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Houston Texans Ink G Brandon Brooks, Final Unsigned Rookie
July 24th, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Shortly after draft mate WR DeVier Posey signed with the Houston Texans last night, the team finally wrapped up rookie contract negotiations by coming to terms with third round offensive guard Brandon Brooks. Similar to Posey, Brooks signed a four-year deal worth $2.8 million that includes a signing bonus of...

Will the Houston Texans Make Any Selections in the Supplemental Draft?
July 10th, 2012 at 10:10 AM
The little-publicized NFL Supplemental Draft will take place this Thursday, giving NFL teams a chance to pick up some additional collegiate talent that either did not enter the regular NFL Draft or were restricted from doing so. The way this draft works is if a team decides to select a...

Newly Extended Houston Texans GM Rick Smith Still Has Work to Do
June 18th, 2012 at 9:01 AM
Last week saw the awaited contract extensions of both Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak and general manager Rick Smith. After finally getting the franchise over the hump and into the playoffs for the first time, both men deserved the extensions to continue building what they’ve started. Kubiak and Smith...

Houston Texans Agree to Terms with First Round Pick OLB Whitney Mercilus
June 14th, 2012 at 8:30 AM
Nearly a month and a half after the conclusion of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans have officially signed their first round selection OLB Whitney Mercilus out of Illinois. The deal is reportedly worth $7.63 million over four years, with $6.55 million guaranteed and a $3.99 million signing bonus.  ***VIDEO1*** Mercilus,...

Houston Texans’ Undrafted Free Agent Profiles: Outside Linebackers
May 23rd, 2012 at 7:34 AM
As OTAs continue, Texans 101 takes a look at the Houston Texans’ outside linebackers, particularly their undrafted free agents D.J. Bryant and Delano Johnson. OLB is perhaps the most critical position in a 3-4 defensive scheme. They are the ones who generate the majority of the pass rush but at...

Houston Texans’ Undrafted Free Agent Profiles: Defensive Tackles
May 22nd, 2012 at 7:25 AM
Every 3-4 defense is anchored inside with a massive nose tackle lined up directly over the offensive center. It’s no coincidence that the league’s top 3-4 defense all have a Pro Bowl caliber tackle, the Baltimore Ravens have Haloti Ngata, the Pittsburgh Steelers have Casey Hampton, and the New England...

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...

Houston Texans’ Undrafted Free Agent Profiles: Offensive Linemen
May 17th, 2012 at 7:43 AM
The running game has been the bread of butter of the Houston Texans’ offensive attack the past couple of seasons. The Texans have some dynamic running backs, but the true staple of the offense has been the offensive line. This unit has been among the league’s elite, perfectly executing the...

Houston Texans’ Undrafted Free Agent Profiles: Tight Ends
May 16th, 2012 at 7:12 AM
Texans 101 continues the position-by-position breakdown of the Houston Texans’ 21 undrafted free agents by looking at the two tight ends of the group, Logan Brock and Phillip Supernaw. The offseason departure of unrestricted free agent TE Joel Dreessen to Denver opened up a void at the tight end position...

Houston Texans Agree to Contracts with Five Draft Picks
May 15th, 2012 at 7:47 AM
As rookie development was officially underway Monday, five of the Houston Texans’ draft picks took the field as official members of the team. Fourth round picks C Ben Jones, WR Keshawn Martin and DE Jared Crick agreed to terms along with fifth round K Randy Bullock and sixth round pick...

Houston Texans’ Undrafted Free Agent Profiles: Wide Receivers
May 13th, 2012 at 2:58 PM
Wide receiver continues to be a popular position of discussion surrounding the Houston Texans. The team picked up DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin in last month’s NFL Draft. The Texans still have Pro Bowler Andre Johnson and the steady but unspectacular Kevin Walter. Two week s ago the team decided...

Houston Texans’ Undrafted Free Agent Profiles: Running Backs
May 12th, 2012 at 10:17 AM
The Houston Texans are relatively set at running back heading into 2012. Arian Foster is regarded as one of the game’s best and Ben Tate posted a 1,000-yard season in a secondary role to Foster. Obviously the Texans weren’t going to use a draft pick on a running back, but...

Houston Texans Player Profiles: K Randy Bullock
May 11th, 2012 at 1:21 PM
Following the offseason departure of free agent kicker Neil Rackers, the Houston Texans used their fifth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on K Randy Bullock of Texas A&M. While kicker is not a popular draft position, the Texans were in need and pulled the trigger, giving them a...

Houston Texans Player Profiles: Rookie DE Jared Crick
May 6th, 2012 at 8:14 PM
Among the several players the Houston Texans collected in this year’s NFL Draft is defensive end Jared Crick. The former Nebraska Cornhusker was taken in the fourth round as the 126th overall selection. Texans 101’s collection of pre-draft profiles included several defensive linemen, as adding depth along the defensive line...

Houston Texans Player Profiles: Three Drafted Rookie O-Lineman
May 5th, 2012 at 9:30 AM
By now most Houston Texans fans are aware that the team drafted three offensive linemen in last weekend’s NFL Draft, OG Brandon Brooks out of Miami (Ohio) in the third round, Georgia C Ben Jones in the fourth round, and Purdue OT Nick Mondek in the sixth round. Prior to...

AFC South Draft Recap Analyzing Houston Texans Rivals
May 4th, 2012 at 9:29 AM
***PHOTO1*** Now that we have had almost a week to digest last weekend’s NFL Draft and analyze the Houston Texans picks, it’s worth taking a look at their rivals within the AFC South. Last season, the AFC South was the weakest division in the league in terms on winning percentage,...

Houston Texans Owner & GM Each React to the Conclusion of the NFL Draft
May 3rd, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Just one week ago, teams, coaches, executives, and scouts were putting together their final due diligence in preparation for the 2012 NFL Draft, which began last Thursday night and concluded last Saturday. Five days have now passed since Mr. Irrelevant was selected, giving fans and their organizations a chance to...

Houston Texans Getting No Love for Their 2012 Draft Class
May 1st, 2012 at 11:40 AM
In the aftermath of last weekend’s NFL Draft, every reporter and media contributor has voiced their opinions about which teams they feel were winners and those they felt missed out on the opportunity to improve their roster. The issuance of draft grades has become an annual ritual where “experts” rate...

Houston Texans Come to Terms with 21 Undrafted Free Agents
April 30th, 2012 at 9:10 AM
The conclusion of the NFL Draft is the beginning of a frenzied period of time where each organization scrambles to sign as many undrafted collegiate players as they can get a hold of. As of last night, the Houston Texans have come to terms with 21 such players, 11 of...

Houston Texans’ 2012 NFL Draft Wrap Up
April 29th, 2012 at 7:24 PM
Saturday evening concluded the 2012 NFL Draft after three days, 14 overall hours, and 253 picks. The weekend was a general success for the Houston Texans, landing a total of eight players who should project to have an impact on the upcoming season. Some will play right away or join...