Texans DE J.J. Watt has undergone back surgery and will start camp on physically unable to perform list but should be ready for the season.
Watt has never missed a game in his career and should ready for opener against the Bears.
Watt missed 2012 preseason because of an elbow injury, didn't miss a regular season game and won first NFL Defensive Player of Year award.
This would be a tough blow for the Texans defense if Watt were to miss any time.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 1:35pm
RB Jay Ajayi will enter Dolphins training camp as the clear favorite to replace Lamar Miller as the starter after flashing intriguing potential in his nine appearances as a rookie. Head Coach Adam Gase said he was impressed by Ajayi’s shiftiness to go along with his physical running style, so the biggest challenge now for the former Boise State star will be convincing his coaches he can be as effective in the passing game as he is as a runner.
Damien Williams is the running back situation, Williams was sidelined for most of the spring practices that were open to the media. Williams made most of his contributions in his first two seasons on special teams, but he’s hoping to carve a bigger role on offense in 2016.
Another big factor could be Kenyan Drake, who was picked in the third round of this year's draft. (Isaiah Pead and Daniel Thomas are also on the roster.) Drake has played behind Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry at Alabama. For now, Ajayi is ranked 20th on our list of RBs with an ADP of the fifth round. After spring workouts new HC Adam Gase said that Ajayi “kind of separated himself” in the running back competition, so it looks like he’ll be the primary running back provided the team doesn’t sign Arian Foster once his Achilles is healthy.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 12:17pm
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported the club envisions a "multidimensional" role for WR Braxton Miller, who has proven to be, per Wilson, a "determined, quick study" during his first NFL offseason.
"(He's) just a versatile player, explosive player," Texans general manager Rick Smith said. "Trying to impact our football team, adding players who can add dimensions to our football team who can make plays with the ball in their hands, and certainly he can do that."
Texans receivers coach Sean Ryan added: "The thing with him is he works at it; he wants to pick things up. He wants to be good. I think he's got a little chip on his shoulder understanding that there were some people out there that thought there would be this large learning curve for him and weren't sure about him being a receiver. ... He wants to learn and he's smart enough to learn and those are the two biggest factors to me."
Sunday, July 3, 2016, 4:13pm
When it comes to NFL quarterback contracts, a rising tide doesn’t necessarily lift all boats. Just ask Ryan Fitzpatrick, who gained no leverage from contracts given to players like Sam Bradford (two years, $35 million) and Brock Osweiler (four years, $72 million). Ultimately, a quarterback’s value is driven not by what others have gotten, but by what anyone will pay this specific player.
Fitzpatrick, despite the Bradford, Osweiler, and now Andrew Luck deals, can’t get eight figures per year from the Jets, or anything close to that from anyone else. Next year, that same problem could apply to Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
The story went on to say Taylor is due to earn $3 million this year, which when it comes to quarterbacks isn’t peanuts but pressed peanut sweepings. For Taylor, his value next year likely will be driven by the market for mid-level quarterbacks, if anyone out there chooses to pay him a mid-level contract, which currently is in the range of $15 million per year. Luck’s new contract doesn’t change that.
Receiver Jaelen Strong may be the most improved player on the team. Strong had an impressive offseason program. He got most of his assignments correct, ran the right routes and made a lot of spectacular catches. He showed consistent improvement. His teammates and coaches are excited about him. Getting arrested for marijuana possession in February seemed to help his maturity on and off the field.
There comes a point with all first year players when you can see the light start to go on. Things aren’t just a blur on a daily basis. As such, it definitely seems there’s a flicker of a light going on with Will Fuller. At Notre Dame, he made a living on deep throws and short catch and run screens. But, he’s showing much more than just that each and every day. He made an excellent catch for a touchdown in the far corner and followed that up with a catch at the back of the end zone for another touchdown on consecutive plays. Progress...that’s all you want from a rookie and he’s making it.
A year ago, Texans wide receiver Jaelen Strong was a sluggish rookie. He was noticeably overweight, tipping the scales at nearly 230 pounds as if he was unintentionally bulking up for a move to tight end.
