Cecil Shorts - WRPosted 6/19/16 2:09pm ET
Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts has accepted a pay cut. He still has a $15,625 per game active roster bonus up to $250,000. Shorts' $100,000 workout de-escalator was removed from his original deal, however. His new cap figure stands at $2.371 million, down from $3.421 million.
Huddle Up: Shorts finished 2015 -- his first season with the Texans -- with 42 catches for 484 yards and a pair of TDs, but he's in danger of getting lost at the back end of the WR shuffle with the devlopment of second-year wideout Jaelen Strong and the team drafting a pair of WRs (Will Fuller and Braxton Miller) in the first three rounds.
Jaelen Strong - WRPosted 6/16/16 12:56pm ET
Houston Texans WR Jaelen Strong has been impressive during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp, impressing with seemingly more scoring plays than anyone.
Huddle Up: The 2015 third-round pick had a disappointing rookie campaign, finishing with only 14 catches for 161 yards and three TDs and eight receptions, 109 yards and two of those scores came in two games. Perhaps the additions of rookie wideouts Will Fuller and Braxton Miller have lit a fire under the second-year wideout.
Braxton Miller - WRPosted 6/12/16 9:55pm ET
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller has been running sharp routes in OTAs, and he has shown the ability to make plays in space.
Huddle Up: The former QB-turned-third-round pick has the skills and upside to claim the No. 2 WR role in H-Town, but he's going to need to outperform first-round pick Will Fuller and veteran Cecil Shorts in July and August.
C.J. Fiedorowicz - TEPosted 6/10/16 3:56pm ET
Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, June 10, because of a hamstring injury he suffered last week. Fiedorwicz's injury is not considered serious.
Huddle Up: For the record, Fiedorowicz does sit atop the Texans' offseason TE depth chart, but fantasy GMs are advised to look elsewhere for tight-end help given the all the additions at other offensive positions in H-Town.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 6/6/16 11:30am ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller is slated for a versatile role as an inside and outside runner, and he figures to be a healthy part of the passing game.
Huddle Up: Arian Foster was a dual threat as the Texans' feature back, and Houston signed Miller to fill a similar role. There's little competition on the roster, leaving Miller poised for a big fantasy opportunity.
Jaelen Strong - WRPosted 6/2/16 11:10am ET
Houston Texans WR Jaelen Strong is down to 197 pounds after weighing in at 230 pounds last season. An improved physique has already improved his game. 'I just said to him today how far he's come,' head coach Bill O'Brien said. 'I was concerned about him from a conditioning standpoint. He really at some point in time before training camp, he came back and passed the conditioning test and really took off after that.'
Huddle Up: Something about the Texans spending early draft picks on Will Fuller and Braxton Miller lit a fire under Strong as he battles to save his spot in the Houston receiver rotation.
Braxton Miller - WRPosted 5/27/16 2:34pm ET
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller has signed his rookie contract. The four-year contract is worth $3.1 million.
Huddle Up: When evaluating the Houston WRs, don't overlook the third-round pick who has the skills to beat out first-round pick Will Fuller for the starting spot opposite DeAndre Hopkins.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 5/25/16 10:14am ET
Free-agent RB Arian Foster (Texans) is still receiving interest from the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: Foster is working his way back from an Achilles' tendon injury, and with the Dolphins unproven and unsettled at running back Adam Gase could turn to Foster to fill the void. A healthy Foster in a Matt Forte-like role would have plenty of fantasy value.
Lamar Miller - RBPosted 5/22/16 2:08pm ET
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller said the offensive concepts are similar to those he used as a member of the Miami Dolphins, with some differences in terminology, and he said finding his way around Houston has been tougher than learning the playbook.
Huddle Up: Miller did score a career-high 10 TDs last season, but getting more touches than the 241 he did a year ago in Miami could have him threatening to break into the lower-tier of RB1 backs.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 5/20/16 12:19pm ET
Free-agent RB Arian Foster (Achilles') is about a week or two away from being able to pass a physical, and his market should begin to heat up then.
