|Offense||29th||116.2 (8th)||198.5 (29th)|
|Defense||1st||99.7 (12th)||201.6 (2nd)|
|88||Allen, RaShaun||TE||6-4||250||2/25/1990||2||Southern University|
|78||Austell, Erik||C||6-3||300||//||R||Charleston Southern|
|76||Brown, Duane||T||6-4||315||8/30/1985||10||Virginia Tech|
|2||Carter, Cory||P||5-9||200||//||R||Texas Southern|
|74||Clark, Chris||T||6-5||305||10/1/1985||9||Southern Mississippi|
|90||Clowney, Jadeveon||DE||6-5||270||2/14/1993||4||South Carolina|
|51||Cole, Dylan||LB||6-0||220||5/19/1994||R||Missouri State|
|86||Conque, Zach||TE||6-6||240||4/22/1994||R||Stephen F. Austin St.|
|56||Cushing, Brian||ILB||6-3||255||1/24/1987||9||Southern California|
|31||Decoud, Treston||CB||6-2||206||8/1/1993||R||Oregon State|
|50||Dent, Akeem (FA)||OLB||6-1||250||9/27/1987||7||Georgia|
|20||Dillon, K.J.||SAF||6-0||200||5/11/1993||2||West Virginia|
|23||Drummond, Kurtis||FS||6-1||200||1/29/1992||3||Michigan State|
|34||Ervin, Tyler||RB||5-10||185||10/7/1993||2||San Jose State|
|15||Fuller, Will||WR||6-0||180||4/16/1994||2||Notre Dame|
|64||Gibson, Laurence||T||6-6||305||3/19/1991||1||Virginia Tech|
|41||Grimes, Jonathan (FA)||RB||5-10||210||12/21/1989||5||William & Mary|
|93||Heath, Joel||DE||6-6||300||6/18/1993||2||Michigan State|
|18||Hill, Shaq||WR||5-10||180||5/12/1993||R||Eastern Washington|
|30||Johnson, Kevin||CB||6-0||185||8/5/1992||3||Wake Forest|
|24||Joseph, Johnathan||CB||5-11||185||4/16/1984||12||South Carolina|
|94||Kamalu, Ufomba||DE||6-6||295||11/2/1992||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|63||Lamm, Kendall||T||6-6||310||6/5/1992||3||Appalachian State|
|9||Lechler, Shane||P||6-2||230||8/7/1976||18||Texas A&M|
|47||Lee, Eric||LB||6-3||260||8/6/1994||1||South Florida|
|66||Martin, Nick||C||6-4||300||4/29/1993||2||Notre Dame|
|55||McKinney, Benardrick||ILB||6-4||260||11/19/1992||3||Mississippi State|
|13||Miller, Braxton||WR||6-1||205||11/30/1992||2||Ohio State|
|26||Miller, Lamar||RB||5-10||220||4/25/1991||6||Miami (Fla.)|
|21||Nelson, Robert||DB||5-10||170||2/16/1990||3||Arizona State|
|72||Newton, Derek||T||6-6||315||11/16/1987||7||Arkansas State|
|52||Peters, Brian||LB||6-4||240||10/31/1988||3||Northwestern (Ia)|
|58||Pratt, Dayon||LB||6-4||225||4/23/1993||R||East Carolina|
|77||Quessenberry, David||T||6-5||306||8/24/1990||3||San Jose State|
|42||Rashad, Shakeel||LB||6-2||240||3/17/1994||1||North Carolina|
|22||Rice, Denzel||SAF||6-0||196||3/31/1993||2||Coastal Carolina|
|67||Ross, Daniel||DE||6-6||325||//||R||Northeast Mississippi CC|
|94||Smith, Antonio (FA)||DE||6-3||290||10/21/1981||14||Oklahoma State|
|36||Smith, Malik||CB||6-0||190||8/28/1995||R||San Diego State|
|91||Still, Devon (FA)||DT||6-5||305||7/11/1989||5||Penn State|
|11||Strong, Jaelen||WR||6-2||205||1/25/1994||3||Arizona State|
|Virgin, Dee||DB||5-9||194||10/29/1993||R||West Alabama|
|73||Walker, Josh||G||6-5||328||6/2/1991||3||Middle Tennessee|
|5||Weeden, Brandon||QB||6-4||230||10/14/1983||6||Oklahoma State|
|75||Wilfork, Vince (FA)||NT||6-2||325||11/4/1981||14||Miami (Fla.)|
|82||Williams, Wendall||WR||5-10||185||9/18/1990||1||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|
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).
