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Houston Texans News: July 30, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Lewis providing veteran leadership in Texans’ defensive backfield - Ultimate Texans
Ed Reed was supposed to be the answer. The 2012 Super Bowl winner was a 2013 failure, and the Texans are still searching for a solution at free safety almost a year later. Enter Kendrick Lewis.

Houston Texans Camp Report: Day 4 - ESPN
HOUSTON -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Houston Texans training camp. Defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan, one of the Texans'...

Guy's election to Hall gives Texans' Lechler hopes of following suit - Houston Chronicle
The two greatest punters in NFL history played for the Oakland Raiders.

Houston Texans' defense revels as offense has an off day - ESPN
During a drill late in practice, a series of plays must have infuriated Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien.

Texans’ O’Brien says defense is ahead of offense after miscue-filled practice - Ultimate Texans
The Texans’ fourth training-camp practice had its ragged moments and later head coach Bill O’Brien conceded the defense was definitely ahead of the offense with lots of new installations – no huddle plays, for example – leading to patches of confusion...

Bill O’Brien wants to see Texans tight ends improve as blockers - Ultimate Texans
With the Texans in pads, Bill O’Brien said it’s time for the Texans’ tight ends to show "consistency" as blockers.

Texans’ Kollar: Starting nose-tackle job is up for grabs - Ultimate Texans
Defensive line coach Bill Kollar calls the nose-tackle job "wide-ass open" with Earl Mitchell lost through free agency and highly regarded rookie Louis Nix III on the physically-unable-to-perform list because of a knee problem. Nix’s issues are thought to have carried over from last season, when he was at Notre Dame...

Texans’ Kareem Jackson eager to help younger teammates - Ultimate Texans
It seems like only yesterday that cornerback Kareem Jackson was a heavily criticized first-round pick from Alabama, but here he is beginning his fifth season as a starter in the Texans’ secondary...

Around the League

I drank a Mad Dog 20/20 and attempted an NFL conditioning test -
Marcell Dareus failed his conditioning test. One NFL fan decided to try to pass it after drinking a Habernero/Lime flavored Mad Dog 20/20. This is his story.

Most sharable NFL moments of the 2000s -
The first decade of the new millenium provided some of the most amazing moments in Super Bowl history. Oh yeah, and the Tuck Rule, too.

The Hargrave Four: They were all destined for NFL stardom, until everything fell apart -
All four of them were destined for football fame and fortune. But today, in 2014, football has forgotten the most talented defensive line in amateur history.

DeMarcus Lawrence could have broken foot, per report -
The Cowboys rookie pass rusher appeared to sustain an ankle injury during one-on-one drills.

Patrick Peterson, Cardinals agree to 5-year contract extension -
The Arizona Cardinals agreed to a massive five-year contract extension with Patrick Peterson, locking up their No. 1 cornerback.

Can you fail a drug test because of secondhand marijuana smoke? -
Josh Gordon says you can, and he's not alone in thinking that. But is one clambake really going to ruin your life?

Arian Foster, Andre Johnson miss Texans' practice -
The Texans are down two key veterans on offense, while the Giants deal with several injuries of their own.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Athletics 7, Astros 4: Bullpen implodes again, Astros lose to A's - The Crawfish Boxes
Despite a fantastic start by Scott Feldman, relievers give up 6 in the 9th.

Rockets News: Trevor Ariza to wear number one; Isaiah Canaan switches to zero - The Dream Shake
LeBron returns to Cleveland and the number 23. Trevor Ariza returns to the Rockets and the number 1. That means Ariza will play like LeBron, right?

Report: Three Texas Longhorns players facing suspensions - Burnt Orange Nation
According to a report, three key Longhorns could be suspended for violating team rules.

Texas Tech Links: FB to Play Eastern Washington in 2017; Bush Performing; Davis a Breakout Candidate - Viva The Matadors
Texas Tech will host Eastern Washington in 2017. Dartwan Bush is performing with the Cowboys. Reginald Davis is a breakout candidate.

Grading TCU's (potential) White Helmet - Frogs O' War
So beautiful it should be hung in the Louvre? Or hot garbage?

Wednesday DBR: A Moment of Silence - Our Daily Bears
There are sports to discuss today of course, but today's report brings less than happy tidings from Waco.

Nick Rose's supreme haircut unifies the Longhorns - Good Bull Hunting
Is this the spark that Charlie Strong needs?

Nick Rose's supreme haircut unifies the Longhorns - Good Bull Hunting
Is this the spark that Charlie Strong needs?

#HairGate - Barking Carnival
Charlie Strong is forced to contend with the stupidest, most challenging challenge yet.

Former Houston Dynamo Academy prospect Sebastien Ibeagha wants to (eventually) come back home - Dynamo Theory
In the 2014 MLS offseason, Houston Dynamo prospect Sebastien Ibeagha rejected contract offers from Houston Dynamo and elected to try ply his trade in Europe. Clutch City Soccer nabbed an interview with him, and his eye is on Houston and MLS in future