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Texans WRs Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington OUT for TNF

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7:17pm - [Full Article]

Texans Inactives

Kourtnei Brown LB
Quintin Demps SS
Akeem Dent ILB
Jonathan Grimes RB
Greg Mancz C
Cecil Shorts WR
Nate Washington WR

Fantasy Impact:

The other Houston receivers will get extra run, but there aren't any trustworthy fantasy starts outside of DeAndre Hopkins, who should see double-digit targets as Ryan Mallett's primary target.

TNF Injury Report: Colts vs. Texans -- Andrew Luck (shoulder) questionable

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 5:50pm

NFL Communications


LB Jerrell Freeman (groin), RB Tyler Varga (concussion), LB Bjoern Werner (hamstring)

S Mike Adams (neck), DT Henry Anderson (foot), CB Vontae Davis (foot), QB Matt Hasselbeck (illness), QB Andrew Luck (right shoulder)

TE Dwayne Allen (ankle), RB Frank Gore (foot), DE Kendall Langford (back), CB Gregory Toler (neck)


S Quintin Demps (hamstring), LB Akeem Dent (hamstring), RB Jonathan Grimes (hamstring), WR Cecil Shorts (shoulder), WR Nate Washington (hamstring)

S Lonnie Ballentine (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (thigh), RB Chris Polk (knee)

T Duane Brown (hand), LB Max Bullough (shoulder), LB Jadeveon Clowney (shoulder, knee), LB Brian Cushing (foot), RB Arian Foster (groin), CB Johnathan Joseph (hip), QB Ryan Mallett (chest), T Derek Newton (ankle), S Eddie Pleasant (thigh), G Xavier Su'a-Filo (calf), DT Vince Wilfork (ankle)

Fantasy Impact:

Luck is listed as questionable, so owners should pay attention as inactives are announced leading up to game time on Thursday. Gore and Allen are both probable, so they're virtually certain to play. Allen's return puts a big dent in Coby Fleener's upside. For the Texans, Foster is probable, so he should see an increased workload. With both Shorts and Washington out, the Texans are short at receiver. Look for DeAndre Hopkins to dominate targets again.

Texans rule Nate Washington and Cecil Shorts OUT for Week 5

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 3:52pm

Aaron Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Texans rule out Nate Washington, Quintin Demps, Jonathan Grimes, Cecil Shorts, Akeem Dent.

With Washington and Shorts out, look for rookies Keith Mumphery, Jaelen Strong and Chandler Worthy to all be active and involved

Fantasy Impact:

We wouldn't trust any Texans receiver not named DeAndre Hopkins.

Nate Washington injures hamstring

Sunday, October 4, 2015, 7:54pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Texans veteran starting wide receiver Nate Washington was ruled out of the game with a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Washington didn’t catch a pass. The Texans offense did not look good when it counted against the Falcons and the team again switched QBs going with Brian Hoyer after things got out of hand. Cecil Shorts dislocated his shoulder in the loss. Keith Mumphery is next up on the depth chart but the team may have to look outside the organization for help.

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:16pm

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Hopkins’ concussion was a surprise. He’ll have to navigate through the league’s concussion protocol to play on Sunday. We should know by Saturday, though owners will want to have a Plan B in place. Beat writer Tania Ganguli said that HC Bill O’Brien sounded optimistic about Hopkins’ Week 3 availability. If he’s out, Nate Washington and Cecil Shorts become Sneaky Starts.

Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:37pm

Texans WR Nate Washington (abdomen, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 2. Washington will play against Carolina. Both he (84 percent) and Cecil Shorts (82 percent) played starter’s snaps in Week 1.

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 6:09pm

Texans WR Nate Washington (abdomen) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Washington is on track to play against Carolina. Both he (84 percent) and Cecil Shorts (82 percent) played starter’s snaps in Week 1.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 6:08pm

Texans WR Nate Washington (abdomen) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Texans Beat: Nate Washington has a lead in the WR2 competition

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 2:35pm

Texans - [Full Article]

Texans beat writer John Harris:

I’m convinced Nate Washington could get open against his shadow. When Bill O’Brien said he’d be the No. 2 WR if the season started today, many raised an eyebrow, shocked a bit at the declaration. But, if you took the numbers off the receivers, didn’t know one from the other and watched every single play, you’d also come away thinking he should be the No. 2 receiver.

Now, most people will wonder aloud what about Cecil Shorts III? Wasn’t he brought here to be the number two wide out? Don’t worry, he’s had a strong camp and today was his best day, in my opinion. He was Mallett’s go-to guy on shallow to intermediate routes, especially early in practice, and he can make something after the catch as well.