Huddle Up: Don't be surprised if Foster doesn't have a new home until much closer to training camp. And he'll need the right situation--and to look something other than old and injured in camp--to regain a prominent fantasy role.
Nate Washington - WRPosted 5/10/16 9:19am ET
New England Patriots WR Nate Washington is not a lock for the final roster, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Reiss indicated that only WRs Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell are locks for the 53-man roster.
Huddle Up: As prolific as Tom Brady can be, Washington would need to be better than fifth in the Patriots receiver rotation to hold any fantasy value.
Tyler Ervin - RBPosted 5/6/16 3:48pm ET
Houston Texans RB Tyler Ervin signed a four-year deal worth $2.887 million, including a $547,568 signing bonus.
Huddle Up: The Texans also did add free-agent Lamar Miller this offseason, but don't be surprised if the fourth-round pick winds up winning the No. 2 gig.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 5/1/16 2:09pm ET
Free-agent QB Brian Hoyer (Texans) agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears over the weekend.
Huddle Up: With only 2014 sixth-round pick David Fales and Matt Blanchard behind Jay Cutler on the depth chart, the Bears were in need of a more-proven insurance policy, and Hoyer fills the bill. It definitely will take a Cutler injury, though, for Hoyer to see the field in 2016.
Will Fuller - WRPosted 4/29/16 12:33pm ET
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller's speed adds a new element to the offense, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: Fuller is a tremendous complement to a Houston offense that completely re-tooled this offseason. He doesn't have to be the go-to receiver--DeAndre Hopkins has that covered--and the Texans bring plenty to the table in the ground game with free agent signee Lamar Miller. In short, the team has done a great job of giving Brock Osweiler the tools he needs to succeed--and in the process bullt a formidable fantasy attack.
Will Fuller - WRPosted 4/28/16 10:45pm ET
The Houston Texans acquired the 21st overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft from the Washington Redskins in exchange for the 22nd pick in the 2016 NFL draft and a 2017 sixth-round pick. The Texans selected WR Will Fuller with the pick.
Huddle Up: The Texans have a new QB in Brock Osweiler, and on Thursday night, they gave him a weapon in the speedy Fuller, who looks to be a good complement to stud WR1 DeAndre Hopkins. That's if the rookie can cut down on the dropped passes which were the primary ding on his draft stock.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 4/19/16 10:05am ET
Free-agent QB Brian Hoyer (Texans) will visit the New York Jets Tuesday, April 19.
Huddle Up: The Jets are still seeking a quarterback, and with Brock Osweiler landing in Houston Hoyer is looking for a job. At least he's a somewhat proven commodity who would be able to find Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker on a regular basis.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 4/17/16 6:02pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer was released Sunday, April 17, according to various reports.
Huddle Up: Hoyer is out after his up-and-down one-season stay in Houston ended with a disastrous playoff performance, and there are early indications that two teams (the Steelers and Broncos) are immediately showing some interest.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 4/17/16 10:28pm ET
Free-agent QB Brian Hoyer (Texans) is expected to receive interest from the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Add the Jets to the mix of teams interested in Hoyer, and that might spur some action in the negotiations with Ryan Fitzpatrick.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 4/15/16 9:08pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins' fifth-year option was exercised Friday, April 15. He is scheduled to make $7.915 million in 2017.
Huddle Up: How long did the Texans take to think over this one as Hopkins' production has increased exponentially over his three seasons, culminating in his career season of a year ago (111-1,521-11). $7.9 million? A straight-up steal.
Brock Osweiler - QBPosted 4/7/16 5:52pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler is looking good during the team's offseason workouts, according to a source. WR DeAndre Hopkins has been off the charts, too.
Huddle Up: Hopkins put up monster numbers (111-1,521-11) with the mediocre-QB conglomerate the Texans employed last season to finish as fantasy's fifth-ranked wideout, so he'll be squarely in the top-tier WR1 discussion again this year. The still-largely unproven Osweiler, meanwhile, will be doing good to finish in QB2 territory.
Brandon Weeden - QBPosted 4/1/16 7:15pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brandon Weeden re-signed with the team Friday, April 1, landing a two-year, $4 million contract, according to a source. The move could lead to the release of QB Brian Hoyer.
