|Offense||29th||116.2 (8th)||198.5 (29th)|
|Defense||1st||99.7 (12th)||201.6 (2nd)|
|28||Blue, Alfred||RB||6-2||225||4/27/1991||3||Louisiana State|
|21||Bouye, A.J.||CB||6-0||191||8/16/1991||4||Central Florida|
|76||Brown, Duane||T||6-4||315||8/30/1985||9||Virginia Tech|
|53||Bullough, Max||ILB||6-3||245||2/11/1992||2||Michigan State|
|74||Clark, Chris||T||6-5||305||10/1/1985||8||Southern Mississippi|
|90||Clowney, Jadeveon||DE||6-5||270||2/14/1993||3||South Carolina|
|27||Demps, Quintin||SS||5-11||210||6/29/1985||9||Texas-El Paso|
|34||Ervin, Tyler||RB||5-10||185||10/7/1993||R||San Jose State|
|15||Fuller, Will||WR||6-0||180||4/16/1994||R||Notre Dame|
|41||Grimes, Jonathan||RB||5-10||210||12/21/1989||4||William & Mary|
|93||Heath, Joel||DE||6-5||300||6/18/1993||R||Michigan State|
|20||Jones, Don||DB||5-11||195||5/14/1990||4||Arkansas State|
|24||Joseph, Johnathan||CB||5-11||185||4/16/1984||11||South Carolina|
|97||Kamalu, Ufomba||DE||6-6||297||11/2/1992||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|63||Lamm, Kendall||T||6-6||310||6/5/1992||2||Appalachian State|
|9||Lechler, Shane||P||6-2||230||8/7/1976||17||Texas A&M|
|55||McKinney, Benardrick||ILB||6-4||260||11/19/1992||2||Mississippi State|
|26||Miller, Lamar||RB||5-10||220||4/25/1991||5||Miami (Fla.)|
|12||Mumphery, Keith||WR||6-0||210||6/5/1992||2||Michigan State|
|32||Nelson, Robert||DB||5-10||180||2/16/1990||2||Arizona State|
|17||Osweiler, Brock||QB||6-8||235||11/22/1990||5||Arizona State|
|52||Peters, Brian||LB||6-4||240||10/31/1988||2||Northwestern (Ia)|
|77||Quessenberry, David||T||6-5||306||8/24/1990||3||San Jose State|
|22||Rice, Denzel||SAF||6-0||196||3/31/1993||2||Coastal Carolina|
|51||Simon, John||OLB||6-1||260||10/14/1990||4||Ohio State|
|94||Smith, Antonio||DE||6-3||290||10/21/1981||13||Oklahoma State|
|73||Walker, Josh||G||6-5||328||6/2/1991||2||Middle Tennessee State|
|5||Weeden, Brandon||QB||6-4||230||10/14/1983||5||Oklahoma State|
|75||Wilfork, Vince||NT||6-2||325||11/4/1981||13||Miami (Fla.)|
|82||Williams, Wendall||WR||5-10||185||9/18/1990||R||Cumberland College|
|39||Ballentine, Lonnie (IR)||SAF||6-3||215||4/23/1993||3||Memphis|
|36||Dillon, K.J. (IR)||SAF||6-0||200||5/11/1993||R||West Virginia|
|23||Drummond, Kurtis (IR)||FS||6-1||208||1/29/1992||2||Michigan State|
|7||Fairbairn, Ka'imi (IR)||K||6-0||185||1/29/1994||R||UCLA|
|30||Johnson, Kevin (IR)||CB||6-0||185||8/5/1992||2||Wake Forest|
|Leonard, Richard (IR)||CB||5-9||170||9/2/1991||R||Florida International|
|66||Martin, Nick (IR)||C||6-4||299||4/29/1993||R||Notre Dame|
|13||Miller, Braxton (IR)||WR||6-1||205||11/30/1992||R||Ohio State|
|72||Newton, Derek (IR)||T||6-6||315||11/16/1987||6||Arkansas State|
|48||Rivers, Gerald (IR)||LB||6-2||250||6/22/1990||2||Mississippi|
|91||Still, Devon (IR)||DT||6-5||305||7/11/1989||4||Penn State|
|11||Strong, Jaelen (IR)||WR||6-2||205||1/25/1994||2||Arizona State|
|49||Washington, Tony (IR)||OLB||6-4||247||6/1/1992||1||Oregon|
|99||Watt, J.J. (IR)||DE||6-5||295||3/22/1989||6||Wisconsin|
|Allen, RaShaun||TE||6-4||250||2/25/1990||2||Southern University|
|Gibson, Laurence||T||6-6||305||3/19/1991||1||Virginia Tech|
|Hilliard, Kenny||RB||5-11||226||10/3/1991||1||Louisiana State|
|61||Lee, Eric||LB||6-3||260||8/6/1994||R||South Florida|
|42||Rashad, Shakeel||LB||6-2||235||3/17/1994||R||North Carolina|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
The Texans were very cautious in how it deployed their regulars as they wanted to be in the best possible health for this week's playoff game against Oakland. McKinney emerged as Houston's leading tackler this season, both overall (129 tackles) and solo (79), and his five sacks ranked third for the team that finished first in defense (301.3 ypg).
