Texans | Kareem Jackson has added weight Fri May 24, 09:29 PM
Houston Texas CB Kareem Jackson added weight this offseason, going from a listed 192 pounds last season, to 208 pounds during organized team activities (OTAs).Link to story
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Texans | Delano Johnson bulks up for new opportunity Fri May 24, 09:28 PM
Houston Texans LB Delano Johnson is expected to compete for time at defensive end, and his weight has increased from 266 pounds (in 2013) to 290 this offseason.Link to story
Texans | Derek Newton chunks up in offseason Fri May 24, 09:28 PM
Houston Texans OT Derek Newton (knee) arrived last season at 318 pounds, but his weight has increased to 330 pounds this offseason. Newton is making his way back from knee surgery, so it is likely cardio hasn't been a big part of his training regimen.Link to story
Texans | Ra'shon Harris has added girth Fri May 24, 09:27 PM
Houston Texans DL Ra'shon Harris played at 300 pounds last season, but his weight was at 312 pounds for the start of organized team activities (OTAs). It is not believed Harris was asked to add weight, and he reportedly looked sluggish and out of shape during workouts.Link to story
Texans | Jared Crick adds to frame Fri May 24, 09:27 PM
Houston Texans DL Jared Crick arrived to camp last season at 287 pounds, and checked in at organized team activities (OTAs) weighing 295 pounds. The added weight did not appear to affect his quickness, and he looked to be in good shape during workouts.Link to story
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Texans | Eddie Pleasant trims down Fri May 24, 09:26 PM
Houston Texans SS Eddie Pleasant arrived at organized team activities (OTAs) weighing 202 pounds, down from 213 pounds from last season. It is uncertain if the team asked him to shed the weight, but he looked quicker during workouts. Pleasant is expected to battle SS Shiloh Keo for the fourth safety spot.Link to story
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Texans | Bryan Braman shows up leaner Fri May 24, 09:26 PM
Houston Texans LB Bryan Braman arrived at organized team activities (OTAs) at 242 pounds, much leaner than his weight of 251 pounds last season.Link to story
Texans | Whitney Mercilus sheds weight Fri May 24, 09:25 PM
Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus checked in at 252 pounds for organized team activities (OTAs), down from 257 pounds of a season ago.Link to story
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Texans | Duane Brown drops significant weight Fri May 24, 09:24 PM
Houston Texas OT Duane Brown weighted 320 pounds last season, heavier than previous offensive line coach Alex Gibbs wanted him. However, Brown still showed an ability to move well. This season, Brown is listed at only 300 pounds. Brown said the weight loss was by choice.Link to story
Texans | Brandon Brooks slimmed down Fri May 24, 09:24 PM
Houston Texans OG Brandon Brooks weighed 355 pounds in April 2012, and was 346 pounds for minicamps in June. This season, Brooks tipped the scales at organized team activities (OTAs) this past week at just 325 pounds. Brooks appears to be in great shape, and he appears to be taking this offseason very seriously.Link to story
Texans | J.J. Watt drops a few pounds Fri May 24, 09:21 PM
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt checked in at organized team activities (OTAs) this past week at 288 pounds, down seven pounds from his weight of 295 last year.Link to story
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Texans | DeAndre Hopkins already trimmed down Fri May 24, 09:21 PM
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins weighed in at 214 pounds during the NFL Scouting Combine, but his weight was already down to 207 pounds for the start of organized team activities (OTAs). Since his weight at Clemson was listed at 205 pounds last season, his current weight might be an accurate representation of his actual weight, and the 214 mark from the combine might have simply been added water weight.Link to story
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Texans | Andrew Shapiro to compete for two jobs Fri May 24, 04:36 PM
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said P Andrew Shapiro will compete with P Shane Lechler for the punter job and PK Randy Bullock for the kicker job during training camp.Link to story
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Texans | Case Keenum could be No. 2 Wed May 22, 08:39 AM
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said QB Case Keenum could unseat QB T.J. Yates for the backup quarterback spot.
|Footballguys view: Keenum has always been an intelligent passer but many questioned his size and arm strength coming out of college. Yates has looked decent when forced into the starting lineup but is now facing competition from Keenum.|
Texans | DeAndre Hopkins running with ones Wed May 22, 08:25 AM
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins is running with the first team in OTAs.
|Footballguys view: No surprise here. Hopkins is the star receiver the Texans have been looking for to start opposite Andre Johnson. He reminds some in the scouting community of Reggie Wayne (Colts) because of his body control, strong hands, and concentration.|
Texans | Ed Reed may be ready for training camp Mon May 20, 08:13 PM
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans FS Ed Reed (hip) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, or midway through it.
