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    Friday, October 24
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 739 North Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77060
    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get 2 FREE Tacos or 1 Monster Taco (1/person) 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., 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 Texans free safety Kendrick Lewis and nose tackle Jerrel Powe 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
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

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

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • 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.

    Secure yours today by calling 832-667-2390 or at BOTPW.com.

  • 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. 

    Be sure to secure your tickets today at HoustonTexans.com.

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

    Meet Texans Ambassador and former linebacker Danny Clark at the Verizon Cinco Ranch Store, 6645 S. Fry Rd., Katy, TX 77494.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • 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

Full list of Texans free agents

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 13, 2012 – 11:27 am

With the NFL’s free agency period beginning in less than three hours (3 p.m. CT), here’s a full list of the Texans’ free agents, which includes 15 unrestricted players and one restricted:

Unrestricted
CB Jason Allen
S Dominique Barber
G Mike Brisiel
DE Tim Bulman
QB Jake Delhomme
ILB Tim Dobbins
TE Joel Dreessen
QB Jeff Garcia
WR Bryant Johnson
C Chris Myers
K Neil Rackers
G Kasey Studdard
P Matt Turk
RB Derrick Ward
OLB Mario Williams

Restricted
S Quintin Demps
(RB Arian Foster – signed March 6)

Exclusive Rights
(LS Jon Weeks – signed March 5)


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Mario Williams, Chris Myers among Texans’ impending free agents

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 12, 2012 – 3:38 pm

The NFL free agency period begins on Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT, less than 24 hours from now. We’ll have every Texans angle covered right here.

The Texans do not expect to be as active in free agency as they were in 2011, when they signed cornerback Johnathan Joseph and free safety Danieal Manning to long-term deals. Their top priority is re-signing their own players, including outside linebacker Mario Williams and center Chris Myers. Both Pro Bowlers will become unrestricted free agents unless the Texans sign them before tomorrow’s deadline.

The Texans have made it clear they want both players back. Williams said on Feb. 16 that it would “mean a lot” if he could stay in Houston and that he isn’t necessarily looking to become the highest-paid defensive player in the league. Myers said a couple weeks later that he wants to remain a Texan but was feeling out the free agency process.

Other notable impending free agents are right guard Mike Brisiel, who has started for the Texans since 2008; tight end Joel Dreessen, who led the Texans with six touchdowns catches in 2011; kicker Neil Rackers, who set a team record with 135 points last season; and cornerback Jason Allen, who has seven interceptions for the Texans while sharing playing time with Kareem Jackson over the last two seasons.


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Texans All Access: Listen to Win

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 6, 2012 – 10:35 am

The debut broadcast of “Texans All Access” airs today on SportsRadio 610 AM from 12-2 p.m. CT. Tune in and listen for news on next week’s guest(s), and enter one of the names on this page for a chance to win an autographed Mario Williams football.

“Texans All Access” will be hosted by Texans play-by-play voice Marc Vandermeer. It will air each Tuesday from 12-2 and provide an exclusive weekly two-hour window into the offseason activity of the Texans. The inaugural broadcast on Tuesday will feature a visit with Texans head coach Gary Kubiak.

The “Listen to Win” entry period is from Tuesday, March 6, at 2 p.m. CT through Thursday, March 8, at 5 p.m. CT.


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Arrive-early giveaways on Saturday

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 6, 2012 – 11:36 am

With a strong homefield advantage crucial to winning football, especially in the playoffs, the Texans encourage all fans attending the playoff game against Cincinnati this Saturday at Reliant Stadium to arrive well before the 3:30 p.m. CT kickoff.

There are plenty of giveaways for those who do. As with every Texans home game, within the first 30 minutes of the gates opening at 2 p.m. CT, fans have a chance to receive a $100 gift certificate to 5115 Restaurant & Lounge. A total of $10,000 in gift certificates will be given out.

Beyond that, Verizon has generously offered an additional incentive for fans to arrive before kickoff. The Texans will select 10 lucky fans who get in their seats within the first 30 minutes of the gates opening to receive one of these autographed items, courtesy of Verizon:

-1 LB Brian Cushing football
-1 LB Cushing authentic jersey
-1 TE Owen Daniels football
-1 WR Andre Johnson authentic jersey
-1 WR Andre Johnson authentic helmet
-1WR Jacoby Jones football
-1 LB DeMeco Ryans football
-1 LB DeMeco Ryans authentic jersey
-1 QB Matt Schaub football
-1 OLB Mario Williams authentic jersey


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Parsing Kubiak’s day-after presser

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 13, 2011 – 6:13 pm

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak met with the media on Monday at Reliant Stadium for his regularly-scheduled day-after-a-game press conference at 3:30 p.m. CT.