That means status quo for Savage who was the putative starter following the 2017 draft when Houston selected Deshaun Watson with their first-round selection. The Texans were impressed by how Watson picked up the system, but head coach Bill O'Brien affirmed that Savage is "ahead in how he functions with the offense." So, Savage enters training camp as the starter, but as O'Brien has said several times, he'll need to earn the No. 1 job every day.
Hal's illness apparently isn't serious enough to keep him sidelined, so he's slated to start at free safety per usual.
Allen took a step back in his first season at Houston due to lingering injuries and a position change. However, after undergoing offseason ankle surgery, the 27-year-old is aiming for a bounce back year. "My ankle feels pretty good," Allen noted. "It was more of a cleanup thing. It was something that had been bothering me for a little while." In addition, Allen has spent the offseason changing his diet, which has helped him lose over 20 pounds. All this considered, the veteran is very optimistic for the upcoming season as he looks to bolster the Texans ground game.
Hopkins is under contract this season at his fifth-year-option salary of $7.915 million, coming off what was easily the least efficient campaign -- 6.4 yards per target, 12.2 per catch -- of his otherwise impressive career. Brock Osweiler proved far worse than the subpar quarterbacks Hopkins dealt with in previous seasons, finishing last in the league by a wide margin with 5.8 yards per pass attempt. The Texans and Hopkins seem to agree that the 25-year-old wideout was a victim of circumstances last season and probably still has his best football ahead of him. It may still take time to work things out, as Hopkins likely is targeting an extension that compares to the deals signed the past few years by Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant and A.J. Green -- all of whom have contracts for $14-15 million per season with 40-50 percent of the money guaranteed. The Texans may hope to pay him a tick below that rate, though he'd end up making quite a bit more if he were to rebound in 2017 and then hit the open market next offseason. Either way, Hopkins stands to benefit from Osweiler's departure, even though the combination of Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson doesn't seem too promising, at least for this season.
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.
The nature of Fiedorowicz's current issue is unclear, but it's unlikely that he's dealing with any sort of severe injury at this point in the offseason. He figures to once again lead the tight end corps in Houston upon his return, but Ryan Griffin may see additional reps while Fiedorowicz watches from the sideline in the short term.
Dunn recorded three combined tackles in two games played for the Texans this season.
With the legal process just beginning, we won't speculate on a possible suspension, but there's a chance the Texans take action once all is said and done. A third-round pick out of Texas, Foreman is expected to compete for the No. 2 running back role behind starter Lamar Miller, although it remains to be seen how Sunday's events will affect his standing.
At the conclusion of the preseason, the 2015 undrafted free agent was waived/injured before getting placed on IR one day later. An unsubstantiated report from the Houston Chronicle on Sept. 8 claimed the Texans and Washington reached an injury settlement as the result of a chest injury, but he in fact remained on injured reserve throughout the campaign. As the offseason progresses, he'll look to compete for a depth role at outside linebacker.
Dillon has been rehabbing from the torn ACL that he suffered last season. The team appears to be reluctant to throw him back in the fire just yet. With four months still between now and the regular season, the Texans will likely ease Dillon back into the swing of things.
Scarlett had 13 tackles in seven games last season as a backup and was also a mainstay on special teams. The 23-year-old enters his second season with the Texans after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford in 2015. With so many other weapons on Houston's defense, Scarlett may be sneaky productive while opponents scheme to defend guys like J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus.