Huddle Up: Weeden played in only two games, starting one, with the Texans last season but played well, throwing for 305 yards and three TDs. It looks like he'll vie with 2014 fourth-round draft pick Tom Savage for the No. 2 job behind Brock Osweiler.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 4/1/16 7:25pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer has drawn interest from the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Perhaps the Jets are trying to stoke the fire under Ryan Fitzpatrick and his agent, who are looking to land a big payday. Still, the wild-card meltdown aside, Hoyer did post solid numbers last season in Houston, and is a legitimate option if Fitzpatrick overplays his hand.
J.J. Watt - DEPosted 3/31/16 3:38pm ET
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (hand, groin, abdomen, back) had five torn core muscles surgically repaired in the offseason. According to a source, Watt had partially torn left and right abdominals and a partially torn right adductor longus. He also had a fully torn left adductor longus and a fully torn left adductor pectineus, which are two of the three muscles that connect the pelvic bone to the left thigh bone.
Huddle Up: Any question as to the two-time reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year wasn't able to finish the wild-card loss against the Chiefs? We're wincing just typing this ...
Arian Foster - RBPosted 3/29/16 11:04am ET
Free-agent RB Arian Foster (Texans) wants to be completely healthy before he signs with anyone, which could be in late May or in June.
Huddle Up: There's no rush for Foster to pick a team, and waiting for the draft (or an unfortunate OTA injury) would give him a better idea of what team most needs his services. In addition, if he's able to show well (i.e., healthy) in a workout it increases his potential compensation.
Jonathan Grimes - RBPosted 3/18/16 3:11pm ET
Free-agent RB Jonathan Grimes (Texans) agreed to a one-year deal Friday, March 18, to return to the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Grimes looks like he'll be back for a fifth season in Houston, only now he'll be backing up newly signed starter Lamar Miller along with Alfred Blue.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 3/11/16 6:17pm ET
Free-agent RB Arian Foster (Achillies') plans to be patient in regards to choosing his next employer, according to a source. Foster suffered a torn Achilles' tendon last season but is expected to be back to 100 percent this summer.
Huddle Up: There will certainly be interest given Foster's success, but it'll be intriguing to see how serious teams will be pursuing a soon-to-be-30-year-old RB who's missed a combined 23 games over the last three seasons due to injuries.
Brian Hoyer - QBPosted 3/10/16 4:15pm ET
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer is being shopped on the trade market.
Huddle Up: Hoyer's ugly wild-card playoff performance (4 interceptions, 1 fumble) in a 30-0 loss to the Chiefs is the last impression everyone had of Hoyer, but he was far from a disaster in the regular season, throwing for 2,606 yards, 19 TDs and seven picks in 11 games. He could find himself dealt as low-risk option for a team in need of a QB.
Cecil Shorts - WRPosted 3/3/16 9:11am ET
Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts is expected to remain with the team for the final season of the two-year, $6 million deal he signed last season.
Huddle Up: Shorts needs to stay healthy to live up to his fantasy potential, but with Jaelen Strong mired in off-the-field issues there's an opening opposite DeAndre Hopkins for someone to step up in Houston--especially if they address their quarterback situation this offseason.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 3/3/16 5:13pm ET
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster was released Thursday, March 3, the team announced. Foster (Achilles') started jogging last month and is expected to be ready in time for training camp, as he's ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn Achilles'.
Huddle Up: Foster is the franchise's leading all-time rusher with 6,472 yards and 54 TDs over seven seasons, but his upcoming $9 million cap hit was too risky to take on given his recent health issues and advancing age. Expect Foster, though, to have little trouble finding a new home and signing an incentive-heavy deal.
Garrett Graham - TEPosted 3/3/16 5:13pm ET
Houston Texans TE Garrett Graham was released Thursday, March 3.
Huddle Up: Graham caught 49 passes for 545 yards and five TDs in 2013 with the Texans, but has followed up with 22 receptions for 227 yards and two TDs the last two seasons under Bill O'Brien's staff. There already are social-media rumors linking Graham to his old coach, Gary Kubiak, in Denver.
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