Here are the highlights:

  • Kubiak announced that right guard Mike Brisiel has a fractured fibula and will miss at least 3-4 weeks, and that the Texans released veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason.
  • Kubiak discussed the support from fans, who gave the team a hero’s welcome back to Reliant Stadium on Sunday. “It means a great deal for the bus to pull down Kirby last night and see all the people that came out,” he said. “A lot of the players spent a lot of time with them after we got here. All of our families were sitting here in the parking lot waiting on us. That’s what you work for. That’s why we’ve been doing what we’ve been doing, to get to that point where everybody could experience that. Obviously, you guys know for me, I grew up five miles down the road, so it’s special to see that excitement. But I know the hard work that’s been put in and the job that the coaches and players of this organization have done. To walk around our building today and see how proud everybody is that works here and is part of this organization is a great day. But we got a lot to look forward to and still got a lot of work to do, so we got to focus on that right now.”
  • Asked about the criticism he received last year, when most fans and media wanted him to be fired, compared to the praise he’s receiving this year, when fans and media are starting to mention him as a coach of the year candidate, Kubiak said: “I try not to listen when they call for my head, and I try not to listen today. That’s the best way I try to handle it.”
  • Kubiak said he has no plans to rest banged-up players like defensive end Antonio Smith or inside linebacker Brian Cushing after clinching the division. “We’re going to go about business as usual,” he said. “You get 46 guys on game day. Everybody’s got to play. You start talking about resting players and those type of things, you’re not getting better. I’m going to be smart with every player we have, but at the same time, we’ve got a game to win this weekend and we got to be at full-strength to get that done. My concern is how good are we going to be three weeks from now, so that means we got to get better this week and win another game.”
  • Earlier this season, it was reported out that wide receiver Kevin Walter had a broken shoulder and would miss 10-12 weeks. He returned after missing only one game. Last Friday, Walter was not at practice because of an illness and was questionable for Sunday’s game. He wound up with six catches for 76 yards and the game-winning touchdown. “I could stay up here all day talking about that kid,” Kubiak said. “Y’all know what I think of him. He’s a man, now. You’re going to get the same thing every day or every week. I got on the elevator with him at the hotel Saturday night, me and a couple of the coaches, and he was white as a ghost, didn’t look very good. We asked him how he was doing. He said, ‘Coach, I’m fine. I’m ready to go.’ That’s Kevin. He goes out there and makes a huge play at the end. He’s a true pro. He’s a pro’s pro, got tremendous respect on our team. I’m happy for him. That was a heck of a deal yesterday.”
  • Kubiak said that players like quarterback Matt Schaub and outside linebacker Mario Williams have been extremely important to the team’s success, even though they’re on injured reserve and can’t play. “When the buses parked last night, the first guy waiting on us in the parking lot was Mario because he did not make the trip,” Kubiak said. “That meant a lot to the team, and Mario had brought a lot of guys’ families over for them. I told Matt this after the game, I told Schaub, I said, ‘I know it’s a great day for you, but I know it’s a tough day because you’re not out there playing.’ I let Andre (Johnson) know how I felt about him after the game, but I could sit here and talk about Mario, I could talk about Matt Schaub, I could talk about (Darryl) Sharpton, I could talk about all those guys that have been a part of this that unfortunately aren’t going to be a part of it as we move forward. We’re here today because of a lot of people and our players understand that and they respect that. We carry those guys with us every week that we line up right now.”

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Talkative Jones-Drew talks up Texans’ D

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 23, 2011 – 5:59 pm

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, easily one of the most affable and talkative stars in the league, was very complimentary of the Texans’ defense during a Wednesday conference call with Houston media.

“My man, Wade Phillips, comes over and does a great job,” Jones-Drew said. “He has those guys flying around. Even with Mario Williams going down, you guys have them flying around and playing fast and playing at a high level… I think the way they’re attacking teams by blitzing (Brian) Cushing and creating confusion in the running game is big. Creating a lot of one-on-one blocks, putting their guys in situations to be on the attack inside and not necessarily on their heels is something that they’re doing well.”

Jones-Drew, who starred at UCLA, begrudgingly sang the praises of Cushing, who starred at USC (the rival schools play each other on Saturday in Los Angeles). Cushing had seven tackles against the Jaguars in Week 8 at Reliant Stadium.

“He’s always been a challenge for us since he’s been there,” Jones-Drew said. “I hate to talk positive about USC guys; you can tell him that. It’s just killing me, but he’s been doing a great job. We actually just got done watching the Cleveland Browns game and then the Tampa Bay game, and he’s playing at a high level. That defense feeds off him. He does do a great job of making tackles. He’s flying around to the ball… He’s doing a great job of leading that defense.”

Before he was even asked another question, Jones-Drew rattled off something positive about seemingly every single player on the Texans’ defense. He said linebacker DeMeco Ryans is “playing at a high level again, shedding blocks, getting to the ball, causing fumbles.” He called Shaun Cody “another ‘SC guy I don’t like to talk about, but he’s doing well at the nose tackle taking on double teams, keeping guys off Cushing and DeMeco Ryans and then getting after the quarterback as well.” Some of his highest praise went to cornerback Johnathan Joseph.