|Footballguys view: Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Reed is doing very well in his recovery from offseason hip surgery. The team will monitor his progress closely so they don't aggravate the injury.|
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Texans | Brooks Reed works at ILB in workouts Mon May 20, 05:31 PM
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said LB Brooks Reed received some reps at inside linebacker during organized team activities Monday, May 20, which allowed rookie LBs Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams to work at outside linebacker with the first- and second-team defense.
|Footballguys view: Reed worked as an outside linebacker his previous two seasons in the league. It may just be an experiment for the Texans at this point.|
Texans | Ed Reed doing well Mon May 20, 05:30 PM
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said FS Ed Reed (hip) is doing very well in his recovery from offseason hip surgery.
|Footballguys view: Good news for the Texans here. Most believe Reed will be ready for the start of training camp, or at the latest the middle of camp.|
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Texans | Brian Cushing says he will be ready for season Mon May 20, 05:04 PM
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) said he will definitely be ready for the start of the regular season and is pretty sure he will be ready for the start of training camp.Link to story
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Texans | Brooks Reed is 100 percent Sun May 19, 09:37 PM
Houston Texans LB Brooks Reed (groin) said Sunday, May 19, that he is healthy for the beginning of the team's organized team activities (OTAs), and he said he is '100 percent.' Reed said he has been running and lifting weights for the past three weeks and the groin hasn't given him any trouble.Link to story
Texans | Will monitor Randy Bullock's work at camp Sat May 18, 04:22 PM
Houston Texans PK Randy Bullock (groin) said the team will monitor the amount of kicking he does early on because he coming back from a groin injury.Link to story
Texans | Trevardo Williams contract update Fri May 17, 07:17 PM
Updating a previous report, the Houston Texans have signed LB Trevardo Williams to a four-year deal worth $2.567 million. The deal includes a $407,712 signing bonus.Link to story
Texans | Sign Trevardo Williams Thu May 16, 04:39 PM
The Houston Texans signed LB Trevardo Williams Thursday, May 16. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Link to story
Texans | Randy Bullock fully recovered Wed May 15, 08:23 PM
Houston Texans PK Randy Bullock (groin) said Wednesday, May 15, that he is fully recovered from a groin tear which cost him his rookie season. 'I feel great. I've been cleared. (I'm) working out and doing everything normal. It feels good,' Bullock said.Link to story
Texans | Make roster moves Wed May 15, 04:47 PM
The Houston Texans have signed free-agent C Tyler Horn (Titans). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived RB George Winn and OT Dann O'Neill.
|Footballguys view: Winn is an all-purpose RB who should be able to latch on with another team. He lacks elite speed and too often tries to bounce runs outside. Winn is a backup caliber RB who may have to earn his keep on a practice squad.|
Texans | Several expected to compete for No. 3 RB job Wed May 15, 03:45 PM
Houston Texans RBs Deji Karim, Cierre Wood, Dennis Johnson and Ray Graham are expected to compete for the No. 3 running back job during offseason workouts and training camp.
|Footballguys view: We like Graham in this race to be RB3. The PITT runner looked like he was back to full speed at the Shrine Game earlier this year. He's a natural runner who can make defenders miss in the open field. Wood is also an intriguing option because he's a versatile player.|
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Texans | Darryl Sharpton not cleared Wed May 15, 02:56 PM
Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said LB Darryl Sharpton (hip) still has not been cleared to participate in offseason workouts because he still recovering from the hip injury that landed him on Injured Reserve last season.Link to story
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Texans | Brooks Reed recovering from surgery Wed May 15, 08:33 AM
Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said LB Brooks Reed (undisclosed) had surgery this offseason to repair an injury suffered during the season. He didn't say whether the surgery would keep Reed out of OTAs, which begin May 20.
|Footballguys view: Reed did miss four games last year late in the season due to a groin injury. No word on what the procedure was for but it sounds like a minor procedure.|
Texans | Sign Deji Karim Tue May 14, 04:20 PM
The Houston Texans signed RB Deji Karim (Colts) Tuesday, May 14. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Karim runs with a low center of gravity and can change direction without losing much speed. He gives the Texans veteran depth behind Arian Foster and Ben Tate, plus he can help out on special teams.|
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Texans | Kubiak calls rookie WR Hopkins 'special' Sun May 12, 09:24 PM
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has been impressed with what he's seen from first-round pick WR DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson). "He's special," Kubiak said Sunday. "Ball skills are extremely special. Very long; long arms. Big hands; you saw the catch he made out here today. He's going to help us early, and we know that, and that's why we brought him here."
