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Houston Texans News: May 15, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, May 15, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Texans sign draft picks Blue, Ballentine; place six players on waivers - Ultimate Texans
The Texans are trying to sign as many draft choices as possible before they begin a...

AFC South NFL Draft Grades: Texans Skip Top QB; Jaguars Take Risks | NFL Draft |
Andre Johnson probably wouldn't have given the Houston Texans an "A" for their 2014 NFL draft haul. Johnson wondered aloud Tuesday -- just three days after the draft concluded -- if the Texans are "still the place" for him.

When Johnson speaks, do Texans listen? - Houston Chronicle
The receiver was absent from the Texans' first voluntary workout under new coach Bill O'Brien last week, and he doesn't plan to attend organized team activities or a mandatory June camp.

Les Miles: Texans get 'steal' in RB Alfred Blue
LSU head coach Les Miles enthusiastically endorsed the Texans' drafting of running back Alfred Blue.

Houston Texans will not trade for New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett | Audibles -
The Houston Texans were rumored to have interest in New England Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett for quite some time.

Around the League

Quotables: Michael Sam gets reality show with Oprah, Johnny Manziel gets reality check with Browns -
While the Michael Sam media circus kicks into high gear, the Browns are trying to prevent a similar situation in Cleveland with Manziel.

Josh McCown's infatuation with tall receivers led Buccaneers to draft Mike Evans, Austin Seferian-Jenkins -
McCown, who had big success with tall wideouts in Chicago, reportedly played a role in Tampa's selection of Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Dan on Fire: Browns need to cut Johnny Manziel immediately -
WSBN's Dan on Fire explains why Cleveland should quickly erase its huge Thursday night blunder.

Despite NFL Draft stock, the star college running back isn't going away ... yet -
College runners and fans alike might miss the days of running backs being taken in the first round, but the evolution to running back by committee is both a good thing and a return to football's roots.

Michael Sam wanted to come out as gay after NFL Draft -
Sam said he wanted to come out to his NFL team after May's draft, but knew his increasingly open secret wouldn't hold out that long.

Greg Hardy released on bond, incident details emerge -
Greg Hardy was released on bond Wednesday following allegations levied by his girlfriend that the Panthers defensive end threw her on a couch covered with guns and threatened to shoot her.

Sammy Watkins pays Jim Kelly a visit in the hospital -
One of the newest Bills took time to check in on a franchise legend.

Browns limiting media access to Johnny Manziel -
The Browns are hoping Johnny Football can keep a low profile by restricting media access.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 5, Rangers 4: Astros Rally To Win Series with Rangers - The Crawfish Boxes
Astros collect 11 hits for the fifth straight game, and win in walk off fashion against the Rangers. Houston wins first series against in-state rival for the first time since 2008.

Is Texas backing away from USC transfer QB Max Wittek? - Burnt Orange Nation
What's going on with the Horns and the transfer quarterback who was excepted to enroll in Austin in a matter of weeks?

Wednesday Poll Question: Should Baylor try to schedule Alabama? - Our Daily Bears
I waffled on posting this earlier, then got a near unanimous response with an informal question. So we're going to do this a little more formally.

The BentProp Project | A Red Raider Searches Palau for U.S. Soldiers MIA - Viva The Matadors
Viva the Matadors interviews Casey Doyle, a member of the project, which attempts to find World War II soldiers missing in action.

Barry Switzer Grades the 2014 NFL Draft - Good Bull Hunting
"Always felt that salary caps and laws prohibiting a man from packing a .38 Special were for commies and the CFL."

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - Has Andre Johnson played his last snap for the #Texans? #TTTQ