Texans add MMA action to offseason workouts

It’s not Anderson “The Spider” Silva or Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell. But it is something a little different for Bill O’Brien’s Texans. Since offseason training began Monday, several players have referred to a new mixed-martial arts setup that has been added by first-year strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald. Backup quarterback T.J. Yates and punter Shane...
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Texans Adding MMA Training to Off-Season Workouts

Off-season workouts just got a lot more interesting for the Houston Texans. The Texans recently hired Craig Fitzgerald as their strength and conditioning coach, and things are definitely changing under his watch. According to ESPN, Fitzgerald has implemented an interesting wrinkle to his strength program; mixed martial arts. And the most interesting change we heard about in the aftermath...
Via BlackSportsOnline
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Raiders sign backup punter from Stanford

The Raiders signed punter Daniel Zychlinski on Friday in a move designed to give incumbent Marquette King a break during offseason workouts and the Raiders insurance in case King gets injured. King replaced Shane Lechler last season and showed that he has the ability to be a fixture for years to come. Zychlinski, who played at Stanford from 2008-12, gets an opportunity to learn...
Via Pro Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Should any Houston Texans players retire now?

Earlier Today, Cover32 released their top-10 players who should join Rashard Mendenhall and retire. For the Houston Texans, no one from the organization represented the list, but there were a few surprising names on there, such as Eli and Peyton Manning as well as Jason Witten. Shane Lechler, the punter, is 37 years old, but punters can play well into their late-30s. It may be time...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

What Compensatory Draft picks mean for Houston Texans

As the NFL Draft comes closer and closer to the field (six weeks to be exact), the Texans received three more advantages in their choices. Greg Jones, Shane Lechler, and Ed Reed are the three compensatory picks granted by the NFL which give the Texans a total of 11 picks in the draft. But will these players help the potential super team? Under the rules for compensatory draft...
Via cover32 - Texans
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Ray Guy voted into Hall of Fame

US Presswire D.J. O’Connor Oakland Raiders Writer For the first time in NFL history a punter has been voted into the Hall of Fame as Ray Guy was elected as part of the class of 2014. Guy, who was drafted 23rd overall in 1973 by the Oakland Raiders, has been a finalist seven times since 1992.  His consideration for the Hall of Fame has been a polarizing topic.  Questions often...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiders reaction: Ray Guy deserves HOF more than Tim Brown

Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy became the first pure punter in the history of the NFL to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Slingin Sammy Baugh was also a punter, but his accolades as a quarterback are what got him into Canton. But Guy was nothing but a punter, and a great one at that. So after years of failing to be inducted, I expected Raiders fans to be unanimous in their celebration...
Via cover32 - Raiders
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Ray Guy believes his induction gives specialists “hope”

Finally, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has a punter among its membership. Now, with Ray Guy earning induction on Saturday night as one of the Hall’s Senior Committee nominees, the longer-term question is when another punter gains the sort of traction necessary to make it to Canton. It’s somewhat challenging to predict how the Hall voters vote in any given year, but another...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #3 Shane Lechler

In this series, we look at the top 20 Houston Texans of the 2013 season.    #3 Easily the best free agent signing of the offseason in punter Shane Lechler from the Oakland Raiders. The Houston Texans brought in one of the most dominant punters in NFL history and his return to his home state did not disappoint. It is not a bad thing to have a good punter on the team, but to have...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Get to know a Raider: Marquette King

The Oakland Raiders’ punter Marquette King has had big shoes to fill in Shane Lechler’s absence and he finished the 2013 season ranked as number one in the NFL in gross punting average of 48.9 yards. King came to the Raiders out of Fort Valley State University a division II school located in Fort Valley, GA. He spent his rookie season on IR after a foot injury and came back this...
Via cover32 - Raiders
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans’ Lechler Battling Severe Flu

The Houston Texans are relying on only one punter this season, and he is currently too sick to even practice. What are the Texans to do if their pro bowl punter, Shane Lechler, is unavailable for Sunday’s matchup with the Oakland Raiders, a team in which he spent 13-years with? According to Pro Football Talk, Texans’ head coach Gary Kubiak doesn’t view it as a problem, sarcastically...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Texans’ Shane Lechler hospitalized with flu

Texans punter Shane Lechler has been hospitalized with the flu, coach Gary Kubiak said Thursday. Lechler will remain in the hospital overnight and is expected to be cleared Friday. Kubiak said he expects Lechler to play Sunday against Oakland, who Lechler played for the Raiders during his initial 13 seasons in the NFL. What will the Texans do if Lechler, their lone punter, can’t...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders' Janikowski still adjusting to new place kick holders

