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    Friday, October 24
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 739 North Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77060
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  • Sun., Oct. 26, 2014 12:00 PM CDT Texans at Titans The Texans travel to face the Titans.
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet TBD Texans player(s) at the Verizon Stadium Store, 8505 S. Main St., Houston, TX 77025.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Oct. 28, 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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    Meet a TBD Texans player and 2 Houston Texans Cheerleaders at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 2404 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77098.

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  • Sat., Nov. 01, 2014 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT Battle of the Piney Woods presented by YP

    A nearly century old college football rivalry returns to NRG Stadium on Saturday, November 1st  as the SFA Lumberjacks take on the Sam Houston Bearkats in the Battle of the Piney Woods presented by YP. Seats start at just $15.

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  • Sun., Nov. 02, 2014 12:00 PM CST Eagles at Texans The Texans host the Eagles.
  • Mon., Nov. 03, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST Taste of the Texans presented by BP

    Wine and dine with the Houston Texans players, Cheerleaders and Ambassadors at the sixth annual Taste of the Texans presented by BP, Monday, November 3rd in NRG Stadium. 

    Fans can sample signature dishes from more than 25 of Houston’s finest restaurants.  Proceeds benefit The Houston Texans Foundation, Houston Methodist and the Houston Food Bank. 

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  • Tue., Nov. 04, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST 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
  • Tue., Nov. 11, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans center Chris Myers at the Verizon I-10 East Store, 13740 East Fwy., Houston, TX 77015.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

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National Signing Day and the Texans

Posted by drewdougherty on February 6, 2013 – 4:43 pm

ReedThe frenzied morning of National Signing Day is now behind us. A few thousand high school football players signed National Letters of Intent, faxed them in, and joined programs across the nation today.

What’s this have to do with the Texans? Not much in the short term.

But looking back a few years (a few more in some cases) is kind of fun, because everybody on the roster played college ball somewhere, and went through the drill so many prep stars went through about 8 hours or so ago.

For example: wide receiver DeVier Posey was once a 5-star (according to the Rivals.com ranking system) recruit out of Cincinnati’s LaSalle H.S. when he signed on to be a Buckeye at Ohio State. On the other end of the spectrum, 2012 AP Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt was quick to point out this afternoon on twitter that the rankings don’t always matter.

This slideshow covers a wide swath of the team, including some reserves. But going across the starting depth-chart, and keeping in mind that the Rivals’ ranking database only goes back to 2002, here’s how the Texans’ starters stacked up on the first Wednesday in February.

OFFENSE

RB Arian Foster: 3-star recruit from Mission Bay H.S. in San Diego, CA. Signed with Tennessee.

LT Duane Brown: 3-star recruit from Hermitage H.S. in Richmond, VA. Signed with Virginia Tech.

RG Brandon Brooks: 3-star recruit from Riverside University H.S. in Milwaukee, WI. Signed with Miami (OH).

RG Ben Jones: 3-star recruit from Bibb County HS in Centreville, AL. Signed with Georgia.

RT Derek Newton: 2-star recruit from Hinds Community College in Utica, MS. Signed with Arkansas State.

DEFENSE

DE Antonio Smith: 3-star recruit from Northeast Oklahoma A&M J.C. Signed with Oklahoma State.

DE J.J. Watt: 2-star recruit from Pewaukee H.S. in Pewaukee, WI. Signed with Central Michigan (later transferred to Wisconsin).

OLB Connor Barwin: 2-star recruit from University of Detroit Jesuit H.S. Signed with Cincinnati.

OLB Brooks Reed: 3-star recruit from Sabino H.S. in Tuscon, AZ. Signed with Arizona.

ILB Brian Cushing: 4-star recruit from Bergen Catholic H.S. in Oradell, NJ. Signed with Southern California.

CB Kareem Jackson: 4-star recruit from Fork Union Military Academy, VA. Signed with Alabama.

CB Johnathan Joseph: 3-star recruit from Coffyville Community College, KS. Signed with South Carolina.

S Glover Quin: 2-star recruit from Southwest Mississippi Community College. Signed with New Mexico.


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Texans love their new letterman jackets

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 8, 2012 – 12:14 pm

Every Texans player got a custom-made, personalized team letterman jacket on Friday, an idea spawned by nose tackle Shaun Cody and carried out by Cody, outside linebacker Connor Barwin and Texans director of equipment services Jay Brunetti.

We put up the story behind the jackets and a video about them on Friday. Here’s what Barwin and some of his teammates said about them:

Barwin: “Cody was the inspiration. It was Shaun Cody’s idea, and I obviously right away thought it was a great idea and then me and him kind of got together and figured out a way to make it happen with J-Bird, our equipment guy. He got in touch with a local varsity letterman jacket company. We needed them by this game in New England because this is maybe our only cold game, so it’s perfect for this week to wear on the road.

“They turned out perfect. There was a lot of discussion what kind of color combo we would make, and we went with the navy on navy and it turned out perfect. I think it shows the kind of team we are. Nobody’s got their name on it. it definitely shows what kind of team we are. I think it could be a future tradition with this Houston Texans organization.”

