|Offense||21st||115.1 (13th)||204.9 (20th)|
|Defense||19th||109.2 (12th)||237.4 (24th)|
|37||Chachere, Andre||DB||6-0||200||2/10/1996||R||San Jose State|
|90||Clowney, Jadeveon||DE||6-5||270||2/14/1993||5||South Carolina|
|51||Cole, Dylan||LB||6-0||220||5/19/1994||2||Missouri State|
|16||Coutee, Keke||WR||5-11||180||1/14/1997||R||Texas Tech|
|31||Decoud, Treston||DB||6-2||205||8/1/1993||2||Oregon State|
|23||Drummond, Kurtis||DB||6-1||200||1/29/1992||4||Michigan State|
|53||Ejiofor, Duke||LB||6-4||275||4/24/1995||R||Wake Forest|
|12||Ellington, Bruce||WR||5-9||200||8/22/1991||5||South Carolina|
|21||Ervin, Tyler||RB||5-10||185||10/7/1993||3||San Jose State|
|15||Fuller, Will||WR||6-0||180||4/16/1994||3||Notre Dame|
|47||Gilchrist, Kennan||LB||6-2||225||9/16/1994||1||Appalachian State|
|67||Hardison, Marcus||DT||6-3||315||2/14/1992||3||Arizona State|
|93||Heath, Joel||DE||6-6||300||6/18/1993||3||Michigan State|
|76||Henderson, Seantrel||T||6-7||330||1/21/1992||5||Miami (FL)|
|63||Johnson, Roderick||T||6-6||300||11/28/1995||2||Florida State|
|30||Johnson, Kevin||CB||6-0||185||8/5/1992||4||Wake Forest|
|24||Joseph, Johnathan||DB||5-11||185||4/16/1984||13||South Carolina|
|94||Kamalu, Ufomba||LB||6-6||295||11/2/1992||3||Miami (FL)|
|35||Kelly, Jermaine||DB||6-1||195||2/26/1995||R||San Jose State|
|49||Keyes, Josh||LB||6-2||225||1/23/1993||4||Boston College|
|74||Lamm, Kendall||T||6-6||310||6/5/1992||4||Appalachian State|
|9||Lechler, Shane||P||6-2||230||8/7/1976||19||Texas A&M|
|82||Lengel, Matt||TE||6-7||265||12/27/1990||3||Eastern Kentucky|
|66||Martin, Nick||C||6-4||300||4/29/1993||3||Notre Dame|
|55||McKinney, Benardrick||LB||6-4||260||11/19/1992||4||Mississippi State|
|13||Miller, Braxton||WR||6-1||205||11/30/1992||3||Ohio State|
|26||Miller, Lamar||RB||5-10||220||4/25/1991||7||Miami (FL)|
|6||Morris, Stephen||QB||6-2||220||8/27/1992||1||Miami (FL)|
|52||Peters, Brian||LB||6-4||240||10/31/1988||4||Northwestern (Ia)|
|33||Pope, Troymaine||RB||5-9||205||11/29/1993||2||Jacksonville State|
|85||Pruitt, MyCole||TE||6-2||245||3/24/1992||2||Southern Illinois|
|77||Quessenberry, David||G||6-5||305||8/24/1990||2||San Jose State|
|75||Rankin, Martinas||T||6-5||315||10/20/1994||R||Mississippi State|
|81||Robinson, Jevoni||TE||6-8||225||11/16/1992||1||Barry University|
|17||Smith, Vyncint||WR||6-3||195||6/9/1996||R||Limestone College|
|83||Thomas, Jordan||TE||6-5||280||8/2/1996||R||Mississippi State|
|36||Thornton, Josh||CB||5-11||185||11/24/1992||1||Southern Utah|
|34||Virgin, Dee||DB||5-10||205||10/29/1993||1||West Alabama|
|3||Weeden, Brandon||QB||6-3||230||10/14/1983||7||Oklahoma State|
|Leonard, Richard (IR)||CB||5-9||170||9/2/1991||R||Florida International|
McKinney started the season strong with 17 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble across Weeks 1 and 2, but didn't log any other true impact performances. All in all it was a decent season for the 25-year-old, but a definite step down from his 129 tackle and five sack output in 2016. The 2015-second round pick will aim to recreate that production next season as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.
