|Offense||19th||108.2 (15th)||239.6 (18th)|
|Defense||3rd||99.8 (9th)||210.4 (3rd)|
|70||Adams, Jeff (FA)||G||6-7||305||9/6/1989||3||Columbia|
|Allen, Antonio||DB||6-1||210||9/23/1988||5||South Carolina|
|Barton, Karim||G||6-3||313||12/13/1991||1||Morgan State|
|28||Blue, Alfred||RB||6-2||223||4/27/1991||3||Louisiana State|
|34||Bouye, A.J.||CB||6-0||191||8/16/1991||4||Central Florida|
|76||Brown, Duane||T||6-4||303||8/30/1985||9||Virginia Tech|
|Bullough, Max||ILB||6-3||249||2/11/1992||2||Michigan State|
|Clark, Chris||T||6-5||305||10/1/1985||8||Southern Mississippi|
|58||Cliett, Reshard||OLB||6-2||222||4/29/1992||2||South Florida|
|90||Clowney, Jadeveon||OLB||6-5||266||2/14/1993||3||South Carolina|
|27||Demps, Quintin||SS||5-11||208||6/29/1985||9||Texas-El Paso|
|Dillon, K.J.||SAF||6-0||210||5/11/0001||R||West Virginia|
|40||Drummond, Kurtis||FS||6-1||208||1/29/1992||2||Michigan State|
|Ervin, Tyler||RB||5-9||192||11/30/1992||R||San Jose State|
|23||Foster, Arian (FA)||RB||6-1||227||8/24/1986||8||Tennessee|
|Fuller, Will||WR||6-0||172||4/16/1994||R||Notre Dame|
|41||Grimes, Jonathan||RB||5-10||209||12/21/1989||4||William & Mary|
|38||Hilliard, Kenny||RB||5-11||226||10/31/1991||1||Louisiana State|
|7||Hoyer, Brian (FA)||QB||6-2||215||10/13/1985||8||Michigan State|
|31||James, Charles (FA)||DB||5-9||179||5/14/1990||3||Charleston Southern|
|30||Johnson, Kevin||CB||5-11||188||8/5/1992||2||Wake Forest|
|24||Joseph, Johnathan||CB||5-11||188||4/16/1984||11||South Carolina|
|63||Lamm, Kendall||T||6-6||305||6/5/1992||2||Appalachian State|
|9||Lechler, Shane||P||6-2||237||8/7/1976||17||Texas A&M|
|Lenz, Josh||WR||6-0||194||9/22/1990||1||Iowa State|
|Martin, Nick||G||6-4||296||11/30/1992||R||Notre Dame|
|55||McKinney, Benardrick||ILB||6-4||246||11/19/1992||2||Mississippi State|
|Miller, Braxton||WR||6-1||204||11/30/1992||R||Ohio State|
|Miller, Lamar||RB||5-10||225||4/25/1991||5||Miami (Fla.)|
|12||Mumphery, Keith||WR||6-0||215||6/5/1992||2||Michigan State|
|Nelson, Robert||DB||5-9||175||2/16/1990||2||Arizona State|
|72||Newton, Derek||T||6-6||313||11/16/1987||6||Arkansas State|
|Osweiler, Brock||QB||6-8||240||11/22/1990||5||Arizona State|
|52||Peters, Brian||LB||6-3||235||10/31/1988||2||Northwestern (Ia)|
|22||Polk, Chris (FA)||RB||5-11||222||12/16/1989||5||Washington|
|77||Quessenberry, David||G||6-5||306||8/24/1990||3||San Jose State|
|18||Shorts, Cecil||WR||6-0||202||12/22/1987||6||Mount Union|
|51||Simon, John||OLB||6-1||252||10/14/1990||4||Ohio State|
|Still, Devon (FA)||DT||6-5||310||7/11/1989||3||Penn State|
|11||Strong, Jaelen||WR||6-2||217||1/25/1994||2||Arizona State|
|Tomlinson, Eric||TE||6-6||263||4/22/1992||1||Texas-El Paso|
|5||Weeden, Brandon||QB||6-4||228||10/14/1983||5||Oklahoma State|
|75||Wilfork, Vince||NT||6-2||325||11/4/1981||13||Miami (Fla.)|
|6||Yates, T.J. (FA)||QB||6-4||217||5/28/1987||6||North Carolina|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Those that inked their contracts are cornerback Kevin Johnson (first round), inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney (second round), receivers Jaelen Strong (third) and Keith Mumphery (fifth), outside linebacker Reshard Cliett (sixth), defensive end Christian Covington (sixth) and running back Kenny Hilliard (seventh).