Savage cleared concussion protocol earlier in the week and will be available for Saturday's divisional tilt with the Patriots. Head coach Bill O'Brien has already named Brock Osweiler the starter for the contest, but Savage will likely serve as the No. 2 option at quarterback, potentially keeping Osweiler on a shorter leash.
The safety missed Sunday's game against Jacksonville due to illness, but all signs point to him being ready to play in Week 16 against Cincinnati.
Hilliard, who finished the season on the Texans' practice squad, is yet to see any game action since being taken in the seventh round out of LSU back in 2015. He'll likely contend for No. 3 duties behind Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue.
Hal's illness apparently isn't serious enough to keep him sidelined, so he's slated to start at free safety per usual.
The fourth-year pro led the Texans in receptions, targets and yards on the night, turning in his second consecutive solid postseason performance. After enduring a disappointing statistical season that was heavily influenced by the struggles of Brock Osweiler behind center, Hopkins and his quarterback appeared to have improved rapport during Houston's two playoff games. The 24-year-old saw a combined 18 targets from Osweiler during the pair of postseason tilts, converting 11 of them into receptions, including one touchdown. The two will likely head into the offseason looking to put in some extra time together with the goal of producing mutual bounce-back seasons in 2017.
Miller sprained his shoulder in Week 13's loss to the Packers and it will ultimately cost the rookie the remainder of his season. The former Ohio State quarterback recorded 15 receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown in 10 games this season, competing with Jaelen Strong (ankle) for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart throughout. He'll now shift his focus to next season, while the Texans will rely on Keith Mumphery as the No. 3 wideout for the remainder of the season.
Fiedorowicz capped off the finest of his three-year career with his fifth touchdown catch. Pigeon-holed as a blocking tight end the first two years of his NFL career, Fiedorowicz busted out with 89 targets, 54 receptions, 559 yards and four touchdowns over 15 regular-season games. His elevation as a target was borne out of necessity as quarterback Brock Osweiler's rapport with his wideouts was fleeting. Osweiler still has one guaranteed year left on his contract and is the presumed starter next year. If the timing problems with wideouts DeAndre Hopkins or Will Fuller persist, Fiedorowicz has now proven he can handle a larger role.
Dunn recorded three combined tackles in two games played for the Texans this season.
Dillon's injury appeared to be serious right out of the gate, and the MRI results didn't bode well for much optimism as he'll miss the remainder of his rookie season. The Texans signed veteran Don Jones on Wednesday to provide depth at safety in Dillon's absence.
Rivers was waived-injured by the Texans on Tuesday and he cleared waivers, making him eligible for IR. It's unclear what his injury is, but he'll have plenty of time to recover now that h's done for the season.
Scarlett missed nearly two months after injuring his hamstring in Week 6, but the Texans designated him to return from injured reserve earlier this week, and they made the move official Saturday. Scarlett could have a chance to see action right away with fellow linebackers John Simon (chest) and Whitney Mercilus (back) both out for Week 15.
Heath injured his knee in the Texans' divisional-round loss to the Patriots on Saturday. While the extent of his injury wasn't reported, it isn't expected to require surgery. Nonetheless, the MRI results will provide a much clearer picture.
Jones, who was with the Texans during training camp, rejoins the club after it was announced that Braxton Miller had been placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. With Miller and Jaelen Strong (ankle) on IR, the Texans added Wendall Williams from the practice unit and needed Jones for additional depth.
Jackson read the eyes of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles and undercut an out route to give Houston a lead before the offense ever stepped onto the field. He missed some time this season due to a hamstring injury, but has been back three weeks now and registered 11 tackles over the last two games.
