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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



2011 Position Preview: Offensive line

Posted Sep 6, 2011

The Texans return their entire starting offensive line from 2010, along with key backups Rashad Butler and Antoine Caldwell.

Leading up to the regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 11, we'll be profiling each position group on the 2011 Texans. Each article will contain excerpts from the 2011 Houston Texans Yearbook, the team's official season preview magazine that is on sale now at the Go Texan Store at Reliant Stadium and online right here.

Lineup: LT Duane Brown (starter), LG Wade Smith (starter), C Chris Myers (starter), RG Mike Brisiel (starter), RT Eric Winston (starter), T Rashad Butler, G Antoine Caldwell, G Thomas Austin, T Derek Newton

New additions: Newton (draft pick), Austin (free agent)

Departures: Kasey Studdard (injured reserve), Shelley Smith (injured reserve)

The Texans return their entire starting offensive line from 2010, along with key backups Butler and Caldwell.

Myers, Wade Smith and Winston started all 16 games for the Texans in 2010. Brown started 12 games, with Butler starting four when Brown served a four-game suspension. Brisiel started the majority of games at right guard before suffering a season-ending calf injury in Week 14, at which point he was replaced by Caldwell.

Butler re-signed in July, giving the Texans vital depth behind Brown and Winston. A sixth-year pro, Butler helped the Texans go 2-2 in Brown’s absence last season. Caldwell, a third-round pick from Alabama in 2009, has started 10 games in his first two seasons. He suffered a high-ankle sprain in the preseason but is expected to be available in Week 1.

The Texans’ line helped Arian Foster lead the league in rushing in 2010, one year after they helped Matt Schaub lead the league in passing. The Texans had a franchise-record 2,042 total rushing yards last season and averaged 4.83 yards per carry, shattering the previous team record of 4.27 set in 2008.

“The chemistry’s real good,” offensive line coach John Benton said during the offseason. “I think (the linemen) showed even going back to training camp last year that they were pretty committed to making sure they did everything to make this thing go. Wade Smith coming in from the free agent deal was a very, very positive addition.”

Depth on the offensive line became a concern for the Texans in the preseason. Their top three backup guards – Caldwell, Studdard and Shelley Smith – all suffered ankle injuries, and Studdard and Smith were placed on injured reserve. The Texans signed Austin, a second-year undrafted free agent who spent last season on the Patriots’ practice squad. They also kept Newton, a raw but athletic tackle from Arkansas State whom they drafted in the seventh round.

Coach’s commentary
OL coach John Benton on Winston: “Eric’s a very intelligent player. He’s played a lot of football. I think he’s played every snap for us for the last four years and most of the fifth year. His experience is really starting to show. He’s very dependable. He’s a player you can count on time and again – run, pass. He’s probably one of the better protection right tackles in the league, and I think he’s made some good strides in terms of his run-blocking. He’s very athletic, but more than anything, Eric’s very technically sound. He works hard at it. He constantly is refining his skills. Eric’s got relatively marginal arm length for a tackle, but as a tribute to him, he overcomes that with very, very good technique, particularly in protection. He refines his skill, places his hands well, is always in good position, those types of things. He always keeps the advantage, as we say in our room.”

Benton on Brisiel: “Mike’s maybe one of our most consistent players time and time again. He’s battled some injuries at times but always seems to come through when you need him in terms of taking care of his assignment. Works very hard at the game, works very hard during the week so that he’s a very positive performer. Really had a very good year leading up to his injury last year, and we expect the same thing starting off this year. He’s just very, very consistent. He ended up grading out as one of our top players, at or near the top, really every week he played, in all facets of the game. There’s no one area that sticks out, but he’s very sound in all areas. Very productive player.”

Benton on Myers: “Chris, I thought, had his best year since coming to us last year. He really was a big difference particularly in how well we ran the ball, but overall just did an outstanding job with the play calls and handling things up front. The center’s kind of the captain of the group, and he handled that very well along with being a very positive performer and taking care of his assignments. He’s a very intelligent player. One thing you look for in centers is his first step out of his stance, and he is so quick with his first step. He’s able to win a block a lot of times before the defender even has time to react, which is a key, key element in a zone scheme. I think in a lot of ways, it starts with the center being able to handle a front-side shade. If the center can reach the front-side shade, you’re usually going to run the ball fairly well in a zone scheme, and there aren’t many who can do that consistently. Chris is really one of the better in the league at that.”

Benton on Wade Smith: “Wade was a very positive addition to us last season. He’s got a little nasty attitude to him. He’s a physical player and very, very competitive. And not only did his play help us improve, but his attitude helped us improve. He’s played a lot of football on several other teams coming in here and has played virtually every spot on the offensive line. Many people might not know it, but he actually was our backup left tackle when Duane (Brown) had to serve a suspension. I believe he has started an NFL game at every position on the offensive line, so it gives us some freedom if something were to happen. But I tell you what, he handled that left guard position so well it’d be very hard for me to move him out of there unless we absolutely had to at some point.”

Benton on Brown: “After a rough start with the suspension and some other things, I thought Duane at about midseason really turned it on and finished the second half of the season at the top of our group in terms of performance. Really played well the last half of the season, and he’s so athletic and able to do so many things and he’s still a young left tackle, just pushing the envelope in terms of his technique. Those things are starting to come together right now, and I think it’s a very exciting time for Duane. Duane’s really got a chance to move into the upper tier of tackles in the league. He’s rare in terms of combining explosive strength with quickness and his ability to run. With our zone scheme, you need some initial quickness and burst as much as just being a fluid athlete with good, long length, and he really brings that to the table. Duane could probably play guard as well as he plays tackle because of that.”

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