|Offense||29th||116.2 (8th)||198.5 (29th)|
|Defense||1st||99.7 (12th)||201.6 (2nd)|
|Allen, RaShaun||TE||6-4||250||2/25/1990||2||Southern University|
|28||Blue, Alfred||RB||6-2||225||4/27/1991||4||Louisiana State|
|76||Brown, Duane||T||6-4||315||8/30/1985||10||Virginia Tech|
|53||Bullough, Max||ILB||6-3||245||2/11/1992||3||Michigan State|
|Carter, Cory||P||5-10||185||//||R||Texas Southern|
|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|
|Cole, Dylan||LB||6-0||220||5/19/1994||R||Missouri State|
|Conque, Zach||QB||6-4||225||4/22/1994||R||Stephen F. Austin St.|
|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|
|36||Dillon, K.J.||SAF||6-0||200||5/11/1993||2||West Virginia|
|23||Drummond, Kurtis||FS||6-1||208||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|
|Gibson, Laurence||T||6-6||305||3/19/1991||1||Virginia Tech|
|Gray, Deante'||WR||5-10||174||//||R||Texas Christian|
|41||Grimes, Jonathan (FA)||RB||5-10||210||12/21/1989||5||William & Mary|
|93||Heath, Joel||DE||6-5||300||6/18/1993||2||Michigan State|
|Hill, Shaq||WR||5-10||191||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|
|97||Kamalu, Ufomba||DE||6-6||297||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|
|61||Lee, Eric||LB||6-3||260||8/6/1994||1||South Florida|
|66||Martin, Nick||C||6-4||299||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.)|
|12||Mumphery, Keith||WR||6-0||210||6/5/1992||3||Michigan State|
|Nelson, Robert||DB||5-10||180||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)|
|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||235||3/17/1994||1||North Carolina|
|22||Rice, Denzel||SAF||6-0||196||3/31/1993||2||Coastal Carolina|
|Ross, Daniel||DE||6-6||325||//||R||Northeast Mississippi CC|
|Simonich, Jake||G||6-5||287||11/24/1993||R||Utah State|
|94||Smith, Antonio (FA)||DE||6-3||290||10/21/1981||14||Oklahoma State|
|Smith, Malik||CB||6-0||170||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|
|73||Walker, Josh||G||6-5||328||6/2/1991||3||Middle Tennessee State|
|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).
O'Brien said Watson will have to sit and learn behind Savage and Brandon Weeden, though it's clear the long-range plan is for Watson to be Houston's franchise quarterback. Savage, by dint of his experience in the offense, is the likely starter Week 1.
Hal's illness apparently isn't serious enough to keep him sidelined, so he's slated to start at free safety per usual.
The Texans long ago made the obvious decision to exercise the fifth-year option on Hopkins' rookie contract, locking him in at a team-friendly salary of $7.915 million for 2017. Though a disappointing 2016 season may have slightly reduced his value, the 24-year-old still figures to seek a long-term extension that pays him like the No. 1 wide receiver he is. The Texans likely will be amenable to discussion, as it's hard to argue that Hopkins' down season wasn't largely a result of poor quarterback play. He's yet to miss a game through four NFL seasons, catching 317 passes for 4,487 yards and 23 touchdowns while playing alongside a slew of sub-par quarterbacks.
A converted quarterback, Miller contributed little as a wideout during his rookie season, hauling in 15 of 28 passes for 99 yards and one touchdown in 10 games. His season effectively ended after Week 13, though, when he sustained an AC joint sprain as the result of a hard fall on his right shoulder at Lambeau Field. Now healthy, he intends to focus his offseason efforts on continuing to learn the nuances of the position.
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.
Foreman's current issue may potentially stem from coach Bill O'Brien saying last week that the rookie running back needs to do some work to get into ideal football shape. At the Scouting Combine, he checked in 16 pounds lighter than his listed weight as a collegiate senior in order to improve his measurables, but he may have lost a bit of strength in the process of slimming down. Upon his return to the practice field, he'll compete with Alfred Blue for the No. 2 spot behind Lamar Miller.
