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Texans signed DL Ricardo Mathews, formerly of the Colts, to a one-year, $730,000 contract.

A 2010 seventh-rounder, Mathews appeared in all 16 games last season, turning in 465 largely-ineffective snaps. Mathews has camped out at end the past two years, but has experience at tackle. He'll compete for a spot as a rotational lineman.
Apr 15 - 4:29 PM

Speaking Thursday, Arian Foster (back surgery) confirmed he'll be ready for OTAs.

Foster reaffirmed that his back is "fine." Speaking earlier in the week, Foster said his operation "wasn't as major as it sounded." Foster's durability is very much a question mark heading into his age-28 season, but he should remain a three-down workhorse for as long as he's on the field. He's still in the RB1 conversation.
Apr 10 - 8:25 PM

Arian Foster said his back surgery "wasn't as major as it sounded."

Foster underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy on November 13 to repair a herniated disc. He's already been medically cleared, a sign the surgery wasn't overly invasive. "That's why I rebounded so quickly," Foster said. "I also worked my ass off. I'm expecting to do bigger things and bounce back." Perhaps sitting out most of last season will actually do him some good. Foster remains on the RB1 radar as a clear-cut three-down back ahead of Andre Brown.
Apr 9 - 9:20 AM

Texans LT Duane Brown has bulked up to 320 pounds.

Brown played near 300 pounds last season and said his goal was to put weight on in the offseason so that his run blocking improves. He's an elite pass protector, but wants to get back to being an all-around great left tackle. Brown will be protecting either Ryan Fitzpatrick or a rookie's blind side.
Apr 8 - 2:40 PM

Texans agreed to terms with RB Andre Brown, formerly of the Giants, on a one-year, $645,000 contract.

The Texans have their Ben Tate replacement. Older than Tate and even more injury prone, Brown is not an upgrade behind Arian Foster, but was easily the second-best back left on the market behind Chris Johnson. Brown started the final eight games for the Giants last season, but averaged only 3.53 yards per carry. For his career, the 27-year-old Brown owns a 4.09 YPC. He gets what's blocked, but not much else. Brown will begin training camp as the clear No. 2 on the depth chart, but won't be miles ahead of Dennis Johnson and Jonathan Grimes.
Apr 7 - 4:07 PM

Free agent RB Andre Brown is visiting the Texans Monday.

With Ben Tate now in Cleveland, the Texans have a hole behind Arian Foster. The uninspiring Brown is 27 and injury prone, but would still be an upgrade on in-house options Dennis Johnson and Jonathan Grimes. Brown, who has drawn scant interest on the open market, would not be expensive.
Apr 7 - 9:47 AM

The Houston Chronicle expects reserve QBs T.J. Yates and Case Keenum to compete for one roster spot in training camp.

(This assumes Yates isn't gone before camp begins.) Gary Kubiak and interim coach Wade Phillips both passed over Yates repeatedly last year in Houston's QB carousel. Through three NFL seasons, Yates has a 3:6 TD-to-INT ratio and 60.8 completion rate. As rookie coach Bill O'Brien is installing a spread offense, we expect him to keep Keenum over Yates, assuming he keeps one at all.
Apr 6 - 11:30 PM

Texans re-signed CB Elbert Mack.

Mack, 28 in July, appeared in eight games for the Texans last season as a reserve corner and special teamer. He'll try and fill the same role in 2014.
Apr 2 - 3:43 PM

Texans signed FS Chris Clemons to a two-year, $2.7 million contract.

Houston its overhauling its safety corps, landing Clemons and Kendrick Lewis, and bringing back Danieal Manning on a pay cut. Sophomore D.J. Swearinger also returns. Clemons, 28, started 32-of-32 games for the Dolphins the past two seasons. Although he isn't a big-time playmaker, Clemons can cover the deep middle and is a productive tackler, racking up 191 stops the past two seasons. He was a top-20 safety in Pro Football Focus' 2013 ratings.
Mar 28 - 5:07 PM

Free agent FS Chris Clemons is visiting the Texans.

Clemons has a connection with new Texans director of pro personnel Brian Gaine from their Miami days. Clemons' market has been extremely quiet but he's one of the better players available. He can cover the back end and would provide an upgrade on Shiloh Keo. Clemons is our top remaining free-agent safety.
Mar 28 - 10:59 AM

Texans signed FS Kendrick Lewis, formerly of the Chiefs.

Those snickers you hear are coming from Chiefs fans who badly wanted Lewis to leave Kansas City after four unsuccessful seasons as a starter. Lewis, 26 in June, would be better off as a third safety and special teamer. In Houston, he's reuniting with old Chiefs DC and head coach Romeo Crennel. The Texans are believed to be mulling the release of longtime FS starter Danieal Manning.
Mar 21 - 4:39 PM

Free agent FS Chris Clemons is visiting the Lions.

The Lions are on the prowl for a safety and visited with Thomas DeCoud earlier on Friday before he left town without a deal. Clemons is our No. 1 remaining free-agent safety, though he's not a real playmaker or ballhawk. He's above average in coverage on the back end but struggles at times versus the run.
Mar 21 - 12:25 PM

Texans agreed to terms with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, formerly of the Texans, on a two-year, $7.5 million contract.

The deal includes $4 million guaranteed. The move should signal the end of Matt Schaub's time in Houston. One of the league's streakiest signal callers, "FitzMagic" isn't reliable enough to start, but is an ideal backup. He's a quarterback who can come off the bench and keep an offense moving. In Houston, the bearded Ivy Leaguer will almost certainly be entrusted with mentoring a rookie quarterback. There's a good chance Fitz will start games in 2014, but an even better chance he won't be fantasy relevant outside of deep, two-quarterback formats.
Mar 20 - 6:29 PM

FOX Houston reports free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick is visiting the Texans on Thursday.

It's Fitzpatrick's first visit since he was cut loose by the Titans last Friday. It's a sign the Texans are finally getting ready to make a move with Matt Schaub. Fitz would arguably be an upgrade on Schaub, and should come cheaper. He'd be an ideal caddie for a rookie first-rounder.
Mar 20 - 2:24 PM

Texans signed DT Jerrell Powe.

The Texans are desperate at defensive tackle after losing Earl Mitchell and Terrell McClain in free agency. Powe fits the bill of a 3-4 nose tackle at 6'2/330 and knows Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel from their time together in Kansas City. Ideally, the 2011 sixth-rounder will be a rotational piece.
Mar 19 - 8:58 AM


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