Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense24th128.7 (7th)166.7 (31st)
Defense14th98.7 (16th)225.0 (16th)
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79Allen, Jeff G6-43051/8/19906Illinois
89Anderson, Stephen TE6-32301/30/19932California
35Banks, Johnthan DB6-219010/3/19895Mississippi State
28Blue, Alfred RB6-22254/27/19914LSU
20Burley, Marcus DB5-101907/16/19905Delaware
74Clark, Chris T6-530510/1/19859Southern Mississippi
90Clowney, Jadeveon OLB6-52702/14/19934South Carolina
51Cole, Dylan LB6-12405/19/1994RMissouri State
95Covington, Christian DE6-229010/16/19933Rice
41Cunningham, Zach ILB6-423012/2/1994RVanderbilt
70Davenport, Julie'n T6-73151/9/1995RBucknell
31Decoud, Treston CB6-32108/1/1993ROregon State
23Drummond, Kurtis FS6-12101/29/19923Michigan State
92Dunn, Brandon DT6-23009/5/19922Louisville
12Ellington, Bruce WR5-92008/22/19914South Carolina
34Ervin, Tyler RB5-1018010/7/19932San Jose State
7Fairbairn, Ka'imi K6-01901/29/19942UCLA
27Foreman, D'Onta RB6-02354/24/1996RTexas
61Fuller, Kyle G6-53153/4/1994RBaylor
15Fuller, Will WR6-01854/16/19942Notre Dame
68Giacomini, Breno T6-73209/27/198510Louisville
21Gilchrist, Marcus DB5-1019812/8/19887Clemson
84Griffin, Ryan TE6-62551/11/19905Connecticut
29Hal, Andre FS5-101905/30/19924Vanderbilt
93Heath, Joel DE6-62956/18/19932Michigan State
10Hopkins, DeAndre WR6-12106/6/19925Clemson
25Jackson, Kareem CB5-101904/10/19888Alabama
30Johnson, Kevin CB6-01908/5/19923Wake Forest
18Jones, Andy WR6-12206/28/19941Jacksonville
24Joseph, Johnathan CB5-111904/16/198412South Carolina
94Kamalu, Ufomba LB6-630011/2/19922Miami (Fla.)
63Lamm, Kendall T6-63056/5/19923Appalachian State
9Lechler, Shane P6-22408/7/197618Texas A&M
65Mancz, Greg G6-43004/23/19923Toledo
66Martin, Nick C6-53004/29/19932Notre Dame
55McKinney, Benardrick ILB6-425011/19/19923Mississippi State
59Mercilus, Whitney OLB6-42607/21/19906Illinois
13Miller, Braxton WR6-221511/30/19922Ohio State
26Miller, Lamar RB5-102254/25/19916Miami (Fla.)
43Moore, Corey SS6-22051/28/19932Georgia
72Newton, Derek T6-631511/16/19877Arkansas State
52Peters, Brian LB6-423510/31/19883Northwestern (Ia)
35Pleasant, Eddie DB5-1021012/17/19885Oregon
45Prosch, Jay FB6-12558/21/19924Auburn
98Reader, D.J. NT6-33257/1/19942Clemson
75Reid, Jah T6-73257/21/19887UCF
3Savage, Tom QB6-42304/26/19904Pittsburgh
57Scarlett, Brennan LB6-42657/31/19932Stanford
71Su'a-Filo, Xavier G6-43101/1/19914UCLA
6Todman, Jordan RB5-102002/24/19905Connecticut
91Watkins, Carlos DT6-330512/5/1993RClemson
4Watson, Deshaun QB6-32159/14/1995RClemson
99Watt, J.J. DE6-52903/22/19897Wisconsin
46Weeks, Jon LS5-102502/17/19868Baylor
Injured Players
87Fiedorowicz, C.J. (IR) TE6-526510/22/19914Iowa
69Godin, Matt (IR) DE6-62959/30/1993RMichigan
16Gray, Deante' (IR) WR5-101742/27/1994RTCU
 Leonard, Richard (IR) CB5-91709/2/1991RFlorida International
Practice Squad
 Hamilton, Cobi WR6-220111/13/19902Arkansas
37Jones, Bryce DB6-01808/20/1994RAkron
 Lewis, LaTroy LB6-429511/9/1993RTennessee
44Ogunbowale, Dare RB5-112055/4/1994RWisconsin
53President, Gimel LB6-42756/4/1993RIllinois
 Pruitt, MyCole TE6-22433/24/19922Southern Illinois
77Quessenberry, David G6-53108/24/19903San Jose State
62Slade, Chad G6-53155/4/19922Auburn
14Thompson, Chris WR6-01705/9/1994RFlorida
 Virgin, Dee DB5-919410/29/1993RWest Alabama
Suspended Players
56Cushing, Brian ILB6-32501/24/19879Southern California
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Benardrick McKinney
McKinney recorded six tackles, including two sacks, in Thursday's 13-9 win over the Bengals.