Imagine a shortstop having worked with the same second baseman for 13 seasons and then being asked to turn double plays with a rookie, and you've got an idea how Sebastian Janikowski feels. Marquette King isn't technically a rookie, having spent last season on injured reserve, but he's not Shane Lechler, either. Six games into the season, Janikowski is still getting...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 26, 2013  |  Discuss

The Bright Spots of the Texans

We have been talking this week about some “Bye Week Blues” for the Houston Texans, but now we are looking at the bright spots on the team. There have been little, but there are some players who, despite the bad start of the season, are putting together an impressive season. Some may surprise you, but the solid seasons they are having cannot be denied.   The Bright Spots...
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October 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Player Spotlight: Shane Lechler

This week in Player Spotlight, we will take a look at a player whose value tends to go overlooked and many times underappreciated. This player has a small part in the overall scheme of things but his part is vital to the defense and causing issues for opposing offenses. The spotlight shines on Houston Texans punter Shane Lechler. Boom! That’s the sound you hear when the ball comes...
Via State of the Texans
September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Texans Name Their 2013 Captains

2013 team captains are Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Brian Cushing, J.J. Watt & Shane Lechler. — Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 7, 2013   The Houston Texans have named their 2013 captains for the season. The team has chosen Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Brian Cushing, J.J. Watt and Shane Lechler. The only changes from the start of the 2012 season is that Tim Dobbins...
Via State of the Texans
September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

13 Reasons to Get Excited for the Texans 2013 Season

It’s getting close and the Houston Texans are closing in on the start of the 2013 campaign. We outline our 13 reasons to get excited for the upcoming season, and there are plenty of reasons, in our opinion.  It could be a certain player, or a position group, but the Texans are going to be an exciting team. Take a look at our reasons for optimism for the 2013 season:     13 Reasons...
Via State of the Texans
September 04, 2013  |  Discuss

The POGs: New Orleans Edition

We take a look at the Houston Texans’ best players from each phase of the game against the New Orleans Saints.   Houston Texans Offensive POG: Ben Tate   Ben Tate came out and showed us that he is still the running back that nearly had one thousand yards behind Arian Foster two years ago. Of course, Tate’s production is beneficial from good offensive line play but he showed...
Via State of the Texans
August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders still not settled on starting punter

For the first time in more than a decade, the Raiders head into the final stages of training camp uncertain who their punter will be. When seven-time Pro Bowl punter Shane Lechler bolted for Houston as a free agent in March, it created a huge void on Oakland's roster. With less than three weeks remaining before the season opener in Indianapolis, the Raiders aren't any closer...
Via Fox Sports
August 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Texans hope Arian Foster, Ed Reed are healthy for season opener

Coaches look to the preseason to do three things– fine tune what works, figure out what doesn’t and find out who can fill the holes on the roster. They also hope that one thing will not happen—injuries, but for the Houston Texans the aches and pains have been piling up 
Via Sports-Glory
August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

40 Best Photos Of Houston Texans Cheerleaders & Superfans

Know Your 2013 Houston Texans: Key Additions: FB Greg Jones, CB Alan Ball, S Ed Reed, P Shane Lechler. Key Losses: RB Justin…
Via Busted Coverage
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Texans’ Special Teams Outlook

The special teams key players have received a slight face-lift for the 2013 season.     Special Teams   Jon Weeks The model of consistency for the Texans at long snapper, and a darn good one too. Weeks is spot on with his snaps and the less we hear of his name the better. He will have to get used to a new holder and kicker for the third season in a row. Outlook: What you want...
Via State of the Texans
July 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Replacing A Legend: Who Will Be The Oakland Raiders Punter This Year?

There are very few players in the league who will be replacing an NFL legend this season. Yeah, Shane Lechler was a punter and not a quarterback, but he had put up the greatest numbers a punter has ever had in his tenure with the Oakland Raiders. Two men will be vying to replace the new Houston Texan Shane Lechler: Marquette King and Chris Kluwe. The favorite to win the...
Via Football and Futbol
June 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Texans OTAs: Day Three Recap

The third OTA for the Houston Texans was held before the weekend starts and there was a new life during the practice. It was another tolerable day for the practice with a nice overcast and good breeze. Here are some notes on OTAs from today:   Day Three - Inside linebacker Tim Dobbins was absent today for the third straight practice. There is plenty of chatter going on how he...
Via State of the Texans
May 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders sign punter Chris Kluwe

The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent punter Chris Kluwe as a possible replacement for the departed Shane Lechler. General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the deal with the eight-year veteran on Friday. Kluwe played in 127 games for the Minnesota Vikings with a 44.4 yard career average. He ranks second all-time in Minnesota history with a 37.3 net average. Lechler left...
Via AP on Fox
May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

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