Adams is out for the season, leaving the Texans to fill a void in the offensive line at left guard.
Pleasant had his best season as a professional in 2015, his fourth professional season. He had his first two interceptions and his first forced fumble, and he set career highs with 36 tackles and six passes defensed. Along with the career-best line, Pleasant played 36.6 percent of the Texans' defensive snaps last season, a career high, and he played 44.6 percent of the team's special teams snaps. Those changes indicate he's steadily getting a larger role on the defense, and his statistical improvement is promising for the coming season. He'll likely see an increased role on defense, but it would be surprising if he suddenly becomes relevant in many IDP leagues.
As was the case in virtually every game he started in a considerably disappointing first season in Houston, Osweiler underwhelmed Saturday, and his mistakes ultimately sealed the Texans' fate. The fifth-year pro threw his first pick in the third quarter in New England territory at the 46-yard line, at a point in which the Texans were still facing a manageable 24-13 deficit. His most crucial miscue was the second one, however, as it came early in the fourth quarter after Houston had managed to pull within 24-16. Osweiler's throw down the middle for DeAndre Hopkins was plucked out of the air and returned to the Texans' six-yard line by Logan Ruyan, setting up a game-clinching one-yard touchdown run by Dion Lewis. The error-laden performance was in a way a fitting conclusion to Osweiler's 2016 campaign, one in which his career highs in multiple categories belied the ineffectiveness he displayed over 15 games.
Peters hasn't seen game action since Week 5, but is now healthy to play. He projects to assume a backup role at inside linebacker.
Drummond hurt his leg during preseason Week 1 against San Francisco.
His release comes one day after he was reinstated from a suspension stemming from a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Aboushi started 10 games for the Jets last season, but will now look to catch on with another team and provide depth along the offensive line.
Cushing played through his ankle injury in Saturday's win over Oakland and isn't expected to miss any time in the divisional round despite being limited in Wednesday's practice.
Running back Demitrius Bronson, wide receiver Douglas McNeil, tight end RaShaun Allen, tackle Justin Renfrow, guards Nate Isles and Drew Nowak, defensive ends Ryan Robinson and Julius Warmsley, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, linebacker Mike Zimmer and safety Dion Bailey will look to compete for spots on the final 53-man roster in 2015.
A week after a two-fumble afternoon, Hunt didn't see an uptick in usage despite starter Lamar Miller on the shelf - Alfred Blue picking up the majority of the load. Hunt has yet to score this season and hasn't reached double-digit offensive snaps since Week 11, but he might be in line for an uptick in usage as the season ends. Miller is still battling a bum ankle and, with their seed set, Houston might be inclined to rest Miller and Blue for the playoffs.
Blue played just four offensive snaps against the Patriots and just nine in Houston's two playoff games. He was effective in spurts for the Texans, rushing 100 times for 420 yards and one touchdown this season, but he's clearly a backup and will not be a premier back in 2017. We saw that he wasn't an effective lead back in 2015, so it's unlikely the Texans would go that way should Lamar Miller not be in a position to top the depth chart.
Novak once again benefited from a Texans' offense that failed execute and couldn't finish drives. His 10 points in the playoff loss is a nice finish to a season in which he scored 127 points during the regular season. He's had a steady 29-game run as the Texans placekicker, since taking over in Week 4 of 2015. He converted 86 percent of his kicks over his two seasons in Houston and enters unrestricted free agency in the offseason. If the Texans don't make a run at him, Novak will certainly get a chance to compete for a job in some team's training camp.
The left guard spot was presumed to be Su'a-Filo's when training camp started, but poor conditioning and a calf injury cleared the spot for Jeff Adams, who was lost for the season with a knee injury. Bottom line, Su'a-Filo is back and could grab the starting job.
Newton, 27, started 46 games over the last three seasons. He received the highest run-block grade among any right tackles last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Brown spent the entire offseason rehabbing from a torn quadriceps and missed the season's first four games, and he held up against one of the league's best defensive fronts.
Walker was promoted from the practice squad after the team parted ways with fellow lineman Jeff Adams. The 25-year-old will likely serve as backup behind starting right guard Jeff Allen and could play a role on special teams.
Covington's availability was in some question after he didn't practice Friday and suited up in only a limited capacity Thursday, but it appears he's ready to go. He's slated to serve as the starter at the end spot opposite J.J. Watt, though he doesn't figure to offer much IDP utility.
