|Offense||24th||128.7 (7th)||166.7 (31st)|
|Defense||14th||98.7 (16th)||225.0 (16th)|
|35||Banks, Johnthan||DB||6-2||190||10/3/1989||5||Mississippi State|
|74||Clark, Chris||T||6-5||305||10/1/1985||9||Southern Mississippi|
|90||Clowney, Jadeveon||OLB||6-5||270||2/14/1993||4||South Carolina|
|51||Cole, Dylan||LB||6-1||240||5/19/1994||R||Missouri State|
|31||Decoud, Treston||CB||6-3||210||8/1/1993||R||Oregon State|
|23||Drummond, Kurtis||FS||6-1||210||1/29/1992||3||Michigan State|
|12||Ellington, Bruce||WR||5-9||200||8/22/1991||4||South Carolina|
|34||Ervin, Tyler||RB||5-10||180||10/7/1993||2||San Jose State|
|15||Fuller, Will||WR||6-0||185||4/16/1994||2||Notre Dame|
|93||Heath, Joel||DE||6-6||295||6/18/1993||2||Michigan State|
|30||Johnson, Kevin||CB||6-0||190||8/5/1992||3||Wake Forest|
|24||Joseph, Johnathan||CB||5-11||190||4/16/1984||12||South Carolina|
|94||Kamalu, Ufomba||LB||6-6||300||11/2/1992||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|63||Lamm, Kendall||T||6-6||305||6/5/1992||3||Appalachian State|
|9||Lechler, Shane||P||6-2||240||8/7/1976||18||Texas A&M|
|66||Martin, Nick||C||6-5||300||4/29/1993||2||Notre Dame|
|55||McKinney, Benardrick||ILB||6-4||250||11/19/1992||3||Mississippi State|
|13||Miller, Braxton||WR||6-2||215||11/30/1992||2||Ohio State|
|26||Miller, Lamar||RB||5-10||225||4/25/1991||6||Miami (Fla.)|
|72||Newton, Derek||T||6-6||315||11/16/1987||7||Arkansas State|
|52||Peters, Brian||LB||6-4||235||10/31/1988||3||Northwestern (Ia)|
|87||Fiedorowicz, C.J. (IR)||TE||6-5||265||10/22/1991||4||Iowa|
|69||Godin, Matt (IR)||DE||6-6||295||9/30/1993||R||Michigan|
|16||Gray, Deante' (IR)||WR||5-10||174||2/27/1994||R||TCU|
|Leonard, Richard (IR)||CB||5-9||170||9/2/1991||R||Florida International|
|Pruitt, MyCole||TE||6-2||243||3/24/1992||2||Southern Illinois|
|77||Quessenberry, David||G||6-5||310||8/24/1990||3||San Jose State|
|Virgin, Dee||DB||5-9||194||10/29/1993||R||West Alabama|
|56||Cushing, Brian||ILB||6-3||250||1/24/1987||9||Southern California|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dunn recorded three combined tackles in two games played for the Texans this season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clark, who's bouncing back from offseason shoulder surgery, appears set to open the regular season as a starting bookend opposite RT Kendall Lamm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's unclear whether the team plans to use Reid as a starter. For now, it looks like he'll fill in when needed.
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.
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.
Mercilus, who had two sacks in last week's win over Oakland, now has six sacks in three postseason games. He and Jadeveon Clowney were quite active Saturday, harassing New England quarterback Tom Brady all night as the Texans defense made this game tight until mid-way through the fourth quarter. Mercilus returns next season after leading Houston with 7.5 sacks over 15 regular-season games. With a healthy J.J. Watt (back) occupying blockers next season, Mercilus will be in a good position to generate a greater amount of sacks. He had 12 in 2015 when Watt was healthy.
Gray 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.
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.
Kamalu has been working out at outside linebacker since signing with Houston and will serve as insurance in Sunday's road game at San Diego after the team ruled starting John Simon out due to a chest injury. Kamalu is a 6-foot-6, 295-pound undrafted free agent from the University of Miami.
Watkins, selected in the fourth round (142nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft, played both nose tackle and defensive tackle at Clemson, where his quickness produced eye-popping sack totals from the interior defensive line. With the Texans, he'll be deployed as a run-stopper, meaning he'll need to add strength over the course of the summer.