Jonathan Grimes - RBPosted 7/31/14 8:53pm ET
Houston Texans RB Jonathan Grimes (undisclosed) and LB Trevardo Williams (undisclosed) have been activated from the Non-Football Injury list and Physically Unable to Perform list, respectively.
Huddle Up: All of Grimes' 2013 action came in the final 2 games -- including a 126-total-yard, 1-TD performance in Week 17 -- but he's fighting for his roster life this preseason with 3 backs (Arian Foster, Andre Brown and Dennis Johnson) solidly ahead of him on the tailback depth chart.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 7/30/14 2:32pm ET
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) participated in practice Wednesday, July 30.
Huddle Up: A number of fantasy eyes are on Foster, who missed the past 2 days with a hammy "tweak." The RB missed half the season a year ago -- finishing with only 542 rushing yards and 1 ground TD -- and he currently owns an ADP of roughly 30 as the 12th RB going off the board on average.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 7/29/14 5:59pm ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson left practice Tuesday, July 29, with a strained hamstring.
Huddle Up: This was reported as an early-camp strain and nothing more at this point, but it immediately conjures up painful memories of the WR's hammy-hampered 2011 campaign (7 games) in which he recorded career lows across the board with 33 catches, 492 yards and 2 TDs.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 7/26/14 12:46pm ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson said 'That's the plan' when asked if he wants to finish his career with the team. He feels confident with the direction of the team after meeting with the front office. Johnson ended his holdout this week.
Huddle Up: Sounds like AJ is far from holding out. But he'll be breaking in a new quarterback and a new system and has DeAndre Hopkins nipping at his heels, so he's also moving the wrong direction from his days as an elite fantasy receiver.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 7/25/14 9:48am ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has reported to camp Friday, July 25. The two sides are still in contact about an extension.
Huddle Up: There was some talk about AJ holding out, but he'll work on negotiating a new deal while honoring his old one.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 7/22/14 6:56pm ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson visited the team facility Monday, July 21. Johnson has visited the facility a few times this offseason. According to a league source, it does not mean Johnson will report to camp on time.
Huddle Up: Hey, it's better than not being seen or heard from at all, but the next key date is Friday when the Texans are scheduled to report to camp. The team's first workout is the following day.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 7/11/14 12:11am ET
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie shares an agent with Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson. The connection could make Oakland a possible landing spot for the disgruntled receiver, according to Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: The Raiders could certainly use a top-level wideout after lacking one for years, and it would bring about a reunion with former-Texans' QB Matt Schaub. Still, even if the Raiders are one of the interested teams, an unnamed source is reporting that there also are three others. All this speculation, however, is just that as everything is contingent on the situation between the Texans and the disgruntled wideout reaching the trade stage in the first place.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 7/9/14 9:35pm ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson said he is still unsure if he will be with the team in Week 1.
Huddle Up: We knew AJ wasn't thrilled about the Houston rebuilding project, but if he's going to take his ball and go home his fantasy value takes an even bigger hit than simply being saddled with Ryan Fitzpatrick as his quarterback.
Jadeveon Clowney - LBPosted 7/8/14 4:06pm ET
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney said that sacking Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck is one of his goals this season. "My goal in the NFL is to sack Andrew Luck," Clowney said. "He's in my division. I'm playing him two times a year. He's a dangerous quarterback, very smart with the ball, he makes good decisions, so I just want to get after him and sack him one time."
Huddle Up: Aiming for 12 sacks would be a lofty but noteworthy accomplishment. After all, that's a figure attained by only 7 rookies -- last by Aldon Smith (14) in 2011 -- over the past 20 seasons.
Andre Brown - RBPosted 7/3/14 4:31pm ET
Houston Texans RBs Andre Brown and Alfred Blue may be the two main candidates for the No. 2 running back job during training camp.
Huddle Up: The former N.Y. Giant Brown would seem to rate an edge over the sixth-round rookie Blue, and this could come into play if Arian Foster's health issues flare up again. Still, Gary Kubiak and his run-oriented attack are now in Baltimore, so don't expect the fantasy gold that was the Texans' ground game a few seasons ago.
Jadeveon Clowney - LBPosted 6/27/14 12:36am ET
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney played with a sports hernia last season at South Carolina, according to Gil Brandt.