Kelemete was an extremely versatile lineman for the Saints in 2017, making appearances at all but center during the campaign and starting eight regular-season games. He joins a new-look Texans offensive line and should battle for a starting spot at various spots out of the gates in 2018.
The designation comes as no surprise after Hal was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in June. The Texans will prioritize Hal's long-term health rather than rushing him back to the field, leaving his timetable for a return up in the air. Hal tallied 71 tackles and three interceptions in 16 games a season ago, but was likely to see his role decline during the upcoming campaign after the Texans brought in Tyrann Mathieu and shifted Kareem Jackson to safety.
Hopkins has been away from the team for two days to attend to a personal matter, but as expected, is back in camp Thursday. It was an excused absence, and not a matter that is expected to affect his 2018 outlook.
Lewis, who missed the Texans' Week 16 loss to the Steelers, is now slated to miss the regular-season finale as well due to his shoulder injury. His absence won't have much of an impact, as he logged just three tackles in two games during the 2017 season.
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.
Miller was sidelined during practice throughout the weekend due to a minor illness accompanied by soreness following a three-catch effort in Thursday's preseason opener against the Chiefs. His return to full health will be key moving forward as he competes for the starting role at slot receiver.
Dunn recorded three combined tackles in two games played for the Texans this season.
Foreman, who currently resides on the Physically Unable to Perform list, doesn't seem to be anywhere near a full return to the field, but the fact he's remained setback-free in his recovery from a severe injury is nonetheless significant in its own right. With that said, Foreman likely faces an uphill battle to avoid being placed on the regular-season PUP list, which would prevent the running back from playing in the first six games of the season.
Pope got into the game during the first half, but most of his action came in the second half. With D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) in a state of uncertainty, there's likely a roster spot available. Pope showed the traits that suggest his main competition in camp is Tyler Ervin, who had a couple of rushes for 12 yards and was not targeted.
Lamm was a full participant in practice Friday but failed to clear the concussion protocol in time for the game. Chad Slade has filled in for him the past couple weeks and likely will once again.
Joseph battled injuries throughout the 2017 season but still started all 16 games for Houston, recording 47 tackles (37 solo), two interceptions and one return touchdown. The veteran cornerback, who will turn 34 in April, is in line to start once again this coming season, opposite newcomer Aaron Colvin.
Fulton displayed versatility in his four seasons with the Chiefs, starting at all three of the interior line spots. With the Texans already sporting 2016 second-round pick Nick Martin at center, Fulton is expected to serve as a guard in Houston. 2017 starting left guard Xavier Su'a-Filo will likely leave the team via free agency, making that the logical landing spot for Fulton on the offensive line.
Scarlett, who finished up 2017 on injured reserve due to a foot injury, is healthy again and working on moves to elude blockers. He started five of 11 games played last season and recorded 29 tackles with two sacks.
Bademosi has been one of the league's better special-teams assets for years now and the Texans clearly paid him like it. The soon-to-be 28-year-old also has the versatility to play at cornerback -- after all, he started three games in 2017 -- but not to the extent where he's worthy of IDP consideration in advance of the 2018 campaign.
Heath will suit up for the first time since Week 6 against the Browns. The second-year pro has yet to play significant defensive snaps, but due to injuries on the Texans' defensive front, he may be in for a high snap count Sunday. However, it's quite possible Houston keeps his snap count low since he only practiced as a limited participant all week.
Moore landed on injured reserve in December with a Grade 2 MCL sprain and had yet to recover from the injury in late June. However, he appears fully healthy with training camp now underway. The 25-year-old should be competing for a role as a depth safety and special teams contributor, given the Texans' addition of Tyrann Mathieu in the offseason.
