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.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 3/2/16 12:16am ET
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster could at least practice this offseason at his current salary, which stands at $6.5 million for 2016.
Huddle Up: Foster's cap hit will be close to $9 million, but the Texans are in decent financial shape, giving them some leeway and time to decide what to do with the soon-to-be 30-year-old RB who's missed a combined 23 games over the last three seasons due to injuries.
Jaelen Strong - WRPosted 3/1/16 10:06am ET
Houston Texans WR Jaelen Strong was allegedly arrested for marijuana possession in Phoenix Sunday, Feb. 28. Strong was taken into custody and later released. Officers said they detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle in which Strong was the passenger. Strong allegedly admitted he was in possession of some marijuana and did not have a medical marijuana card.
Huddle Up: The driver of the vehicle was Green Bay cornerback Damarious Randall, who was released at the scene. You can bet the league will have a sit-down with both players, and even if the case against Strong isn't pursued both will at minimum enter the league's substance abuse program and could wind up missing a game or two down the road.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 2/14/16 2:21pm ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins said he is working on improving his yards after catch total this offseason since he ranked 118th among NFL players in the category with 201 yards. He said he also wants to work on being a better team leader.
Huddle Up: In the meantime, Hopkins' improvement in the fantasy numbers dept. has been nothing short of steady and remarkable as he's gone from 52 to 76 to 111 catches, from 802 to 1,210 to 1,521 yards and from two to six to 11 TD receptions in his three NFL seasons.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 2/11/16 6:13pm ET
The Houston Texans' running backs may be utilized more next season after team owner Bob McNair said the Texans need to get the running game going again.
Huddle Up: Those plans may or may not include RB Arian Foster, who has three things going against him: His health (most notably the torn Achilles he suffered last season), his age (he'll turn 30 in August) and his salary (he's due to cost a $9 million cap hit). And if Foster doesn't return, look for the Texans to add a back after making do with mixed results from the likes of Alfred Blue and Chris Polk following Foster's injury.
DeAndre Hopkins - WRPosted 2/2/16 10:00am ET
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins, who had three catches for 71 yards and a touchdown in the Pro Bowl, received praise from former WR Michael Irvin. 'We don't know what the ceiling is,' Irvin said. 'You see the skillset, where he can catch footballs from anyplace in the world. There is no telling what the ceiling can be. He'll be rewriting a lot of records in the NFL.' Hopkins had 111 catches for 1,521 yards and a franchise-record 11 touchdowns in 2015. Hopkins caught a touchdown from four different quarterbacks this year, which is an NFL record.
Huddle Up: Hopkins' most impressive feat this season was rising above Houston's inconsistent quarterbacking to post the numbers he did; that TD passes from four different QBs is simply amazing. If the Texans are able to find a quarterback this offseason, Hopkins could live up to Irvin's lofty expectations.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 2/2/16 5:52pm ET
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (Achilles') has been cleared to jog without pivoting, cutting or explosive activity.
Huddle Up: There is much uncertainty surrounding the soon-to-be 30-year-old Foster, who has one year remaining on his 5-year deal with the Texans and is scheduled to count $8.9 million against the cap next season. First, though, comes his health, and we'll monitor his off-season progress.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 1/29/16 9:34am ET
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (Achilles') has been in the team's facilities working hard on his rehab, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: Foster's advancing age, mileage, and injury history may punch his ticket out of Houston, but until free agency hits it makes sense for him to continue his rehab with the best possible facilities. It's not as if the Texans have much behind Foster on the depth chart, and 30-year-old running backs coming off of injury won't break the bank in free agency, so a return to Houston wouldn't surprise.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 1/14/16 11:38am ET
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (Achilles') is expected to be released before the new league year begins in March, according to multiple sources not authorized to speak publicly. Foster, 30, would have a cap hit of $8.925 million for the 2016 season. The sources also said they expect him to sign elsewhere.
Huddle Up: When healthy Foster is a versatile and productive back; he just hasn't been able to stay healthy the past few seasons. He and Matt Forte will battle for similar gigs on the free agent market while Houston looks for younger backfield help in the draft.
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