Mike Thomas - WRPosted 9/2/14 3:08pm ET
The Houston Texans released WR Mike Thomas Sunday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: The veteran Thomas has some receiving skills and also contributes in the return game, but with Houston still looking to develop a quarterback they probably prefer to develop some younger receivers instead. Expect Thomas to get a call from a receiver-needy team in the next couple of weeks--quite likely after Week 1, at which point his contract wouldn't have to be guaranteed for the entire season.
J.J. Watt - DEPosted 9/2/14 3:35pm ET
The Houston Texans signed DE J.J. Watt to a new long-term contract Monday, Sept. 1. Watt's extension is a six-year deal worth $100 million, of which $51.876 million is guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: After 36.5 sacks, 27 passes defensed, 8 forced fumbles and 217 total tackles in his first 3 seasons, this deal should've been done the first day of the league year.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QBPosted 9/2/14 3:43pm ET
Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is locked in as the team's starting quarterback. QB Ryan Mallett isn't expected to challenge for the starting spot any time soon, in the opinion of the Houston Chronicle's Brian T. Smith.
Huddle Up: Fitzpatrick had an up-and-down preseason, but a slow start against the likes of the Redskins' and Raiders' defenses out of the regular-season gate could change the Texans' plans quickly.
Ryan Mallett - QBPosted 8/31/14 5:32pm ET
The Houston Texans have acquired QB Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots, in exchange for a sixth-round pick, according to multiple sources.
Huddle Up: Mallett, a 2011 third-round pick who's attempted 4 regular-season passes, is a lot closer to seeing the field now that he has Ryan Fitzpatrick in front of him instead of Tom Brady. Fourth-round pick Tom Savage is the only other QB on the roster as Case Keenum has been released.
Damaris Johnson - WRPosted 8/31/14 11:27pm ET
The Houston Texans have claimed WR Damaris Johnson from the Philadelphia Eagles, OT Jeff Adams off waivers from the Tennessee Titans and CB Darryl Morris from the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Johnson is penciled in as the Texas' fifth WR for now, and also is a candidate to contribute as a kickoff and punt returner.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 8/21/14 10:25am ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has showed no signs of rust from his time away from the team this offseason. Johnson had an impressive practice during joint workouts with the Denver Broncos Wednesday, Aug. 20. 'He's a big part of what we're doing here,' head coach Bill O'Brien said.
Huddle Up: Johnson remains the primary playmaker in the Houston passing game; problem is, Ryan Fitzpatrick is still the Texans' best option at quarterback and that could hinder Johnson's fantasy prospects.
Jadeveon Clowney - LBPosted 8/21/14 3:41pm ET
Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney was held out of practice Thursday, Aug. 21, because of an undisclosed injury. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Clowney is fine but is not sure if Clowney will play in the third preseason game.
Huddle Up: Sounds like purely a precautionary measure after the top overall pick sustained a head injury in Wednesday's joint workouts with the Broncos.
J.J. Watt - DEPosted 8/19/14 8:10pm ET
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt believes he has outplayed his current contract and wants to sign an extension.
Huddle Up: You know, Watt just might have a case after compiling the third-most sacks (36.5) and most passes knocked down (27) by a defensive lineman since entering the league in 2011. And, oh yeah, there's the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award and two first-team All-Pro selections on his resume as well.
Case Keenum - QBPosted 8/18/14 9:42am ET
Houston Texans QB Case Keenum still has a lead over QB Tom Savage for the No. 2 quarterback job even though he has been inconsistent during training camp.
Huddle Up: The QB2 job in Houston might have added importance given that current QB1 Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't exactly setting the world on fire. Those drafting Andre Johnson in hopes of fantasy success are hoping someone--anyone--steps up at the quarterback position for the Texans.
