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Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee surgery) was spotted walking without a limp last week.

Clowney was not allowed to put any weight on his troublesome right knee for 6-7 weeks following December microfracture surgery. Now he's in the full swing of rehab. "Very encouraged," Clowney said. "Everything is looking good right now for me. I'm feeling better than I was previously. Just hoping to stay on this track and work towards getting back." The Texans won't be able to gauge how effective their 2014 No. 1 overall pick is until much further down the line, as microfracture surgery is among the most severe procedures an athlete can undergo.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 30 - 8:33 AM

The Texans will move OG Ben Jones to center.

Jones started all 16 games at left guard last season. The Texans are staying in-house to replace Chris Myers, moving Jones to center and starting second-year LG Xavier Su'a-Filo. 25-year-old Jones is in the final year of his rookie deal.
Mar 28 - 6:36 PM

Xavier Su'a-Filo is the leading candidate for the Texans' left guard job.

Su'a-Filo appeared in 13 games as a rookie, making his only start at right guard. He's expected to take over for Ben Jones on the left side, with Jones replacing Chris Myers at center. Houston should remain an elite run-blocking team in 2015.
Mar 28 - 6:17 PM

Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) confirmed he hasn't had any setbacks.

Clowney is expected to miss Houston's entire offseason program recovering from microfracture surgery. He should be ready at some point in training camp, but remains questionable for Week 1. The first-overall pick in last year's draft, Clowney appeared in just four games as a rookie.
Mar 28 - 3:37 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien expects OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) to return "sometime in training camp."

"He's rehabbing very well," O'Brien said. "Last week, he had a great week, probably the best of his rehab. I like the way he's progressing." Three months removed from microfracture surgery, Clowney will miss Houston's entire offseason program. Clowney needs to avoid setbacks to be ready for Week 1.
Mar 25 - 7:08 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans plan to promote QBs coach George Godsey to offensive coordinator.

Per reporter John McClain, Godsey was the Texans' "de facto" coordinator last season. Only 36, Godsey was an offensive assistant under Bill Belichick in New England from 2011-13. Even if Godsey is calling the plays, coach Bill O'Brien will remain the Texans' overall offensive boss.
Mar 24 - 3:51 PM

Texans re-signed ILB Akeem Dent to a two-year contract.

A depth piece, Dent came in handy down the stretch last season as injuries took their toll on Houston's linebacker corps. Dent played 227 snaps, with all of them coming after Week 8. With Brooks Reed gone to the Falcons and Brian Cushing recovering from three surgeries, Dent could see more playing time in 2015.
Mar 24 - 3:30 PM

J.J. Watt has restructured his contract.

Watt's $10 million roster bonus was converted into a signing bonus, saving the cap-healthy Texans another $8 million against the cap for 2015. It's a simple restructure and not a paycut. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year and occasional tight end is under contract through his age-33 season.
Mar 24 - 9:18 AM

Texans signed NT Vince Wilfork, formerly of the Patriots, to a two-year, $9 million contract.

The deal has $5 million guaranteed. Even at age 33, Wilfork remains one of the NFL's premier run stuffers, grading out as a top-six run-defending 3-4 end in PFF's 2014 grades. Wilfork will kick back to nose tackle under Texans DC Romeo Crennel, who was Wilfork's defensive coordinator in his rookie year (2004). Wilfork fills a huge need on Houston's nose-less defensive line. He should also be an exceptional mentor for sophomore NT Louis Nix.
Mar 16 - 3:32 PM

Texans agreed to terms with WR Cecil Shorts, formerly of the Jaguars, on a two-year, $6 million contract.

For now, Shorts will slot in as the Texans' No. 2 receiver. Shorts is capable of playing both inside and out, but might be best left in the slot at this stage of his career. Shorts flirted with stardom in 2012 before soft-tissue injuries and quarterback issues derailed his 2013-14. Still only 27, Shorts still has some upside to offer, but his injury woes coupled with the Texans' quarterback issues make him an unlikely fantasy-rebound candidate. The Texans shouldn't be done adding bodies at receiver.
Mar 16 - 2:50 PM

Free agent Cecil Shorts doesn't have a visit planned with the Browns.

Shorts has been connected to the Browns since the beginning of free agency, but they appear more focused on Dwayne Bowe. Shorts is visiting the Texans on Monday.
Mar 16 - 11:45 AM

Free agent Cecil Shorts is visiting the Texans on Monday.

It's Shorts' first-known visit, though he's been linked to the Chargers, Browns and Jets. The Texans' receiver depth chart is barren behind DeAndre Hopkins. Shorts would prove a much-needed No. 2 threat, but has struggled mightily to stay healthy.
Mar 16 - 10:46 AM

Free agent Vince Wilfork has arrived in Houston for a two-day visit with the Texans.

Wilfork seems like a virtual lock to play for the Texans, where he is familiar with the coaching staff and would fill a glaring need. Houston used washed-up Ryan Pickett at nose tackle in 2014, struggling in run defense. Wilfork, 33, primarily played defensive end in New England's 3-4 last season, but was a top-six run defender there according to Pro Football Focus' grades.
Mar 15 - 10:45 PM

Union-Tribune San Diego confirms the Chargers have interest in free agent WR Cecil Shorts.

Shorts would give the Chargers a slot receiver to replace Eddie Royal. He's also drawn interest from the Jets, Browns and Dolphins, but has yet to visit with any teams. Shorts is Rotoworld's No. 5 available wideout.
Mar 14 - 3:31 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi does not believe free agent WR Cecil Shorts will sign with the Browns.

A Cleveland native, Shorts was linked with the Browns from the start both because of his roots and Cleveland's desperate need for wide receivers. Shorts has also drawn interest from the Jets, Chargers and Dolphins. He is Rotoworld's No. 4 available wide receiver.
Mar 14 - 12:03 PM

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