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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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OTA Day 2 Observations

Posted May 28, 2014

Texans Analyst John Harris shared his Observations of Wednesday's OTA.

Day two of OTAs in the books and not much has changed. But there’s so much to watch that it takes a few days to discuss it all. No matter what happens, the best news is that no one has gotten injured, unlike a few other OTA sessions throughout the league.

I’ll start with the least unexpected news of all: Andre Johnson is still a no-show. So, that’s the update and at this point, the only real news will be if 'Dre shows up at any point prior to training camp.

What else? Let’s see if I can drop a few observational nuggets.

Went to a team drill and volleyball practice broke out

During a team passing drill, the defense did its best J.J. Watt imitation getting hands on about four or five passes. That would include Watt who, not surprisingly, knocked down one of the quarterback’s passes. The offensive linemen didn’t get sweet nothings whispered in their ears after the final batted down pass, but without pads, the offensive line is essentially neutered as to what it can do. Regardless, it’s hard to not get excited about what this defense will be able to do when all its parts are reasonably healthy.

 

The (Lab)Hart of an Aggie

A few months ago at Texas A&M’s first Pro Day…yeah, you see there were two Pro Days at A&M, one in which all the seniors participated and one in which, well, you know who threw the ball with Drake playing on the loud speakers…okay, okay, you remember.

Anyhow, I didn’t quite know what to expect at A&M’s first Pro Day as they only had a handful of seniors on hand. But during the workout, former Aggie wide receiver Travis Labhart caught the attention of the handful of scouts, analysts and media on hand. His 40 time was good, not great, but his quickness and change of direction times were strong.

A few of us talked to him after his workout and I remember him clearly saying all he wanted was a chance. I told a friend of mine that he would be a perfect fit in Houston, but didn’t think he’d end up here. He wasn’t drafted but he signed with the Texans after all. Consequently, he had a strong rookie camp and is doing just what he did at A&M.

He runs tremendous routes, displays the speed and quickness many overlooked and catches the ball any time it’s in his vicinity. He still has an upward climb to make the roster but he’s making an early impression. To think, he almost didn’t get on the field at A&M the past two years; he has that former A&M quarterback to thank for pushing the A&M staff to get him on the field. Ol’ what’s his name?

 

Big

NT Jerrell Powe came into the interview room after practice and it’s striking how large he is. In this business, there are big men all over the place. That’s not unusual. But in Houston, there weren’t many 315 lb gentlemen in the building in the past.

But Powe is one of a handful of 330 lb. players and one that moves better than you’d expect. I can’t wait to see the havoc he and former Notre Dame product Louis Nix III can create with their strength and quickness over the nose.

 

The ball didn’t hit the ground

Watching pass skelly late in practice with soon-to-be Texans Radio gameday colleagues Marc Vandermeer and Andre Ware, the former Heisman winner and I made a similar observation when rookie quarterback Tom Savage got his reps.

The ball didn’t hit the ground.

Literally.

Andre noted how comfortable the former Pitt star was making his reads and going through his progressions. If that drill was a pop quiz, so to speak, he passed that portion with flying colors. There was no pass rush and it was just pass skelly, but he looked very much at ease finding open receivers and slinging the rock. Then, he completed each throw. This quarterback battle is just as wide open as Bill O’Brien said on Tuesday and Savage won’t sit idly by the next few months.

 

Blue Footballs

I was asked this maybe three or four times at practice so I figured I’d note it here just in case you see some pictures from the team’s workouts. The running backs went through the individual drills carrying these blue footballs and it had many wondering what it was. The thought process is that the ball is covered with blue silk and it’s difficult to carry if not tucked away properly by the ball carrier. So, if you see a picture of Arian Foster or Alfred Blue or Dennis Johnson with a blue football under his arm, it’s to force those guys to carry the rock “high and tight”.

 

FCS, FBS…whatever it takes

Once in the NFL, it doesn’t matter where a player starred in college. FCS. FBS. Division II. It honestly doesn’t matter and the Texans "found" a few that weren’t featured on CBS each and every Saturday. One of those players is former North Dakota State CB Marcus Williams.

He was one of my players to watch in college football since I first saw him last summer. He doesn’t have great long speed but when the lights are on, he makes plays. Wednesday, he made a couple of solid plays on the ball during 7-on-7 that got his defensive teammates excited. He’s going to be in the mix no matter where he played the last four years.

 

Don’t forget about me

Wearing the number 34 in this town carries a massive responsibility.

Earl.

Nolan.

Dream.

A.J.

Has a nice ring, no? Wait did I say A.J.? As in A.J. Bouye? Okay, I’m not locking up A.J.’s spot on the Team 34 Mount Rushmore, but this guy just won’t allow Romeo Crennel and the defensive staff to keep him off the field. Just as he did last year during training camp, Bouye continues to make plays in the secondary and he’s making it awfully difficult to forget about him.

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