Player News - Texans

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Deshaun Watson (knee) expects to be "full go" for Texans training camp next week.

"I feel great," Watson said on NFL Network. "I’m getting ready for next week when we report to The Greenbrier; I’m going to be full-go." Long billed as "ahead of schedule," Watson was spotted without a brace in minicamp. The Texans are not going to take any risks with their franchise player, but it is looking like he will see preseason reps.
Jul 19 - 9:54 PM

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle expects fourth-round WR Keke Coutee to compete with Braxton Miller for snaps at slot receiver.

Per Wilson, Coutee caught the ball "smoothly" during last month's minicamp while impressing with his "sharp" route-running. Coutee also drew the attention of teammate DeAndre Hopkins, who praised the rookie's work ethic. "He's only getting better," said Hopkins. "He's always hanging around, seeing what I'm doing in between periods, asking me questions." In addition to his receiving duties, the former Texas Tech Raider is also a candidate to return kicks.
Jul 15 - 9:58 AM

Alfred Blue is expected to open the season as Houston's No. 3 back.

The Texans haven't done anything to upgrade their running back depth since last year. Blue's special teams value secures his spot with the team, but he'll be pushed by Tyler Ervin and Troymaine Pope. UDFAs Terry Swanson and Lavon Coleman are also competing for jobs.
Jul 6 - 5:21 PM

The Houston Chronicle considers Braxton Miller on the roster bubble.

Miller has struggled with injuries his first two years, and hasn't done much when on the field. With Houston adding fourth-rounder Keke Coutee this offseason, he isn't a lock to keep his spot. Miller needs to hold off Sammie Coates, DeAndrew White, and Chris Thompson in training camp.
Jul 6 - 5:14 PM

TEs coach Tim Kelly said the Texans will need a "collective effort" to replace C.J. Fiedorowicz.

Despite Fiedorowicz's retirement, the Texans did not add any immediate help during the offseason -- third-rounder Jordan Akins and sixth-rounder Jordan Thomas are both projects. That leaves Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson to fill the gap. A better all-around option, Griffin is the best bet to start, but Anderson has more fantasy upside.
Jul 3 - 10:55 AM

Deshaun Watson (knee) won’t change his style of play this season.

This falls with comments from Houston’s coaching staff. The Texans want Watson to be smarter about his runs, but aren’t going to limit him to the pocket after last year’s ACL injury. Watson was cleared for individual drills at OTAs and is on track in his rehab. Barring setbacks, he should be ready for training camp.
Source: Daily Press
Jul 1 - 10:25 AM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said sophomore LT Julie'n Davenport has "made a lot of progress."

Davenport held his own at left tackle late last season, and O'Brien thinks he has built on that start. "He really did a good job in the time that he was away from here working out because when he came back here, you could tell he was in shape and ready to go," O'Brien said. "He just needs to try to keep getting better every day." It would be a shock if Davenport does not open the season at left tackle.
Jun 28 - 10:29 AM

The Texans plan to move CB Kareem Jackson to safety.

This has been expected with Andre Hal sidelined. 30-year-old Jackson lost a step in 2017, grading as one of the worst corners in the league. He should benefit from the move to safety full time. Jackson's presence opposite Tyrann Mathieu likely limits rookie Justin Reid to sub-packages, with Kevin Johnson taking over outside in base sets.
Jun 22 - 7:01 PM

Texans claimed OT Roderick Johnson off waivers from the Browns.

It's a good landing spot for Johnson, with only Julie'n Davenport, Seantrel Hendersonn and rookie Martinas Rankin ahead of him on Houston's tackle depth chart. Johnson is coming off a lost rookie year but there's a decent chance he makes the Texans' 53-man roster.
Jun 20 - 5:04 PM

Browns waived OT Roderick Johnson.

Cleveland traded up to take Johnson in the fifth round at No. 160 overall in last year's draft. The former Florida State Seminole played zero snaps as a rookie. The two-time Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner should get another shot.
Jun 20 - 9:26 AM

The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans view fourth-round Keke Coutee as an "upgrade" on Braxton Miller in the slot.

"He's done everything we've asked him to do," WRs coach John Perry said. "If he continues to do that, I can see him moving forward." Coutee has 4.43 speed but checks in at just 5-foot-10, 180 pounds. If he doesn't establish himself in the slot, he should serve as a situational deep threat. Miller is eminently beatable in a competition, however.
Jun 19 - 7:40 PM

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, it "remains up in the air" whether D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) will be ready for Week 1 against the Patriots.

"At this point, it's just when I feel ready to go and when the trainers and everybody feels it's best for me to get on the field and play a game," said Foreman. The 22-year-old was having an impressive rookie year before he went down with a ruptured Achilles in Week 11. Foreman sat out OTAs but said his rehab is going "really well" and hopes to be ready at some point during training camp. When healthy, the former Texas Longhorn will occupy a change-of-pace role behind starter Lamar Miller.
Jun 17 - 12:18 PM

Texans signed ILB Benardrick McKinney to a five-year, $50 million extension through 2023.

The deal includes $21 million guaranteed. The No. 43 overall pick of the 2015 draft, McKinney was headed into the final year of his rookie deal. McKinney has been a snap hog and run eraser in the middle of the Texans' defense. He tallied 95 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble last season. He has also been durable, missing just two games in three years, and zero since his rookie season. McKinney could stand to offer more as a blitzer and cover man, something he hinted at with his effort to drop 10 pounds this offseason.
Jun 14 - 8:25 PM

Texans signed third-round OT Martinas Rankin to a four-year contract.

A 'tweener who is starting out his career at tackle, Rankin is recovering from foot surgery. He is expected to be ready some time between the start of camp and Week 1. Rankin, though undersized, could have been in the mix for a starting tackle job, but the injury probably takes him out of the running.
Jun 14 - 1:44 PM

Deshaun Watson (knee) said he is "right where [he needs] to be" in his rehab.

Watson tore his ACL in November. "The knee is doing good," Watson said. "For the nine-week goal we put in from the beginning [of the offseason program], I'm pretty much where I wanted to be." Watson has yet to participate in 11-on-11 drills, but he was spotted practicing without a brace on Tuesday. Barring a setback, he will be ready for camp.
Jun 14 - 8:58 AM


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