Player News - Texans

Date: Team: Pos:

Jadeveon Clowney (knee scope) has remained sidelined at OTAs.

Clowney's scope was all the way back in January. He was originally expected to be ready for OTAs. It's likely not a long-term concern, but just another reminder of Clowney's durability issues. It's ill-timed for a player trying to snag a long-term deal heading into a contract season.
May 22 - 3:04 PM

The Houston Chronicle considers Deshaun Watson (knee) "ahead of schedule" in his rehab.

It's really only news when a player is behind schedule, but Watson was drawing glowing reports for his work on Tuesday. Watson participated in both 7-on-7 drills and individual work and reportedly "threw well." Watson himself said his knee feels great, and that he isn't worried about physically trusting it as he completes his return. Perhaps Watson will be babied in the early days of training camp but there is a chance he's 100 percent right from the start.
May 22 - 2:18 PM

Deshaun Watson (knee) is throwing during individual drills at OTAs.

Watson will not participate in team drills, but this is a positive step in his recovery from a torn ACL. Coach Bill O'Brien said Watson is "on schedule to participate in training camp."
May 22 - 12:20 PM

Second-year pro Julie'n Davenport acknowledges he's in the mix for the Texans' left tackle job.

The No. 130 overall pick of last year's draft, Davenport started four games at left tackle, playing 238 total snaps. He earned poor marks from Pro Football Focus. In an indictment of how thin the Texans' offensive line remains, Davenport is probably the early favorite on the blindside. Free agent addition Seantrel Henderson and third-round G/T tweener Martinas Rankin could also be in the mix.
May 20 - 10:50 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said he wants Tyrann Mathieu to focus on safety.

"We value versatility, but we also understand that a guy needs to have basically one home," O'Brien said. "He needs to understand and master that one home, which is safety for Tyrann. Then, in different packages that are played less of the time, maybe he does something else." It is an understandable position as Mathieu attempts to learn a new defense, but his value is his versatility. Houston should get him in position to make plays as often as possible.
May 15 - 10:52 AM

Texans claimed QB Stephen Morris off waivers from the Seahawks.

A 26-year-old journeyman at this point, Morris has spent time with six different organizations since going undrafted out of Miami (FL) in 2014.
May 14 - 4:50 PM

Speaking on Good Morning Football, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said he is "not at all" concerned about J.J. Watt's (knee) health.

Watt has played just eight games in the last two seasons because of a back injury in 2016 and a left tibial plateau fracture last year. Still, his coach is not concerned. "I would never bet against J.J Watt," O'Brien said. "He's going to be back, he's going to be at full strength, and he's going to help us win a lot of games." Watt has said he feels "great" and expects to be ready for training camp.
May 14 - 9:03 AM

Speaking on Good Morning Football, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Deshaun Watson (ACL) is "on schedule to participate in training camp."

It is not a surprise considering O'Brien said Watson could end up getting in some work during OTAs, but it is still good news. Coming off an early-November ACL tear, it looks like Watson will be 100 percent well before Week 1. He carries some injury risk, but Watson also carries No. 1 overall quarterback upside.
May 14 - 8:41 AM

Seahawks waived QB Stephen Morris.

This leaves Alex McGough and Ausitn Davis as the only quarterbacks behind Russell Wilson. Morris has bounced around practice squads the last four years, but has yet to appear in a regular-season game.
May 11 - 6:15 PM

Texans placed OG Jeff Allen on the reserve/PUP list.

Allen missed the final two weeks of last year with a concussion. He won't count towards the 90-man roster while on PUP. A starter the past two seasons, Allen may be limited to a swing role when healthy.
May 11 - 6:05 PM

Texans signed third-round TE Jordan Akins to a four-year contract.

The Texans also signed third-round OG Martinas Rankin and seventh-round CB Jermaine Kelly, bringing their entire rookie class under contract. Akins will be a rare 26-year-old rookie after taking up football following a four-year minor-league career with the Texas Rangers. Although Akins is a standout all-around athlete, his lack of college dominance at such an advanced age and well below-par blocking are significant red flags. With that said, Akins landed in a hot spot for opportunity after C.J. Fiedorowicz's retirement.
May 10 - 9:06 PM

Texans signed fourth-round WR Keke Coutee to a four-year contract.

A vertical burner at home in the slot, Coutee ran 4.43 at the Combine but struggled in other drills, managing 26th-percentile SPARQ results. Fast but rail thin, Coutee’s ticket may be as a Taylor Gabriel-style situational deep threat with kick return value.
May 10 - 8:54 PM

Texans signed sixth-round TE Jordan Thomas to a four-year contract.

Along with third-rounder Jordan Akins, Thomas was one of two tight ends the Texans selected on draft weekend. Thomas stands in at 6-foot-6, 265 pounds but was rarely used at Georgia. He also tested as a poor athlete at the Combine. He will try to make the practice squad this summer.
May 10 - 7:43 PM

Texans signed sixth-round DE Duke Ejiofor to a four-year contract.

Sixth-round LB Peter Kalambayi has also signed. Ejiofor tore the labrum in his right shoulder early last October and played through it, still logging 43 QB pressures but seeing his sack total dip from 10.5 as a junior to 6.5 as a senior. Ejiofor had surgery in February and suffered two known concussions in college. When healthy, Ejiofor is a long-armed (34 7/8") finesse rusher whose toughness was questioned by scouts.
May 10 - 7:32 PM

Texans signed third-round S Justin Reid to a four-year contract.

The brother of ex-49ers SS Eric Reid, Reid has experience covering slot receivers and tight ends, and playing in centerfield and the box. Reid’s versatility, athleticism and smarts (31 Wonderlic) raise his chances of becoming an instant contributor.
May 10 - 5:08 PM


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