Huddle Up: Maybe Clowney's sub-par junior season (36 total tackles, 12 tackles for losses and 8 sacks) wasn't so surprising after all. Now, the hope in Houston is that his recovery from hernia surgery won't affect another season -- his NFL debut campaign.
Jadeveon Clowney - LBPosted 6/19/14 8:16pm ET
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney doesn't have a timetable for his return following sports hernia surgery a week ago. 'The pain, the injury's getting better every day, day by day,' Clowney said. 'Just looking forward to getting healthy and looking forward to training camp.' Head coach Bill O'Brien expects Clowney to be ready for training camp next month.
Huddle Up: Offseason surgery certainly wasn't on the agenda of the No. 1 overall pick, but time is still on Clowney's side with more than a month to go before training camp.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 6/17/14 7:23pm ET
As expected, Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson was not at the team's mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 17.
Huddle Up: Johnson hasn't been at any of the Texans' offseason workouts as he ponders his future with the franchise. Meanwhile, it's put the veteran WR behind in learning the team's new offense, but head coach Bill O'Brien doesn't seem too concerned. "I believe based on the different systems that he's been in that he'd be able to pick up on our system," O'Brien told the Associated Press. "He's a bright guy, a very bright guy and a guy that's done a lot in this league. So I think he'd be able to figure it out."
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QBPosted 6/17/14 7:23pm ET
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien named QB Ryan Fitzpatrick as the team's starting quarterback Tuesday, June 17.
Huddle Up: No surprise here that the nine-year NFL vet got the nod with the only other QBs on the roster being third-year college free agent Case Keenum and rookie fourth-round pick Tom Savage. Meanwhile, the next-most experienced QB on the roster, T.J. Yates, was waived Tuesday.
Jadeveon Clowney - LBPosted 6/6/14 3:29pm ET
The Houston Texans agreed to terms with LB Jadeveon Clowney on a contract Friday, June 6. Per NFL rules, the length of the contract is four years. Clowney's contract is worth $22.27 million guaranteed, including a $14.51 million signing bonus.
Huddle Up: The rookie scale makes it significantly easier for teams to sign their draft picks. Now that the money is squared away and at least $22.27 million will be heading into Clowney's bank account, we'll see if all the predraft handwringing about his supposed lack of a high motor will come into play.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 5/27/14 9:04pm ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson was not present at the team's organized team activities Tuesday, May 27. The team had said talks with Johnson about his future were positive.
Huddle Up: True to his word, the unhappy Johnson is staying away from off-season workouts, but things won't start getting serious until we start talking about missed training camp time.
Matt Schaub - QBPosted 5/23/14 11:38am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub is excited to have more control of the offense in Oakland. 'To come to an offense where the coach is looking to give you more freedom, and looking to give you more control of things,' Schaub said. 'I had that in some aspects in Houston, but there are things I'm being asked to do here that I didn't have control of in Houston. I would have loved to, but we just weren't in control of it. To now be in that position, and being the quarterback, that's such a great place to be because you can get everyone on the same page.'
Huddle Up: Schaub struggled in Houston last season, but he'll get another opportunity in Oakland with an underrated receiving corps and a pair of talented, albeit injury-prone, veteran backs. If the Raiders can piece together an offensive line in front of him, Schaub might be a sneaky fantasy contributor this year.
C.J. Fiedorowicz - TEPosted 5/23/14 11:38am ET
Houston Texans third-round pick TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $3.95 million. The deal includes a signing bonus of $703,304.
Huddle Up: With the regime change in Houston, tight ends will be used differently than in the past. That may present the multi-dimensional Fiedorowicz with an opportunity, though it's tough to project him for Owen Daniels-type numbers right out of the gate.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 5/22/14 10:41pm ET
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith have been in contact with WR Andre Johnson to try to ease his concerns and get him to show up to offseason activities.
Huddle Up: Clearly the best solution for the Texans is to convince the All-Pro to stay as trading him would result in a sizable cap hit and would leave the team's WR corps without a proven commodity.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 5/19/14 12:51am ET
The Baltimore Ravens are not likely to pick up WR Andre Johnson from the Houston Texans. Rumors began circulating because Gary Kubiak, Johnson's old coach in Houston, is now with the Ravens.
