Found June 11, 2012 on Fox Sports Houston:
Ben Tate has the perfect attitude. Asked recently about being the quality back-up to Arian Foster, Tate summed things up succinctly: "It's not easy. It's not easy at all. But as you mature you understand the business end. He got a 43 million contract so obviously he's the guy. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out but in my situation you have to be patient, you have to keep learning and working on your craft." You can't express things any better. Tate was honest in evaluating the situation in which he finds himself and, at the same time, positive with the outlook. Let's face it, guys that rack up 942 rushing yards with a 5.4 yard-per-carry average are usually starters making a lot of money, or at least more than Tate's scheduled 490,000 for 2012. Sure, Tate has only done it for one year since he was injured in his rookie season of 2010. And he'll have to do it again to cement himself as the unquestionable best second-string runn...

Monday Photo Fun Texans Style

New feature on State of the Texans beginning this week to increase the off-season fun. We are collecting pictures of our Houston Texans players as they share their activities on Twitter or, in the future, as we receive them and sharing them with the State of the Texans family. This week, we had Lestar Jean talking about working late after practice, with proof in pictures. We also...

Barwin says gay is okay in Texans locker room

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Due Diligence: The Wide Receivers

During the past few weeks of Houston Texans OTAs, it seems like one of the biggest question marks with the current makeup of the team is the lack of veteran presence in the wide receiver position group. Head Coach Gary Kubiak has made it clear that there is a possibility that the Texans will be looking for a possible veteran to bring into Houston. All that has been said with Andre...

Should the Houston Texans Begin to Worry About Andre Johnson?

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Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub proclaims he’s 100 percent healthy

The Houston Texans are the preseason favorite to repeat as AFC South divisional champions and in some circles, are a trendy pick to represent the AFC in this year’s Super Bowl after heading deep into the playoffs last season. The Texans achieved their franchise first playoff berth last season with rookie QB T.J. Yates under center, but will start the season with veteran Matt Schaub...

Texans could still be interested in Mike Sims-Walker

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Barwin says gay is OK in Texans locker room

Connor Barwin has spoken out. He has dropped the hammer. He has expressed a normal and popular sentiment about homosexuality that feelsfamiliar to all of us. This is headline news because Connor Barwin is a football player, one who playsin the NFL. Barwin, a linebacker for the Houston Texans, is not gay, but if he were, hedoesn't think it would be that big of a deal in the...

Brooks a big presence for the Texans O-Line

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What will the Houston Texans receiving corps look like at the start of the season?

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Ex-NFL Cornerback Karl Paymah Hopes To Continue Football Career in CFL

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Derrick Mason retires as a Raven

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Houston Texans Coaches, Players Weigh in on Completion of OTAs

  At the conclusion of the Texans’ final organized team activity of the summer, several coaches and players expressed their impressions of OTAs and where the club is headed in the ensuing weeks and months leading up to the start of the season. The main focuses were injuries and progression, particularly of the young players. Regarding injuries, the most pressing injury at...
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