Heath went down in the Texans' divisional-round loss to the Patriots last January. While it still isn't certain what specific type of knee injury he was dealing with, the second-year Michigan State product did not require surgery and has been participating in the outset of OTAs.
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.
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.
Since he was selected in the third round of the 2017 draft, Moore has hopscotched through the league, logging time with four different organizations. Last year included the Colts, Chiefs and Cardinals, with whom he totaled 65 tackles (50 solo), two forced fumbles and one pass defended across eight games (seven starts). With Brian Cushing (undisclosed) and Benardrick McKinney embedded as the starting ILBs in Houston, Moore will likely be contained to special teams duty if he lands a gig by Week 1. However, Moore has shown the ability to rack up tackles when given the opportunity.
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.
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.
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 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.
Novak came through with what may have been a career-best season in 2016, converting a franchise-record 35 field goals for a Texans team that struggled to find the end zone. While Novak hasn't shown much prowess from distance in his career, he turned the corner last season, nailing 4-of-7 attempts from 50 yards or longer. The terms of his new contract with the Texans aren't yet known, but given that Novak is set to turn 36 in August, his deal likely doesn't include much guaranteed money.
Newton was placed on the PUP list last week; meanwhile, the Texans signed 31-year-old Breno Giacomini on Tuesday to provide a veteran option at right tackle. The Texans should have a better read on Newton's health outlook once training camp arrives, but at this time, there's a good possibility he doesn't suit up in 2017.
Brown will be subject to fines totaling over $80K if his absence continues throughout the week, which is the expected outcome at this point. Brown has two years left on a six-year deal, but wants to renegotiate the contract before he turns 32 in August. Expect Brown to hold out until talks improve with the Texans.
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.
The Texans took a hit in the secondary in the offseason, losing safety Quintin Demps and cornerback A.J. Bouye to free agency. They could use a combo guy to back up at both positions. Decoud's physical nature and length make him an interesting candidate but he needs to improve technique at cornerback.
Roberson was snapped up the Texans one day after he was released by Buffalo. With the free-agent losses of A.J. Bouye (Jaguars) and Quintin Demps (Bears), the Texans have added a body to compete for playing time in the secondary. Houston created room on its 90-man offseason roster by placing tackle Derek Newton on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
Martin missed all of last season with a knee injury. The 2016 second round pick is looking to make an impact for the Texans in his first season back. Assuming he steers clear of any setbacks, Martin should be in line for a starting job along to offensive front.
After working out for the team Friday, Anderson was granted an opportunity from the third organization of his career. He's spent time on the 49ers' and Bears' practice squads, yet the active roster eluded him on both occasions. Anderson will attempt to impress with what remains of Houston's offseason program and hope it's enough to stick around for training camp.
Miller missed Houston's final two regular season games due to shoulder, ankle and rib injuries, which came after he racked up a career-high 299 touches through just 14 games. While an increased workload was part of what made Miller's fantasy stock more appealing with the Texans than it previously was with the Dolphins, such exertion took its toll over the course of the campaign. Admittedly, Houston's at times horrid passing game left little alternative to calling Miller's number, so along with looking to improve through the air this year, the team will also hope monitoring Miller's duties will produce better results in the long haul.
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.
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.
Cunningham sees himself as an inside linebacker but he'll need to get bigger to man that spot in the NFL. O'Brien feels he can play on special teams immediately and serve as depth at inside linebacker, where he can be groomed by veteran Brian Cushing for an eventual starting job alongside Bernardrick McKinney. Athleticism is Cunningham's greatest asset. He covers ground, is adept at pursuing, and could probably step in right away as a third-down backer.
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
Still appeared in just three games with the Texans throughout the 2016 season, notching three tackles before suffering the foot injury. The former second-rounder is no longer with Houston but could have several options elsewhere upon his return to full health.