|Footballguys view: We agree with Kubiak here. Hopkins reminds us of Reggie Wayne (Colts) because of his body control and ability to make difficult catches seem routine. The team finally has a legitimate threat opposite superstar Andre Johnson. We like him as a WR4 with upside in 2013. His current ADP is WR43 and he's coming off the board at the end of round nine.|
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Texans | Brennan Williams could win starting job Sun May 12, 01:26 PM
Houston Texans OT Brennan Williams could win with the starting right tackle job because OT Derek Newton (knee) is still recovering from knee surgery.Link to story
Texans | Brennan Williams injured Sat May 11, 07:11 PM
Houston Texans OT Brennan Williams (knee) injured his knee during practice Saturday, May 11. He underwent an MRI but it did not reveal any damage. Head coach Gary Kubiak said Williams will sit out practice Sunday, May 12, but will be able to participate in workouts next week.Link to story
Texans | Met with Lavelle Hawkins Sat May 11, 02:29 PM
The Houston Texans met with New England Patriots WR Lavelle Hawkins last week, but he decided to sign with the Patriots.
|Footballguys view: The Texans selected WR DeAndre Hopkins in the first-round of the 2013 NFL draft but they still have a need at the position. Hawkins is a decent pro and could have given the Texans veteran depth.|
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Texans | Collin Klein impresses Fri May 10, 02:18 PM
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak was impressed with QB Collin Klein in the first day of minicamp. 'He's come a long way... A good step in the right direction this morning,' Kubiak said.
|Footballguys view: Klein reminded many in the scouting community of Tim Tebow (free agent) because he's rough mechanically and better known for his rushing ability. At the Shrine Game earlier this year Klein failed to impress, still showing struggles with accuracy and pass placement. It sounds like his Texans debut got off to a better start.|
Texans | Coach praises DeAndre Hopkins Fri May 10, 02:15 PM
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak praised WR DeAndre Hopkins after his first practice with the team. "Impressed. Very impressed," Kubiak said. "Very competitive, that's number one."
|Footballguys view: Hopkins is an impressive prospect who reminded some in the scouting community of Reggie Wayne (Colts) because of his sideline awareness, body control, and strong hands. He should start opposite Andre Johnson this year. His current ADP is WR44 and he's coming off the board at the beginning of round 10.|
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Texans | Sam Montgomery leaves practice early Fri May 10, 01:13 PM
Houston Texans LB Sam Montgomery (back) left practice early Friday, May 10, because his back tightened up. Head coach Gary Kubiak said Montgomery will be fine.Link to story
Texans | Chris Jones signs Fri May 10, 09:20 AM
The Houston Texans signed sixth-round pick DT Chris D. Jones to an undisclosed deal.Link to story
Texans | Darryl Sharpton not taking part in workouts Thu May 9, 03:40 PM
Houston Texans LB Darryl Sharpton (hip) has not participated in offseason workouts this offseason because he is still dealing with the hip injury that forced him to go on Injured Reserve last season.Link to story
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Texans | Concerned about Ed Reed Tue May 7, 03:29 PM
Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said he is concerned about Ed Reed's (hip) recent hip surgery. "Anytime a guy's operated on, you're concerned, especially at this time of year," Phillips said. "If it'd have been right after the season, it'd have been different. So there's a little concern, but the good thing about (Reed), he's experienced it before. He's an experienced guy. You have no problem with him studying or knowing what you're doing. He's going to spend all the time it takes off the field to get ready. So I think Ed'll be ready when it's time."
|Footballguys view: The procedure was considered minor and the team will monitor the veteran closely during his recovery. The Texans expect him back during training camp.|
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Texans | Arian Foster thankful team brought back Greg Jones Tue May 7, 02:49 PM
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster said he is thankful the team brought back FB Greg Jones. "He's gonna help us out," Foster said.
|Footballguys view: Jones is a force as a lead blocker and will blast open holes for Foster in the Texans ground game. He has almost zero fantasy value but is an important piece to what Houston does offensively. In 2011 Jones was a key reason why Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew was the NFL's leading rusher.|
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Texans | T.J. Yates looking forward to taking the next step Tue May 7, 02:06 PM
Houston Texans QB T.J. Yates is looking forward to entering training camp and trying to take the next step. 'I'm looking forward to going into training camp, being able to take that next step,' Yates said.
