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  • Texans' Jordan Thomas: Pair of grabs in preseason debut

    Thomas secured two of five targets for 17 yards in the Texans' 30-23 preseason win over the Lions on Saturday.

    Thomas had previously battled a hamstring injury that had kept him out of last week's exhibition opener, but he was able to practice throughout the week and then make his preseason debut. The 2018 sixth-round pick showed some promise last season while bringing in 20 of 27 targets for 215 yards and four touchdowns across 16 games and only being charged with one drop. Looking ahead to the coming season, Thomas currently sits atop the depth chart at the tight end position, and he'll presumably only have to hold off fellow second-year pro Jordan Akins to retain that slotting.

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  • Texans' Buddy Howell: Hefty workload in preseason win

    Howell rushed 15 times for 84 yards and a touchdown and wasn't targeted in the passing game in the Texans' 30-23 preseason win over the Lions on Saturday.

    The second-year back led all ballcarriers in rushing attempts and yardage on the night, averaging an impressive 5.6 yards per tote along the way. Howell's long run was a modest 14 yards, meaning he consistently picked up solid chunks of real estate throughout the night. The Texans now have Duke Johnson in the fold as an experienced complement to Lamar Miller, but there certainly could be room for Howell as the third back, a role he likely went a long way toward securing with Saturday's production.

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  • Texans' Deshaun Watson: Sharp in limited action

    Watson completed five of seven attempts for 60 yards and a touchdown while also gaining seven yards on his sole rush in the Texans' 30-23 preseason win over the Lions on Saturday.

    Watson logged only one series in his first taste of preseason action, but considering it was an 11-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a four-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins, that was all head coach Bill O'Brien needed to see. Watson was sharp throughout, connecting with Darren Fells, DeAndre Carter and Hopkins during the possession. Watson may also see some time in next Saturday's exhibition against the Cowboys before almost certainly receiving the preseason finale versus the Rams off the following Thursday.

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  • Texans' DeAndre Carter: Potential fill-in for Coutee

    Houston head coach Bill O'Brien said Carter is in position to fill in if Keke Coutee (ankle) is not ready to play the season opener Sept. 9 against New Orleans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Carter received ample playing time last season after the Texans claimed him off waivers from the Eagles midseason. He became Houston's primary returner on both punts and kickoffs and caught 20 of 23 targets for 195 yards as a fill-in for Coutee in 2018. "We talked about that last night, relative to Keke's injury and I'm glad we have DeAndre Carter," O'Brien said. "He's a good solid player, he's got good quickness, he's a strong player." Carter was recently activated off the PUP list and should see his first preseason action Saturday against the Lions.

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  • Texans' Jermaine Ponder: Claimed by Houston

    The Texans claimed Ponder off waivers from the Steelers, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Ponder replaces Jermaine Kelly, a seventh round draft pick in 2018 who missed his rookie season due to a hamstring injury. Ponder played college ball in the small Northeast Conference for St. Francis (Penn.). He set a school record with 16 passes defensed in 2018, leading the conference while ranking fifth in the Football Championship Subdivision.

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  • Texans' Will Fuller: Hoping for preseason appearance

    Fuller hopes to play in the preseason, noting that his surgically-repaired knee feels good, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Coach Bill O'Brien has consistently been optimistic about Fuller's rehab process, but we haven't seen any comments about participation in exhibition contests. The speedy wideout avoided the PUP list at the start of training camp and reportedly has been practicing without any limitations. Houston's next preseason game is scheduled for Saturday against the Lions.

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  • Texans' Deante Burton: Picks up injury

    Burton (undisclosed) did not practice Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Burton was spotted with an ice pack on his leg. The third-year cornerback is competing for a depth role in Houston's secondary, and missing any time due to injury could impact his chances of making the 53-man roster.

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  • Texans' Kahale Warring: Nursing concussion

    Warring is in the concussion protocol Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Warring will need to fully clear the league-mandated protocol before appearing in preseason action. The rookie tight end is competing with Jordan Thomas, Jordan Akins and Darren Fells for meaningful snaps.

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  • Texans' Matt Kalil: Injury free

    Kalil said Wednesday that he's able to practice without concern for injuries, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

    Kalil missed the entire 2018 season due to a knee injury and has suited up for only 30 of 48 games in the last three years. Now full healthy, the veteran tackle is competing for a starting role along Houston's offensive front, which allowed a league-leading 62 sacks last season.