McKinney is being asked to be a three-down linebacker this season. He played 59 of 64 snaps in the season opener, followed by 63 of 64 snaps Thursday. Those additional plays can lead to more tackles and sacks over the course of the season, particularly with Brian Cushing (suspension) set to miss another nine games. McKinney currently leads the Texans with 17 tackles.

Tom Savage
Savage will serve as the Texans' No. 2 quarterback in their Week 2 matchup with the Bengals on Thursday if Deshaun Watson (ankle) is able to practice Tuesday without incident, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

Savage was never expected to have a long leash on the starting job after the Texans selected Watson with the 12th overall pick of the draft in April, but it appears the former's reign atop the depth chart lasted all of two quarters, shorter than most pessimists might have even predicted. The 27-year-old was pulled in favor of Watson at halftime of the Texans' 29-7 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday after he completed just seven of 13 passes for 62 yards and showed little ability to evade the Jacksonville pass rush, taking six sacks and losing two fumbles, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Watson committed two turnovers of his own in the second half, but at least gave the Texans a more mobile presence in the pocket and generated the team's only score of the afternoon, connecting with DeAndre Hopkins on a red-zone touchdown. The rookie sustained a minor ankle injury in the contest, but so long as it doesn't provide any complications for him during the Texans' lone practice of the week, it looks like he'll be the team's starter in Week 2 and quite likely, the rest of the season. That would relegate Savage to a permanent backup gig, just about eliminating any fantasy appeal he might have offered in 2017.

Andy Jones
The Texans re-signed Jones on Monday.

With a plethora of injuries at tight end, Jones got the short end of the stick and was let go in order to promote a replacement from the practice squad. However, the team has now opted to bring the 23-year-old back to the club where he will presumably provide depth at wide receiver.

Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 3 at New England
Andre Hal
Hal was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, the Texans' official site reports.

Hal was limited in Monday's practice due to a hip injury, but his full participation Tuesday bodes well for his status this Thursday in a Week 2 matchup with the Bengals. However, if he suffers a setback, expect Marcus Gilchrist to see extended reps on the field.

Johnthan Banks
Banks signed a contract with the Texans on Wednesday.

A second-round pick out of Mississippi State in 2013, Banks never met expectations during parts of four seasons with the Buccaneers, Bears and Lions. That said, at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Banks brings intriguing size at cornerback and will offer some depth in the secondary with the Texans unlikely to have Kevin Johnson (knee) available for the next four to six weeks.

Chad Slade
No Updates
Bryce Jones
No Updates
Jeff Allen
Allen (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Allen did not practice this week and could reportedly miss a couple more games, so this was to be expected. The 27-year-old's status beyond this week remains unconfirmed, but having not practiced since sustaining the injury in the season opener, his chances for Week 4 are likely not optimistic as well.

Ankle - Inactive for Week 3 at New England
DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins caught seven of eight targets for 76 yards in Sunday's 36-33 loss at New England.

Hopkins led Houston in targets, catches and receiving yards for the third consecutive week to open the season. He's developing a nice rapport with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and is by far the most dangerous weapon in this passing game after being targeted a whopping 37 times through three weeks. Look for him to step up next week against a subpar Titans secondary.

LaTroy Lewis
No Updates
Jay Prosch
Prosch signed a three-year contract extension with the Texans on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The durable Prosch, who has played in all but one game in three seasons with the Texans, is primarily a lead blocker and special teams contributor. As a fantasy asset, there's not much there. Prosch has 10 rushing attempts and six targets over 47 games played.

Gimel President
No Updates
Braxton Miller
Miller brought in two of three targets for 10 yards in Thursday's 13-9 win over the Bengals.

For the second straight week, Miller struggled to serve as a complementary option in the passing attack, even as the Texans were missing their top three tight ends. The 24-year-old wideout is looking to take the next step this season after averaging just 6.6 yards per his 15 receptions in his rookie campaign, but the sizable presence of DeAndre Hopkins -- and to a lesser extent, that of tight ends C.J. Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin when healthy -- could leave Miller facing an uphill climb for targets. He'll look to improve on Thursday's effort against the Patriots in Week 3.

