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Associated Press named J.J. Watt its 2014 Defensive Player of the Year.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Watt was unanimously voted by the Associated Press. It's the second time in three years he's won the award. Watt posted 20.5 sacks, 78 tackles, and recovered five fumbles in 2014. He also had three receiving touchdowns in Houston's goal-line package. Pro Football Focus has graded Watt as its No. 1 overall 3-4 end in three straight years. Watt is under contract through 2021 after the Texans signed him to an eight-year, $108 million contract prior to the season.
Jan 31 - 9:22 PM

J.J. Watt was named Defensive MVP as Team Michael Irvin defeated Team Cris Carter in Sunday's Pro Bowl, 32-28.

We meant to blurb this last night, but our on-duty blurber literally fell asleep during the game. Watt racked up one tackle, a leaping interception, a fumble recovery, and four pass breakups for Team Carter. Quarterbacking Team Irvin for seven possessions, Matthew Stafford was named the game's Offensive MVP, throwing for 316 yards and two touchdowns.
Jan 26 - 10:35 AM

Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney still can't put weight on his knee after undergoing microfracture surgery on December 8.

Clowney has already undergone three surgeries as a pro, including a knee scope before the microfracture and sports hernia surgery last June. During the season, Clowney tore his lateral meniscus and suffered "articular cartilage damage." Said GM Rick Smith, "That surgery requires a pretty significant amount of time that you are not weight bearing, and then you kind of gotta work yourself back to it. He's been diligent in his rehab." Clowney is a question mark for 2015 training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 22 - 1:59 PM

Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) said he's about two months away from being able to work out.

Fitzpatrick fractured his tibia during Week 15. He'll be fully healed for training camp and will likely be part of some kind of competition. Fitzpatrick, 32, posted a strong 95.3 passer rating this season but went 6-6 as a starter and was benched in favor of Ryan Mallett midseason. Fitzpatrick's stats were also pumped up by one six-touchdown game against the lowly Titans.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 11:44:00 AM

Ryan Griffin caught one pass for eight yards in the Texans' Week 17 win over the Jaguars.

Griffin entered Week 17 having played 286 snaps as the Texans' No. 3 tight end behind Garrett Graham and C.J. Fiedorowicz. He saw increased reps late in the year with Graham battling an ankle injury. We like Griffin's skill set as a pass catcher but he's not much of a blocker. He caught just 10 passes for 91 yards and one touchdown on the season. He'll compete for a spot next summer.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 05:18:00 PM

C.J. Fiedorowicz wasn't targeted in the Texans' Week 17 win over the Jaguars.

The 65th overall pick in May's draft, Fiedorowicz's season can be chalked up as a disappointment, though tight ends take longer to develop than other positions. He played about 500 snaps, but caught just four passes for 28 yards and one touchdown. Fiedorowicz drew some loose Rob Gronkowski comparisons coming out of Iowa and into coach Bill O'Brien's offense, but he'll have to show a lot more. Fiedorowicz is still a guy to monitor in deeper Dynasty leagues.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 05:14:00 PM

Damaris Johnson caught all three of his targets for 33 yards in the Texans' Week 17 win over the Jaguars.

Claimed off waivers at final cuts, Johnson appeared in all 16 games for the Texans as their No. 3 receiver. It's not a high-volume position in the Houston passing offense, and Johnson finishes the season with a 31-331-1 receiving line. The Texans will likely try to address the position in the offseason. Johnson will be a restricted free agent. He'll likely be non-tendered then brought back at the minimum to compete for a roster spot in training camp.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 05:10:00 PM

DeAndre Hopkins caught 2-of-6 targets for five yards in the Texans' Week 17 win over the Jaguars.

Don't let the back-to-back disappointing weeks cloud what was a truly fine breakout sophomore season from Hopkins, who finishes the year with a 76-1,210-6 line. Hopkins has passed Andre Johnson as the No. 1 receiver in Houston and the arrow is pointing up. There's unlimited upside potential here, as Hopkins won't turn 23 until June. He wins at all areas of the field. Hopkins can run deep, sky up and catch a ball over the top of cornerbacks, and use his big body to box out defenders on the sideline. Once the Texans find a quarterback, Hopkins will be more consistent. He should be an early-round pick in 2015 fantasy drafts.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 05:06:00 PM

Andre Johnson caught 10-of-15 targets for 134 yards and one touchdown in the Texans' Week 17 win over the Jaguars.

