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Houston Texans News: February 24, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, February 24, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Free agents' fates change with turnover - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
INDIANAPOLIS -- Before the season ended, I asked a few pending free agents what their gut feeling was about whether or not they would be back. The...

Bill O'Brien settling in as Houston Texans prep for No. 1 overall pick in 2014 NFL Draft |
Bill O'Brien was asked about how he evaluates quarterbacks, if a quarterback is indeed where the Houston Texans plan to use their No. 1 overall pick in the May's NFL Draft and what qualities separate good quarterbacks from great ones.

Texans haven't narrowed list at top of Draft
General manager Rick Smith and head coach Bill O'Brien spoke about what the Texans may or may not do in the Draft.

Texans ‘open to all possibilities’ with No. 1 pick; Rams to consider trading away No. 2 | Audibles -
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Texans' Bill O'Brien may be new to the whole NFL head coaching world, but he performed the draft tap dance to perfection on Friday morning. O'Brien said at the scouting combine that Houston might consider a quarterback with the No. 1 pick ... or an offensive tackle ...

Johnny Manziel: Would be "cool" if Texans took me
2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel spoke about the Texans on Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

NFL draft: Many options (yes, including Johnny) still on table for Texans’ first pick | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: INDIANAPOLIS – After declaring there haven't been any decisions made about the first overall pick of the draft, Texans coach Bill O'Brien was asked if the team has even narrowed it down to five or six candidates. He chuckled. He … Continue reading →

Houston Texans GM: Arian Foster is 'going to be fine' -
All-Pro running back Arian Foster played in just eight games in 2013 due to back surgery. Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said the team's medical staff is confident in Foster's health.

Mike Mayock: Houston Texans' top choice should be QB -
The Houston Texans need a quarterback in the worst way. Mike Mayock says it's a no-brainer for the Texans to use the top pick on a signal-caller. Could Johnny Manziel be their guy?

Houston Texans don't commit to releasing Matt Schaub - ESPN
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Texans are absolutely looking for a quarterback in this year's draft (where they take him is still a question in my mind), but...

Texans aren’t talking to J.J. Watt, but maybe they should be | ProFootballTalk
Like every other player taken in the 2011 draft, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has become eligible for a new contract. Like every other player taken in the first round of said draft, the Texans have Watt's rights locked up for the next two years.

Texans GM Rick Smith: 'We're still ranking, evaluating' for No. 1 pick -
It sounds like the Texans aren't anywhere close to deciding who they'd draft No. 1 overall.

Ultimate Texans " Kubiak getting adjusted to new role with Ravens
Kubiak getting adjusted to new role with Ravens.

Around the League

NFL Combine: Johnny Manziel runs 4.56 40, Teddy Bridgewater opts out -
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner posted the fastest 40-yard dash by a quarterback, while fellow future first-rounder Teddy Bridgewater decided not to run.

Michael Sam: 'I just wanna do what I love to do and that's play football' - Outsports
The openly gay draft prospect is calm and collected as he faces the media at the NFL Combine. His focus is on football.

NFL Combine 2014: Breaking down how each drill translates to the field -
So what does a three-cone drill, 40 time and all that other stuff really mean for players and teams? Danny Kelly sits down in the film room to explain.

NFL Scouting Combine Day 3 recap: Michael Sam's day and Khalil Mack's motivation -
The NFL Draft's first openly gay prospect met the media, and wants people to talk about him as a football player

NFL Scouting Combine Day 3 Google+ Hangout -
SB Nation NFL Draft editors Matthew Fairburn and Dan Kadar are back to talk about what was interesting on the third day of the combine, including Michael Sam, Jadeveon Clowney and more.

NFL expected to penalize players for using N-word on the field -
A rule change could impose a 15-yard penalty for players who use the racial slur on the field.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros Photo Day Spectacular - The Crawfish Boxes
The Astros had individual photo day on Friday and it was glorious.

Team Everett wins intrasquad scrimmage; pitching machine designated for assignment - The Crawfish Boxes
Team Everett wins intrasquad game of spring training; pitching machine gives up five home runs including one to Carlos Correa.

Rockets stare at, fly through Suns 115-112 - The Dream Shake
The Rockets pull out a game in Phoenix that they tried to give away multiple times.

INFOGRAPHIC: Jake Matthews at the combine - Good Bull Hunting
Here's a quick overview of #75's MEASURABLES. Hope his arms are long enough to play in the NFL!

4-Star DB Deshawn Capers-Smith committed to Texas A&M - Good Bull Hunting
The versatile defensive back from Warren Easton in Louisiana committed to the Aggies on Sunday.