DE Antonio Smith: “The jackets is awesome. They are so clean, when you put ‘em on, it makes you look debonair. Smooth, kind of like. I think it’s one of Connor’s best ideas. Almost ninja-like.”

“Shaun, I think, had the idea first, and then Connor kind of like – they both… they’re like a team. They’re almost one. They do everything together. Pretty unique couple guys, man.”

DE J.J. Watt: “I think this is really cool. I think it shows a lot about our team and the chemistry that we have, and the guys in this locker room really care about each other and I think these jackets are a great way to signify that. We’re really proud to have ‘em, and we’re excited to wear ‘em.”

RB Arian Foster: “I like it man, I do. I never had a letterman’s jacket. I didn’t get one in high school. I think I had one in college but it just never fit, so I never wore it, so this will be my first official letterman’s jacket.”

“I think it was Shaun Cody and Connor Barwin, between one of those two interesting fellas. They had the idea to have letterman’s jackets, and I thought it was funny. I think it just shows team camaraderie. (It’s a) funny little thing.”

QB Matt Schaub: “I think they’re awesome. I think it’s a really good idea that Connor and Shaun came up with as far as camaraderie amongst the guys and feeling a brotherhood. I think it’s really cool that they came up with that idea, and then we followed through and did it. All the guys were on board with it. It’s a pretty neat deal.

“I think they look great. Hopefully, this weather cools off to where it feels a little more comfortable to wear it here in Houston, but I think they look great.”

TE Owen Daniels: “The whole letter jacket thing is pretty sweet. It’s kind of like a team unity thing. We’ll be wearing ‘em together. Kind of brings us back to the good ol’ high school days and brings back memories of playing back then, so we’re gonna have fun with it, man. They did a great job with the jackets. They look unbelievable, so we’re gonna have fun wearing ‘em.”

RB Justin Forsett: “I love the jackets. I love it. I can’t wait to get am outfit together and bring it here, wear it and let everybody see my style like it was high school when you show off your letterman jacket in high school when you sit, post up on the corner somewhere, at the cafeteria. It brings back some memories, so I love letterman jackets. Nice swag.”


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Postgame notes: Texans 21, Bills 9

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 4, 2012 – 6:26 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 21-9 victory over the Buffalo Bills at Reliant Stadium in Week 9:

THE WIN

·         Improved Houston’s record to 7-1 this year, extending the best start to a season in franchise history.

·         Evened Houston’s all-time record against Buffalo to 3-3 and gave the Texans their first win over Buffalo at Reliant Stadium.

·         Improved Houston’s all-time record at Reliant Stadium to 43-42 in regular-season play.

·         Improved Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s record to 54-50 overall and 33-20 at Reliant Stadium.

THE TEXANS OFFENSE

·         Scored first for the fourth time this season.

·         Won the time of possession battle for the eighth time this season, holding the ball for 34:03. Houston improved to 45-19 under head coach Gary Kubiak in such games.

·         Held the ball for 11:29 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

·         Outrushed the Bills, gaining 118 yards while allowing 78. The Texans improved to 6-0 this season and 43-15 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.

·         Ran the ball 32 times in the game and improved to 39-5 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.

·         Did not turn the ball over for the fifth time this season and the second consecutive game.

·         Led after one quarter for the fifth time this season, and led at halftime and after three quarters for the seventh time this year.

·         Had a field goal blocked for the first time since 12/13/09 vs. Seattle when Buffalo DT Alex Carrington blocked K Shayne Graham’s 46-yard attempt in the second quarter.

THE TEXANS DEFENSE

·         Did not allow an offensive touchdown for the second time this season. Houston also held Miami’s offense out of the end zone in Week 1 (9/9).

·         Held Buffalo to nine points in the game. It marked the fifth game this season in which the Texans defense held its opponent to 14 points or fewer and the 14th time in 24 games under Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips.

·         Limited Buffalo’s offense to 2-of-11 (18 percent) on third down in the game. It was the third time this season that Houston’s defense held its opponent below 20 percent on third downs and the fifth time Houston held its opponent below 30 percent.

·         Did not allow Buffalo to score a touchdown on any of its three possessions inside the Houston 20-yard line. It marked the third game this season in which Houston held its opponent without a touchdown in the red zone.

·         Helped Houston win the turnover battle for the sixth time this season, forcing one turnover while the offense did not commit a turnover. Houston has forced 14 turnovers through eight games this season.

·         Forced Buffalo’s offense to go three-and-out on four of its 11 possessions. Houston has forced 29 three-and-out drives out of 97 total possessions (29.9 percent) this season.

OLB CONNOR BARWIN

·         Registered his second sack of the season and his second in as many games when he tackled Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter. It marked the sixth time in his career that Barwin recorded sacks in back-to-back games.

FB JAMES CASEY

·         Caught his 19th pass of the season on a gain of 24 yards in the second quarter, establishing a new career single-season high. He caught 18 passes a year ago. Casey finished the game with three catches, giving him 21 on the season.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 76 with a 7-yard catch in the first quarter.