Huddle Up: Johnson could very well be dealt somewhere, but Baltimore does seem to be a longshot and already has its own, current former Texans' wideout in Jacoby Jones.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 5/17/14 12:33pm ET
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said he has tons of respect for WR Andre Johnson, and the talks the two have had recently have been very positive. Johnson hasn't attended the team's voluntary offseason workouts and didn't show up for the voluntary minicamp last week, either. He doesn't plan on attending the team's organized team activities or the mandatory minicamp next month as he wonders if Houston is the place for him now.
Huddle Up: With the Texans apparently in rebuilding mode, and devoid of experience at quarterback, you can't blame AJ for his concern. He'll flex his veteran muscles by not showing up for offseason activities, but there's no reason to think his absence extends into training camp or when the games start to count.
Bill O'Brien - HCPosted 5/17/14 12:47pm ET
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said QB Tom Savage got off to a good start in the team's rookie minicamp Friday, May 17. "He went out there (Friday) and had a decent start to what hopefully is a long career for him," said O'Brien.
Huddle Up: Savage has all the physical tools to be developed into an NFL quarterback, which is likely why O'Brien added him in the recent draft. Whether he can develop those tools quickly enough to take over the vacant Texans' starting gig this year, however, remains to be seen.
Tom Savage - QBPosted 5/16/14 1:37pm ET
Updating a previous report, the Houston Texans signed fourth-round draft choice QB Tom Savage to a four-year deal worth $2.52 million. The deal includes a $300,584 signing bonus.
Huddle Up: The Texans' potential quarterback of the future is locked up for four seasons--more than enough time for Bill O'Brien to mold him and see if he's everything Houston is hoping for at the position.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 5/15/14 8:18pm ET
The New England Patriots would likely kick the tires on a potential trade for Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson, in the opinion of Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, because the Patriots discuss everyone.
Huddle Up: The question is who wouldn't be interested in Johnson, who's topped 100 catches in 4 of the last 6 seasons and 1,200 receiving yards in 5 of the past 6 campaigns? The Pats, though, are especially WR-needy having done little to address their outside-the-numbers question other than signing Brandon LaFell (Panthers).
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 5/13/14 6:19pm ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has been wondering if the Texans are the place for him moving forward. Johnson has no plans to attend organized team activities or minicamp at this point.
Huddle Up: Johnson, who will turn 33 in July, insists his unhappiness isn't about his contract, but rather that he's closer to the end rather than the beginning with a rebuilding offense led -- for now -- by journeyman QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. We'll see if the Texans want to patch things up or are open to dealing the 7-time Pro Bowler, who had his 5th 100-catch season this past season with 109 grabs for 1,407 yards and 5 TDs.
Matt Schaub - QBPosted 5/12/14 12:43pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is expected to sit behind QB Matt Schaub and learn from the sidelines in 2014. However, that isn't set in stone.
Huddle Up: Ideally the Raiders won't have to rush Carr into action, especially since their offensive line is a work in progress. Let's hope he doesn't pick up any bad habits watching Schaub.
Tom Savage - QBPosted 5/11/14 6:43pm ET
The Houston Texans selected Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage in the fourth round with the 135th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Savage was the 7th QB off the board but fell into as favorable of a landing spot as any with journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick currently atop the Houston QB depth chart.
Jadeveon Clowney - DEPosted 5/8/14 10:18pm ET
The Houston Texans selected South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: In the end with apparently no trade offer rich enough for their liking, the Texans went with the near-consensus best player available in the freakish Clowney, and now will pair him with the uber-talented J.J. Watt, giving Houston perhaps the most feared pass-rushing bookends in recent memory.
Brian Cushing - LBPosted 4/17/14 3:33pm ET
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) was medically cleared Thursday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Cushing is regarded as one of the Texans' defensive leaders, but it's hard to set to tone from the sideline as he's missed 21 of of the team's 33 games, including the playoffs, over the past 2 seasons due to injury issues.
J.J. Watt - DEPosted 4/17/14 10:40pm ET
The Houston Texans have officially exercised the fifth-year option in DE J.J. Watt's contract.
Huddle Up: Here's a no-brainer as the Texans brace for the coming big-bucks extension for the ultra-talented DE who has an eye-popping 36.5 sacks, 27 passes defensed and 8 forced fumbles in 48 career games.
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