Case Keenum - QBPosted 8/14/14 2:40pm ET
Houston Texans QB Case Keenum is taking some repetitions with the first-team offense in practice Thursday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Free-agent Ryan Fitzpatrick remains on track to open the season as the Texans' starter, but his job isn't secure by any means -- as was underscored by his 2-interception performance in the team's preseason opener.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 8/13/14 10:30am ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: After getting shut out in the exhibition opener, the Texans are finally getting some of their offensive weapons back. No reason to overwork AJ in the preseason, but at least he'll get some work in with Houston's QB-of-the-moment Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 8/13/14 10:30am ET
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners still treating Foster as an RB1 are happy to see him back in action. Don't expect him to see too many carries, which means we'll have plenty of opportunity to evaluate the backup battle between Jonathan Grimes and Alfred Blue.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 8/12/14 8:21pm ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) did not practice again Tuesday, Aug. 12. Head coach Bill O'Brien hoped Johnson would return to practice at some point this week.
Huddle Up: The combination of Johnson's acting-up hammy and the questions swirling around the Texans' new offense and QB, have dropped Johnson's draft stock to the fourth or fifth round (ADP of 45.66) in 10- and 12-team leagues. O'Brien and the Texans are holding out hope that the wideout will be able to play Saturday in the team's home preseason opener against the Falcons.
Andre Brown - RBPosted 8/11/14 8:38pm ET
The Houston Texans released RB Andre Brown on Monday, Aug. 11.
Huddle Up: Brown, who was thought to be the clear backup to Arian Foster, apparently wasn't thought much of by the Texans' new coaching staff which released the veteran back two days after not playing him in the preseason opener. As to who is the Texans' No. 2 RB, take your pick between Jonathan Grimes and sixth-round rookie draft pick Alfred Blue. It won't be Dennis Johnson or rookie free agent Tim Cornett who were also shown the door Monday.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QBPosted 8/11/14 8:49pm ET
Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is still the team's starting quarterback even though he threw two interceptions in the first preseason game, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: It's not exactly good news for a veteran QB when your head coach has to make a statement like this after 14 pass attempts in the first preseason game, but then again, it's not like Case Keenum or 4th-round rookie Tom Savage are shining alternatives right now, either.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 8/10/14 11:28pm ET
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) could play in the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Foster, coming off back surgery and dealing with tricky hammy, hasn't logged a rushing attempt since Week 7 last season against the Chiefs and fantasy GMs are more than eager to see how he looks in the Texans' new-look offense.
Andre Johnson - WRPosted 8/7/14 4:10pm ET
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) has been ruled out of the team's first preseason game by head coach Bill O'Brien.
Huddle Up: The good news for Johnson's fantasy owners is that the wideout reported to camp on time. The bad news, though, is that the WR's hammy started acting up soon after, and that could mean trouble given his injury track record. Something to definitely keep an eye on.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 8/4/14 5:50pm ET
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster contemplated retirement after injuring his back last season. Foster said he's going to walk away when he wants to and doesn't want to risk his life for football.
Huddle Up: Foster turns 28 later this month and he's currently dealing with a hamstring injury. This news doesn't impact his fantasy value but it makes you wonder how much Foster has left in the tank after carrying the ball 1,077 times over the last four season (53 games). He currently has an ADP of Round 2.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 8/2/14 11:31am ET
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) did not participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 2.
Huddle Up: Foster has a history of minor injuries during the summer but will be ready when the season kicks off. He currently has an ADP in the middle of Round 2.
Jadeveon Clowney - LBPosted 8/2/14 1:10pm ET
Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney (undisclosed) left practice early Saturday, Aug. 2, because of some soreness, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. O'Brien said Clowney has been on a snap count during training camp.
Huddle Up: Clowney appeared to be dealing with a right leg injury and eventually left practice on a cart. The No. 1 overall pick underwent sports hernia surgery during the offseason and the team has been managing his snaps so far in training camp. Despite the snap count, Clowney has reportedly been having a strong training camp before Saturday's setback.
Arian Foster - RBPosted 8/1/14 2:22pm ET
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster is not practicing Friday, Aug. 1.
Huddle Up: Foster has been in and out of practices all camp, but then again there's no sense in adding extra wear and tear for the RB, who's coming off back surgery.
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.
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