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    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/

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  • 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!

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    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
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  • 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.,
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    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

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Report: Texans pursuing Leach, have company

Posted by Nick Scurfield on July 29, 2011 – 1:19 pm

According to Mark Berman of FOX 26 Sports, the Texans are one of five teams pursuing free agent fullback Vonta Leach.

Leach, a first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler last season, has been with the Texans since 2006. Berman reports that the Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos and New York Giants also have expressed interest in signing the bruising lead blocker, who helped Arian Foster lead the league with 1,616 rushing yards in 2010.

“There are multiple teams expressing interest in Vonta,” Leach’s agent, Ralph Vitolo, told Berman. “We are still hopeful Vonta can return to the Texans, if at all possible.”

If the Texans do re-sign Leach, they’ll return essentially their entire offense from last season, when they ranked third in the league in yards per game.

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Players react to labor news on Twitter

Posted by Nick Scurfield on July 25, 2011 – 6:17 pm

Texans players took to Twitter today to react to the news of a new labor agreement between the NFL and its players.

Here‘s a collection of their comments.

@johnson80 Andre Johnson
Time to go back to work. Excited I get to play the game that I love. See u soon H Town

@DavidAnderson89 David Anderson
Looks like we r back! Thought i might have to start hawking Rent-a-Center & Loan Center like Hulk Hogan!

@briancushing56 Brian Cushing
Ive got a feeling this is going to be the type of year houston has been waiting for…

@DuaneBrown76 Duane Brown
It’s official…we back in business!

@GloverQuin29 Glover Quin Jr
Just want to say thanks to all the fans for waiting patiently for the lockout to end.. U r an intricate part of the game an we appreciate u.

@ericwinston Eric Winston
#tipofthecap to our Executive Director De Smith. A tireless worker who has worked nonstop to help the players. Thank you

@jacoby_jones12 jacoby jones
Its time to go to #work #work #work #work #work

@DerrickWard32 Derrick Ward
So its official! All 1900 NFL players have a job again! See u friday Houston!

@ReemBoi25 Kareem Jackson
Time to go to work #letsgetit

@McCain21 Brice McCain
Over y’all #letsgetit!!!!!

@vleach44 Vonta Leach
Free agency is gonna be crazy, I’m excited and nervous all at the same time. #ready4football

@JJWatt J.J. Watt
Football is Back!

@HarrisNOFLYZONE Brandon Harris
Drinking a gallon of water ASAP to start getting ready for the heat of camp

@DJ_Townsel14 Derrick Townsel
Back to work!! The #Lockout is over!! ITS FOOTBALL TIME IN HOUSTON! ♫ #Texans

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Rice head coach Bailiff on Casey, Ozougwu and Texans practices

Posted by drewdougherty on July 20, 2011 – 1:19 pm

We had a fun conversation a couple days ago with Rice head coach David Bailiff. The Owls’ had some cool stuff to say about a pair of his former players in Texans’ 7th-rounder Cheta Ozougwu and third-year tight end/fullback James Casey. He also shared some tidbits on how the Texans players worked out on campus during the lockout.

Bailiff doesn’t think Ozougwu will solely be a special-teams player in the NFL, insisting that “he’s going to be relevant.” He also went to talk about Ozougwu’s high school background, and how the former Owl played safety at Alief’s Taylor High School.

“He’s continued to grow, while maintaining speed,” Bailiff said. “We did drop him some into coverage his senior year.”

Bailiff thinks that athleticism, combined with a high football IQ and an overall strong work ethic could mean playing time down the line for Ozougwu at linebacker in the NFL.

Ozougwu, according to Bailiff, has been at Rice on a daily-basis this summer, lifting weights and working out with his future teammates.

When asked about Casey possibly playing fullback if Vonta Leach departs in free agency, Bailiff cited toughness and flexibility as Casey’s key strengths.

“James is as tough a person there is on the planet,” Bailiff said. “We just go back to that one game at Southern Miss, where all our defensive ends got hurt. So we put him in at defensive end. He had a sack and a tackle for a loss.”

 Bailiff liked having the Texans work out at Rice over the last few months, and said that quarterback Matt Schaub called him over the winter to see if the team could stay in shape there while the lockout was in effect. When that call came in, Bailiff had some suspicions.

