New Era, the official on-field headwear of the National Football League, is teaming up with the NFL to launch the Back to Football Photo Day contest. So what this means is that Texans fans will now have the chance to join the ranks of Andre Johnson to also become THE face of the Texans.
The contest, which is live atwww.speakwithyourcap.comor through New Era’s Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/neweracaps?fref=ts) will require Texans faithfuls tosubmit photos of themselves showcasing how you personally “speak with your cap.” Whether you wear your cap sideways, backwards or flexed at the brim, show how you are bringing your own style to the game.
32 fans (1 per team) will ultimately be chosen and win a complimentary trip to New York City for two. The winners will enjoy a four-day VIP experience and will be professionally styled in their favorite team’s looks for a New Era photo shoot that may be used for a year-long advertisement and promotional campaign.
The Texans today came to terms on a deal with fee agent running back and kick returner Deji Karim.
Jason Bernstein, Karim’s agent, announced the signing Tuesday on Twitter.
The 5-foot-8 Karim tried out at the Texans’ rookie minicamp last weekend. He was a sixth-round pick by Jacksonville in 2010 and rushed 98 times for 290 yards in two seasons there. He also returned kickoffs and punts for the Jaguars.
Karim was claimed off waivers by Indianapolis in April 2012. He returned nine kickoffs last season, including a 101-yarder against Houston in the regular-season finale.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak ended this weekend’s three-day minicamp just like he started it – impressed with first-round draft pick DeAndre Hopkins, Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Hopkins showed his athleticism with impressive catches throughout the three-day session which included five practices. He showed his competitive nature, too, not afraid to do a little talking on the field.
“He’s special,” Kubiak said. “Ball skills are extremely special. Very long; long arms. Big hands; you saw the catch he made out here today. He’s going to help us early and we know that and that’s why we brought him here. Right now it’s really a matter of settling him down mentally and learning what he’s doing so all the skill keeps taking over where it’s not a bog-down process. It’s going to be a big six weeks for him.”
The Texans took Hopkins with the 27th overall selection in last month’s draft.
“I think our evaluation was pretty good,” offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. “He’s right where we want him. We just have to keep developing and keep working at it.”
With the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Texans select Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins.
Hopkins’ athleticism and ability to catch the ball will make him a very dangerous receiver in the NFL. He has solid route running skills, uses the head fake and his footwork nicely giving him enough separation from the defender to give himself space for the QB to get him the ball.
While he won’t be a guy that will beat you deep and create a lot of separation from the DB’s, he will be a guy that will make the tough catches in traffic and will take the ball away from the defender on poorly thrown balls with his strong hands.
After making the catch he shows the awareness of where he is on the field and where the defenders are on the field and knows where he wants to go as soon as he makes the grab
The Texans are hoping their new HD video screens will help lure the 2017 Super Bowl to Reliant Stadium.
The Texans are in the process of installing the video boards, which will be ready for use in Houston’s first preseason game in August. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington currently has the biggest screens, and Houston’s will be about 30 percent larger than those.
The two new boards will have about six times the area than the current video boards and will be placed in each end zone.
Offensive tackle Ryan Harris, whom the Texans signed on September 1 of last year, signed a one-year deal to remain with the Texans on Monday, Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle reports.
He played in all 16 games in some capacity, beginning the season on special teams last year, and started in two games.
Harris was signed to add depth to the line after tackle Rashad Butler tore the triceps in his right arm during training camp and was placed on injured reserve. Harris added a veteran presence to a right side that lacked experience as young players worked into the starting lineup.
Second-year Derek Newton started 14 games at right tackle and battled leg injuries during the season. Newton had reparative knee surgery in February.
Harris spent the first four years of his career in Denver and was their starting right tackle in 2009 and 2010. He ended 2009 on injured reserve with a toe injury, missed five games in 2010 with an injury and missed most of the 2011 season due to an injury.