C.J. Fiedorowicz
Fiedorowicz (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

Fiedorowicz was one of the three Texans tight ends to sustain concussions in the Week 1 loss to the Jaguars, but his head injury is probably the most concerning of the three, given that he had previously been diagnosed with a concussion earlier in training camp. Given Fiedorowicz's importance as a safety valve and red-zone threat for one of the league's weaker passing attacks, it's possible that the Texans will designate him as one of two players eligible to return from injured reserve, which would allow him to play again by midseason. In order for that to materialize, however, Fiedorowicz will need to pass through all steps of the NFL's concussion protocol, which won't be a given due to his history and the volatile recovery timetables of head injuries in general. Ryan Griffin is the leading candidate to fill in for Fiedorowicz as the Texans' starting tight end, but he's unlikely to suit up Week 2 against the Bengals while he recovers from a concussion of his own.

Concussion - Injured Reserve
Brandon Dunn
Dunn has been waived by the Texans.

Dunn recorded three combined tackles in two games played for the Texans this season.

D'Onta Foreman
Foreman rushed eight times for 25 yards and caught two of three targets for 65 yards in Sunday's 36-33 loss to New England.

Foreman made a pair of big plays in the passing game, with each of his receptions going for over 30 yards. The rookie third-rounder out of Texas is being used as a change-of-pace option behind Lamar Miller in the backfield, but could start getting a bigger share of the workload if Miller doesn't start to improve on his quiet start to the season.

Marcus Gilchrist
The Texans signed Gilchrist to a one-year contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

After losing Quintin Demps to the Bears in free agency, the Texans have been in the market for additional help at strong safety. The wait was long, but after Gilchrist was cleared by doctors last week from last year's season-ending knee injury, it was only a matter of time before he found a landing spot. Granted, signing Gilchrist, a long-time free safety, doesn't exactly shore up the hole with the Texans' 2016 starter at the position, Andre Hal, still in the fold. Having said that, Gilchrist should have an opportunity to surpass 55 tackles for the sixth consecutive campaign.

Kendall Lamm
Lamm will start at left tackle Week 1 against the Jaguars, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

With Duane Brown continuing his holdout because of a contract dispute, Lamm will slide in at left tackle. Lamm is entering his third season with the Texans, having served mostly as a backup to both tackle spots and as a third tight end in goal line situations.

Johnathan Joseph
Joseph (shoulder) is active for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots.

Joseph was limited in practice throughout the week but was left off the team's final injury report. He'll play and isn't expected to be limited at all.

Brennan Scarlett
Scarlett is the leading candidate to replace John Simon as one of Houston's starting outside linebackers, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Jordan Todman
Todman will sign with the Texans, John McCain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Todman is an effective kick returner but hasn't been anything more than a depth running back in the pros. The 2011 sixth-rounder will compete for slotting behind starter Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue and rookie D'Onta Foreman.

Joel Heath
Heath was moved to the active roster Wednesday.

Heath had previously been on the Active/Non-Football Injury list. It's unclear what kind of role he'll have this season if he makes the team.

Corey Moore
Moore (concussion) will play Sunday against the Lions.

Moore, the Texans' backup free safety, missed practice Wednesday due to concussion symptoms. However, he has since cleared protocol and will be available to play.

Dylan Cole
No Updates
Marcus Burley
Burley signed a two-year contract Tuesday with the Texans, Aaron WIlson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Burley, who was released by the Browns following the preseason, gives the Texans some experienced depth at cornerback, a position where the team already possessed some high-level talent.

Kareem Jackson
Jackson had seven tackles, one sack and a forced fumble in Thursday's 13-9 win over Cincinnati.

Jackson isn't listed as a starter, but he's typically on the field plenty as the Texans' third corner. That was especially the case Thursday, when both Johnathan Joseph (shoulder) and Kevin Johnson (knee) left the game. No cornerback on the team supports the run better than Jackson, whose forced fumble led to a 49-yard return by Jadeveon Clowney, setting up Houston's first score of the game.

Eddie Pleasant
Pleasant has signed a two-year contract with the Texans,Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Brian Peters
Peters (quadriceps) will play Monday night in Oakland.

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.

Kurtis Drummond
Drummond was placed on injured reserve with a leg injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Drummond hurt his leg during preseason Week 1 against San Francisco.

Brian Cushing
Cushing (concussion) has been suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Already set to miss the Texans' Week 2 tilt with the Bengals due to the concussion, Cushing will now have to wait until Week 13 to play again. The Texans will look to rookies Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole to start alongside Benardrick McKinney, who supplanted Cushing as the IDP of choice from Houston's linebacking corps last season. Cushing was previously suspended four games for a PED violation in 2010, which explains why he was subject to a lengthier suspension this time around.

