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Houston Texans News: May 11, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

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Houston Texans news

Houston Texans use draft to get faster on offense; NFL mailbag | The MMQB with Peter King
The Texans had a need for speed after a slow offensive season in 2015, so they gave their new quarterback some fast friends in the draft. The result is one of the NFL’s biggest offseason makeovers. Plus reader mail.

Broncos, Texans among most vulnerable division winners -
John Elway's Broncos and Brock Osweiler's Texans made plenty of offseason news -- but will they both be overtaken by rising divisional rivals? Gil Brandt eyes vulnerable division champs.

Texans DB Kevin Johnson prepping for healthy return - Houston Chronicle
Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson endured a challenging offseason as he underwent a pair of surgeries following his rookie season.

Texans donate $750,000 to Brookwood Community - Houston Chronicle
BROOKSHIRE - Surrounded by cheering fans, Texans owner Bob McNair smiled as a $750,000 check was presented from the team's charitable foundation to Brookwood Community on Tuesday.

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, teammates enjoy go-karting charity event - Houston Chronicle
Donning racing helmets and scooting around an indoor track Tuesday night, Texans middle linebacker Brian Cushing and his teammates participated in a charity go-karting event.

Texans cut rookie linebacker Eric Lee - Houston Chronicle
The Texans placed rookie outside linebacker Eric Lee on waivers Tuesday.

Around the League

Darius Powe hopes to be the next undrafted receiver to break out in the NFL -
Darius Powe, a 6'3, 220-pound receiver, was a late bloomer at Cal, finishing strong as a senior. The Giants are counting on him to carry that momentum into training camp.

Don't trust Bill Belichick to pick Tom Brady's eventual replacement -
Bill Belichick has yet to show he can draft a quarterback without the gift of good fortune.

Eli Manning has a new teammate named Eli, so he's open to going by his real name: Elisha -
Eli Manning doesn't seem phased about sharing his first name with the Giants' No. 10 draft pick, cornerback Eli Apple.

Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott need to succeed for the sake of the 2017 running back draft class -
Drafting a running back in the first round is a big risk, and there have been far more misses than hits in recent years.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Indians 4, Astros 0: Astros Get Bauer'ed Again - The Crawfish Boxes
Trevor Bauer morphs from everyman pedestrian starter into the Man Of Steel himself when he faces the Astros. Proven historical fact.

2015-2016 Rockets season recap: Josh Smith's not-so-fantastic return - The Dream Shake
Smith's contract is up, and he's likely out of Houston and possibly even out of the NBA.

Texas QB Jerrod Heard's career as a Longhorn is at a crossroads - Burnt Orange Nation
A position change may already be in the works for the Texas single-game record holder for total offense.

Gabby Barker Named Big 12 Women’s Golf Player of the Year - Viva The Matadors
Sophomore Gabby Barker is the first Texas Tech women’s golfer to win the Big 12 Women's Golfer of the Year in the history of the program.

Frogs in the Pros: May 2-9, 2016 - Frogs O' War
Arrieta continues shelling out "non-wins" to his opponents, and Carpenter saves the Cardinals in front of the home crowd.

Why the Wild "Bear" Offense Could Be a Program Changer - Our Daily Bears
A look at what a two headed monster offense could be under this offensive coaching staff.

Good Bull Hunted: Aggies for Haiti 2016 - Good Bull Hunting
Lost in all of this recruiting nonsense are a bunch of Aggie Football players doing good things.

SEC Softball Tournament Preview: Texas A&M - And The Valley Shook
The No.7 seeded Tigers open the SEC Tournament against the No.10 seeded Aggies.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Lineup against the San Jose Earthquakes - Dynamo Theory
Can the Dynamo continue to ride momentum from last Saturday's win? Who would you select in your XI to give them the best chance?

Jason Higdon: A Lesson in the Free Market - Barking Carnival
As some of you are aware, yesterday Brian Davis reported that a Texas-focused blogger trademarked Charlie Strong's recruiting catchphrase "Let's Ride" and is using it to sell bracelets, T-shirts,...