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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

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Phillips, Kubiak pleased with Williams’ progress at OLB

Posted Aug 23, 2011

Three weeks into the preseason, Mario Williams is still adjusting to his new position at outside linebacker.


Three weeks into the preseason, Mario Williams is still adjusting to his new position at outside linebacker.

Williams’ switch from defensive end, where he had 48 sacks in his first five seasons, has been the biggest story of the Texans’ offseason. No topic has sparked more discussion, debate and, it seems, unrest among fans and media as Houston transitions to a 3-4 under Wade Phillips.

Asked about the hubbub that has continued through two preseason games, Phillips said that Williams is “doing fine.”

“He’s adjusting well,” Phillips said. “He gets better every game. He only played a half. Once he plays a whole game, I think they’ll have problems with him.”

Williams didn’t have a sack against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night, but Texans head coach Gary Kubiak praised his performance a day later. Phillips did the same on Tuesday.

“When you look at the game, he had three pressures in the game against Drew Brees,” Phillips said. “I mean, you’re not going to sack Drew Brees every play. He had three big pressures against him that (came) in the limited time he played. He’s getting there.”

A two-time Pro Bowler, Williams said Tuesday that he’s feeling more comfortable with his technique, ability to get off the ball and how he sees things on the field. He also feels like he’s becoming more instinctive at the linebacker position.

“This is only the third week that I’ve been standing up in my whole career like I have been,” he said. “I’ve never been up this much… I’ve always been a hand-in-the-dirt guy, so it’s definitely something different. But it’s coming along, and with more repetitions and more game time, I’ll be more comfortable.”

The main adjustment for Williams has been learning how to get off the ball properly from a two-point stance. His learning curve has been accelerated by not having OTAs or mini-camp this offseason.

“It’s difficult because I didn’t know there were so many fundamentals into it,” Williams said. “If you rush from a two-point stance properly without any hesitation on your front foot, that takes away a split-second for getting to the quarterback, and we all know that’s very valuable. I didn’t realize it was going to be that particular, but it really is. Now, only this being my third week, going on my fourth week, it’s definitely a big difference.”

Williams will still get to play in a three-point stance in nickel and dime situations, when he and the Texans’ other outside linebackers will line up with a hand down like defensive ends. He views that as the biggest advantage of his position switch.

“I’ll be able to do the 3-4 and the 4-3, stand-up or down,” Williams said. “I think that’s the biggest thing and that’s really the big reason why I’m excited about doing it, because it’ll make me more versatile and (create) more options.”

Because of his height (6-6), Williams also still has to adjust to bending his waist and knees properly and playing at proper angles. Like everything else, he thinks it will be easier with time.

So do his coaches.

“It is a change, but every step has been positive,” Kubiak said. “What they’re trying to get him to do, it’s a total change in technique in how you play and the scheme is playing and what he’s being asked to do. Mario’s working. Mario hasn’t missed a day, except the day his dad was ill. He’s been working his tail off. He’s very receptive to Wade and (linebackers coach) Reggie’s (Herring) teaching.

"There are a lot of expectations out of him, and that’s OK. That’s a good thing. We’re very pleased with his progress at this point.”

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