Player News - Texans

Date: Team: Pos:

Will Fuller (hamstring) remained "limited" on Thursday.

Fuller avoided setbacks in his Week 2 return. He will be an upside WR3 in a plus matchup with the Giants.
Sep 20 - 4:12 PM

DeAndre Hopkins (thumb, ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Hopkins is fine. Even if he draws Janoris Jenkins' shadow, Hopkins will be an elite WR1 against the Giants.
Sep 20 - 4:11 PM

Jadeveon Clowney (back) says he "will play" this week.

Clowney was limited on Wednesday after being inactive Week 2. "It means a lot to me to be out there with my teammates," Clowney said. The defender should be available as the Texans look for their first win at home against the Giants on Sunday.
Sep 20 - 12:44 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said the team will consider shifting DB Kareem Jackson between cornerback and safety throughout the season.

A cornerback by trade, Jackson shifted to safety this year but moved back to corner after Kevin Johnson went down with a concussion in Week 1. However, O'Brien plans on using Jackson wherever he fits best, which could change on a week-to-week basis. "I think we have to think about that every week," said O'Brien. "He's one of our more versatile players on defense and he's a smart player, so it's easy to take him and say, 'Hey, you're a corner, you're a nickel, you're a safety.'" Jackson has had a good year so far, recording 14 tackles and two forced fumbles over 131 defensive snaps.
Sep 19 - 6:24 PM

Jadeveon Clowney (back, elbow) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

He was ruled out against the Titans last week after testing out his injuries in pre-game warmups. Injuries have been the story of Clowney's career as the 25-year-old has missed a combined 18 games since arriving as the first overall pick in 2014. The hope is that he's ready for Sunday's matchup against the Giants.
Sep 19 - 5:57 PM

Keke Coutee (hamstring) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins were also limited. Coutee has missed the first two games with hamstring issues but has a chance to return this week.
Sep 19 - 5:25 PM

Texans TE Ryan Griffin (hip) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

It's the firs time Griffin has been on the injury report this season. This shouldn't impact his availability for Sunday's game. Griffin has just one catch through two weeks.
Sep 19 - 5:23 PM

DeAndre Hopkins (thumb, ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Hopkins was also limited last week, but it was a non-factor on his snaps. The Texans will likely monitor his practice reps ahead of Sunday's game. Hopkins is a top-five receiver play for Week 3.
Sep 19 - 5:21 PM

Will Fuller (hamstring) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Fuller played through his hamstring issue last week. The limited practice suggests he's not dealing with any setbacks. Fuller is a WR2 for Sunday's Giants matchup.
Sep 19 - 5:14 PM

Alfred Blue rushed seven times for 36 yards in the Texans' Week 2 loss to the Titans.

Blue was out-touched 21-5 in the Texans' season opener but closed the gap (16-7) in Week 2. Miller is still being used as an every-down workhorse, but he admittedly lacks explosiveness and hasn't shown a propensity to break tackles yet this season. Until Blue eats into Miller's opportunities, though, it's the latter who's still the back to own in Houston.
Sep 16 - 8:23 PM

Bruce Ellington caught all three of his targets for 45 yards in the Texans' Week 2 loss to the Titans.

With Keke Coutee and Sammie Coates out, Ellington continued his run as Houston's clear-cut No. 3 receiver. Unfortunately, that position serves little to no value with Will Fuller (8-113-1) and DeAndre Hopkins (6-110-1) manning the outside. Coutee, who has a much higher ceiling than Ellington, should mix-in as the team's primary slot receiver once he's healthy.
Sep 16 - 8:14 PM

DeAndre Hopkins caught 6-of-11 targets for 110 yards and one touchdown in the Texans' Week 2 loss to the Titans.

It's the second consecutive game that Hopkins saw 11 targets. Even with teammate Will Fuller (8-113-1) back in the lineup, Hopkins led Houston's skill players in targets and managed to eclipse the 100-yard mark on a 31-yard toss down the middle of the field as time expired. Although Hopkins' target share is safe no matter who he's surrounded by, Houston's offense was noticeably more explosive with Fuller stretching the field on the opposite sideline. Nuk's floor remains the highest of any WR1 not named Antonio Brown.
Sep 16 - 5:24 PM

Lamar Miller rushed 14 times for 68 yards, additionally hauling in both of his targets for two yards in the Texans' Week 2 loss to the Titans.

Miller consistently gashed Tennessee's defense a few yards at a time but was unable to break away for any highlight-reel scampers. After out-touching teammate Alfred Blue 21-5 in the Texans' season opener, Miller merely won their Week 2 opportunity battle 16-7. Miller is currently being used as a three-down back, but his inability to break tackles may open the door for Blue to receive more reps as the season progresses. For the time being, Miller is still considered a low-end RB2 due solely to usage.
Sep 16 - 5:05 PM

Will Fuller caught 8-of-9 targets for 113 yards and one touchdown in the Texans' Week 2 loss to the Titans.

If you didn't know any better, you would think Fuller had been healthy all year. The Texans' oft-injured wideout did it all in his 2018 debut, gaining separation on slants and using his explosiveness to seamlessly stretch the field. His lone score of the day came on a 39-yard jump-ball in which Fuller simply overpowered his defender in man coverage. Houston's offense has noticeably been more explosive with Fuller healthy and that was again the case Sunday as Deshaun Watson eclipsed the 300-yard mark, all the while averaging a whopping 9.7 YPA. Fuller's availability is arguably enough to keep the Texans' offense afloat in any matchup.
Sep 16 - 4:46 PM

Deshaun Watson completed 22-of-32 passes for 310 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Texans' 20-17 Week 2 loss to the Titans, adding five carries for 44 yards on the ground.

Watson eclipsed the 300-yard mark on a 31-yard bullet to DeAndre Hopkins while the final seconds of regulation ticked off the clock. Although the Texans' offense was noticeably more explosive with Will Fuller (hamstring) back on the field, Watson spent a majority of play running for his life behind lackluster pass protection. Both Fuller (8-113-1) and Hopkins (6-110-1) were still able to surpass 100-plus yards due in part to their ability to win jump-balls down the field. It's an encouraging sign for Watson moving forward that he was able to shake off his questionable 5.1 YPA in Week 1 and respond with 9.7 YPA with all his weapons on hand.
Sep 16 - 4:26 PM


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