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 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.
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.
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.
There's a fair level of obscurity regarding Cushing's injury, but without any further word we're left assuming he'll be back relatively soon. Cushing has played through plenty of injuries before, so his absence is likely the result of a precautionary measure more than anything else at the moment.
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 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 already placed on the PUP list last week, meanwhile, the Texans have signed 31-year-old veteran OT Breno Giacomini in order to provide depth at right tackle. At this point Newton's forecast includes a level of uncertainty regarding his availability in 2017.
Brown is a reported no-show because he wants a new contract. As is usually the rules of negotiations, we'll have to wait and see how long Brown is willing to holdout for a new deal.
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 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.
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.
Head coach Bill O'Brien said after the draft that Tom Savage is still considered the starting quarterback, reflecting O'Brien's preference for a veteran signal-caller to handle his complex offensive system. Watson still figures to get a shot at unseating the 27-year-old in a training camp battle, as Savage is a 2014 fourth-round selection who doesn't have much experience (92 career pass attempts) and was mediocre in a two-game stint as the starter last season. The Texans gave up a 2018 first-round pick for the right to move up 13 spots in the draft and select Watson at No. 12 overall. Boasting a ceiling and draft pedigree that vastly outweigh those of his competitor, Watson likely will make starts at some point in the season, if not from the get go. Whichever player earns the Week 1 starting role will be backed by an impressive defense, in addition to an offensive supporting cast led by running back Lamar Miller and wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.
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
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.
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.
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.
Bullough has taken blame for the violation and is unlikely to appeal the suspension. Little more than a depth linebacker, Bullough's temporary absence shouldn't impact the defense greatly.
The first overall pick in 2014, Clowney is now under contract with the Texans through the 2018 campaign. He's coming off minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in January, but if Clowney remains healthy, he could sign a long-term extension prior to next season. Nonetheless, the 24-year-old will now have the comfort of not yet entering a contract year. After moving from outside linebacker to defensive end last season, Clowney showed just why he was so highly regarded coming out of college, registering 52 tackles and six sacks in 14 games while being named to his first Pro Bowl.
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 a respectable rookie season as the Texans' No. 2 receiver, catching 47 passes for 635 yards and two touchdowns. Despite the decent overall numbers, Fuller had several costly drops, including one on what would have been a surefire touchdown in the divisional playoffs against New England. Fuller possesses game-breaking speed -- as evidenced by the 4.28-second 40-yard dash he ran at the 2016 NFL Combine -- so if he can show more reliable hands, it's not difficult to envision him taking a step forward with his production, though the Texans' quarterback play will also need improvement for that to materialize.
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.
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 is close to a full recovery, but given how early it is in the offseason program, the Texans don't feel the need to rush him back onto the field just yet. The expectation is that Johnson will be back in action by the end of the week. Johnson figures to be an important piece of the puzzle defensively this season.
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.
Passing-down work represented Ervin's realistic path to early playing time on offense, but the Texans ultimately preferred both Lamar Miller and Jonathan Grimes to the rookie in those situations. Ervin thus got most of his reps on special teams, where a pair of lost fumbles outweighed his middling work picking up yards as a returner. It was a disappointing rookie season overall, but with a year under his belt and Grimes currently unsigned, Ervin could get more of a shot to contribute on passing downs in 2017. Miller still figures to be heavily involved through the air, but backup running back Alfred Blue is rarely used in obvious passing situations. Given his struggles with ball security as a rookie, it remains to be seen if Ervin will reprise his role as the primary return man for punts and/or kickoffs, but the team figures to at least give him some competition for the jobs. Ervin should have plenty of time to recover from the concussion he suffered during the playoffs before the start of Texans OTAs in mid-to-late April.
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.
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 needed as a run stopper. And to do that, he'll need to get stronger.