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Top Picks Endure Challenges Ahead of First NFL Training Camp
July 18th, 2014 at 12:35 PM
The top picks from the 2014 NFL Draft will get their first taste of life in the big time as NFL training camps open this month. But while these young stars report to camp amid much fanfare, they also face struggles, on and off the field. ***VIDEO1*** Jadeveon Clowney, a 6’ 5”...

Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt Credited with Extra Sack
December 6th, 2012 at 11:03 AM
***PHOTO1*** Week 14 of the NFL season is already upon us, yet for Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt, he's still earning rewards from his play in a week 13 victory over the Tennessee Titans (24-10). It's almost like catching a much needed ace on the flop to win the...

Houston Texans Midseason Report: Player Awards
November 6th, 2012 at 4:16 PM
The Houston Texans completed the first half of their 2012 campaign to the tune of a 7-1 record. The season has been relatively smooth thus far as the Texans have sailed to several easy victories and for the most part have been in control throughout their seven victories. Now that...

Houston Texans Vs. Buffalo Bills: Week Nine Key Matchup
November 1st, 2012 at 8:30 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Houston Texans finally take the field Sunday against the Buffalo Bills with both teams coming off their bye weeks. Now that the rest and recuperation is over with, let’s back to football and this week’s key matchup.  One of the areas in which the Texans undoubtedly spent significant time...

Revisiting the Departure of Mario Williams: was Letting Him Go Worth It for the Houston Texans?
October 30th, 2012 at 7:29 AM
***PHOTO1*** Sunday, the Houston Texans will be welcoming back former first-round pick Mario Williams. As most remember, Williams left the Texans in free agency back in March when he accepted a six-year, $96 million contract from the Buffalo Bills to make him the highest paid defensive player in NFL history....

Familiar Defensive Faces Made Return Last Sunday for the Houston Texans
October 24th, 2012 at 9:25 AM
Last weekend’s victory over the Baltimore Ravens left many fans with plenty to be optimistic about. Just one week after losing defensive captain Brian Cushing to a season ending ACL injury and getting absolutely beat down by the Green Bay Packers, the Texans bounced back in a big way to...

Houston Texans DE Antonio Smith Fined, Miami Dolphins G Richie Incognito Not
September 15th, 2012 at 10:45 AM
The person who retaliates is always the one who gets caught, not the person who initiates the transgressions. Such is the case for Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith, who was informed he was going to be fined $21K by the NFL for kicking Miami Dolphins G Richie Incognito during...

Houston Texans Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Week Two Injury Update
September 14th, 2012 at 8:37 AM
Heading into their week two matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Houston Texans are battling several minor injuries to numerous key contributors. Through Thursday’s practice, most of the Texans’ injuries aren’t serious and don’t threaten the player’s abilities to suit up Sunday against the Jags.  ***PHOTO1*** However, there are a few players...

Houston Texans Suffer More Injuries as J.J. Watt Dislocates Elbow
August 2nd, 2012 at 3:06 PM
If for nothing else, the Houston Texans are a consistent bunch. Injuries were a major storyline for the team last season, most of this offseason, and now in training camp. Team officials confirmed that star second-year DE J.J. Watt dislocated his elbow this morning, which believe it or not is...

Houston Texans Report for Camp, Begin Practice Tomorrow
July 27th, 2012 at 12:47 PM
It’s been a grueling five months, but football is back! The free agency period is over, the NFL Draft has been completed, and informal OTAs and mini-camps are now in the rearview mirror. Every NFL team is reporting or has reported for training camp within the past few days. The...

Houston Texans Training Camp Positional Battles: Defensive Line
July 23rd, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Switching over to the defensive side of the football, today’s preview of potential training camp battles looks at the Houston Texans’ defensive line. A strength of the team in 2011, the big boys up front will attempt to follow up their performance with another stellar season. Similar to many other...

Houston Texans Remain Quiet, Classy Amid String of NFL Arrests
July 17th, 2012 at 2:47 PM
Within the last several days, a number of NFL players were arrested on various accounts to continue the offseason of league-wide trouble. Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was arrested for domestic violence, Denver Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil was arrested on a gun charge, and Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch was...

Houston Texans Vs. Dallas Cowboys: Roster Construction
June 28th, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Yesterday, Texans 101 looked at the organizational structures of both the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys, showing how Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wears too many hats to the detriment of his franchise. In contrast, the Texans have a standard chain of command and have worked together to form an effective...

Houston Texans’ Undrafted Free Agent Profiles: Defensive End
May 20th, 2012 at 8:08 AM
Continuing the breakdown of the undrafted free agents signed by the Houston Texans, defensive end is an important position in defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme. In general, they are bigger, stronger ends that primarily control running lanes and eat up blockers, allowing the four linebackers to make the majority...

Mario Williams: May He Rest in Houston Texans History
March 20th, 2012 at 10:31 AM
A little less than six years ago, the Houston Texans were faced with their toughest decision in franchise history with the number one overall pick in the 2006 draft. The highly debated pick was between a shifty and graceful running back named Reggie Bush, a quarterback that could beat you...

Mario Williams Signs 6-Year Deal with Bills
March 15th, 2012 at 11:57 AM
The sweepstakes for Mario Williams is officially over. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Buffalo Bills have signed the defensive end to a 6-year deal worth up to $100 million with $50 million guaranteed, and will announce during a live press conference at around 2 p.m today. The deal will make...

Owner Bob McNair Focused on Keeping Core Texans
March 14th, 2012 at 7:49 AM
Houston Texans chairman/CEO Bob McNair addressed the media Tuesday after appearing on the "Texans All Access" show on SportsRadio 610. McNair was met with several questions regarding free agency, in particular whether the Texans were in pursuit of QB Peyton Manning. The owner’s message was loud and clear, the organization...

Mario Williams Hits Free Agency as Top Defensive Player
March 13th, 2012 at 2:23 PM
At 4 p.m. today, NFL free agency official began, and no defensive player will be more sought after than OLB/DE Mario Williams. It has been rumored by several media sources that the former first overall pick stands to become the highest paid defensive player in the league. ESPN’s Adam Schefter...

Best of Luck Super Mario: Why the Texans Can’t Afford to Resign Williams
March 9th, 2012 at 3:51 AM
After the best season in franchise history, the 10-6 Houston Texans finished first place in the AFC South, where they went onto their first playoff appearance and first playoff win in franchise history, without the help of Mario Williams. The Texans go into the off-season with little cap space and...