Texans look at big picture

Posted: April 16, 2013

THE HOUSTON Texans are hoping two massive new 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 as the current video boards and will be placed in each end zone.

Each of Houston's boards will be 53 feet high and 277 feet wide, which is wider than the wing span of a 747 jet. The screens at Cowboys Stadium are each 72 feet high and 160 feet wide. Screens at both stadiums are manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric's Diamond Vision.

Host sites for the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls are expected to be voted on by owners next month. San Francisco and Miami are finalists for the 2016 game, and Houston will vie with the runner-up for the 2017 game.

"This is going to be an important part of our presentation to the ownership," team president Jamey Rootes said. "We think it will be a compelling selling point for our bid."

The Texans hosted the Super Bowl in 2004, and Houston has come up short in campaigns to bring it back in recent years.

Noteworthy * 

The New York Giants started voluntary offseason workouts without restricted free-agent wide receiver Victor Cruz, a source told the Associated Press.

* New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis reported for the first day of the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program, a few hours after having an MRI exam at a hospital in Manhattan. Revis, who has been rehabilitating his surgically repaired left knee in Arizona, has been the subject of trade rumors, with Tampa Bay appearing to be the likeliest suitor.

Quarterback Mark Sanchez, whose name also has been mentioned in trade rumors with the Bucs, arrived at the Jets' training facility fresh from some private West Coast offense sessions with Jeff Garcia, who mastered that offense with San Francisco and the Eagles. Sanchez immediately was asked about reported trade talks. Sanchez said all he knew was what he "heard from people around, and I don't know what to say . . . That is more of an upstairs question. I'm not worried about that." Asked if Jets management had given him any clarification on trade talk, he said, "No."

* Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan says he isn't focusing on his contract status, even after general manager Thomas Dimitroff recently said the Falcons hope to finalize a new deal with Ryan before the season. Ryan, who is entering the final year of his 6-year, $66 million rookie contract, said that the timetable "is not something I worry about."

* The NFL has added four coaches to its subcommittee for the influential Competition Committee, which discusses and recommends rules changes. Commissioner Roger Goodell chose Minnesota's Leslie Frazier, Miami's Joe Philbin, Carolina's Ron Rivera and Atlanta's Mike Smith for the subcommittee, which is chaired by Hall of Fame coach John Madden. Already on the panel are the Giants' Tom Coughlin, the Ravens' John Harbaugh, and the Chiefs' Andy Reid.

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