“Initially, you want to make sure you’re not getting ‘punk’d’,” Bailiff joked about the Schaub call. He also said that on a few different occasions, visitors to his office at Rice Stadium would look down on the field, see the Texans players working out and commend Bailiff on his recruiting. He said it was always good for a laugh, having to explain that the players practicing weren’t Owls, but Texans.

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Johnson’s Top 100 ranking: No. 7 overall

Posted by Nick Scurfield on July 6, 2011 – 11:22 am

Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson finished seventh overall on NFL Network’s list of the “Top 100 Players of 2011,” as voted on by players.

Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio presented Johnson in the six-minute-long video that aired on NFL Network on Sunday night. 

“Andre Johnson’s probably the epitome of an athlete that I’ve ever been on the field with,” Crowder said. “He’s big, he’s strong, he’s fast, he’s a playmaker. I’ve seen him throw; I’ve seen everything… He’s a man amongst boys.”

Said Suggs: “He’s a physical mismatch to all the corners in the NFL. He’s about 6-4, 230 pounds, pure muscle. The kid’s a freak.”

Added Del Rio: “It’s that innate competitor inside him that really makes him special… You’ll have coverage, you’ll have a DB in position, and then he’ll just go up and be stronger than the guy, a little faster than a guy and make the play.”

Johnson, a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro, was the highest-rated wide receiver on NFL Network’s list. The only players who finished ahead of him were Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (6th), Ravens safety Ed Reed (5th), Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (4th), Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (3rd), Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (2nd) and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (1st).

Here’s a final look at the Texans players who made the Top 100:

WR Andre Johnson (7)
RB Arian Foster (25)
FB Vonta Leach (65)
DE Mario Williams (71)

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Johnson bound for top 10 on Top 100 list

Posted by Nick Scurfield on June 27, 2011 – 10:46 am

Players 11-20 on NFL Network’s “Top 100 of 2011” list were revealed Sunday night on NFL Network. Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson wasn’t among them.

Which means, barring a major upset, that Johnson will be in the top 10. The final installment of the Top 100 list, which is voted on by players, will air next Sunday on NFL Network at 7 p.m. CT.

How high will Johnson end up in the rankings? Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com thinks he should be fifth. The next-highest ranked wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, came in at No. 14.

Three other Texans made the Top 100: defensive end Mario Williams (71), fullback Vonta Leach (65) and running back Arian Foster (25).

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Leach: Texans 1-2 players away from winning Super Bowl

Posted by Nick Scurfield on June 24, 2011 – 11:31 am

Fullback Vonta Leach, an impending unrestricted free agent, isn’t sure if he’ll be back with the Texans in 2011. But the 2010 first-team All-Pro will have high hopes for the Texans if he does.

“I think if I’m back here, my expectation (level) is higher,” Leach said on SportsTalk 790 AM this morning. “I’m thinking we are one or two guys from not even going to the playoffs but winning the whole thing. If you look around our locker room, we’ve got a lot of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball with Andre (Johnson), with (Matt) Schaub, with Owen Daniels, with D.A. (David Anderson), with (Arian) Foster, (Derrick) Ward – just to name a few. Our offensive linemen. All these guys dun’ played together for years and years. So there’s a lot of stuff that we have going on.

“Then you look at the defensive side of the ball, you’ve got DeMeco (Ryans) coming back. You’ve got a (Brian) Cushing. You’ve got a Mario (Williams). We’ve got so many people or so many guys that could be a help and that could come and take over a game at any time.”

As for his own future, Leach was asked whether his first choice is to re-sign with the Texans.

“I want to be here, but at the same time, I have to get my fair share that’s on the market,” he said. “There’s not going to be no hometown discount or nothing like that, but I do want to be here.”

Leach said that he’s influenced “a lot” by what people post on Twitter, where some Texans fans have campaigned for him to stay in Houston. He said that money won’t necessarily dictate where he signs.

“The money part is not all of it,” he said. “I want to go to a place also where I have a chance to win. You know, I’m coming up on year number eight. I dun’ been in the league, (and) a lot of people know what I can do. So I want to go to a team that has a chance to win and go to a Super Bowl. That’s what I want to do.”

