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  • Sun., Nov. 23, 2014 12:00 PM CST Bengals at Texans The Texans host the Bengals at NRG Stadium.
  • Tue., Nov. 25, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans fullback Jay Prosch and running back Jonathan Grimes at the Verizon Pasadena Store, 5575 Fairmont Pkwy., Pasadena, TX 77505.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

    Autograph info: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mobile-living/event/verizontexansplayersshow/

  • Tue., Nov. 25, 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
  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 12:00 PM CST Titans at Texans The Texans host the Titans at NRG Stadium.
  • Tue., Dec. 02, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans offensive linemen Derek Newton and Ben Jones at the Verizon Northline Store, 4400F North Freeway, Houston, TX 77022.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

    Autograph info: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mobile-living/event/verizontexansplayersshow/

  • Tue., Dec. 02, 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., Dec. 02, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Meet Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph and 2 Houston Texans Cheerleaders at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 11077 Northwest Freeway (Hwy 290 @ 34th St.), Houston, TX 77092.

    Celebrity(ies) subject to change.

  • Fri., Dec. 05, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, December 5
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 1665 W. FM 646 Rd., League City, TX 77573
    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get 2 FREE Tacos for this hour at this location
    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures
    Jack in the Box is going to be giving away 4 tickets to a Houston Texans home game and two autograph items

  • Sun., Dec. 07, 2014 12:00 PM CST Texans at Jaguars The Texans travel to Jacksonville to face off against the Jaguars.
  • Tue., Dec. 09, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson at the Verizon BLVD Place Store, 1700 Post Oak Blvd.,
    Houston, TX 77056.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

    Autograph info: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mobile-living/event/verizontexansplayersshow/

Important 2013 NFL dates to remember

Posted by Nick Scurfield on February 5, 2013 – 5:07 pm

95playoffsThe NFL distributed an e-mail on Monday with the subject line Important NFL Dates to Remember.

Here they are, minus several regional pre-draft combines that the NFL listed in its email but were omitted for the purposes of this blog post.

March 9-11    –    Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will be Unrestricted Free Agents at the end of the current League Year.

March 12     –    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts.

March 12    –    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit Qualifying Offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

March 12     –    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit.

March 12     –    All 2012 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 12     –    Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 12     –    The 2013 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 12    –    Trading period begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, for 2013 after expiration of all 2012 contracts.

April 25-27    –    NFL Draft, New York City, New York.

May 20-22    –    NFL Spring League Meeting, Hyatt-Harborside, Boston, Massachusetts.

September 5, 8-9    –    NFL Kickoff 2013


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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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Duane Brown: “I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston”

Posted by Nick Scurfield on June 11, 2012 – 1:42 pm

Texans left tackle Duane Brown is in the final year of his rookie contract, and he says he’d love to stay in Houston long-term.

A first-round draft pick in 2008 out of Virginia Tech, Brown discussed his contract situation last week on my “Off the Turf with Scurf” podcast.

“I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston,” he said. “I was drafted here, been here four years. I love the city, love this organization. I love the team. I love my teammates. So I’d love to be here as long as I can.  You know, it’s a business. You don’t really have too much control over what happens, but all I can do is control this year. I’m here to play. I’m here to give 150 percent and try to have the best year of my career.”

Brown is coming off a stellar 2011 season, when he allowed only 2.5 sacks and was named second-team All-Pro. Texans coach Gary Kubiak said last week that Brown is having a “great offseason” and taking his game to another level.

“I’m just capitalizing off of the best season of my career,” Brown said. “I’m a certified veteran on this team now, and I realized what I can do and my capability. (I’m) just trying to polish up all the small techniques of my game and, like you said, just take it to another level.

“Going into (last) season, I felt pretty good, mentally and physically. I changed a lot as far as film study and just how I handle my business off of the field, and it showed. Halfway through the season, I realized I’m starting to get where I’m more comfortable. The game slowed down for me a lot, and I could play with more aggression and more intensity because of that, so it was a great feeling.”

Brown is poised for a Pro Bowl season after being named an alternate for the AFC in 2011. It could be his first of many as a Texan.


