|Offense||19th||108.2 (15th)||239.6 (18th)|
|Defense||3rd||99.8 (9th)||210.4 (3rd)|
|20||Allen, Antonio||DB||6-1||210||9/23/1988||5||South Carolina|
|73||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|
|21||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|
|53||Bullough, Max||ILB||6-3||249||2/11/1992||2||Michigan State|
|Bundrage, Quenton||WR||6-2||190||9/13/1991||R||Iowa State|
|74||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|
|36||Dillon, K.J.||SAF||6-0||210||5/11/1994||R||West Virginia|
|23||Drummond, Kurtis||FS||6-1||208||1/29/1992||2||Michigan State|
|34||Ervin, Tyler||RB||5-10||192||10/7/1993||R||San Jose State|
|15||Fuller, Will||WR||6-0||186||4/16/1994||R||Notre Dame|
|41||Grimes, Jonathan||RB||5-10||209||12/21/1989||4||William & Mary|
|93||Heath, Joel||DT||6-6||293||6/18/1993||R||Michigan State|
|22||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||6-0||188||8/5/1992||2||Wake Forest|
|24||Joseph, Johnathan||CB||5-11||188||4/16/1984||11||South Carolina|
|94||Kamalu, Ufomba||DE||6-6||297||11/2/1992||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|63||Lamm, Kendall||T||6-6||305||6/5/1992||2||Appalachian State|
|44||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|
|61||Lee, Eric||LB||6-3||260||8/6/1994||R||South Florida|
|19||Lenz, Josh||WR||6-0||195||9/22/1990||1||Iowa State|
|66||Martin, Nick||C||6-4||299||4/29/1993||R||Notre Dame|
|55||McKinney, Benardrick||ILB||6-4||246||11/19/1992||2||Mississippi State|
|13||Miller, Braxton||WR||6-1||201||11/30/1992||R||Ohio State|
|26||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|
|32||Nelson, Robert||DB||5-10||180||2/16/1990||2||Arizona State|
|72||Newton, Derek||T||6-6||313||11/16/1987||6||Arkansas State|
|17||Osweiler, Brock||QB||6-8||240||11/22/1990||5||Arizona State|
|52||Peters, Brian||LB||6-4||235||10/31/1988||2||Northwestern (Ia)|
|77||Quessenberry, David||T||6-5||306||8/24/1990||3||San Jose State|
|42||Rashad, Shakeel||LB||6-2||235||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|
|91||Still, Devon||DT||6-5||305||7/11/1989||4||Penn State|
|11||Strong, Jaelen||WR||6-2||217||1/25/1994||2||Arizona State|
|83||Tomlinson, Eric||TE||6-6||263||4/22/1992||1||Texas-El Paso|
|37||Wallace, Cleveland||CB||5-11||177||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.)|
|82||Williams, Wendall||WR||5-10||185||9/18/1990||R||Cumberland College|
|Leonard, Richard (IR)||CB||5-9||170||9/2/1991||R||Florida International|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Savage reportedly threw the ball well during the Texans' OTAs this week, which marked his first team practices since landing on injured reserve with a severe shoulder sprain last year. While Brock Osweiler's four-year, $72 million contract signed with the Texans this offseason certainly make him Houston's starter this season, Savage's return to health figures to allow him to compete with Brandon Weeden for primary backup duties this season.
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).
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).
While Miller is up for any role that comes his way, position coach Sean Ryan was less expansive. "I think Braxton is coming along great," Ryan said. "Another good inside and outside guy. Great skill set, change of direction, catching the ball well. I've been really happy with him." Miller's eventual role will be determined during training camp, but he's still relatively new to the wide receiver position. If he develops quickly and engenders the confidence of coaches, Miller could emerge as the starting slot receiver. We also expect he'll get a chance to be a return man on special teams.
While Fiedorowicz improved from four catches (seven targets) in his rookie season to catching 17 of his 24 targets in 2015, it's hard to envision him gaining a bigger receiving role going forward, particularly with the offseason makeover the Texans' offense underwent. Ryan Griffin, who was limited to nine games last season, is the leading threat as a receiver from the position. If Griffin's healthy, Fiedorowicz's targets will likely decrease in 2016.
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.
An undrafted rookie out of Stanford, Scarlett will compete for a roster spot once cleared by the team. However, after playing as a defensive end in college, he'll need to make the transition to linebacker at the professional level.
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' original deal called for $2.75 million non-guaranteed, but by re-working his contract with the Texans, he's presumably earned a degree of job security at the amended team-friendly terms. Shorts, who caught 42 passes for 484 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games last season, is thus slated to face competition for playing time opposite DeAndre Hopkins from the likes of fellow wideouts Jaelen Strong, Will Fuller and Braxton Miller. In any case, Shorts' experience figures to be an asset to the team's passing game, now helmed by QB Brock Osweiler, and it's plausible that the 28-year-old wideout will carve out some PPR utility this season if he's able to mesh well with his new signal-caller.
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 reportedly played through a stress fracture in his foot for over a month before suffering a complete fracture and landing on injured reserve in December. Subsequently, he missed the near-entirety of Houston's offseason program, but hasn't reported any setbacks and will be ready for the start of training camp.
As a rookie, Miller caught just six balls in 13 games, but by his final season in Miami, he caught 47 of 57 targets for 397 yards, including six catches of more than 20 yards. The Texans offense should be a radically different beast than what we saw last season. The forward pass will be in vogue and Miller is a big part of the makeover -- both as a runner and receiver.
After being drafted in the third round of the 2015 draft, a paunchy Strong showed up at OTAs weighing in at 231 pounds. Head coach Bill O'Brien called him out at the time and Strong heard the message. This year, Strong his leaner and a more determined player.
Although Texans tight ends combined for just 77 targets and 41 receptions last season, Griffin did lead the way with 32 and 20, respectively, despite losing seven games to injury. The team didn't address the position with any notable free agents or draft picks, but rookie UDFA Stephen Anderson could compete for a role in the slot. Houston hasn't had a fantasy-relevant tight end since Garrett Graham put together a solid stretch during the middle of the 2013 season.
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.
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 offseason has been devoted to recovery from a pair of surgery after sustaining fractures in both his foot and wrist near the end of the 2015 season. Although he hasn't practiced with the team yet this offseason, he's been able to participate in both running and individual drills. The former first-round draft pick has also reportedly put on muscle heading into the 2016 season, while he's slated as the No. 3 cornerback behind Kareem Jackson and Jonathan Joseph.
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.
Ballentine suffered a dislocated knee cap in addition to a torn PCL and MCL in the same left knee during a freak accident early last season. After an offseason of rehab, and when team doctors give him the thumbs up, he should be all set to retake the field come Week 1. Though Ballentine hasn't played much during his first two injury-marred years in the league, his roster spot shouldn't be in danger.
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 will travel to Los Angeles this week for the next step in his recovery to work with a specialist. The four-year veteran, who has a career total of 30 sacks, is coming off his best NFL season having recorded 12 sacks. He's a sneaky IDP play on the Texans' defense which boasts the most sought-after IDP in J.J. Watt.
Watt underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back last week, so him landing on the PUP list really comes as no surprise. Following his procedure, Watt is expected to need at least eight weeks before he's able to return to the field, putting him on the fringe of being available for the start of the regular season. As a result, Watt will likely remain on the PUP list for most, if not all, of training camp and won't be activated until he's close to being able to practice again.
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