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  • Texans' Keke Coutee: Not playing against Lions

    Coutee (ankle) will not play preseason Week 2 against the Lions, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Coutee, who missed significant time last season due to a hamstring injury, hurt his ankle in the preseason opener. While the injury is not considered serious, Coutee could miss more than just this weekend's game against Detroit. The Texans are hoping he'll be back for the season-opener against New Orleans.

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  • Texans' Jadeveon Clowney: No word on return

    Coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that he doesn't know when Clowney (contract dispute) will report to training camp, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

    O'Brien did express confidence that Clowney will be in good shape and ready to go when he does report. The 26-year-old has yet to sign his $15.9 million franchise tender or come to terms with an extension with Houston. It ultimately remains to be seen when Clowney will rejoin the Texans, though Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle previously reported that he's expected back before Week 1.

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  • Texans' Ira Lewis: Reverts to IR

    Lewis (undisclosed) reverted to injured reserve after clearing waivers, according to the NFL's official transaction log.

    Lewis was waived by the Texans on Friday, but he'll land on injured reserve after failing to draw interest on waivers. He'll remain on injured reserve for the rest of the year unless he reaches an injury settlement with Houston.

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  • Texans' Chris Landrum: Reverts to IR

    Landrum (undisclosed) reverted to the Texans' injured reserve after clearing waivers Sunday, according to the NFL's official transaction log.

    The nature of Landrum's injury still remains unclear. Barring an injury settlement, the 26-year-old's season now comes to an end.

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  • Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Will move around

    Mercilus is expected to line up at various spots, the Texans' official site reports.

    Houston defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel addressed the assembled media following practice and hopes moving Mercilus around creates an opportunity for him to earn more sacks. "Whitney is one of those guys that - he had 12 sacks a couple of years ago - He's the ultimate team guy and he will do whatever we ask him to do and I think that we are going to try to move him around a little bit more this year than we did last year and see what that does for him," Crennel said. Health may have contributed to Mercilus recording just four sacks in 2018. After missing 11 games in 2017 due to a pectoral injury, he was saddled by a preseason hamstring injury that lingered into the regular season.

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  • Texans' Greg Mancz: Not practicing Monday

    Mancz isn't participating at practice Monday due to an ankle injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Mancz exited last Thursday's preseason opener against the Packers during the first quarter and is still battling the injury. Starting center Nick Martin is battling a hamstring injury, leaving D.J. Coker to see increased reps in their place.

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  • Texans' J.J. Watt: Clear of groin issue

    Watt (groin) is participating at practice Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Watt suffered the injury during the Texans' joint practice with the Packers last week and sat out Thursday's preseason opener, but he's ready to go to start this week. The star defensive end is likely to see limited preseason reps regardless as the team looks to keep him fresh for the regular season.

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  • Texans' Duke Johnson: Won't play this week

    Johnson (hamstring) won't play in Saturday's preseason game against Detroit, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    The Texans were comfortable enough with Johnson's physical to complete a trade with the Browns, but that doesn't mean he's ready to play in games. The fifth-year pro should eventually slot in second on the depth chart behind Lamar Miller, who averaged just 1.8 catches for 11.6 yards per game last season. The 28-year-old has size and scheme familiarity working in his favor, but Johnson has proven to be more efficient and more versatile. Both running backs are likely to have sizable roles Week 1 in New Orleans.

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  • Texans' Jordan Thomas: Cleared for practice

    Thomas (hamstring) is returning to practice Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Held out of the preseason opener, Thomas did some side work with quarterback Deshaun Watson on Sunday and now has clearance to resume practicing. The second-year pro is the early favorite to start at tight end, but he may face competition for playing time from some combination of Jordan Akins, Kahale Warring (hamstring) and Darren Fells.

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  • Texans' Jerell Adams: Productive in preseason opener

    Adams caught three passes for 17 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' preseason-opening loss to the Packers.

    He's one of five tight ends in camp competing for what is expected to be three roster spots. With both Jordan Thomas and Kahale Warring nursing hamstring injuries, Adams could get increased looks during the second preseason contest Saturday against the Lions and submit more evidence that he belongs on the 53-man roster for Week 1 of the regular season.

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2018 Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 126.3
Def. 82.7


Player Injury
D. Johnson RB Duke Johnson RB Hamstring
J. Clowney OLB Jadeveon Clowney OLB Contract Dispute
K. Coutee WR Keke Coutee WR Ankle
I. Whitney WR Isaac Whitney WR Wrist
D. Burton DB Deante Burton DB Lower Body

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