Texans Morning Huddle: Blue Profile, McClain & Smith’s Roundtable


Good morning Texans fans, and a happy Monday to you all. Let’s once again check out what is going on in the world of our beloved Houston Texans! Today we see a camp profile on a second-year running back, a link to a video of Brian Smith and John McClain from the Houston Chronicle and the Texans’ running of the bulls! Enjoy!

Houston Texans 2015 Training Camp Profile: RB Alfred Blue – by Brian Kalchik of Rant Sports

"The Houston Texans received a major boost last season from a healthy game-changing running back in Arian Foster, who missed most of the 2013 season due to injury. That forced the team to rely on former RB Ben Tate and second-year player Dennis Johnson to carry the load, and that experiment failed quickly. Tate left Houston for the Cleveland Browns last offseason and Johnson is no longer in the NFL.Due to the uncertainty surrounding Foster and a lack of quality backups, Houston signed former New York Giant Andre Brown and then selected an undervalued runner named Alfred Blue in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Brown was a flop and didn’t make the opening day roster while Blue was a diamond in the rough in 2014.Blue, a 6-foot-2, 222-pound running back from LSU, suffered through numerous issues in college and never could show teams that he was able to carry the load as the No. 1 back due to the depth the Tigers had at that position"

Houston Texans announce Running of the Bulls 5K presented by H-E-B – from HoustonTexans.com

"The Houston Texans will host the 5th Annual Running of the Bulls 5K, presented by H-E-B, on Sunday, Sept. 20 at NRG Park, the team announced today. The competitive 5K run will start at 8:15 a.m. CT, followed by the non-competitive 5K run/walk and preceded by the TORO’s Kids 1K presented by Texas Children’s Hospital for children age 12 and younger, which begins at 7:45 a.m.Registration is now open online at www.HoustonTexans.com. The registration fee for the Competitive 5K Run is $30 through July 6, $35 from July 6 to Aug. 17 and $40 from Aug. 17 until Sept. 14. The Non-Competitive 5K Run/Walk is $25 through July 6, $30 from July 6 to Aug. 17 and $35 from Aug. 17 until Sept. 14. Early entry fees for TORO’s Kids 1K are $20 through July 6, $25 from July 6 to Aug. 17 and $30 from Aug. 17 until Sept. 14. Proceeds from the run/walk will benefit the Houston Texans Foundation and Houston Methodist.Online registration ends Sept. 14 at noon. Packets will be available for pick-up at select Houston-area Academy Sports Outdoors locations on Sept. 16, 17, 19 and on-site on race day. If spots are still available, runners will be able to register on-site at Academy Sports Outdoors locations during packet pickups on Sept. 16, 17, 19. Race registration will close on Sept. 14 and there will be no race day registration.The route for the 5K run/walk will go throughout NRG Park with water stations, presented by Cigna, featuring TORO, the Houston Texans Cheerleaders, the Deep Steel Thunder and more. The race will conclude on the floor at NRG Stadium, with runners crossing through the finish line presented by Mattress Firm, which includes the bull tunnel that the Texans players run through on gameday."

NFL Round table: Arian Foster has fresh legs – by John McClain and Brian T. Smith

"Houston Chronicle sports writers John McClain and Brian T. Smith discuss the Houston Texans Running Back Arian Foster and his ability this coming season. (video: R. Carter)"

Houston Texans rounding out a potentially great defense – By Nathanael Rutherford of Today’s Pigskin

"In 2014, the Houston Texans saw their defense take some steps forward and improved in almost every statistical area from the previous season. The Texans improved their rushing yards per game allowed, points allowed, third down defense, penalties, takeaway totals, and sack totals in 2014, and the only significant stat the Texans didn’t improve upon last season was their passing yards allowed per game.That upward trend only looks to continue in 2015. The Texans have made a number of moves to solidify their defense, plugging some of the holes that plagued the 2014 defense and strengthening the areas that already showed promise.Houston runs a 3-4 defense, meaning the linebacking corps is the most important unit on the defense due to sheer numbers alone. The 3-4 defense demands certain types of athletes at the linebacker position, and the Texans have made the moves to ensure they have the players and depth capable of producing a formidable group of linebackers."

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