Suspension - Suspended until Week 13 at Tennessee
Alfred Blue
Blue (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

With Blue inactive, expect D'Onta Foreman to serve as Lamar Miller's top backup/complement once again in Week 3, with Tyler Ervin also in the Texans' backfield mix as a change-of-pace option.

Ankle - Inactive for Week 3 at New England
Xavier Su'a-Filo
No Updates
Derek Newton
Newton (knee) is a candidate to miss the entire 2017 season after tearing patellar tendons in both of his knees during Week 7 of his 2016 campaign, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
Greg Mancz
No Updates
Kyle Fuller
No Updates
Christian Covington
Covington (groin) is active for Sunday's Week 2 tilt with Kansas City, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports.

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.

Jon Weeks
No Updates
Matt Godin
Godin (knee) was placed on injured reserve.

Following his torn ACL, Godin was promptly placed on IR. Godin is in his first pro season after a college career at the University of Michigan.

Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Treston Decoud
Decoud could play safety due to his size and willingness to hit and is expected be a core special-teams contributor during his rookie season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Nick Martin
Martin was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, the Texans' official site reports.

Martin was limited Monday with an ankle injury but was back on the field Tuesday. It appears as if the center will be ready for Thursday's game against the Bengals, barring any major setbacks.

MyCole Pruitt
Pruitt signed with the Texans' practice squad Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans are completely depleted at the tight end position with Stephen Anderson and Ryan Griffin dealing with concussions and C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) on injured reserve. Pruitt could perhaps see an opportunity on the 53-man roster if he impresses in practice, since Houston's only healthy tight end is currently Evan Baylis.

Cobi Hamilton
Hamilton was signed to Houston's practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans are feeling the effect of injuries at wide receiver and are thin at the position. Hamilton played 11 games for the Steelers in 2016, catching 17 balls for 234 yards and two touchdowns.

Lamar Miller
Miller rushed 14 times for 56 yards and caught his lone target for seven more in Sunday's 36-33 loss to the Patriots.

Miller saw a limited workload with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson putting the majority of the offensive workload on his shoulders with 301 passing yards and 41 more on the ground. The 26-year-old running back's season has gotten off to a forgettable start, as he's averaging just 3.7 yards per carry and is yet to get into the end zone through three games.

Deshaun Watson
Watson completed 22 of 33 passes for 301 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while adding eight rushes for 41 yards in Sunday's 36-33 loss at New England.

Watson came tantalizingly close to being the first rookie quarterback to beat Bill Belichick at Foxborough, but poor time management cost him on the final drive after a New England touchdown put Houston down three with 23 seconds to play. He threaded the needle in between two defenders to give his team a 10-7 first-quarter lead with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington, but set up a New England score with a costly interception on his next drive. Despite ultimately coming up short, Watson bounced back beautifully with a strong second half to top 300 passing yards for the first time while adding a 12-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Griffin. The 12th overall pick out of Clemson has injected life into Houston's offense while cementing himself as the starter under center.

Zach Cunningham
Cunningham started in place of the injured Bernardrick McKinney (undisclosed) in Wednesday's 27-17 loss to Carolina in preseason Week 1.

Cunningham led the Texans with seven tackles, including four solo. The Texans have a good track record in drafting linebackers and they feel Cunningham, a 2017 second-rounder out of Vanderbilt, will be another good one. He can play both inside and outside while being able to drop into coverage when needed.

Richard Leonard
Ryan Griffin
Griffin (concussion) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.

Griffin has passed through the concussion protocol and should be ready to return for Sunday's game in New England. With C.J. Fiedorowicz on injured reserve while recovering from a concussion of his own, Griffin is set to assume a role as the Texans' primary pass-catching tight end. Given the team's lack of depth at wide receiver, Griffin could be busy Week 3.

Dare Ogunbowale
Ogunbowale was waived by the Texans on Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Ogunbowale had only 10 carries for 30 yards and four receptions for 20 yards in three preseason games. The 23-year-old was always a long shot for the role of third-down running back, but remains a good practice squad candidate.

Ka'imi Fairbairn
Fairbairn successfully booted field goals from 26 and 42 yards while adding an extra point in Thursday's 13-9 win over the Bengals.

We finally got to see Fairbairn attempt field goals, after he was limited to a lone extra point in Houston's season-opening loss to Jacksonville. Judging by the team's sluggish offense and inability to finish drives over the first two games of the season, Fairbairn may be a volume kicker this season.