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Foster ranks 25th on ‘Top 100′ list

Posted by Nick Scurfield on June 20, 2011 – 9:34 am

Texans running back Arian Foster came in at number 25 on the NFL Network’s list of the “Top 100 Players of 2011.” He humbly deflected the honor in an interview on NFLN, giving credit to his offensive linemen and props to Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

Foster will finish as the third-ranked running back on the Top 100 list, which is voted on by players. The league leader in rushing yards, scrimmage yards and touchdowns last season, he ranked ahead of the Raiders’ Darren McFadden (No. 98), 49ers’ Frank Gore (94), Ravens’ Ray Rice (56), Falcons’ Michael Turner (42), Rams’ Steven Jackson (38), Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles (33) and Jags’ Jones-Drew (30). Chris Johnson of the Titans and Adrian Peterson of the Vikings are the only running backs who will rank higher.

Foster is the third Texan to make the ‘Top 100.’ Fullback Vonta Leach ranked 65th, while defensive end Mario Williams was 71st. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and linebackers DeMeco Ryans and Brian Cushing will not be in the Top 100.

Wide receiver Andre Johnson will be on the list — it’s just a question of how high. Players 11-20 will be revealed on NFL Network this Sunday at 7 p.m. CT, and the top 10 will be revealed a week later.

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PFT takes a stab at Texans’ needs

Posted by Nick Scurfield on June 17, 2011 – 3:33 pm

ProFootballTalk.com, the ever-popular NFL blog, has been putting together a checklist of each team’s needs for once the lockout ends. Today, they weighed in on the Texans.

PFT’s Gregg Rosenthal, whom we interviewed at the NFL Scouting Combine, listed the following eight items:

1. Find a starting cornerback
2. Add a potential starter at safety too
3. Build defensive line depth
4. Teach the 3-4 defense for dummies
5. Settle the third (Editor’s note: second?) receiver position
6. See if anyone wants Amobi Okoye or Steve Slaton
7. Bring back Vonta Leach
8. Thank Mr. McNair once again

Do you agree with some/all/none of Rosenthal’s points? And what do you view as the Texans’ biggest remaining needs? Opine away in the comments section below.

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Leach in at #65

Posted by drewdougherty on May 25, 2011 – 11:45 am

Fullback Vonta Leach cracked the NFL Network’s Top 100 rankings this week, checking in at 65 on the countdown. Players vote on the rankings, and you can watch the video here. He’s the second Texan to make the list, as Mario Williams clocked in at 71.

He was All-Pro in 2010, thanks in large part to his help in paving the way for rushing champ Arian Foster. Some have debated whether he, or any fullback for that matter, should even be included in the rankings.

However, it says quite a lot of him that his fellow players not only included him the rankings, but that he checked in at 65.

What do you think of his ranking?

Too high?

Too low?

Just right?

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Smith on Leach: “We want him back”

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 26, 2011 – 2:32 pm

Texans fullback Vonta Leach, a 2010 first-team All-Pro who’s set to become an unrestricted free agent, indicated on Twitter last week that he doesn’t think the Texans want to re-sign him.

Texans general manager Rick Smith was asked about those comments on Tuesday at his pre-draft press conference at Reliant Stadium.

“We’ve talked to Vonta and his representatives, and he knows we want him back,” Smith said. “We’ve communicated that to him.”

The Texans have not been able to talk to any of their players, including prospective free agents like Leach, since the lockout began on March 12.

“All of our players that are free or potentially free, we will sit down with them, talk to them (after the lockout),” Smith said. “We were able to get a little bit of business done prior to the league year ending… We will continue to work that process and that plan when we’re able to do so. And at the end of the day, it’s just like it is always. You sit down and you assess value and you talk about what the guy can do and you let them know you want them. And if you can get a deal done, you get a deal done. If he can get a deal somewhere else, or if any of them can get deals somewhere else that they feel better about, then we bless them. But we want Vonta back.”

Smith called the fullback position “a bit of a dying art” when asked about the crop available in this year’s draft. His press conference ended with a question about what direction the Texans would go at fullback if Leach does not return.

“I think that there’s some options,” Smith said. “We won’t know anything about our ability to sign Vonta back prior to the draft, but I don’t think we’re going into the draft saying we’ve got to get a fullback. That’s kind of a bit of a hypothetical.”

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