·         Tied a career high with his fifth touchdown catch of the season on a 39-yard pass from QB Matt Schaub in the first quarter. The touchdown was the 25th of Daniels’ career.

FS QUINTIN DEMPS

·         Recovered a fumble for the first time in his career when he scooped up a loose ball late in the fourth quarter.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

·         Scored a touchdown in his 10th consecutive game when he scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter. The touchdown was his 10th rushing touchdown of the season and gave him 10 or more rushing scores in three consecutive seasons.

·         Topped 100 rushing yards for the 20th time in his career and the fourth time this season, ending the game with 111 yards on 24 carries with one touchdown. He passed the mark on a 19-yard gain in the fourth quarter. It was Foster’s first 100-yard game at Reliant Stadium this season.

TE GARRETT GRAHAM

·         Scored his first career touchdown on a 5-yard pass from QB Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

·         Saw his streak of 13 consecutive made field goals come to an end when his 46-yard attempt in the second quarter was blocked.

·         Kicked his 350th career extra point following RB Arian Foster’s touchdown in the third quarter. Graham is 351-of-356 in his career on point-after tries following today’s game.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Surpassed 100 receiving yards for the 40th time in his career and the second time this season, finishing with 118 yards on eight receptions. Johnson topped the century mark on an 18-yard catch in the fourth quarter.

·         Passed Andre Rison (10,205) for 34th on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list. He entered the game needing 106 yards to pass Rison and did so on an 18-yard reception in the fourth quarter.

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 90 with a 13-yard catch in the first quarter.

FS SHILOH KEO

·         Recovered a short kickoff to begin the game. It was his first career kickoff return.

WR KESHAWN MARTIN

·         Returned a punt 26 yards in the third quarter. It was the longest return of his career and the second-longest of the season for the Texans, trailing a 36-yard return by WR Trindon Holliday in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16).

OLB WHITNEY MERCILUS

·         Forced a fumble for the second consecutive game when he jarred the ball out of the arms of Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter.

·         Registered his second sack in as many games when he dropped Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 2-yard loss on the final play of the game.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Improved his record as the Texans’ starting quarterback to 39-33 overall and 24-12 at Reliant Stadium.

·         Completed 19-of-27 passes for 268 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 126.8. It was his fifth game this season with a rating of better than 100.

·         Threw his 11th touchdown pass of the season and the 109th of his career when he hit TE Owen Daniels for a 39-yard score in the first quarter.

·         Tossed his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit TE Garrett Graham for a 5-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter. It was Schaub’s fourth game of the season with multiple touchdown passes.

WR KEVIN WALTER

·         Started his 82nd game as a Texan, moving him past DE/OLB Mario Williams for fifth on the franchise’s all-time games started list.

DE J.J. WATT

·         Sacked Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 6-yard loss in the second quarter, raising his season total to 10.5. Watt became the third Texans to record 10 or more sacks in a season, joining DE Mario Williams (14.0, 2007; 12.0, 2008) and OLB Connor Barwin (11.5, 2011).

·         Became the 11th NFL player since 1982 to record 10 or more sacks and 10 or more passes defensed in a season.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         Total paid attendance was 71,698, which is the third-largest crowd for a regular-season game in franchise history. Houston has sold out all 109 home games, including preseason, regular season and postseason, in franchise history.

·         Inactive players for the Texans included G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris, NT Terrell McClain, RB Ben Tate and G Cody White.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub and DE Antonio Smith.

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.


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Postgame notes: Texans 43, Ravens 13

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 21, 2012 – 4:29 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 43-13 victory over the Baltimore Ravens at Reliant Stadium in Week 7:

THE WIN
•         Improved Houston’s record to 6-1 on the season, the best mark through seven games in team history.

•         Improved Houston’s record to 3-1 at Reliant Stadium this season and 41-41 at home all-time.

•         Was Houston’s first victory over Baltimore, improving the team’s all-time record against the Ravens to 1-6.

•         Improved Houston’s record in Battle Red jerseys to

THE TEXANS OFFENSE
•         Set a franchise record by scoring 43 points in the game. The previous mark was 42 points against Jacksonville in the 2007 season finale (12/30/07).

•         Had the second-largest margin of victory in team history. Houston defeated Tennessee by 34 points (41-7) in Week 7 of 2011 (10/23/11).

•         Controlled the time of possession, holding the ball for 38:16. That is Houston’s second-highest time of possession this season, trailing the 43:17 the team posted in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16). Houston has won the time of possession battle in all seven games this season and improved to 44-19 under head coach Gary Kubiak in such games.

•         Outrushed the Ravens 181-55. The Texans are 5-0 this season and 42-15 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.

•         Rushed for 181 yards on 37 attempts and improved to 38-5 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.

•         Gained 27 first downs in the game, which is the second-most this season and tied for the third-most in team history. Houston picked up 28 first downs in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16).

•         Led after the first quarter for the fourth time this season, and led at halftime and after three quarters for the sixth time this season.

•         Scored the second-most points in the first half in team history with 29. The team record is 34 points in the first half vs. Indianapolis on 9/11/11.

•         Extended the franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a field goal to 17 when K Shayne Graham hit a 33-yard attempt in the second quarter.

