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Houston Texans News: April 30, 2015

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Houston Texans News

Texans sign safety Stevie Brown | ProFootballTalk
Stevie Brown is heading to Houston. Brown, a veteran safety who played the last three years with the Giants, is joining the Texans. Brown told Kim Jones of NFL Network that he agreed to terms with the Texans today.

Stevie Brown agrees to deal with Houston Texans -
The Giants must be very confident in their plan at safety. According to NFL Media's Kimberly Jones, the team's former standout safety Stevie Brown has agreed to terms with the Houston Texans.

Stevie Brown agrees to terms with Houston Texans, Giants not given chance to match offer |
Apparently the offer the Giants had on the table was not to Stevie Brown's liking.

Texans address depth at safety by signing Brown - Houston Chronicle
The Texans, who have been looking to add depth at safety, signed veteran free safety Stevie Brown on Wednesday. Signing Brown has nothing to do with reports the Texans are interested in trading strong safety D.J. Swearinger.

New Texans defensive lineman finally gets new Houston-approved BBQ pit - Houston Chronicle
A Houston barbecue pit manufacturer has helped create a pit for one of the newest Houston Texans defensive linemen and it looks mighty tailgate-ready.

Texans Draft live chat with John Harris
Texans analyst John Harris takes your NFL Draft questions.

Versatility a likely attribute of whomever Texans pick first - Houston Chronicle
Rick Smith might have tipped his hand on his first-round pick during his pre-draft news conference this week.

Top prospects confident on eve of NFL Draft
Confidence, whether it’s false or real, was brimming from NFL Draft prospects on Wednesday morning.

Around the League

2015 NFL mock draft: Jameis Winston leads final draft day edition -
One last revised version of the mock heading into the NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday night.

Preston Smith could make the right team very happy in the NFL Draft -
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White believes Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith could have a long career at the next level if he lands with a team that knows how to use him properly.

How much is an NFL running back really worth? -
Evin Demirel digs into the data to understand why the NFL doesn't value marquee running backs like it used to and the two rookies who could break that trend.

NFL Draft 2015: Ameer Abdullah, Shaq Thompson and other favorite prospects -
They may not all be selected in the first round -- or even in the first two days -- but these five players are Danny Kelly's favorite of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Generate your own NFL Draft scouting report -
Just like the real thing — only way, way more dumb.

2015 NFL Draft rumors: Cutting through the smoke -
We're keeping track of the best draft tidbits so you don't have to.

Browns reportedly offer 1st-round picks to Titans for No. 2 pick -
The Browns reportedly extended an offer to the Titans in an effort to land Marcus Mariota.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 7, Padres 2: Keuchel Closes Out Impressive Road Trip - The Crawfish Boxes
Bats give Keuchel plenty of support as the team finishes 8-1 road trip.

The Rockets fired their social media manager over a dumb tweet - The Dream Shake
The Rockets social media director made a harmless mistake. The Rockets made a harmful one when they let him go.

Texas Longhorns offer 3-star OG Denzel Okafor - Burnt Orange Nation
Texas now has an offensive guard on the recruiting radar again.

Win #8 - Texas Tech defends the Alamo..dome - Viva The Matadors
No Pirate, No problem!

TCU Baseball: DBU Preview and National Seeding Talk - Frogs O' War
Coach Schloss goes for win No. 500 as Mitchell Traver and the Horned Frogs looked to give themselves a little more breathing room in their quest for National Title. But they're playing a pretty good Dallas Baptist team, who are also looking to get one of College Baseball's 8 coveted bids.

Baylor Announces 2023-2024 Home-and-Home Series with Utah - Our Daily Bears
And it's for real this time!

Seal backlash causes T-Star takeover - Good Bull Hunting
In a dramatic reversal, Texas A&M not only will retain the T-Star on the university seal, but make it the school's primary mark in all uses.