Lengel dressed in just one game for the Browns last season and played one snap on offense and four on special teams. The 6-foot-7, 265-pound tight end did make two catches and scored a touchdown in 2016 for the Patriots, but with that as the pinnacle of his career, he'll have to prove himself in training camp if he wants to snag a depth role in 2018.
Mathieu played a steady mix of safety and slot corner during his time in Arizona, and also received a few looks as an outside corner and nickel linebacker. He led the NFL in both defensive snaps (1,056) and total snaps (1,263) last season, but hasn't quite looked like the best version of himself since suffering the second ACL tear of his career late in the 2015 campaign. With starting free safety Andre Hal returning and slot corner Aaron Colvin also signed this offseason, Mathieu will likely open training camp as the starter at strong safety, a favorable spot for piling up tackles.
Texans secondary coach Anthony Midget described Jackson as "instinctive" and "physical," qualities that will aid in his transition from defensive back to safety. "He's a guy that has played the position for us in the past when we needed to, so now he's concentrating on it and the more practice reps he gets at it, he'll just continue to get better," said the coach. Jackson recorded 73 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in 16 games (14 starts) last season. He's entering the final year of a four-year contract and could be in line for a new contract if the position move works out.
Bray was waived by the Bills a week ago in order to open a roster spot for the newly acquired Corey Coleman. He'll spend training camp with the Texans but is a long shot to make the team's final roster given that they boast plenty of quality depth at wide receiver, but Houston's been on a perpetual mission to find a return specialist, an area that Bray fulfilled while with the Colts the previous three seasons. The Texans had Tyler Ervin and Braxton Miller returning kicks in the preseason opener.
While the Texans elected not to tender Blackson as a restricted free agent, he's back in the fold after spending the final nine games of the 2017 season with the Texans. The 25-year-old recorded nine tackles and one pass break-up with Houston, and will likely serve as a rotational defensive lineman again in 2018.
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.
While the injury doesn't sound too serious, it could still be a significant setback for Coutee, who is expected to compete for the No. 3 receiver job with Bruce Ellington and Braxton Miller. The rookie fourth-round pick now figures to miss a sizable portion of training camp and at least one or two preseason games.
Blue was the second running back used after starter Lamar Miller and was easily held in check by Kansas City's defense. That's been the knock on him throughout his career -- he doesn't make tacklers miss. If D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) was healthy, Blue's chances of making the roster would be minimal. As it stands now, Foreman is not guaranteed for Week 1, and Blue has more size than his main competitors, Tyler Ervin and Troymaine Pope.
Martin missed Monday's loss to the Ravens but should resume his reserve role this week against the Titans.
Fuller missed Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, but it seems as if the hamstring injury is now behind him after logging a full practice Thursday. Look for an official update on his status to come either after Friday's injury report or before Sunday's game against the Browns.
Covington was shut down after for the season after tearing his biceps in a Week 8 loss to the Seahawks, finishing the 2017 campaign with 16 tackles (10 solo), one sack and one forced fumble across seven games (two starts). After having completed his rehab process following surgery to repair his biceps, Covington shouldn't face any limitations when the Texans' offseason program begins in the spring. Look for Covington to work in a rotational role along the defensive line in 2018, the final year of his rookie deal.
Morris was waived by the Seahawks three days ago after spending a month under contract with the team, his fifth as a pro. With Brandon Weeden and Joe Webb the only quarterbacks on the Texans' roster behind Deshaun Watson, Morris has a shot to compete for a backup job this offseason.
Johnson was let go by the Browns on Tuesday when the team signed offensive lineman Greg Robinson. The 22-year-old Johnson, who is now entering his second season, missed the entire 2017 campaign due to a knee injury. He'll have to prove the injury is behind him if he hopes to secure a spot on the Texans' 53-man roster during training camp.