•         Scored 10 points off of two takeaways. On the season, Houston has scored 54 points off of 13 takeaways.

•         Scored 20 points in the second quarter, which was the third-most in the period in team history and most since the team tied the club record with 24 points in the second quarter vs. Miami on 9/9.

•         Did not commit a turnover for the third time this season. Houston also went turnover-free in Week 1 vs. Miami (9/9) and in Week 4 vs. Tennessee (9/30).

THE TEXANS DEFENSE
•         Recorded a safety for the first time since 12/6/09 at Jacksonville, when OLB Connor Barwin sacked Baltimore QB Joe Flacco in the end zone in the first quarter. It was the sixth safety in team history.

•         Scored a defensive touchdown for the third time this season, which for the second-most in team history. Houston also scored three defensive touchdowns in 2002 and 2009, and had five scores on defense in 2004.

•         Held Baltimore to 13 points. It marks the fourth time this season and 13th time in 23 games under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips that the Texans held their opponent to 14 or fewer points.

•         Limited Baltimore’s offense to 176 net yards of offense. It was the second game this season and the fifth under Phillips in which the Texans defense held an opponent to fewer than 200 yards, which is the most in the NFL over that time period.

•         Forced two turnovers in the game to raise the season total to 13 takeaways. The Texans offense did not turn the ball over, giving Houston a plus-two advantage. Houston has had a positive turnover margin in five games this season and is 5-0 in those instances, and improved to 32-7 under Kubiak when winning the turnover margin.

•         Forced six three-and-outs by the Baltimore offense, including one drive that ended in a safety on third down. The Texans have forced a League-best 26 three-and-out possessions through the first seven weeks of the season.

•         Recorded 11 passes defensed in the game, including five by defensive linemen or linebackers. It was the second game this season in which Houston’s defense registered double-digit passes defensed. The defense had 12 in Week 3 at Denver (9/23).

OLB CONNOR BARWIN
•         Registered his first sack of the season and his first career caused safety when he tackled Baltimore QB Joe Flacco in the end zone in the first quarter.

•         Finished the game with four solo tackles, one shy of his season best, three tackles for loss and four quarterback hits. He also had one pass defensed.

OLB BRYAN BRAMAN
•         Fielded an onside kick attempt in the fourth quarter. While it doesn’t count as a kickoff return, it was Braman’s first career onside kick recovery.

FB JAMES CASEY
•         Recorded his first rushing attempt of the season and the second of his career on a 6-yard gain on third-and-1 in the first quarter.

TE OWEN DANIELS
•         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 75 with a 1-yard catch in the first quarter.

•         Caught his fourth touchdown pass of the season and the 24th of his career when he hauled in a 1-yard scoring pass from QB Matt Schaub in the second quarter. Four touchdowns are the third-most in his career, behind a pair of five-touchdown seasons (2006 and 2009).

•         Set a season single-game high before halftime with seven catches, topping his previous high of six catches, which he did twice, at Jacksonville (9/16) and vs. Tennessee (9/30).

RB ARIAN FOSTER
•         Extended his team-record streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to nine with a 1-yard scoring run in the third quarter. The touchdown was his eighth rushing touchdown of the season and his ninth touchdown overall this year.

•         Scored his second touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter. It gave Foster his 10th career multi-touchdown performance and his second in as many weeks.

•         Took over the League lead in rushing yards with 659 through seven weeks. He leads Washington RB Alfred Morris (658) by one yard, while Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch and Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson both have 652 yards.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM
•         Made his 12th straight field goal attempt when he hit a 33-yarder in the second quarter. His streak is tied for the third-longest in team history. He hit his 13th consecutive attempt when he made a 29-yard kick late in the second quarter.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON
•         Set a season high with his ninth catch of the game, a 7-yard gain in the third quarter. Johnson caught eight passes for 119 yards in the season opener vs. Miami (9/9).

•         Passed Hall of Fame TE Shannon Sharpe for (10,060 yards) on his sixth catch of the game, a gain of 13 yards in the second quarter. Johnson finished the game with 86 yards on nine receptions, giving him 10,100 career receiving yards, which ranks 36th in NFL history.

•         Started the 129th game of his career, which moves him past K Kris Brown into first place on the franchise’s all-time games played list.

•         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 89 with a 5-yard catch in the first quarter.

G BEN JONES
•         Became the first rookie to start for the Texans this season and made his first career start when he opened the game at right guard.

P DONNIE JONES
•         Booted a 62-yard punt in the first quarter, which was tied for the third-longest punt in team history. It was the fourth 62-yarder in team history, with the last coming on 9/20/09 by Matt Turk at Tennessee.
 
CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH
•         Intercepted his second pass of the season and the 20th of his career when he picked off Baltimore QB Joe Flacco on the first play of the second quarter.

•         Returned the interception 52 yards for a touchdown, his first as a Texan and the fourth score of his career. The 52-yard return was the longest of his career.

OLB WHITNEY MERCILUS
•         Registered his first career sack when he dropped Baltimore QB Joe Flacco for a loss of 2 yards in the first quarter. Mercilus also recorded his first career forced fumble on the play.

