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  • 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. 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!
  • 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!

  • 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!

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



Week 3 notes: J.J. Watt continues dominant start

Posted Sep 24, 2012

Defensive end J.J. Watt had another monster game in Week 3 with 2.5 sacks, seven tackles and four tackles for loss against the Denver Broncos.

Notes from the Texans’ 31-25 victory at Denver in Week 3 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High:

Watt dominates – again
Defensive end J.J. Watt said last week that he wanted to add Peyton Manning to his sack list. He did it 2.5 times, bringing Manning down seemingly at will in his first game against the future Hall of Famer. Watt also had four tackles for loss and seven tackles and drew a holding penalty on guard Manny Ramirez.

Watt now has 5.5 sacks through three games, already matching his 2011 season total. The second-year defensive end from Wisconsin ranks first in the AFC in sacks and second in the NFL behind Green Bay’s Clay Matthews. Watt leads the Texans with 15 tackles, one more than Brian Cushing, and five passes defensed, one more than Johnathan Joseph.

“He’s playing out of his mind right now,” Texans running back Arian Foster said. “It’s fun to watch. It’s fun to be a part of. He needs to keep that going. I enjoy it.”

In his last five games, including the 2011 playoffs, Watt has 29 tackles (23 solo), nine sacks, 11 tackles for loss, one interception, one touchdown, six passes defensed and one fumble recovery. Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said Watt is playing as well as any defensive lineman in the league.

“He’s a top player,” Phillips said. “We’ve said it all along, and he just continues to be that. I‘m glad he’s on our team.”

Unhappy camper
Andre Johnson made one of the unheralded plays of the game with a 12-yard catch on third-and-five late in the fourth quarter. It extended the Texans’ final drive and allowed them to run off all but the last 20 seconds of game clock before punting back to the Broncos.

Johnson beat perennial Pro Bowler Champ Bailey with an out route on the play, but he gave all the credit to quarterback Matt Schaub.

“Matt gave me a chance,” Johnson said. “I went to Matt earlier before we got the ball and said, ‘I’ve been playing like [expletive]. Just give me a chance. Don’t give up on me.’ He came to me and said that I’ve been playing too much football to get down on myself. He gave me the opportunity, and I was able to make a play.”

Johnson thought he played poorly despite beating cornerback Tracy Porter with a double move for a 60-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter.

“There was just some plays that I felt like I left out on the field,” he said. “You try to have short-term memory, forget about it and move on, but for some reason, I don’t know, I just got down on myself and it just kind of affected me throughout the game.”

Johnson was likely upset about two sensational catches that he almost made on deep passes from Schaub in the third quarter. One came on the first play of the second half, the other on the play on which Schaub was hit late by Broncos linebacker Joe Mays. On the latter play, the ball bounced off Johnson's leg as he tried to make a juggling catch past Bailey in the end zone.

Protect the ball
Before the Texans turned the ball over on a Ben Tate fumble with 10:20 left in the fourth quarter, they led 31-11 and had outgained the Broncos 437-266. The fumble led to a quick scoring drive by the Broncos and sparked a furious rally that came up just short.

“Like I tell (the players), if we protect the football, I think we’re going to be very happy as a football team at the end of the season,” Kubiak said. “But if we turn it over, we’re going to be in trouble, and we got ourselves into some trouble, but we had the character to still get out of here with the win.”

Offensive line rotation
The Texans continued a rotation at right guard, and they may have started a rotation at right tackle.

At right guard, starter Antoine Caldwell played 39 snaps (57 percent). Rookie Ben Jones played 29 snaps (43 percent). Caldwell and Jones had a 55/45 split last week at Jacksonville after Caldwell took all the right guard reps in Week 1.

At right tackle, Derek Newton played 51 snaps (75 percent). Ryan Harris played 17 snaps (25 percent) after playing mostly on special teams in Weeks 1 and 2. Harris, who started 34 games with the Broncos from 2007-10, was signed by the Texans just before the season.

Schaub has only been sacked three times this season and was sacked just once on Sunday.

“It looks great, but I can tell you that he’s getting hit too much," Kubiak said. "We played Ryan Harris some in the game. You guys saw that, so we’ve got to continue to take a hard look at ourselves. But (Schaub’s) the key to what we do, and we can’t come out of those games telling him he did a great job of getting rid of the ball but taking 10 or 12 big hits in the game, and he did today, so we’ve got to protect him better.”

Contributors aplenty
Eight different Texans players caught a pass against Denver, a new season-high. Second-year wide receiver Lestar Jean had a career-long 46-yard catch that set up an Owen Daniels touchdown, and rookie wide receiver Keshawn Martin picked up 20 yards on the first two catches of his career. Martin, a fourth-round draft pick from Michigan State, also gained 21 yards on a reverse.

Kevin Walter led the Texans with 73 yards on three catches, including a 52-yard touchdown. Daniels had three catches for 26 yards and a touchdown. Fullback James Casey had a season-high three catches for 11 yards. Johnson had 72 yards on two catches, including a 60-yard touchdown. Tight end Garrett Graham had two catches for 39, and Foster had one catch for a three-yard touchdown.

“We had a lot of guys make big plays in the game,” Kubiak said. “Lestar Jean makes a huge play. Garrett Graham makes a big play. Kevin Walter… exceptional. We knew it would take everybody.”

Health check
In addition to losing a small piece of his left ear, Schaub went to the locker room for X-rays on his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the third quarter. He said he was fine. Schaub did not miss any plays because of his shoulder and was only in the locker room for a matter of minutes.

Quintin Demps, the Texans’ top backup safety, suffered an undisclosed thumb injury. He returned to the game after the Texans put a cast on it. Demps tied for second on the team with seven tackles and had one tackle for loss and one pass defensed.

The following Texans players were inactive on Sunday: rookie wide receiver DeVier Posey, quarterback John Beck, cornerback Roc Carmichael, cornerback Brandon Harris, inside linebacker Tim Dobbins, tackle Andrew Gardner and rookie guard Brandon Brooks.

Dobbins, the Texans’ special teams captain, missed the game with a hamstring injury. He was the only injured player among the inactives. Second-year outside linebacker Bryan Braman made his 2012 debut after missing the first two games with a hamstring injury.


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