|Offense||19th||108.2 (15th)||239.6 (18th)|
|Defense||3rd||99.8 (9th)||210.4 (3rd)|
|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||5/11/1994||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|
|Heath, Joel||DT||6-6||291||6/18/1993||R||Michigan State|
|38||Hilliard, Kenny||RB||5-11||226||10/31/1991||1||Louisiana State|
|31||James, Charles||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|
|Kamalu, Ufomba||DE||6-5||291||//||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|63||Lamm, Kendall||T||6-6||305||6/5/1992||2||Appalachian State|
|Langford, Ryan||LB||6-4||235||6/10/1993||R||New Mexico|
|9||Lechler, Shane||P||6-2||237||8/7/1976||17||Texas A&M|
|Lee, Eric||LB||6-3||229||//||R||South Florida|
|Lenz, Josh||WR||6-0||194||9/22/1990||1||Iowa State|
|Leonard, Richard||CB||5-9||170||9/2/1991||R||Florida International|
|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|
|Rashad, Shakeel||LB||6-2||245||3/17/1994||R||North Carolina|
|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||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|
|Wallace, Cleveland||CB||5-11||188||1/24/1994||R||San Jose State|
|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.)|
|Williams, Wendall||WR||5-10||185||//||R||Cumberland College|
|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.
Aside from an ankle injury that contained him to eight games in 2008, Joseph has appeared in 135 of a possible 144 contests. Along the way, he's picked off 26 passes, returned five of those for touchdowns, and earned Pro Bowl bids in both 2011 and 2012. With plenty of time to achieve full health in advance of the upcoming campaign, he's poised to serve as one of the Texans' starting cornerbacks for the sixth year in a row.
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 made it clear he expects to regain his top form, even though he'll turn 30 before the season and is recovering from a torn Achilles suffered in late October. He'll likely join a team before training camp, with Miami, Washington and New England among the potential fits. He visited the Dolphins at the end of March, but has repeatedly made it clear he's in no hurry to sign a contract.
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.
The additions of first-rounder Will Fuller and third-rounder Braxton Miller show that the Texans are intent on infusing their receiving corps with young and dynamic talent. Fuller likely presents the biggest challenge to Shorts given the fact that he was the Texans' first selection and that his speed complements DeAndre Hopkins on the outside. Still, Shorts has the inherent advantage of experience within the system over the Texans' pair of rookie wideouts. Regardless, Shorts will need to put together a strong showing in camp to keep the young weapons at bay.
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.
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.
Fairbairn made all 47 of his extra points and 20 of his 24 field-goal attempts during his seasons year. Nick Novak ended the 2015 season as the team's kicker, but he didn't perform so well that the Texans shouldn't entertain other options.
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.
Clowney missed Week 17 and the Texans' wild-card playoff loss after suffering a Lisfranc injury last season, but fortunately didn't require surgery over the offseason. As a result, Clowney is fully healthy going into the upcoming campaign and participated in Monday's start of OTAs. Still just 23 years old, the former No. 1 pick certainly made strides over the course of his 13 games played last season, finishing with 40 tackles and 4.5 sacks, and will look to build on that success this term.
Fuller had exactly two punt returns in game action during his three-year career at Notre Dame, but said he always practiced the skill. The Texans are trying out several others as punt returners during the three-day minicamp, including third-round selection Braxton Miller. Fuller is expected to compete for the starting wide receiver job opposite DeAndre Hopkins, so it remains to be seen if they risk exposing him to injury as a returner.
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.
By most measures, Johnson had a good rookie season. He started 10 of 16 games played and recorded 52 tackles, one interception and nine passes defended. While there were the typical growing pains associated with a rookie, Johnson flashed good instincts and a physical nature. He'll be part of the Texans' package whenever three cornerbacks are needed -- an increasing need in today's NFL -- joining Kareem Jackson and Jonathan Joseph to form a pretty good secondary.
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 made his bones at San Jose State as an explosive runner and kick returner, but the 5-10 back is showing off his receiving skills at minicamp. The fourth-round pick will be buried on the running-back depth chart to start training camp, but could work his way into the plans as a third-down back. He's also expected to get reps in the return game.
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.
Watt is coming off surgery to repair several damaged core muscles, and although last month he stated he was approaching 100 percent health, the Texans are understandably erring on the safe side with their defensive behemoth. While Watt didn't participate in team drills Monday, he did go through individual work on the sideline as the Texans started OTAs, and should be good to go once needed later this summer.
Men's Nike Brock Osweiler Navy Houston Texans Player Pride Name & Number T-Shirt Shop Now!