C CHRIS MYERS
•         Started his 71st consecutive game with the Texans, moving him past LB DeMeco Ryans for fourth on the franchise’s all-time consecutive starts list.

FS GLOVER QUIN
•         Intercepted his first pass of the season and the fourth of his career when he picked off a deflected pass in the second quarter. Quin had all three previous interceptions on 11/28/10 vs. Tennessee.

•         Led the team with six tackles, including five solos, and recorded a season-high three passes defensed.

QB MATT SCHAUB
•         Threw his ninth touchdown of the season when he hit WR Kevin Walter for a 25-yard scoring strike in the first quarter.

•         Threw his second touchdown pass of the game and his 10th of the year when he hit TE Owen Daniels from a yard out in the second quarter. It was Schaub’s third multi-touchdown game this season and his first since 9/30 vs. Tennessee.

•         Completed 12 consecutive passes in the first and second quarters. It was the fourth-longest streak in team history and the second-longest streak in his career, trailing one of 16 straight completions over two games in 2007 (9/23/07-9/30/07).

•         Completed 23-of-37 passes (62.2 percent) for 256 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 100.7. It was his fourth game of the season with a rating of better than 100.

•         Improved his record as the Texans’ starting quarterback to 38-33 overall and 23-12 at Reliant Stadium.

DE ANTONIO SMITH
•         Registered his third and fourth sacks of the season when he dropped Baltimore QB Joe Flacco for losses of 8 and 9 yards on consecutive plays in the fourth quarter. The two sacks tied his career single-game high set vs. Tennessee on 1/1/12.

•         Celebrated his 31st birthday today.

WR KEVIN WALTER
•         Caught his 25th career touchdown, his second score of the season, on a 25-yard throw from QB Matt Schaub in the first quarter.

•         Tied his season high with his fourth catch of the game, a gain of 34 yards in the third quarter. Walter also had four catches on 10/8 at the New York Jets. The catch also gave him a single-game high in yardage with 74, topping his previous high of 73 yards at Denver (3 catches) on 9/23.

DE J.J. WATT
•         Recorded his ninth and 10th passes defensed of the season.

•         Caused an interception for the fourth time this season when CB Johnathan Joseph picked off a second-quarter pass he tipped and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown.

•         Became the first defensive lineman in NFL history with 10 passes defensed through seven games in a season.

•         Saw his streak of consecutive games with a sack come to an end at six. Watt finished the game with two solo tackles, one quarterback hit, and two passes defensed.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS
•         Total paid attendance was 71,708, which was the largest crowd in Texans history for a regular-season game. The previous record was 71,702 set last Sunday vs. Green Bay (10/14).

•         Inactive players for the Texans included G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, SS Quintin Demps, T Andrew Gardner, DE David Hunter, ILB Barrett Ruud and G Cody White.

•         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub and DE Antonio Smith.

•         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.


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First-quarter notes: Texans 9, Ravens 3

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 21, 2012 – 11:51 am

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the first quarter at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans lead the Baltimore Ravens 9-3:

THE TEXANS

·         Recorded a safety for the first time since 12/6/09 at Jacksonville, when OLB Connor Barwin sacked Baltimore QB Joe Flacco in the end zone in the first quarter. It was the sixth safety in team history.

·         Led after the first quarter for the fourth time this season.

OLB CONNOR BARWIN

·         Registered his first sack of the season and his first career caused safety when he tackled Baltimore QB Joe Flacco in the end zone in the first quarter.

FB JAMES CASEY

·         Recorded his first rushing attempt of the season and the second of his career on a 6-yard gain in the first quarter.

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 75 with a 1-yard catch in the first quarter.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 89 with a 5-yard catch in the first quarter.

·         Started the 129th game of his career, which moves him past K Kris Brown into first place on the franchise’s all-time games played list.

G BEN JONES

·         Became the first rookie to start for the Texans this season and made his first career start when he opened the game at right guard.

P DONNIE JONES

·         Booted a 62-yard punt in the first quarter, which was tied for the third-longest punt in team history. It was the fourth 62-yarder in team history, with the last coming on 9/20/09 by Matt Turk at Tennessee.

OLB WHITNEY MERCILUS

·         Registered his first career sack when he dropped Baltimore QB Joe Flacco for a loss of 4 yards in the first quarter. Mercilus also recorded his first career forced fumble on the play.

C CHRIS MYERS

·         Started his 71st consecutive game with the Texans, moving him past LB DeMeco Ryans for fourth on the franchise’s all-time consecutive starts list.

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Threw his ninth touchdown of the season when he hit WR Kevin Walter for a 25-yard scoring strike in the first quarter.

WR KEVIN WALTER

·         Caught his 25th career touchdown, his second score of the season, on a 25-yard throw from QB Matt Schaub in the first quarter.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         Inactive players for the Texans included G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, SS Quintin Demps, T Andrew Gardner, DE David Hunter, ILB Barrett Ruud and G Cody White.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub and DE Antonio Smith.

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.