After catching 49 total passes in his first three seasons, Griffin blew up with 50 grabs in 2016, racking up 442 yards and two touchdowns. He and C.J. Fiedorowicz comprise a promising tight end corps for the Texans. Additionally, Griffin's return will be a significant road block for Stephen Anderson, who saw just 130 snaps as a rookie in 2016.
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.
Clowney -- who has dealt with more than his fair share of health issues since arriving in the NFL -- underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in January before hurting his ankle in OTAs. Fortunately, it seems he's recovered on both fronts and should open training camp without any limitations.
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 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 this term.
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.
Wilfork is currently an unrestricted free agent after spending the past two seasons with the Texans. At 35 years old and with 13 NFL seasons in the books, Wilfork is obviously coming to the end of his playing career. While the five-time Pro Bowler said last month he's in no rush to make a decision, Smith's expectation echoes the sentiment that Wilfork has played his final snap.
The Texans' 2016 fifth-round pick who was viewed as more of a rotational lineman coming out of Clemson, Reader started seven games in his rookie season and proved sufficiently capable of occupying double teams and clogging up the trenches at the professional level. While he finished the year with only 22 tackles and one sack across 16 appearances, Reader seems to be a lock to improve upon his 40-percent snap count from a season ago and, in turn, should have more of an opportunity to rack up the counting stats in his sophomore campaign.
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, who missed a majority of the 2016 season due to a broken bone in his foot, figures to be relied upon as a potential replacement for fellow cornerback A.J. Bouye. Johnson is on track to be ready for training camp in late July, but for now Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson will continue to lead the way at cornerback.
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.
As a two-year captain in college who scored 34 on the Wonderlic exam, the 6-foot-7 Davenport has the smarts and leadership skills coveted by any NFL team. The downside is the level of competition he faced while at Bucknell in the Patriot League. If Davenport is quick to assimilate, the fourth-round draft pick will become a regular in the Texans' tackle rotation, as Derek Newton (knees) is not expected to play in 2017.
In order to get that kind of responsibility, Ervin will need to improve his ball security which became an issue during his rookie season in 2016. He fumbled three times and lost two during the regular season, then fumbled twice in the playoff-win over Oakland. However, Ervin's performance during organized team activities looked very much like a player ready to make a leap in his second season. If the Texans are serious about preserving starting running back Lamar Miller, there will be touches available for a player like Ervin.
Thompson, who went undrafted in April, recorded just nine catches during his four-year career at Florida, where he primarily served as the team's kick returner. He'll look to showcase his speed and versatility throughout the offseason as he attempts to win a roster spot with Houston, but he likely won't be a threat to see targets in the passing game if he makes the squad.
Giacomini, who was released by the Jets in February, will add depth at right tackle for the Texans in 2017. The 10-year vet underwent back surgery following the 2016 season, so he figures to be somewhat limited throughout the offseason.
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.
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.
Quessenberry rejoined his teammates after a three-year battle with cancer. While he's still not in game shape, for good reason, the offensive lineman has been making progress. "We're in unchartered territory. But I feel great and it will be very soon where I can play," Quessenberry noted. "Look for more updates to come as training camp nears.
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.
Gray signed with the Texans after going undrafted in April. The injury is a setback that could cause him to fall behind in his competition with Chris Thompson and Wendall Williams for what might only be one roster spot.
Watt originally underwent back surgery last July, but perhaps rushed back too soon considering he lasted just three weeks into the 2016 season before aggravating the injury. He ended up requiring a second surgery in September that resulted in him being shut him down for the remainder of the season. Relative to the first operation, Watt has been afforded plenty of time to recover this time around and has progressed in his rehab without any known setbacks. As it stands, the Texans reportedly have no plans to limit Watt's snaps in 2017 and are preparing for the three-time Defensive Player of the Year to take on his usual three-down role.
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.
Watkins, selected in the fourth round (142nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft, played both nose tackle and defensive tackle at Clemson, where his quickness produced eye-popping sack totals from the interior defensive line. With the Texans, he'll be deployed as a run-stopper, meaning he'll need to add strength over the course of the summer.