Player Page

Derek Newton | Tackle

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/16/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 313
College: Arkansas State
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Derek Newton will be the Texans' starting right tackle.
Newton struggled to play above replacement level despite starting all 16 games last season, grading out as a bottom-five tackle by Pro Football Focus. He was a liability in pass protection, allowing 37 quarterback hurries. Newton could eventually face competition from second-year RT Brennan Williams. Fri, Jun 13, 2014 07:37:00 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


Derek Newton is working as the starting right tackle at Texans OTAs.

Newton was tossed around both as a pass protector and run blocker across 16 starts last season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 72 tackle out of 76 qualifiers. He and now-free agent Ryan Harris split snaps. Newton has started 30 games the past two seasons and underwent patellar tendon surgery in the 2013 offseason. He's currently the biggest liability on Houston's line and should face competition from Brennan Williams and David Quessenberry.
Source: CSN Houston
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 09:11:00 AM

Texans RT Derek Newton (patellar tendon surgery) says he's "doing great" and "will be ready" for the start of training camp.

The single biggest liability on Houston's offensive line last year, Newton will enter camp the favorite to start over journeyman Ryan Harris and rookie Brennan Williams. Newton got knocked around in the 2012 run game, contributing to Arian Foster's YPC decline. But at this point, he's still the Texans' best option.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 03:19:00 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak is concerned with the Texans' right tackle position.

The Texans practiced without their top two right tackles during OTAs and minicamp. Derek Newton (knee) started 14 games last season, and had offseason surgery to repair his patellar tendon. Brennan Williams (knee), a third-round pick from North Carolina, injured his knee in rookie minicamp in May. Both are expected to be ready for training camp on July 26.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak says both RTs Derek Newton (knee) and Brennan Williams (knee) will be ready for training camp.

Both players missed all of OTAs. Newton underwent offseason patella tendon surgery, and Williams "tweaked" his knee during rookie minicamp. Veteran Ryan Harris has been getting the first-team right tackle reps in their absence, but one of Newton or Williams is expected to open the season as the starter.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 03:15:00 PM

Texans RT Derek Newton weighed in at 330 pounds at the outset of OTAs.

To be fair, he's coming off patellar tendon surgery. 330 is still too heavy for a zone-blocking lineman in Houston's scheme, and Newton will have to shed weight before camp if he's to keep his starting job. Newton got pushed around in 2012, particularly in the run game. But it's not more weight that he needs.
Fri, May 24, 2013 02:39:00 PM

Texans RT Derek Newton (knee) will not be healthy until training camp.

Newton underwent patellar tendon surgery after the season. It's a serious injury, but not nearly as serious as a ligament tear. Still, it's a chance for third-round rookie Brennan Williams to get a leg up as the two battle for the starting right tackle job.
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 12:56:00 PM

Texans RT Derek Newton is recovering from patellar tendon surgery, and is questionable for OTAs.

Newton hurt his knee in Houston's Thanksgiving win over the Lions, but ended up only missing two games. A 2011 seventh-round pick, Newton started 14 games last season. He graded out in the bottom half of Pro Football Focus' ratings, but should return as a starter. Even if he's not ready for OTAs, it sounds like Newton will be ready to roll for camp.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 01:15:00 PM

Texans RT Derek Newton (knee) has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Titans.

Newton was injured in Houston's Thanksgiving Day win over the Lions. A 2011 seventh-round pick out of Arkansas State, Newton has started every game this season on the right side, but according to Pro Football Focus has struggled mightily as a run blocker. Veteran Ryan Harris will fill in at right tackle this week.
Sat, Dec 1, 2012 03:13:00 PM

Texans RT Derek Newton was forced from Houston's Thanksgiving game against the Lions with a right knee injury, and will not return.

Ryan Harris has come on at right tackle. Newton has 10 days to get healthy for Week 13, but it's never a good sign when a player is ruled "out" as opposed to "questionable" for an in-game injury.
Thu, Nov 22, 2012 02:47:00 PM

Derek Newton has beaten out Rashad Butler for the Texans' starting right tackle job.

The two rotated throughout the preseason, with Newton getting the nod in the pivotal third tuneup. The Texans scored two TDs on his two possessions. He's a downgrade from Eric Winston, but the Texans still field one of the game's premier zone-blocking offensive lines. Butler sticks as a quality swing tackle.
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 11:16:00 AM

Coach Gary Kubiak says the Texans have a "good battle going on" at right tackle between Rashad Butler and Derek Newton.

Butler has an inside track on Eric Winston's old job, but he'll be pushed by Newton. "He’s doing really well," Kubiak said of Newton. "We’re in shorts, so it’s hard to tell with big guys. Athletically and then now mentally, Newton’s catching up enough to battle for a starting spot." Only one year removed from being a seventh-round pick out of small-school Arkansas State, it's doubtful Newton is polished enough to truly challenge Butler.
Sat, Jun 2, 2012 03:31:00 PM

Texans selected Arkansas State OT Derek Newton with the No. 214 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

Newton has great size at 6-foot-5, 311 pounds, and is considered exceptionally strong. He was also one of the top performing offensive linemen in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Short-armed, if he makes the Texans this summer, it may be as a guard.
Sat, Apr 30, 2011 05:37:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Ryan Fitzpatrick
2Case Keenum
3Tom Savage
4Thad Lewis
RB1Arian Foster
2Alfred Blue
3Jonathan Grimes
4Ben Malena
GLB1Arian Foster
2Alfred Blue
3RB1Arian Foster
2Jonathan Grimes
FB1Jay Prosch
WR11DeAndre Hopkins
2Damaris Johnson
3Keshawn Martin
4Travis Labhart
WR21Andre Johnson
2DeVier Posey
3Alan Bonner
4Jace Davis
5Uzoma Nwachukwu
WR31Damaris Johnson
TE1Garrett Graham
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Ryan Griffin
4Anthony Denham
K1Randy Bullock