THE TEXANS

·         Recorded a safety for the first time since 12/6/09 at Jacksonville, when OLB Connor Barwin sacked Baltimore QB Joe Flacco in the end zone in the first quarter. It was the sixth safety in team history.

 

·         Led after the first quarter for the fourth time this season.

 

OLB CONNOR BARWIN

·         Registered his first sack of the season and his first career caused safety when he tackled Baltimore QB Joe Flacco in the end zone in the first quarter.

 

FB JAMES CASEY

·         Recorded his first rushing attempt of the season and the second of his career on a 6-yard gain in the first quarter.

 

TE OWEN DANIELS

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 75 with a 1-yard catch in the first quarter.

 

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 89 with a 5-yard catch in the first quarter.

 

·         Started the 129th game of his career, which moves him past K Kris Brown into first place on the franchise’s all-time games played list.

 

G BEN JONES

·         Became the first rookie to start for the Texans this season and made his first career start when he opened the game at right guard.

 

P DONNIE JONES

·         Booted a 62-yard punt in the first quarter, which was tied for the third-longest punt in team history. It was the fourth 62-yarder in team history, with the last coming on 9/20/09 by Matt Turk at Tennessee.

 

OLB WHITNEY MERCILUS

·         Registered his first career sack when he dropped Baltimore QB Joe Flacco for a loss of 4 yards in the first quarter. Mercilus also recorded his first career forced fumble on the play.

 

C CHRIS MYERS

·         Started his 71st consecutive game with the Texans, moving him past LB DeMeco Ryans for fourth on the franchise’s all-time consecutive starts list.

 

QB MATT SCHAUB

·         Threw his ninth touchdown of the season when he hit WR Kevin Walter for a 25-yard scoring strike in the first quarter.

 

WR KEVIN WALTER

·         Caught his 25th career touchdown, his second score of the season, on a 25-yard throw from QB Matt Schaub in the first quarter.

 

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

·         Inactive players for the Texans included G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, SS Quintin Demps, T Andrew Gardner, DE David Hunter, ILB Barrett Ruud and G Cody White.

 

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub and DE Antonio Smith.

 

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.

 


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Players not dressing, lineup changes for Texans-Vikings

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 30, 2012 – 3:52 pm

Here’s a list of players who are not dressing and the starting lineup changes for tonight’s preseason game between the Texans and Minnesota Vikings at Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. CT:

Texans non-dressers
8 QB Matt Schaub
13 QB T.J. Yates
21 CB Brice McCain
23 RB Arian Foster
24 CB Johnathan Joseph
25 CB Kareem Jackson
29 FS Glover Quin
38 SS Danieal Manning
44 RB Ben Tate
50 OLB Bryan Braman
53 ILB Bradie James
55 C Chris Myers
56 ILB Brian Cushing
58 OLB Brooks Reed
62 G Antoine Caldwell
74 G Wade Smith
75 T Derek Newton
76 T Duane Brown
80 WR Andre Johnson
81 TE Owen Daniels
86 FB James Casey
87 WR Jerrell Jackson
88 TE Garrett Graham
94 DE Antonio Smith
95 NT Shaun Cody
96 DE Tim Jamison
98 OLB Connor Barwin
99 DE J.J. Watt

Texans starting lineup changesrt
Keshawn Martin and Lestar Jean will start at wide receiver. Rashad Butler will start at left tackle. Cody White will start at left guard. Ben Jones will start at center. Brandon Brooks will start at right guard. Andrew Gardner will start at right tackle. Logan Brock will start at tight end. John Beck will start at quarterback. Moran Norris will start at fullback. Justin Forsett will start at running back. Mitch King and Jared Crick will start at defensive end. Hebron Fangupo will start at nose tackle. Whitney Mercilus and D.J. Bryant will start at outside linebacker. Mister Alexander and Tim Dobbins will start at inside linebacker. Alan Ball and Sherrick McManis will start at cornerback. Quintin Demps and Troy Nolan will start at safety.

Vikings non-dressers
7 QB Christian Ponder
12 WR Percy Harvin
20 CB Chris Cook
26 CB Antoine Winfield
28 HB Adrian Peterson
32 HB Toby Gerhart
33 FS Jamarca Sanford
34 S Andrew Sendejo
41 S Mistral Raymond
42 FB Jerome Felton
50 WLB Erin Henderson
52 SLB Chad Greenway
54 MLB Jasper Brinkley
65 C John Sullivan
69 RDE Jared Allen
71  T Phil Loadholt
74 LG Charlie Johnson
75 LT Matt Kalil
81 WR Jerome Simpson
82 TE Kyle Rudolph
89 TE John Carlson
93 UT Kevin Williams
96 LDE Brian Robison
98 NT Letroy Guion