Johnson ends his 12th season on a high note, and he did it again with Case Keenum under center. The two have a strong connection because Keenum isn't afraid to throw it to Johnson and consistently peppers him with targets. Johnson appeared in 15 games this season, but it was probably his worst statistical year since his rookie campaign. Not counting injury-shortened seasons, Johnson (85-936-3) fell short of 1,000 yards for the first time since 2005. He also averaged just 11.0 YPR, his worst mark since 2005. Johnson has never scored touchdowns at a high rate. Set to count $16.1 million against the cap next season, 33-year-old Johnson may have to take a pay cut.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:54:00 PM

Jonathan Grimes rushed for 45 yards on 11 carries in the Texans' Week 17 win over the Jaguars, adding two catches for 23 yards.

He saw more work than normal with Arian Foster leaving the game in the first quarter with a knee injury. Operating as the Texans' No. 3 back for most of the season, Grimes rushed for 153 yards on 39 carries. He caught six passes for 86 yards. Grimes is a talented 25-year-old who's under contract through next season at the minimum. He'll be back to compete for a backup job.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:53:00 PM

Alfred Blue rushed for 39 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries in the Texans' Week 17 win over the Jaguars, adding six catches for 37 yards.

Arian Foster went down in the first quarter with knee and hamstring injuries and never returned, leaving Blue and Jonathan Grimes as the running backs. Blue, the 181st pick in May's draft, had one big game as a rookie in Week 11 against the Browns, but generally struggled to 528 yards and two touchdowns on 169 carries (3.1 YPC). He's built like Zeus, but plays soft and doesn't have a ton of talent. Blue should have a spot on the 2015 roster behind Arian Foster, but sixth-round picks are rarely guaranteed to keep their jobs. He'll have to compete.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:44:00 PM

Case Keenum completed 25-of-35 passes for 250 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Texans' 23-17, Week 17 win over the Jaguars.

Released at final cuts by the Texans coming out of the preseason, Keenum spent the majority of the season on the Rams’ practice squad before getting snapped up ahead of Week 16 and starting the final two games of the season, leading the Texans to two wins and keeping their playoff dreams alive. Keenum is a fearless gunslinger but has severe accuracy issues. He’s not an NFL starter, but should be given every opportunity to win a backup job somewhere in 2015.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:37:00 PM

Arian Foster exited Week 17 against the Jaguars with a knee injury and will not return.

The Texans also announced a hamstring issue for Foster. He was injured near the end of the first quarter and missed the final series of the opening quarter before heading to the locker room after the break. Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes are handling backfield duties. Before leaving, Foster rushed for 23 yards on five carries and caught a 10-yard touchdown. He wraps up the regular season with 1,246 yards and eight touchdowns on 260 carries, adding 327 yards and five touchdowns on 38 catches. Foster missed three games and parts of a couple others with injuries, but stayed relatively healthy and was a dominant RB1 when in the lineup. Foster has two more years on his contract.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 01:52:00 PM

Texans declared TE Garrett Graham, WR DeVier Posey, QB Tom Savage, ILB Mike Mohamed, S Josh Aubrey, LG Xavier Su'a-Filo, and OLB Jason Ankrah inactive for Week 17 against the Jaguars.

Graham has an ankle injury. His season ends with 18 catches for 197 yards and one touchdown on 500-plus snaps. Su'a-Filo, the Texans' second-round pick, has been a routine healthy scratch the past few weeks after playing just 130 snaps scattered across the first three months. Houston has amazingly gotten very little out of its draft class. Posey and Savage are out with injuries.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:42:00 AM

DeAndre Hopkins (wrist) has been limited in practice this week.

Hopkins' status for Week 17 isn't in doubt, but he's battled some wear and tear of late as a sophomore. Playing through an ankle injury last week, Hopkins posted a 5-38 line on 12 targets with the erratic Case Keenum under center. Hopkins and the Texans end the regular season with the Jaguars.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 09:17:00 AM


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