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Free agency tracker: Updated look at Texans’ offseason moves

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

With the signing of cornerback Alan Ball and running back Justin Forsett on Monday, here’s a look at all of the Texans’ roster moves since the week before free agency began on March 13:

Re-signed
LS Jon Weeks (March 5)
RB Arian Foster (March 6)
C Chris Myers (March 17)
S Quintin Demps (April 5)
ILB Tim Dobbins (April 13)

Signed
P Donnie Jones (March 30)
ILB Bradie James (April 13)
K Shayne Graham (May 8)
QB John Beck (May 10)
CB Alan Ball, RB Justin Forsett (June 4)

Signed elsewhere
OLB Mario Williams (Bills, March 15)
G Mike Brisiel (Raiders, March 16)
CB Jason Allen (Bengals, March 19)
TE Joel Dreessen (Broncos, March 23)
K Neil Rackers (Redskins, April 30)

Traded
ILB DeMeco Ryans (to Eagles, March 20)

Released
QB Matt Leinart, FB Lawrence Vickers, T Eric Winston (March 13)
WR Jacoby Jones (May 1)
RB Javarris Williams (June 4)

The Texans have eight unrestricted free agents who remain unsigned: S Dominique Barber, DE Tim Bulman, QB Jake Delhomme, QB Jeff Garcia, WR Bryant Johnson, G Kasey Studdard, P Matt Turk and RB Derrick Ward. Delhomme and Garcia are both expected to retire.


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Reports: Texans agree to terms with Alan Ball, Justin Forsett

Posted by Nick Scurfield on June 4, 2012 – 8:41 am

The Texans have agreed to contracts with former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Alan Ball and former Seattle Seahawks running back Justin Forsett, according to multiple reports. The moves are not official, as they have not been announced by the team.

Ball, 27, was drafted by Dallas out of Illinois in 2007, Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ first year as Cowboys head coach. He played for Phillips for three-and-a-half seasons, starting 16 games and intercepting two passes in 2010. Ball (6-2, 197) started two games in 2011.

Forsett, 26, was a seventh-round pick out of California in 2008. He ran for 619 yards (5.4 per carry) in 2009, 523 (4.4 per carry) in 2010 and 145 (3.2 per carry) in 2011. Forsett (5-8, 198) has started seven games and has career totals of 1,287 rushing yards, 730 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.


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Reports: Texans agree to terms with QB John Beck

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 10, 2012 – 8:56 am

According to multiple reports, the Texans have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran free agent quarterback John Beck.

A second-round pick out of BYU in 2007, Beck (6-2, 215) was released by the Washington Redskins after they drafted quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. He started three games for Washington in 2011, playing in a similar offense to the Texans’ under Mike and Kyle Shanahan.

Beck, 31, will compete for the Texans’ third quarterback spot with undrafted rookie Case Keenum. Starting quarterback Matt Schaub will not participate in 11-on-11 portions of organized team activities (OTAs) as he recovers from a Lisfranc injury, so there will be plenty of reps to go around among T.J. Yates, Keenum and Beck.

Beck has started seven games in six seasons, including four with the Miami Dolphins as a rookie in 2007. He has thrown for three career touchdowns and seven interceptions with a 67.6 passer rating.


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Reports: Neil Rackers to sign with Redskins

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 24, 2012 – 7:18 pm

Kicker Neil Rackers, who spent the last two seasons with the Texans, is signing with the Washington Redskins.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle and Mark Berman of FOX 26 Sports both reported the news on Tuesday evening.

“We’re headed to Washington,” Rackers said, according to Berman. “I visited with Coach (Mike) Shanahan and (special teams coach) Danny Smith out there yesterday and really enjoyed what they had to say. I’ll be competing for a job with Graham Gano, who is an established, good kicker. We’re going to see what happens, but it seems like the best opportunity for me and my family at this point. There’s more upside, more opportunity for advancement in Washington.”

The Texans do not have a kicker with the start of the 2012 NFL Draft less than 48 hours away. They could draft a kicker for the first time in team history.

Rackers, 35, was 59-of-68 (86.8 percent) on field goals in two seasons in Houston. He was 43-of-44 under 40 yards (97.7 percent) but only 16-of-24 (66.7 percent) from 40+. He went 3-of-4 in the 2011 playoffs, coming up just short on a 50-yarder at Baltimore in the Divisional Round.

Rackers also has more special teams tackles than any other kicker in NFL history, a trait that surely will be missed by Texans fans. He had 11 special teams tackles in the last two seasons, including this one against Marc Mariani of the Tennessee Titans.


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J.J. Watt to Texans fans: “Trust me, there’s no need for panic”

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 14, 2012 – 1:14 pm

The Texans parted ways with two of their marquee defensive players this offseason in linebackers Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans. Defensive end J.J. Watt, one of the up-and-coming stars of the Houston defense, is confident the Texans will be able to overcome those departures in 2012.

“Obviously, it’s tough,” Watt said on Thursday in an interview with Texans TV. “It’s part of the business, losing players, but I think we have a great football team. We have a lot of great players that are going to step up in their place, and if you looked at our team last year, we had a lot of success with Coach [Wade] Phillips. He knows what he’s doing from a defensive coordinator standpoint.