Vikings starting lineup changes:
84 Michael Jenkins at WR for 81 Jerome Simpson
73 DeMarcus Love at LT for 75 Matt Kalil
72 Chris DeGeare at LG for 74 Charlie Johnson
61 Joe Berger at C for 65 John Sullivan
79 Pat Brown at RT for 71 Phil Loadholt
40 Rhett Ellison at TE for 82 Kyle Rudolph
11 Stephen Burton at WR for 12 Percy Harvin
14 Joe Webb at QB for 7 Christian Ponder
44 Ryan D’Imperio at FB for 42 Jerome Felton
38 Lex Hilliard at HB for 32 Toby Gerhart
91 D’Aundre Reed at LDE for 96 Brian Robison
62 Chase Baker at NT for 90 Fred Evans
99 Christian Ballard at UT for 93 Kevin Williams
97 Everson Griffen at RDE for 69 Jared Allen
51 Larry Dean at LB for 52 Chad Greenway
58 Tyrone McKenzie at LB for 54 Jasper Brinkley
55 Marvin Mitchell at LB for 50 Erin Henderson
27 Brandon Burton at CB for 26 Antoine Winfield
25 Chris Carr at CB for 20 Chris Cook
37 Eric Frampton at SS for 41 Mistral Raymond
22 Harrison Smith at FS for 33 Jamarca Sanford


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Texans 20, 49ers 9: Postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 19, 2012 – 12:06 am

Courtesy of the Texans’ award-winning communications staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 20-9 preseason victory over the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium:
 

THE WIN…
·         Improved the Texans’ all-time preseason record to 18-25 overall, 10-12 at Reliant Stadium and 2-0 vs. San Francisco.
 
·         Improved the Texans’ all-time preseason record against NFC West teams to 3-1.
 
·         Improved head coach Gary Kubiak’s career preseason record to 15-11 and 8-5 at home.
 
·         Improved the Texans’ record this preseason to 2-2, guaranteeing at least a .500 record in preseason play for the sixth time in Kubiak’s seven seasons as head coach.
 
TEXANS TEAM NOTES
·         Houston has scored on its opening possession in both preseason games this year.
 
·         The Texans trailed for the first time this preseason following a 36-yard field goal by San Francisco K David Akers in the second quarter.
 
·         The Texans first-team offense played 25 snaps and gained 177 yards of offense (128 passing, 49 rushing). Houston scored on two of its four drives in the first half and missed a field goal to end a third.
 
·         The Texans defense has recorded 10 sacks through the first six quarters of play this preseason.
 
·         Houston’s starting defense allowed 123 total yards to San Francisco on 25 snaps.
 
·         The Texans defense held San Francisco to 3-of-13 on third down attempts, giving the 49ers a 23-percent conversion rate. In two preseason games, Houston has held its opponents to 5-of-23 (21.7%) on third down.
 
·         The Texans won the time of possession battle for the second consecutive preseason game, holding on to the ball for 30:04.
 
·         The Texans outrushed the 49ers, gaining 119 yards on the ground and holding San Francisco to 118 yards. Houston has now outrushed its opponent in both preseason games.
 
·         The Texans had an even turnover margin for the second consecutive game
 
·         The 49ers won the toss and deferred the option until the second half.
 
·         Total paid attendance was 71,196. That was the largest crowd in Texans preseason history.
 
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
·         OLB Connor Barwin teamed with DE Tim Jamison to sack San Francisco QB Alex Smith for no gain in the first quarter. The sack was Barwin’s first of the 2012 preseason.
 
·         WR Trindon Holliday returned a punt in the third quarter 87 yards for a touchdown. It was the third punt return for touchdown in franchise preseason history. WR Jacoby Jones had both previous scores in the 2007 preseason, taking a punt back 80 yards for a score at Arizona (8/18/07) and another 91 yards for a score vs. Dallas (8/25/07).
 
·         Holliday became the first Texans player to record a kickoff return for a touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown in the same preseason.
 
·         K Shayne Graham connected on a 48-yard field goal attempt to cap the Texans’ opening drive of the game.
 
·         Graham connected from 49 yards in the third quarter, making him 4-of-4 on field goal attempts in the preseason.
 
·         CB Kareem Jackson led the team with four tackles, all solo stops.
 
·         DE Tim Jamison teamed with OLB Connor Barwin to sack San Francisco QB Alex Smith for no gain in the first quarter and combined with DE Antonio Smith to sack San Francisco QB Alex Smith for a 6-yard loss later in the quarter.
 
·         WR Lestar Jean caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Schaub late in the second quarter. It was his first career touchdown catch. He caught two passes for 53 yards in two games during the 2011 preseason before suffering a shoulder injury that ended his season.
 
·         Jean led all receivers in the game with four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. Through two games, he now leads the team with six catches for 92 yards and a score.
 
·         WR Andre Johnson returned to the field and caught two passes for 49 yards, including a game-long 43-yarder.  Despite missing the first preseason game, Johnson ranks third on the team in receiving yards this preseason with 49.
 
·         QB Case Keenum came into the game in the fourth quarter and completed 1-of-3 passes for 20 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 57.6.
 
·         QB Matt Schaub connected with WR Andre Johnson for a 43-yard gain early in the second quarter. The pass was the longest offensive play for the Texans this preseason.
 
·         Schaub completed his first six pass attempts, accounting for 86 yards on the throws, before an incomplete throw to TE Owen Daniels in the second quarter ended the streak.
 
·         Schaub hit WR Lestar Jean for a 9-yard touchdown with :54 remaining in the first half. It was his first touchdown pass of the preseason.
 