|Footballguys view: Yates is developing into a quality backup behind Matt Schaub. He's got the mobility and arm strength to keep plays alive with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield. Yates may get a chance to start someday but perhaps would have to leave Houston in order to get that opportunity.|
Texans | Brian Cushing injury update Mon May 6, 09:12 PM
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) is expected to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. "I'm watching him today, he sure looks like he's ready to go," Kubiak said Monday. "I know that it's not time to turn him loose yet, but he's come a long way. What'd he miss, 11 games last year plus two playoff games? You don't get that time back in this league, so I know he's chomping at the bit and ready to go."Link to story
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Texans | Ed Reed could miss some time during camp Mon May 6, 02:31 PM
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair indicated FS Ed Reed (hip) could miss the beginning of training camp because of the hip surgery he had last week but should be ready by the middle of camp.
|Footballguys view: Reed is a seasoned veteran and doesn't need every rep in camp. We're certain the team will take it easy on him while he recovers from this surgery.|
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Texans | Ed Reed undergoes surgery Fri May 3, 01:06 PM
Houston Texans FS Ed Reed (hip) underwent surgery last week to repair a small tear in his hip. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: Reed is going to miss OTAs but the team expects him to be ready for training camp. A seasoned veteran like Reed doesn't need a ton of reps in the offseason.|
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Texans | Coach expects DeAndre Hopkins to play early Tue Apr 30, 02:17 PM
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak expects WR DeAndre Hopkins to play very early in 2013. 'It's gonna be a very competitive situation but we took him there because we expect him to play very, very early,' Kubiak said.
|Footballguys view: We wouldn't be surprised to see Hopkins step in and start from day one. He reminds many in the scouting community of Reggie Wayne (Colts) because of his crisp routes and strong hands. Hopkins is the perfect fit opposite Andre Johnson. Fantasy owners should consider Hopkins a WR4 or WR5 with upside in 2013.|
Texans | Matt Schaub excited about the draft Mon Apr 29, 08:37 PM
Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub is excited about the teams draft, and especially WR DeAndre Hopkins. "I'm very excited about all the picks," Schaub said on Monday at Reliant Stadium. "Obviously, being an offensive guy, to get a weapon like DeAndre early in the draft, very excited to get him here and work with him and bring him along because he can really help us and add a dimension to our offensive game. Some of the linemen we've taken and all the other guys on the defensive side can really help us. Very pleased with how Coach (Gary) Kubiak and (general manager) Rick (Smith) and all the guys upstairs handled the draft for us."
|Footballguys view: Schaub should be excited about this draft. The Texans finally added a dangerous WR to start opposite Andre Johnson when they selected DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson) in round one.|
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Texans | Collin Klein will play QB Mon Apr 29, 08:13 PM
John McClain, from the Houston Chronicle, reports undrafted rookie free agent Collin Klein will play QB for the Texans. Some had assumed Klein would be in for a position switch in the pros. His game is similar to that of free agent QB Tim Tebow.
|Footballguys view: Our very own Cecil Lammey watched Klein up close from the sidelines of the Shrine Game practices earlier this year and was not impressed. Klein has a strong arm but has mechanical issues which leads to accuracy problems. He refused to work out with the tight ends at the Scouting Combine and is a big project as a passer.|
Texans | Brennan Williams will get shot to win job Mon Apr 29, 06:08 PM
Houston Texans OT Brennan Williams is expected to be one of the candidates for the starting right tackle job this season.Link to story
Texans | DeAndre Hopkins expected to start Mon Apr 29, 05:56 PM
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins is expected to start opposite WR Andre Johnson this season.
|Footballguys view: Hopkins was a fantastic pick for the Texans in the first-round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He reminds many in the scouting community of Reggie Wayne (Colts) because of his crisp route running, body control, and strong hands. The team has been looking for a quality WR2 to start opposite superstar Andre Johnson and they have that with Hopkins. Fantasy owners should consider the rookie a WR4 with upside.|
Texans | Several UDFAs added Sun Apr 28, 10:22 PM
The Houston Texans agreed to terms with undrafted free agents CB Johnny Adams, CB A.J. Bouye, WR Marlon Brown, G Bryan Collins, WR Andy Cruse, LB Ja'Gared Davis, LB Evan Frierson, RB Dennis Johnson, S Orhian Johnson, G Alex Kupper, WR Alec Lemon, WR Uzoma Nwachukwu, OT Dann O'Neill, P Andre Shapiro, WR Michael X. Smith, S Jawanza Starling, LB Justin Tuggle and RB George Winn Sunday, April 28.
|Footballguys view: The Texans added some quality players here. Nwachukwu and Lemon are both WRs to keep an eye on in super deep dynasty leagues. Johnson is a powerful runner who is a great fit in the zone blocking system. These players may begin their NFL careers on the practice squad but could develop in the future.|