McKinney's deal is reportedly worth $5.3 million, including $3.2 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2.1 million.
Pagan is a 6-foot-4, 310-pound lineman who played three seasons at Alabama, racking up 60 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks.
The Texans worked out three receivers Monday, looking for some insurance for injured wideouts Nate Washington (hamstring) and Cecil Shorts (shoulder).
Yates' season will now come to a close after a couple of valiant efforts in relief of Brian Hoyer (concussion). With Yates out, Brandon Weeden becomes the Texans' stand-in starting quarterback until Hoyer clears league protocol.
Hopkins was routinely bracketed by multiple defenders last season, when the Texans lacked playmakers opposite him in their passing game. While Hopkins still broke out with a whopping 111 catches for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns, the draft additions of Fuller and Miller could allow him more freedom this season. Fuller ran the fastest 40-yard dash among receivers at the combine and Miller wasn't far behind him, so after they learn the nuances of Houston's offense, coach Bill O'Brien hopes opposing defenses will key less on rolling coverage toward Hopkins.
The Browns are 3 ½ point underdogs to the Panthers.
Wide receiver Eric Decker (hamstring) is questionable. The probables are offensive linemen Nick Mangold (shoulder), Dalton Freeman (knee) and Willie Colon (calf), running back Chris Johnson (ankle), wide receiver David Nelson (illness) and defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson (knee).
Most of the other players are their extensive injury report are probable, though featured back Arian Foster (hamstring), offensive lineman Ben Jones (ankle/knee) and safety D.J. Swearinger (elbow) are questionable.
The probables are linebacker Akeem Dent (hamstring), tight ends Garrett Graham (ankle) and C.J. Fiodorowicz (foot), wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (illness), defensive end Tim Jamison (groin), wide receiver Andre Johnson (ankle), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (foot), nose tackle Louis Nix (wrist) and fullback Jay Prosch (hand).
The two catches matched Fiedorowicz's production in the previous four games. He finishes the regular season with 17 catches on 24 targets for 167 yards and a touchdown in 16 games. He's still very much the blocking tight end.
Allen, who spent last season on IR with a torn Achilles, is now in line to provide the Texans with added depth at safety, plus he can serve as a contributor on special teams. In his last NFL regular season action, Allen notched 41 tackles in 15 games (including eight starts) for the Jets in 2014.
After putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday, Joseph will be in the lineup at right cornerback. Despite being arguably the Texans best cornerback, he's only recorded a single interception this season. This week he'll look to contain Sammy Watkins and the Bills receiving corps.
For a good portion of the regular season, after Arian Foster went down with a season-ending Achilles injury, Polk looked like the top backup who was threatening lead back Alfred Blue. But he eventually lost playing time to Jonathan Grimes and will enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. He had a career-high 99 carries for 334 yards (3.4 ypa) and caught 16 passes for 109 yards. The Texans may move on from Foster, opening up the running back job, but Polk is not considered an offseason priority.
Foster is five months removed from tearing the Achilles in his right foot, so it's no surprise that he remains in the midst of rehabilitation. Coming off a three-year span in which he appeared in 25 of a possible 48 games, an incentive-laden deal is likely in the 29-year-old's future, but a team such as the Dolphins could use his veteran presence to groom 2015 fifth-round pick Jay Ajayi with Lamar Miller poised to serve as Foster's replacement in Houston. While other organizations are sure to inquire about Foster, his status for the 2016 campaign remains in limbo.