·         Schaub finished the first half 11-of-14 for 128 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 128.6.
 
·         QB T.J. Yates finished the night 5-of-9 for 30 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.  He was also sacked twice for 18 yards in losses.  His final passer rating was 62.3.
 
·         Texans scratches included NT Shaun Cody, WR Jerrell Jackson, DE J.J. Watt and ILB Greg Williams.

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Reports: Texans agree to contract extension with Duane Brown

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 16, 2012 – 11:02 am

The Texans have reportedly agreed to a contract extension with left tackle Duane Brown, a fifth-year pro who is entering the final year of his rookie deal.

The news was reported almost simultaneously by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle and Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston. Nothing has been announced by the team, which means the deal is not official.

Brown, a first-round draft pick in 2008, allowed only 2.5 sacks last season. He was named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. The Texans think he is on his way to becoming a dominant player.

Brown is one of several prominent Texans scheduled to become a free agent after this season, along with quarterback Matt Schaub and outside linebacker Connor Barwin. Barwin said Tuesday that his agent and the Texans have initiated talks and he would like to get a new deal but that his focus is on the upcoming season.


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Off the Turf with Scurf: Connor Barwin, Marc Vandermeer

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 4, 2012 – 1:02 pm

Episode seven of “Off the Turf with Scurf,” my weekly podcast here on HoustonTexans.com, features Texans outside linebacker Connor Barwin and play-by-play announcer Marc Vandermeer.

Barwin, who led the Texans with 11.5 sacks in 2011, is entering his fourth season in the NFL. The 2009 second-round draft pick out of Cincinnati talks about the first week of training camp; entering his second year as an outside linebacker; the draining daily grind of camp; riding a bicycle to work and driving a Toyota Prius; the Texans’ wave of injury scares this week; a tweet he sent to defensive end J.J. Watt’s “semi-internet crush”; his active use of Twitter, which resulted in the Texans defense’s “Bulls on Parade” nickname and a local street artist painting a mural on the wall of his downtown apartment; whether he considers himself a hipster; showing up to camp with a “Gary Kubiak haircut”; how hard it was to let go of his old “Cosmo Kramer” hairstyle; which NFL tight end he would compare himself to; his career as a walk-on basketball player at Cincinnati, including the infamous game in which he shut down Greg Oden; how he was born deaf; his thoughts on playing in a contract year; the extra work he put in this offseason; and how the Texans’ front seven has a collegiate feel.

Vandermeer, the “Voice of the Texans” since 2002 and the team’s new director of radio broadcasting, discusses the excitement level at training camp compared to years past; his new role with the Texans; the upcoming lineup of Texans Radio programming; impressions from the first week of camp; specific players who have impressed him; what Barwin might be capable of in 2012; what it was like to see the Texans finally make the playoffs last season; the art of broadcasting, including how he prepares for games and whether he practices making calls in front of the mirror; his thoughts on Andre Johnson, whom he also covered at the University of Miami; and what he’s looking to see in the Texans’ first preseason game at Carolina next Saturday.

Thanks for listening. Link

OTWS archive
Episode One: J.J. Watt, Wade Phillips
Episode Two: Duane Brown, Paul Kuharsky
Episode Three: Whitney Mercilus, Keith Gilmore
Episode Four: Case Keenum, Jerrry Rhome
Episode Five: Matt Schaub, Geoff Kaplan
Episode Six: James Casey
Episode Seven: Connor Barwin, Marc Vandermeer


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Shaun Cody sports “chi-flowing” hoop earring

Posted by Nick Scurfield on July 31, 2012 – 6:35 pm

Outside linebacker Connor Barwin isn’t the only Texans player with a new look in training camp.

Nose tackle Shaun Cody, Barwin’s close friend and the host of the popular Texans TV show “On the Nose,” showed up to camp sporting a sterling silver hoop earring in his left ear.

“It’s good luck,” Cody said after a recent practice. “It’s from my daughter, Charlotte. She’s two-and-a-half. She gave it to me. I know I look kind of silly, but I love my kids.”

Cody’s story about how he got the earring may or may not have been made up on the spot. Regardless, it’s a distinctly unique look among Texans players, and he says the reaction from his teammates has been mostly positive.

“A lot of people seem on board,” he said. “A couple people are not into it, one being my coach, so I’m trying to get Bill Kollar on board still. He said it looks ‘expletive bad.’”

Cody, who grew up in Hacienda Heights, Calif., previously wore the hoop as recently as his college days at USC.

“When I was in high school, Michael Jordan was pretty big with the one-hoop earring, so I used to rock it,” Cody said. “And I actually have a couple piercings that I don’t wear now, but maybe I’ll bring back in future, uh, moves.”

The Texans’ starting nose tackle is clearly proud of his style choice, having tweeted a photo of it on the night before camp. But does he think the earring will help his performance on the field?

“I do,” he said. “There’s a magnet in my earring. It’s body-cleansing, it’s chi-flowing, so there’s a lot of benefits, I find. It kind of weighs down the left side of my head, but I counteract it with my strong neck muscles.”


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