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Houston Texans News: April 12, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

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Ex-Texans star Arian Foster rocks his mother with big surprise - Houston Chronicle
Mother's Day isn't for another 27 days.

Texans draft party set for April 28
Texans fans who are in need of a football fix are invited to come out to the 2016 Houston Texans Draft Party presented by Coors Light on Thursday, April 28 at NRG Stadium.

Your chance to go water-sliding with the Houston Texans - Houston Chronicle
Carnival Cruise Line is having a Mother's Day contest with the Houston Texans where fans can try to win a spot on a water-slide relay team with Texans stars DeAndre Hopkins and Brian Cushing.

Texas Tech's Jakeem Grant visiting Texans - Houston Chronicle
Texas Tech wide receiver and kick returner Jakeem Grant is visiting the Texans on Monday, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly.

Texans work out Midwestern State safety Marqui Christian - Houston Chronicle
Midwestern State safety Marqui Christian worked out for the Texans at their local prospect workout day Saturday, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly.

Nick Vannett A Perfect Fit For Texans At NFL Draft 2016 - TPS
When the Houston Texans selected tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz with the No. 65 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, it seemed like the perfect match. Fiedorowicz was a Big Ten graduate and head coach Bill O’Brien had a track record for getting the very most out of his tight ends during his coaching tenure at Penn State.

Maryland DB Sean Davis works out for Belichick, on Texans' radar - Houston Chronicle
University of Maryland free safety-cornerback Sean Davis has firmly captured the attention of NFL decision-makers.

Texans work out TSU punter Cory Carter - Houston Chronicle
The Texans worked out Texans Southern punter Cory Carter at their local prospect day, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly.

Around the League

Tyrann Mathieu and Sean Payton speak out about New Orleans in the wake of Will Smith's shooting -
Following the tragic death of NFL star Will Smith, the Louisiana native and Saints head coach are speaking their minds.

Josh Gordon reportedly failed another drug test in March -
Roger Goodell hasn't ruled on Gordon's potential reinstatement for that reason.

This is what Robert Nkemdiche can do *on* the field -
Off-field behavior may end up pushing the Ole Miss defensive lineman down draft boards. Setting those concerns aside, retired NFL defensive end Stephen White sees a player who has the tools to be the best three-technique in the 2016 NFL Draft.

A 'Moneyball' approach for the Browns might not work in the NFL -
The NFL landscape may not be all that favorable to the analytics movement.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 8, Royals 2: Home sweet home for Astros - The Crawfish Boxes
Crush City and McHugh start the homestand off on the right foot.

James Harden leads Houston blow out of Minnesota, 129-105 - The Dream Shake
The Rockets played well a second night in a row and now control their own destiny.

WATCH: Texas Longhorns basketball 2015-16 season highlights - Burnt Orange Nation
"Everything that we do is going to be in the name of building this program and winning championships."

RUMORS: Tubby Smith Interviewing for Memphis Job - Viva The Matadors
According to several unverified sources the Texas Tech head coach is interviewing for the Memphis Head Basketball coach position.

Monday Manager, April 11th: Horton and Warner thrive in a needed Big 12 series win - Frogs O' War
The Friday night struggles continue, but the Frogs nevertheless get a key Big 12 series win thanks to Dalton Horton and Cam Warner. And now, there's a clear two-team race in the conference...RAIDERS v FROGS.

400-pound Baylor TE LaQuan McGowan wants to be a pro wrestler after the NFL -
LaQuan McGowan is trying to make the most of his football shot. Once it's all over, he knows what he wants to do.

Texas A&M Baseball sweeps Georgia, Melton is SEC Player of the Week - Good Bull Hunting
It was quite the successful weekend for the Aggie baseballers, as they swept the Georgia Bulldogs in a must win series at home.

Texas Longhorns Spring Game Hype Video - Barking Carnival
Presented by Bear Grylls. I mean, Weber Grills.

Three Star Offensive Lineman Hayden Howerton Commits to Rice University - Underdog Dynasty
Hayden Howerton decided to fly with the Owls over 21 other scholarship offers.

Houston Dash announce 2016 Roster - Dynamo Theory
The Houston Dash have released their roster for the beginning of the 2016 season.