Houston Texans News: February 11, 2014

Stacy Revere

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

Houston Texans News

Strength of schedule: Houston Texans - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
In 2013 the AFC South was, how shall we put this ... not good. The division has two teams drafting in the top three (the Texans and Jaguars) after a...

Texans Hire Gaine and Roberts, Promote Wright
The Houston Texans have hired Brian Gaine as director of pro personnel, Daron Roberts as pro scout and have promoted Larry Wright to assistant director of pro personnel.

Fresno State QB Derek Carr preps for NFL
Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr was outstanding in 2013, and followed it up with a solid performance during his week in Mobile at the Senior Bowl.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Johnny Manziel No. 1; Rams draft a QB - SBNation.com
Johnny Manziel has been climbing the draft boards, but Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater could still go in the top 5 -- especially if the Rams decide the Sam Bradford era is over.

NFL Draft news roundup: Consensus big board - SBNation.com
Everyone does NFL Draft rankings. See what happens when many of them get mashed together to find a consensus.

Future Consideration: NFL mock draft, top offensive linemen, and NFC West team needs - SBNation.com
In each show, Matt Ufford and Dan Rubenstein discuss the latest mock draft, the best prospects at a given position, and the team needs in one NFL division. In this first episode: A surprising move at the top, offensive linemen and the NFC West.

Around the League

Ultimate Texans " Michael Sam faces complicated path in NFL, players say
Michael Sam’s announcement that he’s gay has the potential to be a watershed moment in the NFL, if the former Missouri defensive end earns a roster spot during the 2014 season.

In N.F.L., It’s Now Question of Ability, Not Orientation - NYTimes.com
The reception Michael Sam, who is gay, will receive in the N.F.L. will probably depend on how well he produces on the field.

Michael Sam's coming out as gay before draft tests NFL's mindset | The MMQB with Peter King
The news spread quickly across the NFL Sunday night. Then again, The New York Times report about mid-round draft prospect Michael Sam, the Missouri defensive end, coming out as gay two weeks before the scouting combine and 12 weeks before the draft wasn’t a surprise to every team in the le...

NFL faces pressure from Congress to change Redskins’ name
Two members of Congress have written a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging Goodell and the league "to take a formal position in support of a name change" by the Washington Redskins.

Total strangers talking about Michael Sam - SBNation.com
Michael Sam came out to the public on Sunday night. What followed was an avalanche of reactions by total strangers, all of whom felt deeply involved in the news.

Maurice Jones-Drew readies for free agency - SBNation.com
The Jaguars are letting the superstar running back test the free agent waters. Will he find teams receptive to paying big bucks after injuries and two forgettable seasons?

Future Consideration: NFL mock draft, top offensive linemen, and NFC West team needs - SBNation.com
In each show, Matt Ufford and Dan Rubenstein discuss the latest mock draft, the best prospects at a given position, and the team needs in one NFL division. In this first episode: A surprising move at the top, offensive linemen and the NFC West.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Winter Olympics 2014: Canada builds medal lead, but big USA day looms - SBNation.com
Canada built their medal count lead while you were sleeping, but a big day looms for the United States.

Spring training 2014: Astros host media luncheon on Truck Day - The Crawfish Boxes
A few news-y items from Monday's Astros media luncheon. No scoops here, people.

Houston Thumps Timberwolves, 107-89 - The Dream Shake
Houston's balanced offense and hot shooting outpaced a Kevin Love lead Wolves squad riddled with injuries and a lack of consistency. Despite a 3rd quarter hiccup where the game nearly slipped away, the Rockets recovered to close out in a big way.

Dynamo Unveil Forever Orange Membership Club - Dynamo Theory
Dynamo up the ante with this years Forever Orange Membership Club for season ticket holders.

Texas Tech Morning Links | More on Smart & Orr; BB Preview; FB Spring Game Date - Viva The Matadors
The magnificent return of Texas Tech Morning Links and we get some men's basketball, baseball and football links, including more on the Orr and Smart situation and Spring Game dates.

2014 Baylor Baseball Preview: To All Our Fallen Homies - Our Daily Bears
Headlining Baylor's losses from last year's team and posing a question for the coming season. It's time to talk a little baseball, people.

2014 Texas Football Recruiting: Defensive Line - Poona Ford, Derick Roberson, Jake McMillon, Chris Nelson - Barking Carnival
Poona Ford and Derick Roberson headline a a four man class.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - Rank 'em from most desirable to least desirable as #Texans prospects: Bridgewater, Clowney, Bortles, Manziel. #TTTQ

(shameless pick of the wienermobile avi)

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