said that improvement is part of the natural progression of a cornerback entering his third season in the NFL.

“As a rookie, if he wasn’t ready to play, he shouldn’t have played, probably,” Joseph said. “But he was forced to play. He took some lumps, but he’s been so resilient. That’s why he’s my favorite guy, because he’s tough. He’s mentally tough. Most guys would’ve folded and went away, but he kept battling, he kept getting better. He heard the critics, but he kept working.”

Said Jackson: “Everybody in their life has been through some adversity at some point. If it don’t kill you, it’ll make you stronger. I don’t think anything out here’ll kill me, so for me to kind of fight through that adversity, now, to look back on it, it definitely made me a stronger man and a stronger player.”


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