Decoud, a fifth-round draft pick in 2017, played 10 games (no starts) last season, finishing with seven tackles. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Decoud has the size to play safety and will compete for a backup job with rookie Justin Reid and veterans Corey Moore and Kurtis Drummond. Tyrann Mathieu and Andre Hal are the expected starting safeties as the Texans prepare for organized team activities later this month.
The center continues to make progress after missing the final two games of last season with the ankle injury. Look for more updates to come as training camp nears, with the veteran expected to be ready for the beginning of the regular season.
Pruitt missed the final few games of 2018 after landing on injured reserve in December with the calf injury. The 26-year-old was active for only one game with the Texans last season and will have an uphill battle to earn a spot on the team's 53-man roster.
Miller played just one series and showed off his lighter, sleeker body, particularly on a 19-yard run up the left sideline. That type of explosion was something many thought Miller lacked last season, but he showed it off on the game's opening series. He was followed in the game by Alfred Blue, then Troymaine Pope and Tyler Ervin.
Watson tore his right ACL in Week 8 of the 2017 season, but his subsequent rehab and recovery has gone smooth and the fact that he's already seen preseason action and is able to work without a brace at this stage is highly encouraging. In the absence of any setbacks, Watson -- whose star was on the rise before his injury -- is on track to be good to go to start the coming season, at which point he'll look to pick up where left off last year.
Not surprisingly, Webb was off target on more than half of his throws, but his versatility was on full display. For a quarter-and-a-half, Webb played on various special teams units before being inserted at quarterback midway through the second quarter. He moved the chains a couple of times with his legs and apparently will do anything to make the team. At present, he's third on the depth chart behind Deshaun Watson and Brandon Weeden.
Cunningham recorded a sack for the second straight week and played all 73 defensive snaps. The rookie remained at inside linebacker despite the return of veteran Brian Cushing from a 10-game suspension. He's tied for second on the team with 62 tackles (32 solo, 30 assists), which is good for him, but on the low end for linebackers (52nd).
The phrase "development prospect" suggests a limited role on offense for the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Thomas, who is the biggest tight end on the roster. At that size, he should be snatching passes over smaller cornerbacks. The real question is whether the former wide receiver can learn to be an in-line blocker. "He's really, the first few days here, he's actually done a decent job blocking relative to being a young player - better than I thought he would do. I think if he can keep improving in that area, he's good in the passing game, I really like what we've got there," said head coach Bill O'Brien.
Head coach Bill O'Brien lauded the talent at the position while noting the two tight ends drafted -- Jordan Akins (third round) and Jordan Thomas (sixth round) -- will need to learn how to play the position at the pro level. "That position, next to quarterback, is probably the hardest position to learn in our offense as far as being involved in the running game, the passing game, both from a protection standpoint, a route-running standpoint. But we feel good about the young guys we have there. We've got, obviously, Ryan Griffin, a veteran player back for us," said O'Brien. That suggests Griffin should be the starter once the regular season kicks off, but his strength lies more in the passing game than as a blocker.
Head coach Bill O'Brien downplayed Henderson's injury, noting the starting right tackle will be fine. The Texans were hit hard by injuries on the offensive line last season and are hoping to keep the unit relatively intact in 2018.
Robinson was cleared to return after passing his physical. As it stands now, he's seventh on the depth chart at tight end and faces long odds to make the team. As a former college and professional basketball player with minimal football experience, the 6-foot-7 Robinson is considered a project.
By all accounts, it doesn't look like Fairbairn will miss much time, if any. The Texans kicker is dealing with an undisclosed injury that is not expected to linger for much longer. Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Fairbairn is on course to be the team's starting kicker for the regular season opener.
Heeney totaled two tackles in five games for the Texans last season before undergoing knee surgery and landing on injured reserve. The 25-year-old is likely to serve primarily as a special teams contributor again for Houston in 2018.