Bouye is one of the most improved players in the NFL this season and it comes at a fortunate time for the cornerback, who enters unrestricted free agency in the offseason. He should command a healthy salary after leading the Texans with 16 passes defensed, tying him for ninth in the NFL. Houston could opt to apply the franchise tag to him, but that would be expensive. The tag for cornerbacks this past season was $13.952 million and will go up next season. If he can't come to terms with Houston, Bouye is sure to land a multi-year deal elsewhere.
The Texans were able to stick with the running game until late into the contest, as they surprisingly hung tough into the fourth quarter. Miller responded with another strong outing, and his four receptions tied him for second on the team with backfield mate Jonathan Grimes. Miller posted 73 yards apiece in each of Houston's two postseason contests, and he acquitted himself impressively with the career-high 268 carries he saw in 2016. The former Miami Hurricane topped the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career over 14 games, while also serving as a valuable part of the passing game with 31 receptions.
Strong has been sidelined since spraining his ankle in late October, and his season will now come to an end. He's appeared in just 18 games throughout the first two years of his career, and caught 28 total passes on 48 targets for 292 yards and three touchdowns, but no scores in 2016.
Williams was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad earlier in the week and was pressed into duty. The Texans had a new look passing attack Sunday after head coach Bill O'Brien yanked an ineffective Brock Osweiler for Tom Savage. The change resulted in a different targret distribution, which included getting some balls to Williams. It's unknown at this point if O'Brien will keep Savage as the starter, but if he does, Williams could sneak in as the third wideout ahead of Keith Mumphery
It's unclear what Still's injury is, since he played in the Texans' Week 4 loss to the Patriots. Brandon Dunn was promoted from the practice squad to fill Still's spot on the defensive line.
Houston's offense was a mess for much of the season, but the emergence of its tight ends was a bright spot. Griffin was targeted 74 times, catching 50 of them for 442 yards and two touchdowns. Both he and C.J. Fiedorowicz had career-best seasons in 2016. Not bad timing for Griffin, who enters free agency in the offseason. He's proven to be a capable target, catching 65 percent of his targets over the first four years of his career, and should generate interest on the market.
Fairbairn was attempting to usurp the placekicking job from Nick Novak, but hadn't played in preseason Week 2 or 3 due to the injury. They like his potential and want to evaluate him as a future kicking option.
While Mumphery played an increased role over the final several weeks of the regular season, overall he was used much less than he was during his rookie 2015 season. He was replaced as the team's main returner on special teams, and opened the year on the inactive list for five of the first eight games. It was only when Braxton Miller (shoulder) and Jaelen Strong (ankle) were placed on IR did Mumphery get some opportunities. He's signed for another two years and has knowledge of the offense, so Mumphery is expected to return in 2017, but he'll be fifth on the depth chart if Miller and Strong are healthy.
It seems unlikely that the injuries are anything of serious concern, as Clowney has played through them the past few weeks during the Texans playoff run. However, he will pass up his first Pro Bowl in order to nurse the nagging aliments before offseason workouts begin. Bengals' Carlos Dunlap will head to Orlando in Clowney's absence.
Smith was held out of practice entirely on Wednesday but he appears to be recovered now and isn't expected to miss more time due to the injury.
Fuller had little impact on yet another game, but his end-zone drop of a beautifully thrown pass will burn in the Texans' mind all offseason. The rookie has been a non-entity since Week 5 as NFL cornerbacks got more physical with him, limiting him to just 31 yards per game over his final 10 regular-season games. Getting in better condition to handle the press coverage he's been getting will be a top offseason priority, but he also needs to eliminate the drops that we saw all season long. He's got a wealth of speed and can separate, but if he can't get off the line of scrimmage or hang onto balls consistently, what good is that speed?
The Texans have declared Tom Savage out for the playoff game, so Weeden becomes active for the just third time this season. No knock on Weeden, but Osweiler would have to be hurt or play awfully for Houston coach Bill O'Brien to make a switch.
Gibson joins the Texans after spending time with Dallas, the franchise that drafted him in the seventh round of the 2015 draft, as well as stints with the Chiefs, Falcons and Bears. Houston has a couple of injuries on the offensive line -- Jeff Allen (concussion) did not practice Wednesday and Chris Clark (ankle) was limited -- so Gibson is seen as insurance.
