Player News - Texans

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Texans second-year WR Will Fuller is hoping to add weight this season.

"I think the most I've ever weighed is probably about 190, and I felt pretty good," Fuller said. "That was around the Combine. If I can get to that weight and keep my speed, that would be perfect." Fuller is listed at 180 on the Texans' roster. Fuller got off to a piping-hot start as a rookie, but faded fast after the first month and had severe drop issues. Fuller said, overall, he feels much more comfortable heading into Year 2. Deshaun Watson at quarterback should also help.
May 22 - 7:19 PM

First-round QB Deshaun Watson admitted he has "no idea" if he'll be the Texans' Week 1 starter.

"That's up to the coaching staff," he said. "My job is to come in and learn the system, learn the organization and play my part." Tom Savage is still the favorite to start Week 1, but Watson could easily overtake Savage with a strong training camp. The Clemson alum was the third quarterback drafted behind Mitchell Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes.
May 19 - 2:22 PM

Texans signed OT Breno Giacomini.

The ex-Jet should be in the mix at right tackle with Chris Clark and fourth-rounder Julie'n Davenport. It's a trouble spot after RT Derek Newton tore both of his patellar tendons last season. Worst case, Giacomini will be much needed depth for the Texans.
May 16 - 4:13 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien named D'Onta Foreman as a rookie who reported to the team out of shape, and Foreman rode an exercise bike during the Texans' rookie minicamp practice on Saturday.

This is actually quite common for rookies, who spent the last several months flying around the country to meet with teams, then celebrating for two weeks after they were drafted. Still, it's notable that Foreman is out of shape enough that he isn't even allowed to practice yet. Foreman weighed 233 pounds at the Combine, but was listed at 249 at the University of Texas. Weight management is something he'll have to take seriously in the NFL.
May 14 - 8:23 PM

J.J. Watt (back) said he "feels fantastic."

Watt won a Home Run Derby playing softball at his charity event on Saturday. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year sat out most of last season after undergoing multiple back surgeries and admitted he may have tried to come back too soon. Watt said his core is "as tight and locked in as it can get," so obviously he's been able to stay in shape throughout his rehab process. He won't be a full-go at OTAs but Watt shouldn't have any restrictions going into training camp.
May 14 - 11:10 AM

Coach Bill O'Brien expects RT Derek Newton (PUP, ruptured patellar tendons) to eventually come back from his knee injuries.

"It's a tough injury," said O'Brien. "Very difficult to come back from right away. Not something he can't come back from, but it's very difficult within a year." No player has ever returned after tearing both patellar tendons, but Newton’s situation isn't as clear-cut as an offensive lineman. It’s possible Newton will need to move inside to continue his career.
May 13 - 2:37 PM

Texans signed second-round ILB Zach Cunningham to a four-year, $4.47 million contract.

Fellow rookies S Treston Decoud and C Kyle Fuller also signed. Cunningham was the leader of Vanderbilt's 2016 defense, pacing the SEC in tackles (125) and earning All-America honors. He joins an already stacked front seven in Houston. Cunningham has the skill set to grow into a three-down role.
May 12 - 6:23 PM

Texans placed RT Derek Newton (knees) on reserve/PUP.

Newton will miss the entire season after tearing both of his patellar tendons last October. The Texans drafted his potential replacement in fourth-rounder Julie'n Davenport. 29-year-old Newton's career is in jeopardy. The Texans can save $4 million from releasing Newton next offseason.
May 12 - 6:00 PM

Texans signed first-round QB Deshaun Watson to a four-year, $13.854 million contract.

The deal includes an $8.215 million signing bonus. Like with all first-round picks, Watson's deal contains a fifth-year, team option. Despite giving up their first-round pick next year to move up for Watson, the Texans have said Tom Savage remains the starter. That is likely true now and may even remain the case heading into Week 1, but it will be surprising if Watson does not make starts this season. Houston also signed second-round ILB Zach Cunningham and fifth-round CB Treston Decoud to four-year deals. Third-round RB D'Onta Foreman is the only pick from the Texans' draft class who has yet to sign.
May 12 - 10:12 AM

Texans signed fourth-round OT Julie'n Davenport to a four-year contract.

Houston also signed fourth-round DL Carlos Watkins to a four-year deal. Massive with freakishly long arms (36.5 inches), Davenport dominated at Bucknell, earning first-team All-Patriot League in each of his final three seasons and first-team FCS All-America as a senior. Despite that success, Davenport is a raw prospect who could use a year of seasoning before being thrown into the fire, but he might not get it with the Texans in need of immediate help at tackle.
May 12 - 9:06 AM

Tom Savage said he plans to earn the Texans' starting job "every day."

Houston gave up their first-round pick next year to move up for Deshaun Watson, but coach Bill O'Brien said after the draft Savage remains "our starter." Even so, Savage does not plan to take his spot atop the depth chart for granted. "I’m going to go out there and I’m going to play like I have to play to keep this job," Savage said. "It doesn’t matter if a coach says you’re the starter. You have to perform. I know that, and that’s the attitude I have." Savage will also need to stay healthy, which is something he has struggled to do to this point. It is likely Watson makes starts this season.
May 8 - 9:12 PM

Lamar Miller said he feels good about his health.

"I feel good," he said. "I was just taking care of my body, rehabbing and getting back on track. Right now, my body feels good." Miller hadn't missed a game in four years before an ankle injury sidelined him for Weeks 16-17 last season. His 268 carries were easily a career high, and coach Bill O'Brien admitted to putting too much on Miller's plate. With third-round rookie D'Onta Foreman expected to play a change-of-pace role, Miller's workload won't be quite what it was last season, and it's probably for the better.
May 7 - 10:52 AM

Texans CB Kevin Johnson (foot) expects to be a full-go by training camp.

Johnson suffered his second Jones fracture in as many seasons last year but appears to be making good progress. "It feels great to have my health back," he said. "I'm just rehabbing and working hard, working out and feeling great, feeling real confident about myself." More will be asked of Johnson following the departure of A.J. Bouye.
May 7 - 9:40 AM

The Houston Chronicle expects D'Onta Foreman to cut into Lamar Miller's workload.

The Texans want to reduce Miller's carries after nagging injuries cut into his efficiency last season. Foreman doesn't project for much standalone fantasy value, but should be an upgrade on Alfred Blue as Houston’s No. 2 back.
May 6 - 8:07 PM

Texans signed Washington OLB Joe Mathis.

Mathis (6’2/266) was a two-year starter at outside linebacker in Washington's 3-4 defense, tallying 15.5 TFLs, nine sacks and two forced fumbles before suffering a year-ending foot injury last season. Mathis earned PFF College’s highest pass rush productivity rating with 30 QB pressures in seven 2016 appearances. On tape, Mathis exhibits questionable quickness and overall athleticism, and his college production was limited despite small sample success in his final year. Mathis could be someone to watch if healthy.
May 6 - 6:25 PM


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