The deal is reported to be $34 million, with $18 million guaranteed. Colvin recorded 45 tackles (38 solo) and five passes defensed in 16 games with the Jaguars last season. The Texans allowed the most points in the league last season, so the addition of Colvin could go a long way in shoring up their secondary.
Kelly was placed on the PUP just under a week ago due to an undisclosed injury, but it looks like whatever was bothering him wasn't too serious. Kelly is expected to compete for a depth role in the team's secondary during training camp.
Ellington is locked into a battle for the slot receiver role with Braxton Miller and Keke Coutee (hamstring), and he and Miller essentially battled to a draw Thursday. Both receivers notched three catches, with Ellington drawing the start and coming up on the receiving end of DeShaun Watson's only completion. Ellington totaled a career-high 29 receptions for 330 yards over 11 games in 2017 before a hamstring injury curtailed his season, so he'll look to remain healthy enough in the coming campaign so as to benefit from the defensive attention that figures to engulf starting wideouts DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Ellington will continue his bid for the third receiver job against the 49ers in the Texans' second exhibition game a week from Saturday.
O'Brien's comments also qualify Clowney's return by stating his game action in the preseason depends a lot on how he practices next week. When healthy, the fifth-year player has proven to be a capable pass-rusher, racking up a career-high 9.5 sacks last season. He should reprise the outside linebacker role for the Texans this season opposite Whitney Mercilus.
A former track standout, Fuller was often out-muscled by bigger, stronger cornerbacks during his first two NFL seasons. As such, he's increased to 185 pounds and is noticeably bigger in his upper body. He hopes the added bulk will help him stay healthy, in addition to making him more competitive against press coverage. Fuller and quarterback Deshaun Watson were quite a pair last season, connecting for seven touchdowns during the four-week span in which they were on the field together. That small sample has us salivating at what the two might accomplish if both are healthy in 2018.
Weeden was sharp for the two drives he had, both of which ended in touchdowns to rookie tight end Jordan Akins. He spread the ball around, targeting six different receivers on his first drive. Weeden has cemented his role as Deshaun Watson's backup.
Kilgo failed to find a home in 2017 after spending the previous season on the Patriots' practice squad. The 26-year-old also spent time with the Broncos in 2015. He'll now look to solidify a spot on Texans' 53-man roster in 2018.
Reader seems to be fully past the sprained knee that prevented him from playing in the final two games of last season. Entering his third year in the league, Reader is locked into the starting nose tackle role and poised to improve upon the impressive start to his career in 2018. In 30 games over the past two seasons, the Clemson product has started 21 games and racked up 69 tackles and two sacks.
The Texans drafted a pair tight ends -- Jordan Akins in the third round and Jordan Thomas in the sixth -- so the team is certainly looking closely at the position. Houston had good production out of their tight ends in 2016, but injuries limited their impact in 2017. Anderson had a run as the starter late in the season but saw his snaps diminish each week. Blocking has been a weakness for him, and if Anderson can't protect Deshaun Watson, his spot as the backup is susceptible to a challenge by either rookie.
Johnson was healthy coming out of the college when he participated in his first training camp, but has since dealt with a slew of injuries and surgeries, some of which impacted his preparation for training camp. "He's had a good offseason and he's come back in great shape," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "You know, it takes a while. You come in as a rookie and experience some injuries, it takes a while to develop your game at this level. He's come in and had a really good offseason, so it's good to see." The good offseason health has allowed Johnson to bulk up in his upper body, which should make him more of a challenge for opposing wideouts and quarterbacks, who sometimes picked on him in single-coverage situations. The Wake Forest product will continue to serve as the third cornerback despite the addition of free-agent cornerback Aaron Colvin to a well-established corps of defensive backs. The Texans moved incumbent starter Kareem Jackson to safety, so Johnson, Colvin and Jonathan Joseph will make up the top three corners.
Campbell joined the practice squad last week after the Browns released him earlier in the season due to a hamstring injury. Now healthy, the safety will look to carve out a role on defense or special teams for Houston's final two games of the season.