Wilfork made two monster plays in the game. On a second-and-goal at the 2-yard line, he tackled Frank Gore for 1-yard loss, the play that preceded Jadeveon Clowney's strip-sack of quarterback Andrew Luck. And on the Colts' final play of the game, he hit Luck and forced the incompletion that secured Houston's victory. With just 19 tackles and zero sacks for the season, Wilfork isn't an IDP candidate, but has some real-world value as an interior presence.
Reader injured his shoulder last week against the Chargers. While he was limited in practice this week, his restrictions were likely a precautionary measure to ensure his availability for Week 13.
While Houston's tight ends have been productive this season, there's not enough targets for three of them, so Anderson will have to settle for limited looks after C.J. Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin get attention. Anderson has caught all five balls thrown his way over the past four weeks.
Johnson was placed on injured reserve back in October due to a broken foot and he only recently had surgery. It was originally thought that his foot would be able to heal on it's own but after a few months it was decided surgery would speed the healing process along. Though it will take him longer to return than initially though, Johnson shouldn't miss any offseason programs come April.
Grimes' 54 yards from scrimmage were the third highest on the team behind Lamar Miller (89 yards) and DeAndre Hopkins (65). He played a total of 26 snaps over Houston's two playoff games, getting more run on offense than Alfred Blue. He's spent all or parts of the last five seasons with Houston, so he's a known commodity who understands the system. Whether that's enough for Houston to bring him back for 2017 is open to question. They have other in-house options who come cheaper -- 2016 third-round draft pick Tyler Ervin and exclusive-rights free agent Akeem Hunt.
The NFL's leader among safeties with six interceptions, Demps' absence further hinders the Texans' ability to stop Tom Brady and company. With Demps out of the lineup, Corey Moore and Andre Hal should garner most of the snaps at safety in the divisional round.
Ervin suffered a head injury in the second quarter of Saturday's game while playing special teams, and he was not able to return to action due to his diagnosis. His status moving forward is uncertain.
Including this divisional-round tilt, Simon has made just one appearance in the past eight games due to a lingering chest injury. Expect the Texans to employ Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus as their outside pass rushers.
Ballentine began the season on the PUP list due to a knee injury and suffered his groin injury just a few games after being activated. He'll finish the year with just two games played.
Pettinato returns to the team he spent training camp and preseason with, providing organizational depth on the defensive line in the wake of injuries to J.J. Watt (back) and Devon Still (foot).
Brown, Chekwa and Moore had all been ruled out prior to Sunday. Both Carrie and Watson entered the contest listed as questionable. Carrie is dealing with an ankle injury. Watson has foot and ankle issues. Bergstrom and McGee are healthy scratches.
Dent will be available for Week 1 against the Bears. He'll back up at inside linebacker, giving Brian Cushing and/or Benardrick McKinney a breather.
“I will be back out there,” Quessenberry told the Texans' team site. “That will be a special day. I’ve been through a lot. That’s something that’s been a vision of mine throughout this whole process.”
Selected in the sixth round of the 2013 draft, Quessenberry has yet to log an NFL snap. He was placed on IR with a foot injury his rookie season and then received the cancer diagnosis last summer.
Quessenberry isn't cleared to resume football activities but he has been working out and lifting weights with his teammates. Texans coach Bill O'Brien said it's not out of the question that Quessenberry plays this season.
“I would say that this season is a possibility,” O’Brien said. “I would not rule it out. I would not rule it out, but we haven’t come to that determination yet.
Mercilus, who had two sacks in last week's win over Oakland, now has six sacks in three postseason games. He and Jadeveon Clowney were quite active Saturday, harassing New England quarterback Tom Brady all night as the Texans defense made this game tight until mid-way through the fourth quarter. Mercilus returns next season after leading Houston with 7.5 sacks over 15 regular-season games. With a healthy J.J. Watt (back) occupying blockers next season, Mercilus will be in a good position to generate a greater amount of sacks. He had 12 in 2015 when Watt was healthy.
Watt was limited to just three games this season after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in September. That followed a July operation on his back, making his latest rehabilitation the second of its kind. The All-Pro defensive end has been running and lifting weights over the past couple months, but it remains unclear if he'll be able to participated in organized team activities this offseason. Nonetheless, Watt is considered to be ahead of schedule, which bodes well for him returning to full form ahead of next season.
Kamalu has been working out at outside linebacker since signing with Houston and will serve as insurance in Sunday's road game at San Diego after the team ruled starting John Simon out due to a chest injury. Kamalu is a 6-foot-6, 295-pound undrafted free agent from the University of Miami.
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