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Houston Texans News: June 2, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, June 2, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Crick has opportunity to impress Texans - Houston Chronicle

The Texans lost more than a good football player when they let Antonio Smith go during free agency. He made the game more fun with his Ninja warrior alter ego and his "Tonestradamus" prophesies.

T.J. Yates: Houston Texans 'trying to mimic' Patriots -
In order to learn Bill O'Brien's new offense, the Houston Texans are making the logical move: watching old film of the New England Patriots from the coach's days with Bill Belichick.

Texans Watching Old Patriots Film, ‘Trying To Mimic’ New England’s Offense | NFL |
The New England Patriots had some historically productive offenses during Bill O'Brien's five-year tenure with the team from 2007-11. The Houston Texans, meanwhile, scored just 17.2 points per game in 2013, the second-lowest average in the NFL ahead of only the Jacksonville Jaguars.

T.J. Yates: Houston Texans 'trying to mimic' Patriots -
In order to learn Bill O'Brien's new offense, the Houston Texans are making the logical move: watching old film of the New England Patriots from the coach's days with Bill Belichick.

Vrabel Q&A: On transition from DE to OLB - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
Mike Vrabel played defensive end at Ohio State before becoming a third-round pick in 1997 for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers turned Vrabel into...

Vrabel Q&A: Clowney, Cushing, Reed - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
One advantage of being a Super Bowl champion player turned coach is that you have a lot of examples of great players you played with to share with the...

Texans' Mike Vrabel Q&A: On coaching philosophy, leaving Ohio State - ESPN
When he's out on the practice field, Houston Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel often looks like he could still suit up and play. He's active out...

Jadeveon Clowney Conversation - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney sits down with Sal Paolantonio to talk about being the No.1 overall pick in the draft, setting goals heading into Texans' minicamp and getting his first rookie card.

RTC: Hopkins leads a young receiver group - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans... One year removed from being the Texans' first-round draft pick, DeAndre Hopkins still has a lot that's...

Around the League

Daryl Washington reportedly to be suspended for all of 2014 - Revenge of the Birds
The Pro Bowl linebacker will not be able to help the team's playoff hopes.

Roger Goodell responds to Jim Irsay criticism -
Roger Goodell responded to criticism from DeMaurice Smith, who cited a "credibility gap" when it comes to punishing owners, like Jim Irsay, relative to players.

Josh Freeman released by New York Giants -
The now-journeyman quarterback failed to unseat Curtis Painter or Ryan Nassib as Eli Manning's back-up.

Mike Evans responds to Jim Rome interview: 'I wasn't trying to be an idiot' -
Tampa Bay's rookie receiver offered an explanation for a rough interview on the Jim Rome Show last week.

After the Axe: Leslie Frazier and the golden handcuffs -
Leslie Frazier and George Costanza have a lot in common. Ryan Nanni gets to the bottom of it in a completely fictitious interview with the former Vikings head coach.

How long could you make it as an NFL coach? -
You wake up in the body of a man trying to survive the rigors of an NFL season. How long do you make it?

NFL's best linebacker corps: Bills, 49ers lead the way -
How do the NFL's best linebacker corps stack up? Danny Kelly looks at the teams with potentially the most dominant groups in 2014.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Is Collin McHugh the real deal? - Beyond the Box Score
Collin McHugh has burst onto the scene this year. Can he keep it up or will regression take him?

2014 NBA Draft Profile: Elfrid Payton, future Houston Rockets point guard? - The Dream Shake
Who is Elfrid Payton? Why is he rising up draft boards everywhere, and could the Rockets draft him?

Matchday Recap: Shorthanded Dynamo fall 3-0 to Rapids - Dynamo Theory
The shorthanded Dynamo missed their stars as the Rapids swept through them for the second straight 3-0 loss for the Dynamo. The Dynamo failed to possess the ball and allowed Colorado to dictate the pace of the game.

5 observations from USA vs. Turkey: On Julian Green, John Brooks and more -
Julian Green is still a kid, John Brooks is pretty good and it might be time for Chris Wondolowski.

Longhorn Network's The Bracket: Earl vs. VY - Barking Carnival

Tyler Stubblefield throws complete game in 3-2 win over Longhorns, celebrates with horns down - Good Bull Hunting
What a fantastic performance from the Aggie freshman.

Women's College World Series: Game Recap - Baylor vs Florida Part Deux - Our Daily Bears
Baylor bats rallied late, but couldn't break the shut-down pitching of Hannah Rogers as the Lady Bears fall, 6-3.

Sam Houston vs. TCU Recap, Part II - Frogs O' War
TCU denies Bearkats any revenge and advances to the Super Regionals.

Texas Tech Links: Baseball Game to Resume Today; 11 Track and Field Athletes Qualify - Viva The Matadors
The Texas Tech baseball team is set to resume today around 1:00 pm after being suspended due to rain last night, with players and coaches ejected during that game. There were 11 track and field athletes that qualified for the NCAA Championships.

Houston Regional Game Six Open Thread - Burnt Orange Nation
The Longhorns are a win away from advancing to a super regional. They play at 7 against the Rice-A&M winner in their first of two chances to win the regional.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - What happened to Fred Bennett? Not looking for a Wikipedia cite. Looking for an answer to why he went from legit NFL CB to liability. #TTTQ

No answer tweet today.  Leave your answer in the comments.