This isn't the first time during the offseason we've heard Coates' name in the same sentence with special teams. The former Steeler and Brown has averaged 13 snaps per game on special teams over the last two seasons, only a handful of which came as a return man, so one can easily visualize his role with the Texans if he makes the team.
Despite entering his third season in the league, Hardison is yet to see the field in a regular-season game. However, now that he's back to full strength, the former fourth-rounder could work his way into the Bengals' defensive line rotation ahead of the 2017 campaign after the release of incumbent starter Domata Peko.
The 2018 third-round pick made quite the splash in his NFL debut, connecting with backup quarterback Brandon Weeden for both of Houston's touchdowns. Akins is the rare 26-year-old rookie, having played minor-league baseball for several years. Despite the advanced age for a first-year player, he has an opportunity for a solid amount of playing time in the coming season if he can continue generating the caliber of performance he provided Thursday -- the team doesn't have any locks at the position behind starter Ryan Griffin. Akins will look to prove his opening act was no fluke when the Texans face off with the 49ers a week from Saturday in their second exhibition game.
It will be a tough spot for the rookie from Bucknell, who will be making his first start of the season against the league's fifth-ranked passing defense. Davenport will be filling in for Kendall Lamm (concussion).
Ervin was the main returner last season before he went down in Week 4 with a torn patellar tendon. He'd also carved out a small role on offense as a receiving back with eight receptions for 38 yards. With the uncertainty surrounding D'Onta Foreman, who continues to rehab a ruptured Achilles, Ervin can put himself higher on the running back depth chart with a good camp. "I give him a lot of credit and I've seen a lot of good plays out of him on special teams and on offense for us," said head coach Bill O'Brien. "I think, again, that running back battle is a really, really interesting competition and we'll see how that goes in the games." Lamar Miller is set as the starting back, but Foreman's availability for the start of the regular season is uncertain. That means Ervin or Alfred Blue could emerge as the primary backup. At 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, Ervin is the smallest of the running backs on the roster, so he may not be the first choice as a lead back should Miller suffer an injury and Foreman's rehab linger.
Thompson, an undrafted free agent a year ago out of the University of Florida, appeared in 13 for the Texans in 2017, seeing time mostly on special teams as a gunner and returner. The news of his concussion brings more clarity to Houston's decision to sign wide receiver / kick returner Quan Bray on Sunday. He's making a sound recovery from the concussion and is nearly done with the symptoms.
Lechler, 41, will return for his 19th NFL season after ranking second and 10th in the league in average yards per punt (49.0) and net yards per punt (41.3), respectively, during the 2017 campaign. A seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time first-team All-Pro, Lechler has been the premier punter of his generation and is showing no signs of slippage during the tail end of a brilliant career.
A sixth-round draft pick of the Texans in 2013, Quessenberry has yet to make his NFL debut, with a prolonged battle with cancer primarily responsible for disrupting his career. After being declared cancer-free earlier this year, Quessenberry was able to resume his career and looks like he'll now get his long-awaited opportunity to play for Houston over its final two games. He'll likely serve in a depth role at guard.
The injury was earlier described as undisclosed, so "soft-tissue" represents a bit more detail, though not much. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Mercilus is being managed and "doing fine." There is no word on his availability for Saturday's preseason tilt against the 49ers, though it's safe to assume Houston will exercise precaution with one of its defensive stars.
Watt made plays from both the right and left sides of the line, forcing San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo into hurried and errant throws, or to adjust his delivery, or to throw an interception. The defensive end said earlier in the week that he will be ready to go Week 1 against the Patriots, and he backed up those words with his actions Wednesday.
The 25-year-old has made 13 appearances (two starts) with the Texans over two seasons in the NFL, logging 11 tackles and three sacks. Now that he's back in the fold for 2018, Kamalu will likely serve as a backup to edge rushers Jadeveon Clowney (knee) and Whitney Mercilus (pectoral).
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.