“A lot of people, I kind of get the feeling around town that there’s a little bit of panic setting in. Trust me, there’s no need for panic. We’re working hard over here just off Kirby Drive to make sure that this is gonna be a fun season and we’re gonna give you guys a great show, and hopefully bring that championship back to Houston that we’ve been waiting on so long for here.”

In that same interview, in which Watt answered fan questions sent from Twitter with the hashtag #AskJJ, Watt proved “The Milk Man” to be an apt nickname by revealing that he drinks two gallons of milk a week. The Pewaukee, Wisc., native also showed off his serious side by discussing his J.J. Watt Foundation and answering a question about what drives him to be great.

““I think there’s a lot of things that drive me,” Watt said. “First and foremost is my family. Obviously, I’m trying to carry on my last name proudly, so I’m trying to work hard every single day to make sure that I do that the right way. And then the Texans fans, the Badger fans and everybody out there, I want to make them proud. This organization brought me in to be a great football player, and so I’m trying to do that and I’m also trying to spread love in the community and just pass it on to the next generation. And then personally for myself, I need to go to bed every night looking in the mirror knowing that I did everything I could that day to be great and knowing that I did everything to make my family proud, and so that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Check out more from Watt in this replay of his Thursday live chat.


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Free agency tracker: Updated look at Texans’ moves

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 13, 2012 – 6:33 pm

With the signings of inside linebackers Bradie James and Tim Dobbins on Friday, here’s a look at all of the Texans’ roster moves since the week before free agency began on March 13:

Re-signed
LS Jon Weeks (March 5)
RB Arian Foster (March 6)
C Chris Myers (March 17)
S Quintin Demps (April 5)
ILB Tim Dobbins (April 13)

Signed
P Donnie Jones (March 30)
ILB Bradie James (April 13)

Signed elsewhere
OLB Mario Williams (Bills, March 15)
G Mike Brisiel (Raiders, March 16)
CB Jason Allen (Bengals, March 19)
TE Joel Dreessen (Broncos, March 23)

Traded

ILB DeMeco Ryans (to Eagles, March 20)

Released
QB Matt Leinart, FB Lawrence Vickers, T Eric Winston (March 13)

The Texans have nine unrestricted free agents who remain unsigned: S Dominique Barber, DE Tim Bulman, QB Jake Delhomme, QB Jeff Garcia, WR Bryant Johnson, K Neil Rackers, G Kasey Studdard, P Matt Turk and RB Derrick Ward. Delhomme and Garcia are both expected to retire.


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Wade Phillips lauds Bradie James’ leadership, Tim Dobbins’ versatility

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 13, 2012 – 2:24 pm

The Texans signed two veteran inside linebackers on Friday in Bradie James, who spent the last nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, and Tim Dobbins, who played for the Texans in 2011.

Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillilps, who coached James in Dallas from 2007-10, discussed the two players with HoustonTexans.com:

On James: “He’s a good football player, good family man, good leader. He’s what you’re looking for. There’s a reason the guy has played for, what, nine years or whatever it is. There’s a reason he’s played and started and played in every game. He’s a warrior.”

On James’ familiarity with the system: “Him being familiar with what we’re doing, plus he’s a coach on the field – real smart player. Like I said, he’s a real good leader. I think our players will – he fits in with our group really well. He’s a hard worker. And he’s talented.”

On James’ impressive production under Phillips in Dallas: “Yeah. That position [Mike linebacker], we expect to make a lot of plays. And they talk about last year, but they split time. He and [Keith] Brooking split time. They think Sean Lee beat him out, but he and Brooking were playing one side, and they let both those guys go.”

On what James’ role will be in Houston: “Same thing we had at Dallas. I expect him to come in and certainly nothing’s given to him, and I like the guys we have, but I think he’ll come in and compete. And he can make a lot of plays for you. He can make a lot of adjustments. Like I said, he’s smart and knows the defense. Even though he’s a new guy, I think he’ll take a leadership role pretty quickly. He’s a captain of the team, those kind of things.”

On Dobbins: “Tim led the team in special teams tackles last year, and I think everybody remembers the play on the goal line against Baltimore. He played short-yardage for us when he played. When we didn’t play those guys in the Tennessee game, he got to play in that game and showed he can play on defense also. He’s a real versatile player. He can play both inside positions at inside ‘backer, and I was really glad we got him back.”

On solidifying the depth at inside linebacker: “Yeah. You go into the draft, you never know what you’re gonna get. There was a big hole as far as inside ’backers. We just didn’t have many. And now, we’re where we don’t have to have one. I feel like we’ll be just as good as we were last year now that we’ve got those guys back, so let’s go from there.”


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