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Houston Texans News: April 17, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, April 17, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Houston Texans should trade up if Browns pass on QB at No. 4 -
The Houston Texans' interest in trading up at the end of the first round could be spurred by the... Cleveland Browns passing on the position with the No. 4 overall pick.

JJ Watt proves he's friends with young Texans fan | FOX Sports on MSN
When a young Houston Texans fan told his peers at school that he's pals with J.J. Watt and nobody believed him, the star defensive end gave them proof.

Houston Texans pick cheerleaders for upcoming season | Houston
The Houston Texans announced their new cheerleaders for the 2014-2015 season on Wednesday evening.

RTC: Blake Bortles is excited about his visit - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans... Former UCF quarterback Blake Bortles arrived in Houston last night and James Palmer of CSN Houston caught...

Where the Houston Texans' roster stands now: Offense - ESPN
Let's call this an occasional look at the Houston Texans' process of putting together the team they'll take to training camp. There are many steps lef

Ultimate Texans " Behind the scenes at a ‘We Are Texans’ photo shoot
Several Texans players spent Wednesday being photographed for various marketing and game day promotional pieces for the upcoming season. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look.

Around the League

TMZ investigation story about Colin Kaepernick in LA shows disregard for truth with dated photograph - Niners Nation
We've got some proof that TMZ really is full of crap in some of their reporting. Check out the photos below.

Quotable: Ronnie Lott weighs in on Aldon Smith, Packers eyed Brett Favre tribute in 2013 -
The Green Bay Packers and the Ol' Gunslinger could be in line for a reunion next season. Elsewhere, a 49ers legend weighed in on the Aldon Smith saga.

What Josh Freeman's signing says about Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib and the Giants -
Josh Freeman is now with the Giants. Is he simply another warm body, or is there real worry in New York that Eli Manning is in decline?

Jumps Off the Tape: Austin Seferian-Jenkins is so smooth -
The Washington tight end has something else that NFL coaches like to see in a pass catcher. SB Nation's Danny Kelly kicks off a new series examining one key aspect of some under-the-radar NFL Draft prospects.

Aaron Murray pro day results: Georgia QB flashes arm, mobility -
Aaron Murray proved he could move well in the pocket at Georgia's pro day Wednesday, six months after tearing his ACL.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Royals 6, Astros 4: George Springer Day is ruined - The Crawfish Boxes
In which into every life, a little rain must fall.

With playoff seeding set, Rockets lose to Pellies - The Dream Shake
The New Orleans Pelicans beat the Rockets 105 - 100 in a drowsy affair where Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverley did not get hurt.

Spring game a chance for defense to show it is Texas Strong - Burnt Orange Nation
Against an offense that will feature several key starters missing, the Texas Longhorns defense will have an opportunity to shine at Saturday's Orange-White game.

Meeting Iconic Figures of Texas Tech | Ed Whitacre, President Nellis, and Kirby Hocutt - Viva The Matadors
Last week I was in Lubbock on a trip that I will remember forever. I wrote a short story about last Thursday evening when I met some of the most powerful people at Texas Tech University. It was a surreal experience on so many levels.

Coach Briles Shares Two Most Difficult Positions to Recruit - Our Daily Bears
Baylor Head Coach Art Briles talks about recruiting unicorns and how you have to live in a conference like the Big 12.

MOAR ARRESTS - Good Bull Hunting
Again? Really?

And then there were two - Good Bull Hunting
The odds just got better for the two younger Aggie QBs as the veteran senior has decided to transfer.

Charlie & The Commitments - When does honoring the past's future promises end? - Barking Carnival
No, it's not MoTown's best. It's about Charlie's ability to craft his own program.

Houston Dynamo U-23 Squad To Compete This Season - Dynamo Theory
Houston announces its own U-23 squad.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - If the #Texans take Blake Bortles with the first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, I will _________. #TTTQ