After missing last week's game, Jackson will be back in the lineup at left cornerback. Since he was able to put in two full practices, he should be in good shape to square off against the Saints receivers and their high-powered passing attack.
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.
The report suggests that the Broncos offered Osweiler a multi-year deal worth more than $16 million per year to remain with Denver, but he'll instead get a fresh start with the Texans, a team that has been longing for some stability at the quarterback position.
Shorts was third on the Texans in targets (75), receptions (42) and yards (484), but had some difficulty staying on the field while dealing with hamstring and shoulder injuries. Shorts can be retained by the Texans for the 2016 season, but there might be a push to give Jaelen Strong a more prominent role. The team's first priority is figuring out their quarterback situation, which will obviously impact Shorts' value next season.
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.
After a couple of injury plagued seasons, Cushing has played 30 games the last two seasons, including all 16 in 2015. Cushing proved he's not done as an elite inside linebacker.
Hunt has been used in each of the two games since being signed off the practice squad, but Houston's backfield is mighty crowded right now, so Hunt's upside is limited. He's played a total of seven offensive snaps in the two games, but has touched the ball six times (five carries, one reception).
The second-year back flirted with the 100-yard mark against a stout Chiefs defensive front, although the majority of his production on the day came on a 50-yard burst in the first half. Blue saw his playing time wane as the Texans got further and further behind, limiting what could've been an even better day. Blue flashed at times as the fill-in for the injured Arian Foster this season, but his best-case scenario heading into next season will see him as the top backup to the latter.
Novak initially signed with the Texans after Randy Bullock struggled to begin last season. In taking over Houston's kicking duties, Novak connected on 29-of-31 extra points and 18-of-21 field goals, converting all of his attempts inside the 50-yard line as well.
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 has been described as a game-time decision by coach Bill O'Brien, but after practicing on a limited basis Friday, the offensive tackle appears to have a solid chance to re-enter the team's offensive line mix.
Covington is starting to get more playing time, taking snaps away from Vince Wilfork who has been a better personality than a tackler for Houston.
Bouye received a restricted free agent tender, so any team could make him an offer and the Texans would've been able to match, but that didn't happen. He has played with Houston for each of his first three professional seasons, though he took a bit of a step back last year. From the 2014 to the 2015 campaign, Bouye's tackles went from 59 to 16, and his interception total went from three to two. The dip in stats is associated with a drastic drop in playing time, as his defensive snap count went from 56.6 percent in 2014 to 17.7 percent in 2015. He'll be looking to rebound in the coming year, but he's still buried on the depth chart.
Hoyer was waiting out the 2016 NFL Draft before deciding on his fifth NFL destination, and he wasted no time by agreeing to terms with the Bears on Saturday evening. After starting 11 games in Houston last season, the 30-year-old will serve as a backup to Jay Cutler in 2016.
James has been playing with a foot injury the past few weeks and it finally caught up with him.
Miller rushed for a total of 872 yards and eight touchdowns on 194 carries with Miami last season, while adding 47 catches for 397 yards and two receiving scores. In the Houston offense, now helmed by quarterback Brock Osweiler, we'd expect Miller to see an increased workload and if he can hold up to the added pounding that entails, Miller is a candidate to see a nice uptick in production while clearly heading his new team's backfield.
The 2015 third-rounder caught 14 passes for 161 yards and had three touchdowns in 10 games games as a rookie for the Texans last year and appeared in line to see an increased role in the team's offense this coming season. That could still occur, though Sunday's events could potentially lead to Strong being subject to discipline at the hands of the NFL.
Griffin became the Texans primary receiving tight end once he was activated mid-season off short-term injured reserve. During the regular season, Griffin had 20 catches (34 targets) and two touchdowns in nine games. Despite Griffin's eight targets in the playoff loss, the tight end position has never evolved into a big target in head coach Bill O'Brien's passing offense.
Mumphrey got some elevated usage on offense during an early stretch of the regular season when either Nate Washington or Cecil Shorts were inactive, but didn't have a catch nor a target in the final eight games. On special teams, he averaged 24.1 yards per kick return and 7.8 per punt return.
