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Houston Texans News: May 9, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, May 9, 2016.

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Texans' D.J. Reader: A rookie's tale of loss, grief and football - Houston Chronicle
Standing inside Memorial Stadium on a sun-splashed day a year ago, D.J. Reader found himself in a fog despite the blue skies overlooking the Clemson campus.

18 observations: Day 2 of Texans rookie minicamp
The second day of minicamp for the rookies is always the most difficult, it seems.

Bill O'Brien draws up Texans' game plan for progress - Houston Chronicle
We can always improve.

Texans report: Nick Martin takes professional approach to job at minicamp - Houston Chronicle
Center Nick Martin, the second-round pick from Notre Dame, is trying to make a positive impression on Texans coaches during rookie minicamp.

Tyler Ervin's versatility makes him more attractive to Texans - Houston Chronicle
Running back Tyler Ervin, the Texans' fourth-round pick from San Jose State, has shown in the first two practices that he's an excellent receiver as well as a runner.

Texans report: Even the speedy Will Fuller awed by speed of game - Houston Chronicle
Will Fuller took off on a fly pattern, accelerating away from defensive backs and finding an extra gear to catch the football in stride past their outstretched hands for a touchdown on a throw from Chuckie Keeton.

13 observations from rookie minicamp day 1
They might only be rookies and select first-year players, but there was football at the Houston Texans Methodist Training Center.

Brock Osweiler Channels His Inner "Woody" | Houston Press
I have no idea if there is a story behind this picture, but I'm happy to speculate.

Around the League

UAB's football hiatus didn't stop 4 former players from making it to the NFL -
UAB shut down its football program last year, forcing players to transfer to other schools to get a shot in the NFL.

Robert Nkemdiche bench-pressed a lineman during his first NFL practice -
Bruce Arians said he was "killing people in walk-through."

Here’s why it’s so much easier for NFL teams to sign their rookies -
Getting rookies signed to contracts is much, much easier now than it used to be.

Aaron Rodgers went to the Kentucky Derby and stuck around to see Randall Cobb graduate -
This is cool.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

McHugh, Altuve lead Astros past Seattle - The Crawfish Boxes
Astros win to split four game series with the Mariners.

2015-2016 Rockets season recaps: Patrick Beverley was Houston's most improved player - The Dream Shake
There weren't many things to like about the season but season Beverley's growth was one of them.

The Kevin Sumlin vs. Charlie Strong recruiting battle is over. Charlie Strong won. - Burnt Orange Nation
All that is left is to officially hold the funeral.

Reliving Dallas Braden's Perfect Game - Viva The Matadors
On this day six years ago, former Texas Tech pitcher Dallas Braden made history.

Frogs Sweeps Series at Penn State - Frogs O' War
Mitchell Traver made his season debut, Josh Watson crushed a pair of long balls, and TCU won a series for the first time in their last three attempts.

The 4 main schools of spread offense - Football Study Hall
What are the most common philosophical approaches to running the spread offense in college football today?

All 27 outs of Kyle Simonds' no-hitter for Aggie Baseball - Good Bull Hunting
Check out this ESPN video that shows every out records from Aggie Baseball's no-hitter vs. Vanderbilt.

Former Louisville assistant details Texas HC Charlie Strong's evaluation process - Burnt Orange Nation
A former Louisville assistant details how old boss landed so many overlooked prospects.

UAB running back Greg Bryant Jr. passes away from trauma after shooting incident - Underdog Dynasty
The former American Heritage HS and Notre Dame transfer was found in trauma on early Saturday morning in West Palm Beach. Instead of him returning to Birmingham today, the city mourns his passing.

Houston Dynamo vs Sporting Kansas City Final Score: Dynamo win 2-0 over Brad Davis, SKC - Dynamo Theory
Barnes, Wenger give Dynamo a 2-0 win.