Fantasy Impact:

Washington is something of a fantasy cockroach, in that he's a survivor. He has finished in the top 65 in seven straight seasons, with an average ranking of 43.4 in PPR formats. He's also in line for a lot of snaps if he wins the WR2 job, though he'll have to hold off Shorts and rookie Jaelen Strong.

Texans Beat: Nate Washington, Cecil Shorts have the edge on Jaelen Strong

Friday, July 24, 2015, 4:53pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Texans beat writer Tania Ganguli (ESPN) projects that Nate Washington and Cecil Shorts will start Week 1 alongside DeAndre Hopkins.

Fantasy Impact:

To be fair, rookie Jaelen Strong had a rough spring and has time in camp to close the gap. But in Shorts and Washington, he'll have to overcome a couple of very experienced veterans. Shorts (27) is younger than Washington (32), but Washington has been more durable in recent years. Given the team's quarterback situation, there isn't a whole lot to like in the passing game other than Hopkins, who figures to be a target-hog.

Who will start opposite Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 12:45pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Texans beat writers John McClain and Brian T. Smith discuss the candidates to replace Andre Johnson as the starter opposite DeAndre Hopkins. Smith said that "big picture" Jaelen Strong should be the guy, but Smith asked, "can he make enough of an impression during training camp?" The Texans are looking for consistency from the rookie.

Smith went on to say that Cecil Shorts "looked impressive" in camp, showing "really nice hands" and was the "one guy who truly stood out" at receiver.

Smith doesn't believe that Nate Washington will start, but went on to say that he could "really help this team" with his speed in three-WR sets.

Fantasy Impact:

Washington was the player that HC Bill O'Brien singled out, but it sounds like Smith believes that either Shorts or Strong will end up starting opposite of Hopkins. This may be something of a committee throughout the season and the quarterback situation in Houston makes it a dicey proposition to buy into the Texans' pass offense. Still, Strong is worthy of a late-round flier given his 15th round ADP even if he isn't starting Week 1.

Texans 'effusive' in praise of WR Nate Washington

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 12:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The top options here include free-agent pickups Nate Washington (31) and Cecil Shorts III (27), and rookie Jaelen Strong, who was taken in the third round with the 70th pick in this year's draft. Strong's start has been delayed a bit, and we'll get to that more later. Coach Bill O'Brien was effusive in his praise of Washington last week. "I really like Nate. I think he's been a good addition to our football team, both from a veteran leadership standpoint and then from his route-running ability. He's really practiced hard all spring. He's been here a lot. He's been out there every day at practice. He's picked up our offense well. He's always communicating with the other receivers and the quarterbacks. I think he's going to add a lot to our offense. I'm glad he's here."

Strong suffered a hamstring injury during the Texans' first OTAs, which is sometimes an injury that is the result of not being in the right condition for practice. He hasn't returned yet, which is a function of those kinds of injuries. Too much time lost will be a big problem, but we aren't there yet. O'Brien called the injury minor a couple of weeks ago.

Fantasy Impact:

The WR2 spot in Houston is wide open. Cecil Shorts should be the frontrunner, but it sounds like Washington is the one turning heads. He's a savvy vet who has produced whenever he sees significant targets. Strong is missing valuable reps.

Texans Beat: No clear favorite to start opposite WR DeAndre Hopkins

Monday, June 15, 2015, 2:41pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle discusses DeAndre Hopkins and the Texans' receiving corps:

This offseason so far reminds me of the Texans offseasons when it was Andre Johnson and a buncha rando wide receivers competing to see who would be starters. No receiver targets in OTAs have been *oh-wow* type guys where you see a particularly positive future for him when they are in the offense longer.

Fantasy Impact:

Rookie Jaelen Strong, Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington seem to be the primary candidates to start opposite Hopkins, but no one is standing out, per Stradley. Damaris Johnson will probably man the slot.

Texans Beat: WR Nate Washington 'can get open in a phone booth'

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 2:04pm

Houston Texans - [Full Article]

Texans writer John Harris: When the Texans signed Nate Washington, I wrote a piece on him as it pertained to how his veteran savvy could be seen in his route running. I watched him closely today on a few of his routes and that man can get open in a phone booth. He has a knack of selling his routes to get open and it’s fun to watch a veteran at his age still know how to find seams or win against man coverage.

Fantasy Impact:

Our younger readers are wondering, "what's a phone booth?" Washington is the dark horse to start opposite DeAndre Hopkins. He's competing with Cecil Shorts and rookie Jaelen Strong.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 4:13pm

John McClain, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Nate Washington signed a one-year deal for $1 million, including $30,000 guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Washington will provide depth in the Houston receiving corps behind DeAndre Hopkins and Cecil Shorts.

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