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Battle Red Newswire: Graduation Time

Randy Bullock graduates from A&M, and Chip Kelly brings the jams in this edition of the Newswire.

Bob Levey

Houston Texans News

Texans Sign Running Back.

ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news that Houston signed former Indianapolis Colt, Deji Karim:


Houston Texans signed former Jaguars and Colts RB/KR Deji Karim, per his agent @JB_XAM.

This will be Karim's third AFC South team in as many years. You might remember him for this...


Randy Gets His Diploma.

Texans kicker Randy Bullock graduated from Texas A&M over the weekend. The 2011 Lou Groza Award winner received a Bachelor of Science.

"It was very special," Bullock said Monday at Reliant Stadium. "I went back so that I could walk the stage for my mom and my brother. It was something I had promised them, so we went and spent the afternoon doing that and came back to Houston, made sure I was back in time for workouts on Monday."

Even as a Longhorn alumnus, I congratulate anyone that puts in the time to get a degree.


Klein Still Without A Home.

Collin Klein has been unable to get a chance with another teams since failing to earn a spot with the Texans.


Around the League

Kelly the Mad Scientist

The Chip Kelly era has started with a bang in Philly. Kelly is no longer in the shadows of college campuses, and his practice was in full view of the media yesterday. Outside of the obvious lightning quick pace, the music choices were interesting to say the least. Philadelphia's practices are broken up into 20 segments, and loud music is played during 17 of those segments. Here is a playlist of the music played at practice put together by @MattLombardo975


The Bills Are Still The Bills.

Sometimes I wish the Texans had a rivalry with the Buffalo Bills so the Texans could grind the Bills into dust every year. That would be fitting punishment for the 1993 playoffs game, but the many years of Buffalo futility has done nicely in its place. That futility continues, Tarvaris Jackson is leading Bills practices these days. You remember him, right? Also on the depth chart - Kevin Kolb and first round reach E.J. Manuel. The Bills appears to be happy circling the wagons around ineptitude, and I'm okay with that.


Jerry Gave Up on the Razorback.

Dan Graziano writes Felix Jones has signed a contract with the Eagles. A small blip on the offseason radar, but Graziano rehashes a point that warms my heart. A remembrance of why Jerry Jones as the Cowboys' GM is his own worse enemy.

The Dallas Cowboys selected running back Felix Jones with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. The next two picks that day were running backs as well -- Rashard Mendenhall to the Steelers and Chris Johnson to the Titans. That year's second-round running backs were Matt Forte and Ray Rice. Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to build draft boards.

Jerry, don't ever change.


Black and Blue Retread

The Minnesota Vikings are picking the meat of their fellow member of the NFC North. First it was Greg Jennings, and now it looks like Brian Urlacher. Urlacher appears to have narrowed his choices down to the Vikings or Broncos. My guess is he will be wearing the purple and gold, like so many former Bears and Packers before him.


The Church of Football

Tim asked on Twitter a while ago where would you go on the road to see the Texans this year? My answer as always, since the Texans aren't playing the Packer at Lambeau Field, is going to be watching the game on my 47" with couch and grill at easy access. That might change; the Vikings released drawing of the new stadium plans. In 2016, if the Texans are going Minnesota - I will be along for the ride. I will admit, the design reminds me of atomic church in Beneath the Planet of Apes.


While We Are Here...

Is the nightmare over yet....

The Astros have been terrible to say this least this year, on the field and off, driving fans away with their play and treatment of fans. Now, the President and CEO has resigned - leaving a void in the talks for CSN Houston. Hidden behind that news, the Astros cancelled an event that helps supports the Houston Women's Area Center. I will not attempt to sway your opinion on the matter, but please read it and voice your opinion.