Player News - Texans

Date: Team: Pos:

DeAndre Hopkins (hand) won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Patriots.

He's out with a hand injury, though it's essentially just a maintenance day for the contract-year wideout. The Texans will also be without Braxton Miller (ankle) on Saturday. Hopkins should be ready well in advance of Week 1.
Aug 18 - 4:34 PM

Deshaun Watson said he feels in "control" of the offense.

"In the spring I knew what I was doing, but at the same time my head was swimming," Watson said. "But whenever I step on the field today, I can go out there and control the offense and do what they ask me to do and make good decisions, fast." After saying Watson was further ahead than any rookie quarterback he has been around, coach Bill O'Brien probably would not take much offense to the rookie's self-evaluation. Tom Savage remains the starter, but Watson looks like he will make a strong push for the job before Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Aug 17 - 9:03 AM

Tom Savage has remained the No. 1 quarterback in Texans practice.

Deshaun Watson has been getting some first-team reps, but Savage has maintained a practice lead. Watson out-played Savage in last week's preseason opener, but was running with the backups against backups. Watson will get a stiff Week 2 preseason test in the Patriots.
Aug 14 - 2:33 PM

Texans WR Braxton Miller suffered a mild ankle sprain in the preseason opener.

It likely will not keep him out too long, but it is another blow to a receiving corps which will be without Will Fuller (collarbone) for at least the early part of the season. Houston recently added depth in the form of slot-receiver Bruce Ellington.
Aug 14 - 11:49 AM

Texans signed WR Bruce Ellington.

It's been a busy month for Ellington, who was waived last week after spending roughly 24 hours on the Jets. That came after New York claimed him off waivers from San Francisco. The Texans are thin at receiver with Will Fuller (collarbone) and Braxton Miller (undisclosed) both sidelined. Even if he makes the team, Ellington will remain well off the fantasy radar.
Aug 11 - 4:48 PM

D'Onta Foreman rushed nine times for 76 yards in the Texans' preseason opener, adding two catches for six yards.

Foreman worked as the third-team back behind Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue, sharing second-half snaps with Akeem Hunt. The rookie’s inexperience showed up when Foreman bounced a third-and-one run to the outside in the second quarter, but his big-play potential was highlighted on a 41-yard sideline sprint in the second half. Foreman also broke an off-tackle run for 14 yards and hurdled a Panthers defender on his very next carry. Foreman did not look like a natural in the passing game, where he rarely played at Texas. Still a work in progress, Foreman's early-season role is unclear.
Aug 9 - 11:19 PM

Deshaun Watson completed 15-of-25 passes for 179 yards and rushed three times for 24 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' preseason opener.

Watson’s mobility adds a dimension statuesque Tom Savage simply doesn’t bring to the table, and the rookie made his best plays Wednesday night with his legs. His highlight was a fleet-footed 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. As a passer, Watson mostly worked between the numbers on high-percentage throws. He did show a tendency to hold onto the ball too long, a flax Watson will have to fix to succeed in the NFL. While not an overly gifted arm talent, Watson does check boxes for playmaking ability and poise. It’s only a matter of time before the Texans determine Savage isn’t their best option.
Aug 9 - 11:16 PM

Texans WR Braxton Miller caught three passes for ten yards in Wednesday night's preseason opener.

As expected – and as he did as a rookie last season before suffering repeated injuries – Miller operated as the Texans’ starting slot receiver with the first-team offense. Tom Savage threw two bubble screens to Miller on the Texans’ second possession. With Will Fuller (collarbone) in danger of missing the first month of the season, Miller is a sneaky bet to finish third on the Texans in targets during that span behind DeAndre Hopkins and C.J. Fiedorowicz.
Aug 9 - 9:10 PM

Jaelen Strong caught an 18-yard pass in the Texans' preseason opener.

With Will Fuller (collarbone) on the shelf, Strong operated as the Texans’ Z receiver opposite X DeAndre Hopkins. Strong made the biggest play of Tom Savage’s time under center when Savage hit him for an 18-yard gain in late-first-quarter no-huddle mode. Strong could end up starting the first month-plus of the season, but he won’t be an appealing fantasy option.
Aug 9 - 9:08 PM

Alfred Blue ran four times for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' preseason opener Wednesday night, adding a seven-yard catch.

Working ahead of D’Onta Foreman and behind only Lamar Miller, Blue made the most of his carries and barreled into the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown burst at the end of the first quarter. Third-round pick Foreman was brought in to push the Texans’ veteran incumbent backup, but Blue’s steadiness and reliability could keep him ahead of Foreman for at least the next few weeks.
Aug 9 - 8:34 PM

Tom Savage completed 9-of-11 passes for 69 yards in the Texans' preseason opener Wednesday night.

The Texans’ first preseason drive ended in a Savage sack as he failed to perceive pressure when staring down a receiver on third-and-13. Savage did look a bit more competent when the Texans began playing hurry-up, no-huddle offense toward the end of the first quarter, engineering a touchdown drive that ended in a 16-yard Alfred Blue scoring plunge. Perhaps playing in the no-huddle helps Savage speed up his internal clock, because otherwise all of his movements and decisions are painfully slow. He remains the favorite to start in Week 1.
Aug 9 - 8:20 PM

Tom Savage will start the Texans' preseason opener.

It's not a surprise; Savage has taken every single first-team rep at Texans camp, and the Houston Chronicle's John McClain recently wrote Savage was "clearly" ahead of Deshaun Watson through two weeks of practice. On Monday, coach Bill O'Brien did confirm Watson and third-stringer Brandon Weeden "will play" Wednesday night against Carolina, but didn't give any playing-time specifics.
Aug 7 - 3:47 PM

According to the Houston Chronicle, Tom Savage is "clearly" ahead of rookie Deshaun Watson through two weeks of Texans camp.

The Chronicle's John McClain says Savage "has been terrific" in practice, showing an ability to "make every throw," is "respected by teammates," and "knows this offense" better than the rookie. Savage remains the tentative favorite to start Week 1, but we don't expect him to last long. In Weeks 1-3, the Texans will likely struggle to move the ball versus Jacksonville, at Cincinnati, and at New England. A ready-made game for Watson to start would be Week 4 at home against the Titans.
Aug 6 - 6:10 PM

Jets waived WR Bruce Ellington with a failed physical designation.

Ellington isn't fully recovered from his 2016 hamstring injury. He drew interest from multiple teams on waivers and should resurface when healthy.
Aug 5 - 6:55 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports J.J. Watt will play in the Texans' preseason opener.

Watt has been limited early in training camp after missing most of 2016 to back surgery. The Texans are confident enough in his health to give him some live reps. Watt likely won't play more than a series.
Aug 5 - 4:04 PM


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