By JULIE TAKAHASHI, SportsRadio 610

Houston (CBS Houston) – As preseason begins Friday night  for the Houston Texans, before all the expectations of a third straight AFC South title, or their hopeful run to their first Super Bowl begins; let’s take a look at some fun memories of the Houston Texans’ offseason.

On Monday, February 18, Houston Texans running back, Arian Foster shows off another side of him, his acting side by making an appearance in CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0”. Foster played himself as detectives try to solve the killing of a tech executive during Pro Bowl weekend.

On Friday, March 22, the Houston Texans signed veteran Ed Reed to a three-year, $15 million contract. The Texans knew to take that coveted next step, they need leaders in the locker room with real playoff experience. Enter Ed Reed. Through 11 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Reed consistently was a proven leader and player who could teach the young secondary needed experience.

“I have to show y’all the text message one day when (WR) Andre (Johnson) texted me after the Super Bowl. The day after the Super Bowl Andre texted me, but it was just going through that process that every player kind of dreads, the free agent.” Reed said on why he came to Houston, “It was kind of set in stone what was going to happen for my career elsewhere. Like I said, it was open arms. (General Manager) Rick (Smith) called me and I knew I could play and I knew I still wanted to play. Just a matter of where I was going to be and where did I fit.”

On Thursday, April 25, the Houston Texans drafted Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins with the No. 27 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

In training camp, Hopkins is following Andre Johnson around soaking-up the knowledge and presence of this quiet leader.  Kubiak recently told the medis that he compared him to Rod Smith, who he knows well from his tenure with the Denver Broncos.

“I think he’s balanced us up in training camp,” Kubiak said of Hopkins on Wednesday. “The ball’s going both ways, so that’s a good thing. He’s obviously shown that he’s got some special skills in the red zone to go up and get balls. It’s early right now, but I just like the balance that’s going on.”

The Texans have wanted a true #2 receiver to take the pressure off of Johnson, and through his performance in camp Hopkins could easily become what the Texans have long sought after.

And sometime in July, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt had a video go viral showing off his skills and athleticism of him doing a 59 1/2 inch box jump.

He was also awarded this offseason by the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

The Houston Texans start their preseason Friday, and I believe this 2013-2014 season will be one to remember. With expectations high, jobs on the line, many big names on this roster and fans hungry for a championship, what could go wrong?

Either way, just like the offseason, one question should be asked.  “Are you not entertained?”

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi


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