Chris Clark
Clark (shoulder) started at left tackle in Wednesday's preseason opener against the Panthers, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Clark, who's bouncing back from offseason shoulder surgery, appears set to open the regular season as a starting bookend opposite RT Kendall Lamm.

Bruce Ellington
Ellington was a full participant all week after being cleared under the NFL's concussion protocol, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Ellington was unavailable Week 2 after sustaining a concussion in the season-opening loss to the Jaguars. With a thin wideout corps, made thinner when Houston released Jaelen Strong, Ellington will serve as the third wideout Sunday against the Patriots.

Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney had four tackles and a fumble recovery in Thursday's 13-9 win over the Bengals.

Clowney made a much bigger impact Thursday than in the season-opening loss to Jacksonville, a game in which he made just one tackle. His return of a fumble recovery was sight to behold. After letting Cincinnati's John Ross get outside of him on a reverse, Clowney followed the play and was in position to pluck the ball out of mid air after Kareem Jackson forced the fumble. He then showed his athleticism, racing down the sideline like a running back while carrying the ball in one hand.

Dee Virgin
No Updates
Will Fuller
Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Fuller (shoulder) isn't ready to play, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fuller's return to practice Monday may have created hope for an imminent return, but O'Brien shut down the notion in short order. The speedy wideout does at least seem to be a bit ahead of his initial timetable, which was estimated at 2-to-3 months when he suffered a broken collarbone Aug. 2. Fuller likely is targeting Week 4 or 5 for a return to games.

Shoulder - Inactive for Week 3 at New England
D.J. Reader
The Texans have "no concerns" that Reader will be able to replace Vince Wilfork at nose tackle, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans' 2016 fifth-round pick -- who was viewed as more of a rotational lineman coming out of Clemson -- 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. Consequently, he should have more of an opportunity to rack up the counting stats in his sophomore campaign.

Stephen Anderson
Anderson (concussion) was a full participant at Texans practice Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It's the first step to passing the league-mandated protocol, and if he illustrates no concussion symptoms, Anderson should be medically cleared to play against the Patriots on Sunday. With Ryan Griffin (concussion) also practicing fully, the Texans could potentially have their top two tight ends back for Week 3.

Kevin Johnson
Johnson (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Johnson was diagnosed with a Grade 2 knee sprain last week so this comes as no surprise. Marcus Burley will likely fulfill the role of nickel corner for the Texans on Sunday, with Jonathan Joseph (shoulder) expected to play.

Knee - Inactive for Week 3 at New England
Julie'n Davenport
Davenport and the Texans have agreed to terms on a four-year deal, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Tyler Ervin
Ervin has taken to the challenge of playing both running back and pass catcher, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "I think he's getting better," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think he's a very hard-working kid. Every game for him, relative to receiver especially, something new comes up that we can teach and we can work on the following week."

Ervin's ability to adapt to multiple positions has been helpful as the Texans are experiencing injuries at running back, wide receiver and tight end. All that while doubling as the primary return man on kickoffs and punts. His rookie season was marred by issues with ball security, but no such problems have cropped up in 2017. The injured players will return and he'll have to fight for targets and snaps, but that improved ball security should keep him part of the offensive attack.

Chris Thompson
Thompson signed with the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Jah Reid
Reid signed with Houston on Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It's unclear whether the team plans to use Reid as a starter. For now, it looks like he'll fill in when needed.

Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 3 at New England
Breno Giacomini
Giacomini (back) was signed by the Texans on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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.

Shane Lechler
No Updates
David Quessenberry
Quessenberry was waived Saturday, NFL.com reports.

Quessenberry, who fought back to football after battling cancer, is a pretty popular guy with the team and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him land on Houston's practice squad if he goes unclaimed.

Whitney Mercilus
Mercilus had a sack, three quarterback hits, two tackles and a pass defensed in Houston's 34-16 loss to New England in Saturday's AFC division-round playoff game.

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.

Deante' Gray
Gray (knee) cleared waivers and reverted to injured reserve.

Gray was waived/injured Tuesday after tearing his ACL last week. Unless he reaches an injury settlement with the Texans, he's likely stuck on injured reserve through the end of the 2017 campaign.

Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
J.J. Watt
Watt (finger) is active for Sunday's contest against New England.

Watt was limited in practice throughout the week but wasn't expected to miss Week 3 against the defending Super Bowl champions. He should be expected to start and play his typical role on the defense.

Ufomba Kamalu
Kamalu has been promoted to the Texans' 53-man roster from the practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Carlos Watkins
Watkins could be part of the rotation at nose tackle, where snaps will be available following the expected retirement of Vince Wilfork, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 3 at New England

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