Strong chalked up the weight gain to the travel and lost workout time associated with the predraft circuit. He responded by changing his diet and increasing his cardio workouts to get down from 6-2, 230 pounds to a lean 197 pounds.
Strong has been one of the more impressive players at the Texans' organized team activities, catching a series of passes in traffic for first downs.
"I just said to him today how far he's come," O'Brien said Tuesday. "He's a guy that a year ago today, I was concerned about him from a conditioning standpoint. I just didn't know what type of condition he was in. It wasn't very good. He really at some point in time before training camp, he came back and passed the conditioning test and really took off after that.
"He contributed in some games last year. He had a really good offseason. He's in really good shape. He's playing well. Hopefully it continues. He's a guy that we're definitely counting on."
And Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has noticed a seriousness of purpose from Strong even during an offseason where he was arrested for possession of marijuana in February in Arizona.
When retweeting a link to this story, Texans beat writer Stephanie Stradley added, "No hype. Looks good." The Texans are looking for a starter opposite DeAndre Hopkins and Strong is competing with veteran Cecil Shorts and rookie Will Fuller for the job. He may face punishment from the NFL for his marijuana arrest, but the weight loss should help his speed and quickness.
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 1:01pm
ESPN's Rich Cimini offered the following on the Jets-Ryan Fitzpatrick situation:
Ideally, the Jets would like to resolve the contract stalemate by April 18, the start of the offseason program. Unless another team emerges from the weeds, Fitzpatrick's only options are to take the Jets' low-ball offer (about $7 million) or not play.
I don't think Fitzpatrick's pride would allow him to cave quickly; he could try to slow-play the Jets. They could try to pressure him by flirting with Brian Hoyer or Josh McCown, but they'd better be careful. If New York ends up with one of them and loses Fitzpatrick, it's a loss for the Jets, even if they save a few million bucks. They need him, he needs them. Get it done.
Friday, April 1, 2016, 9:26pm
The Texans re-signed Weeden, the team announced on Friday. The new deal is for $4 million over two years, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported, via a source with direct knowledge of the contract.
Claimed off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys in mid-November, Weeden relieved an injured T.J. Yates in Week 15, tossing a touchdown to rookie Jaelen Strong to push the Texans past the Colts in a crucial battle for control of the division. A week later, he accounted for three touchdowns in a 34-6 rout over the Titans.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:28pm
Journeyman Thad Lewis is joining the 49ers’ ever-curious quarterback corps, agreeing to a one-year contract, the NFL Network reported.
Still in that quarterback unit, for now, is Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers’ deposed starter who’s requested a trade through his agents last month. Blaine Gabbert is the presumed incumbent starter, while their other quarterback is Dylan Thompson, an undrafted rookie last year who got called up from the practice squad Nov. 21, upon Kaepernick getting placed on injured reserve.
Lewis, 28, has been with six teams and played sparingly since entering the league in 2010 as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Rams. He’s 2-4 all-time as a starter, including a 2-3 mark in 2013 with the Buffalo Bills. He’s also been with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Houston Texans.
Lewis spent time with the Eagles last year as well when Chip Kelly was the coach.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:08pm
This is a good signing for the Texans as Miller is a talented all-around back who has finished in the top 10 in back-to-back seasons despite being underutilized in Miami. The Texans should give him plenty of work, but keep an eye on the offensive line. If it comes together, Miller should see enough work to finish in the top 10 for a third straight season.
Osweiler averaged 16.6 FP in the six games that he started and finished. That equates to middle of the road QB2 numbers, and his receiving corps won't be quite as good as it was in Denver. DeAndre Hopkins is a nice target, but there is no Emmanuel Sanders on the Texans' roster at the moment. Osweiler will be in the streaming conversation if things go well.
On a per game basis, Foster had the #4 and #3 per game average over the last two seasons, and has five top 5 finishes in that category in the last six seasons. So he's been extremely productive when healthy. Unfortunately, he hasn't played more than 13 games since 2012, and has only appeared in 25 of his last 48 games. He turns 30 this August and is coming off of a torn Achilles in October. If he lands in good fantasy situation (Dallas, New England, etc.), he'll be on the fantasy radar, but he's not likely to see the 19.1 touches per game that he's enjoyed during his career.
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