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  • Fri., Sep. 05, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Sonic Drive-In

    Friday, September 5
    Noon-1pm – Sonic Drive-In, 8504 Main St., Houston, TX 77025

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    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Fri., Sep. 05, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Go Texan Store

    Friday, September 5
    6pm-7pm – Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium

    Stop by for a 20% discount on white gear for this hour in preparation for Liberty White Out on Sept. 7

    Enter for possibility to win a pair of tickets and parking pass to Texans vs. Redskins game on Sept. 7

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Tue., Sep. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT “Player Inspired: Kareem Jackson Fly Guy” Apparel Line Launch Party

    Visit the Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium on Tuesday, September 9 from 6 to 7 PM for cornerback Kareem Jackson's new Player Inspired Fly Guy apparel line launch party. Stop by to meet Kareem, get light refreshments and to pick up some of his new apparel.

  • Tue., Sep. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
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    Noon-1pm – Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, 13080 NW Freeway, Houston, TX 77040

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    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Sun., Sep. 14, 2014 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM CDT Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run/Walk presented by H-E-B Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run and Walk presented by H-E-B is Sunday, September 14 at NRG Park.  The 5K run/walk and TORO's Kids 1K presented by Aramark will both finish on the floor of NRG Stadium, where the post-race party is with the return of pizza and beer! Also, there is a new course for 2014. Secure your spot before Sept. 8 at 5 PM at HoustonTexans.com.
  • Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

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  • Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
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    Friday, September 19

    7am-8am – Kolache Factory, 2715 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX 77056

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    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures at this Kolache Factory location

VanderBlog: Are the Texans better now than last season?

Posted by voiceofthetexans on April 1, 2013 – 11:11 am

The simple answer is we don’t know yet. The draft has yet to occur and there are still a lof of questions that need to be answered. But things are rounding into shape and there is reason to believe that the team would fare better in some of the tough situations they were in late last season.

After giving up over 40 points twice to the Patriots, not to mention 28 in the must-win-for-home-field-adavantage game at Indy, Houston needed a B-12 shot on defense. Well, one figures a healthy Brian Cushing, Brice McCain and Ed Reed subbing for Glover Quin might make a difference.

Sure Conner Barwin is gone, but Whitney Mercilus should (better) be fine. The Texans drafted Mercilus hoping Barwin would stay but knowing they needed a Lloyds of London policy in case he departed. The 2012 first round pick looked good in limited action last season.

And seeing James Casey go to Philly with Barwin was no fun for Texans fans who loved seeing a state native and Rice alum do good things for their team. However, Greg Jones was a big pick up. Jones can lay people out as a blocker. And, while he’s not the receiver Casey is, he can still provide some occasional statistical production.

The big question is still at wide receiver. Losing Devier Posey for extended time late in the playoff loss to New England was a kick in the teeth. Kevin Walter is gone and Keyshawn Martin and Lestar Jean are not locks to be big time producers. The draft has a lot of enticing options but can they thrive in their first year? This should be interesting.

There are other areas that need attention as well. Right Tackle Derek Newton is coming off knee  surgery. He should be OK but there’s no one behind him that’s ready for prime time as a swing tackle or possible starter. Daryl Sharpton would start at ILB next to Brian Cushing but he had an already abbreviated season cut short for the second straight year. Help must arrive through the draft and maybe free agency at that position

Donnie Jones had a nice season punting the football. However, getting Shane Lechler is huge. He’s one of the best ever at his position and, to make things more fun, he’s an Aggie and his wife is from Katy.

Rosters are always under construction. And this project is far from finished. But, so far, the upgrade is headed in the right direction.

 

 

 

 


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