“They’ve been looking for a corner, and they found him in Johnathan Joseph, who can pretty much lock down anybody,” Jones-Drew said.


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By the numbers: Top 10 Texans through Week 7

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 27, 2011 – 10:58 am

On Tuesday, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through seven games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories.

Both topics will be weekly blog posts in this space throughout the 2011 season.

QB Matt Schaub
7th in passing yards (1,893)
4th in yards per attempt (8.45)
T-5th in passing touchdowns (12)
5th in passer rating (96.8)

RB Ben Tate
9th in rushing yards (466)
8th in average yards per carry (5.1)
T-3rd in rushing first downs (30)

WR Andre Johnson
8th in receiving yards per game (88.0)

LB Mario Williams
T-9th in sacks (5.0)

CB Johnathan Joseph
T-5th in interceptions (3)
T-7th in passes defensed (8)

K Neil Rackers
5th in kicking points (62)
T-8th in field goal percentage (93.3)
T-4th in field goals made (14)

P Brett Hartmann
5th in punting long (69)

FS Danieal Manning
6th in kickoff return average (27.4)

WR Jacoby Jones
10th in punt return average (11.6)
T-1st in punt return touchdowns (1)


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By the numbers: Top 10 Texans through Week 6

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 20, 2011 – 11:16 am

On Wednesday, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through six games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories.

Both topics will be weekly blog posts in this space throughout the 2011 season.

QB Matt Schaub
7th in passing yards (1,597)
9th in yards per attempt (7.95)
7th in passing touchdowns (10)
T-5th in passes of 25+ yards (15)

RB Ben Tate
T-8th in rushing first downs (23)
T-9th in carries of 10+ yards (13)

WR Andre Johnson
9th in receiving yards per game (88.0)

LB Mario Williams
T-6th in sacks (5.0)

CB Johnathan Joseph
T-2nd in interceptions (3)

CB Jason Allen
T-5th in special teams solo tackles (5)

K Neil Rackers
T-8th in field goals made (12)
T-9th in kicking points (51)

P Brett Hartmann
6th in kickoff average yards (66.5)
T-8th in punts inside 20 (9)
5th in punting long (69)

FS Danieal Manning
7th in kickoff return average (27.4)

WR Jacoby Jones
8th in punt return average (11.6)
T-1st in punt return touchdowns (1)


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By the numbers: Top 10 Texans through Week 5

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 13, 2011 – 10:06 am

On Tuesday, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through five games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in notable categories.

Both topics will be weekly blog posts in this space throughout the 2011 season.

QB Matt Schaub
9th in passing yards (1,377)
4th in yards/attempt (8.40)
T-7th in passing touchdowns (9)
10th in passer rating (92.5)

RB Ben Tate
5th in rushing first downs (20)
T-9th in carries of 10+ yards (12)

DE Antonio Smith
T-9th in sacks (4.5)

LB Mario Williams
T-4th in sacks (5.0)

CB Johnathan Joseph
T-9th in interceptions (2)

CB Jason Allen
T-9th in interceptions (2)
T-8th in special teams tackles (5)

K Neil Rackers
3rd in kicking points (49)
T-1st in field goals made (12)
T-10th in field goal percentage (92.3)

P Brett Hartmann
5th in kickoff average yards (66.8)
T-7th in punts inside 20 (7)
5th in punting long (69)

FS Danieal Manning
9th in kickoff return average (27.5)

WR Jacoby Jones
7th in punt return average (12.1)
T-1st in punt return touchdowns (1)


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Reports: Williams out for season with torn pec

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 10, 2011 – 9:41 am

Texans linebacker Mario Williams will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle, according to multiple reports. The two-time Pro Bowler reportedly will have surgery this week.

Mark Berman of KRIV-TV Houston and John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported the news this morning. Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported on Sunday night that Williams may have a torn pectoral muscle, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter said this morning that Williams “has a torn pectoral muscle that will sideline him indefinitely, if not for the remainder of the season.”

The team has not made any announcement, other than coach Gary Kubiak saying after Sunday’s loss to the Raiders  that Williams’ injury would be evaluated on Sunday evening.

Williams leads the Texans with 5.0 sacks. He appeared to get injured while sacking Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Raiders (see picture below). He left the game one play later and returned to the sideline in street clothes after walking to the locker room with trainers.

Rookie outside linebacker Brooks Reed would replace Williams in the starting lineup. Connor Barwin, who has 2.0 sacks, likely would move over to Williams’ position on the weakside, and Reed would play on the strongside. A second-round pick out of Arizona, Reed had four tackles and two quarterback hits against the Raiders after Williams’ injury.

Williams has led the Texans in sacks in each of his five seasons. He has averaged 10.9 sacks per season since 2007 and was on pace for a career-high 16.0 in his first season as the premier pass rusher in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense.

Here’s a shot of the play on which it appeared Williams was injured:


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