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Houston Texans News: April 11, 2014

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

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Houston Texans News

Mettenberger on O'Brien: "He's a football genius."
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger spoke about Texans head coach Bill O'Brien after Wednesday's Pro Day in Baton Rouge.

Ultimate Texans " Healthy Arian Foster will participate in Texans’ OTAs
Arian Foster’s fortunes don’t dictate the Texans’ pulse. But a bad year for the Texans was mirrored by an off year for Foster, who was limited to just eight games due to midseason back surgery and was rarely at full strength in 2013.

George Whitfield Jr., NFL - ESPN
QB guru George Whitfield Jr. shares his thoughts on some potential landing spots for Johnny Manziel, the QB class in the NFL draft and more.

Willie McGinest on Jadeveon Clowney and the elephant - ESPN
Willie McGinest disagreed with the premise that the elephant position was a hybrid. That's how it's often described -- a hybrid between a defensive...

His and Hers - ESPN
Texans RB Arian Foster joins Michael Smith and Jemele Hill to discuss his appearance in Draft Day, his actual draft experience, the Texans' goals this season and much more.

Roger Staubach would take Johnny Manziel over Jadeveon Clowney as the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft - ESPN
If Roger Staubach were on the clock with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, there's no doubt in his mind that he'd take quarterback Johnny Manziel over defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Around the League

The true NFL fan's guide to 'Draft Day' -
The ultimate NFL fan reviews the ultimate NFL film

NFL Draft 2014: What do you watch when evaluating offensive linemen? -
What kind of things will teams be looking for among the prospects in this year's draft? Danny Kelly walks us through the traits scouts look for when evaluating the offensive line.

Colin Kaepernick under investigation for 'suspicious incident' -
Colin Kaepernick is being investigated by Miami police for a 'suspicious incident,' according to reports. No charges have been filed and details are unclear.

Alex Mack to sign 5-year, $42 million offer sheet from Jaguars on Friday -
Alex Mack received a hefty offer sheet from the Jaguars that he is expected to sign Friday. Included in the deal is a player option that will allow him to hit free agency after his second year if he desires.

2014 NFL Draft rumors: Kelvin Benjamin 'too tired' to meet coach, McNeese State TE getting attention -
Kelvin Benjamin was reportedly "too tired" to meet with an NFL coach on Thursday, sparking questions about his work ethic. Nic Jacobs, meanwhile, is drawing interest from teams despite his small-school pedigree.

Eli Manning Surgery: Giants' QB to have ankle surgery - Big Blue View
Manning will be unable to run for approximately six weeks.

The Dallas Cowboys are rescheduling preseason games because of One Direction -
One Direction will be taking over AT&T Stadium on August 24th, leaving the Cowboys in an awkward situation.

Bon Jovi part of Toronto Group that will bid for Bills ownership -
Jon Bon Jovi was reportedly interest in acquiring a stake in the Bills as recently as November. As the face of a Toronto group with deep coffers, he could get his wish of being a part owner of an NFL franchise.

NFL Draft 2014: Is this the best group of receivers we've seen since 2009? -
Further, is this draft better than 2009 when it comes to wide receivers?

Quotables: Zach Mettenberger '97 percent' healthy, Adrian Peterson supports college pay-for-play -
Zach Mettenberger backed up claims of his recovery from ACL surgery with a solid pro day. Meanwhile, A.J. McCarron attempted to downplay his appearance in an upcoming reality TV show.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Meet the Bag Man: How to buy college football players, in the words of a man who delivers the money -
How some college football players are bought, in the words of a man who delivers the money.

Recap: Astros avoid sweep despite bullpen's best effort - The Crawfish Boxes
It's like it's 2013 all over again.

Rockets sign Dexter Pittman, waive Greg Smith - The Dream Shake
With the postseason approaching and no backup center available as of now, the Rockets have made a move to sign Dexter Pittman, waiving Greg Smith to clear the roster spot.

Local product PJ Mbanasor picks up Texas offer, but is it too late? - Burnt Orange Nation
The Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson cornerback has seen his recruitment take off since committing to TCU, picking up offers from a number of top programs.

Chasing Windmills - Viva The Matadors
The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done." ― George Carlin

Baylor Releases Post-Spring 2014 Depth Chart - Our Daily Bears
The Powers that Be in Baylor Football decided now is the time for the first official look at the 2014-2015 Baylor Bears.

Johnny Manziel picks up his Aggie Ring - Good Bull Hunting
Johnny posted a photo of his '15 Aggie Ring on Instagram.

He Makes How Much? MLS Salaries Released - Dynamo Theory
MLS Player's Union released the player salaries Thursday.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was -If the #Texans don't take a QB at 1.1, what round is the earliest you would like to see them draft a QB? #TTTQ