Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense29th116.2 (8th)198.5 (29th)
Defense1st99.7 (12th)201.6 (2nd)

Schedule

1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 10
JAC
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Sep 14
at CIN
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 24
at NE
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 1
TEN
8:30 pm EDT
Sun Oct 8
KC
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 15
CLE
4:05 pm EDT
Sun Oct 29
at SEA
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 5
IND
4:05 pm EST
Sun Nov 12
at LAR
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 19
ARI
8:30 pm EST
Mon Nov 27
at BAL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 3
at TEN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 10
SF
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 17
at JAC
4:30 pm EST
Mon Dec 25
PIT
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 31
at IND

Standings

AFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Houston9-7-05-1-0
Tennessee9-7-02-4-0
Indianapolis8-8-03-3-0
Jacksonville3-13-02-4-0
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Texans' Tom Savage: Remains starting QB after draft
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savage is Houston's starting quarterback according to head coach Bill O'Brien who made that clear following the team's first-round selection of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Tom is our starter," O'Brien said.

O'Brien said Watson will have to sit and learn behind Savage and Brandon Weeden, though it's clear the long-range plan is for Watson to be Houston's franchise quarterback. Savage, by dint of his experience in the offense, is the likely starter Week 1.

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Texans' Deshaun Watson: Taken by Houston in trade up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Texans selected Watson in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 12th overall.

They traded up from the 25th pick to make the selection, giving up their 2018 first-round pick in the process. Bill O'Brien is generally known as a coach who prefers, tall, heavy quarterbacks with strong arms, but Watson decisively cuts against that mold. He also cuts against the mold of the likes of Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage in the sense that he can actually throw a football at the NFL level. Watson might initially struggle as he adjusts to the speed of NFL defenses, but his unparalleled success at Clemson (97 total touchdowns in his last 30 games) and consecutive National Championship appearances imply that he's capable of adapting. It doesn't hurt that he'll have a very good group of pass catchers waiting for him in Houston. If Tom Savage is the only competition the Texans can muster, it's hard to imagine Watson anywhere but the starting lineup in Week 1. As a talented runner with plenty of surrounding help, Watson could make a surprisingly big fantasy impact as a rookie with a little luck.

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Texans' Tom Savage: Likely to face competition from rookie
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Savage likely will face competition from an early-round draft pick, John McClain of The Houston Chronicle reports.

Savage and Brandon Weeden -- both in the last year of their contracts -- are the only quarterbacks on Houston's roster ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft. While Weeden might nominally be a part of the competition, the starting job likely will come down to a battle between Savage and a rookie. The 26-year-old only has 92 pass attempts in three professional seasons, but he did appear competent in a late-season cameo last year before suffering a concussion in Week 17.

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Texans' J.J. Watt: Positive as workouts begin
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt (back) said his body feels "really good" as the Texans began their offseason workout program Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Watt was limited to just three games last season after requiring two back operations in the span of six months, but the defensive behemoth has been cleared for all physical activities since the beginning of February, so rejoining his teammates for the Texans' offseason program came as expected Monday. According to Watt, he now has a better understanding of how to approach his rehab and training regime to avoid overexerting himself, and believes increased caution in that regard with help him stay fresh ahead of this season. Considering his MVP pedigree, the Texans will be elated to have Watt back and focused on remaining healthy, and will use their offseason program to get him prepared for a full return to football activities.

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Texans' Jadeveon Clowney: Fifth-year option exercised
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Clowney (knee) had his fifth-year contract option exercised by the Texans on Friday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The first overall pick in 2014, Clowney is now under contract with the Texans through the 2018 campaign. He's coming off minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in January, but if Clowney remains healthy, he could sign a long-term extension prior to next season. Nonetheless, the 24-year-old will now have the comfort of not yet entering a contract year. After moving from outside linebacker to defensive end last season, Clowney showed just why he was so highly regarded coming out of college, registering 52 tackles and six sacks in 14 games while being named to his first Pro Bowl.

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