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' Braxton Miller: May stay in slot for 2017
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Texans receivers coach John Perry believes Miller has enough quickness and speed to continue playing the slot, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "The thing that's really intriguing is that [Miller]'s generally a larger guy than most slot receivers," said Perry. "But he does have that quickness and speed to go along with that. That's something that's really valuable and gives him options to play on the outside and do those things, too. He's fighting to try to get on the field in a lot of different ways."

After running a 4.50 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 201 pounds, the former Ohio State quarterback seemed to profile as an outside receiver, though he also displayed excellent agility and quickness by posting top-three marks among wideouts in the three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle at the 2016 Combine. The Texans tried to take advantage of that quickness last season by using Miller from the slot in three-wide sets, but his lack of polish was on clear display as he caught only 15 of 28 targets for 99 yards and a score in 10 games. He served as the No. 3 receiver whenever he was healthy, missing two games in September with a hamstring injury and later sitting out the final four weeks with a shoulder sprain. Miller received a clean bill of health in January, giving him a full offseason to solidify his role as the slot receiver in three-wide formations. He doesn't seem to have much competition, if any, and it's possible he could eventually push Will Fuller for the No. 2 spot if last year's first-round pick can't bounce back from a rookie campaign which featured minimal production after Week 5.

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Texans' Brian Cushing: Still recovering from shoulder surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cushing (shoulder) is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, Alex Del Barrio of CBS Houston reports.

Cushing was given days off during OTAs as he's still working his way back from January shoulder surgery. Expect the Texans to continue to be cautious with their starting linebacker until the regular season rolls around.

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Texans' Deshaun Watson: Turning heads in offseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watson impressed in offseason practices but still has a lot of ground to gain in the team's quarterback competition, NFL.com's Max Meyer reports. "We put a lot on [Watson's] plate during the spring, and he handled it very well," coach Bill O'Brien said. "He made mistakes, and he corrected them. You don't see him make the same mistake twice. He can do a lot of things. He can operate our running game and in our passing game. He's got a lot of athleticism. I don't think we'll have to limit him. Training camp and preseason games will be a big test."

Although the Texans coaching staff has been singing the praises of fellow QB Tom Savage this offseason, Watson appears to be impressing as well. O'Brien qualified the Clemson product as being "wise beyond his years" and also said he's adjusting nicely to the challenges that have been put on Watson's plate, which is a very encouraging sign given the complexity of the O'Brien's offensive system. However, the coach admitted that Watson is "not nearly where he needs to be to be a full-time starter in this league," so it seems the rookie will need to make significant strides in advance of Week 1 in order to earn the starting gig.

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Texans' Will Fuller: Adds strength during offseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fuller focused on getting stronger during the offseason to improve his tackle-breaking and blocking abilities, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fuller is coming off a rookie campaign that included 47 catches on 92 targets for 635 yards and two touchdowns. While that production was decent for a first-year player, and Fuller trailed only star teammate DeAndre Hopkins in yards, the Texans expect more from their 2016 first-rounder in Year 2. First and foremost, they want Fuller to cut down on his amount of drops, something that plagued him last season. From there, Houston hopes the speedy Fuller can be more elusive after the catch, where some added strength should benefit him. Besides those areas, Fuller's stock could be enhanced by more consistency at quarterback, where holdover Tom Savage and rookie Deshaun Watson figure to provide more stable service than Brock Osweiler did last year.

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Texans' Alfred Blue: Facing competition for backup job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Texans expect rookie third-round selection D'Onta Foreman to challenge Blue for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, ESPN.com's Sarah Barshop reports.

Blue served as Lamar Miller's top backup last season, taking 100 carries for 420 yards and a touchdown but adding only 12 catches for 40 yards on 16 targets. It was only a matter of time before the Texans sought an upgrade, as Blue doesn't offer much in the passing game and isn't particularly explosive (career 3.6 YPC). Foreman only caught seven passes last season at The University of Texas, but he rushed for over 2,000 yards at a clip of 6.3 per carry, and then ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at 233 pounds at the Combine. Blue could fall all the way off the roster if he doesn't beat out Foreman for the No. 2 job, as the Texans presumably want to keep at least one running back besides Miller that can stay on the field for passing downs. Akeem Hunt, 2016 fourth-rounder Tyler Ervin and undrafted rookie Dare Ogunbowale are in the mix to earn roster spots.

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