In Week 16, Clowney sustained a foot injury that claimed his availability in the season finale and the wild-card loss to the Chiefs. Prior to that unfortunate development, he realized some of his vast potential as a pass rusher, racking up 4.5 sacks among 40 tackles (27 solo) and a forced fumble. If he can ever avoid the injury bug, he would augment an already imposing pass-rushing duo of J.J. Watt (groin) and Whitney Mercilus.
It's not a surprise the Texans will use someone as speedy as Fuller outside the numbers, but we're intrigued at what other plans O'Brien has for him. When training camp rolls around, we'll get a clearer picture of how the Texans plan to deploy their first-round pick.
Weeden played for both the Cowboys and Texans last season, passing for 305 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in two appearances for Houston, where he'll remain this season. Although he's destined for a backup position, Weeden's signing serves as another indication that the Texans will trade fellow quarterback Brian Hoyer this offseason.
"You have to put pressure on each individual, and that’s what I’m going to do," Wilfork said. "I’m going to put pressure on everybody. Not just myself. Not just the older guys. Not just J.J. (Watt). The quarterback. The coaches. No. It’s everybody."
"I’m not a rah-rah guy," Wilfork said. "And that’s one of the things that they’ll get to know quick. I love to have fun. I have the passion. I love the game. But if I need to say something, I will say something."
Entering his 12th season, the five-time All-Pro selection has recorded 516 total tackles, 16 sacks, 25 passes defensed, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.
Johnson will undergo surgery soon to repair the damage. The Texans' first-round draft pick in 2015 10 of 16 games in the regular, recording 54 tackles, one interception and nine passes defensed. And now Johnson has some playoff experience under his belt.
Grimes will stay in Houston for at least one more season, though the specifics of the contract are still unknown. In his last three seasons in Houston he recorded 116 caries for 508 yards, 38 receptions for 355 yards, and three total touchdowns in 32 games. He'll look to compete for second-string reps next season behind new addition Lamar Miller.
Demps was a late addition to the Texans' roster just prior to the start of the 2015 season, but he ended up playing a key role in the secondary. He racked up 61 tackles (35 solo), 0.5 sacks, six passes defensed, one interception, one touchdown, and a forced fumble in 14 games. He was also briefly used in the kick return game.
Ervin was an immensely productive runner at San Jose State, capping off his career there with a 1,601 yard campaign in 2015. He not only had a 300-yard game against Fresno state, but he followed that up the next week with a 160-yard outing at Auburn. Ervin is a burner (4.41 40-yard dash) skill position player, which has become a theme in this draft for the Texas, who are clearly emphasizing speed and play makers. He lacks the size to be an every down back at the next level, and Lamar Miller's presence ensures that Ervin won't be a workhorse early on his his career; however, if coach Bill O'Brien can find a way to get the ball into Ervin's hands, he could be a legitimate play maker capable of tearing off chunk plays.
The probables including premier linebackers Jadeveon Clowney and Brian Cushing, both with knee injuries, as well as Brooks Reed (groin), Jeff Tarpinian (knee), Justin Tuggle (shoulder) and John Simon (ankle). Cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph (concussion/knee) and Darryl Morris (ankle) are also probable.
A 2014 seventh-round draft pick, Ballentine get mosts of his snaps on special teams. He'll likely be placed on injured reserve Monday or Tuesday.
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 started seven games a year ago for the Texans in his first season with Houston. He was originally selected in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Falcons. The Falcons traded Dent to the Texans for backup quarterback T.J. Yates in 2014.
In his four-year career, Dent has totaled 174 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks.
“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 finished up the season in style with 6.5 sacks in Week 17 and the wild-card round of the playoffs. The Texans locked him up in the offseason leading up to 2015, and he was a big part of the defense that finished third in pass defense and fifth in sacks. Merciuls, Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt are the keys to Houston's pass defense.
At the conclusion of the 2015 campaign, Watt was apparently sporting five partially or full torn core muscles, yet the ailments didn't stop him from nabbing his third NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in a four-year span. In particular, he notched 17.5 sacks among 76 tackles last season, to which he added three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in a full 16-game slate.
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