Player News - Texans

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Coach Bill O'Brien will call the Texans' offensive plays in 2017.

Houston fired OC George Godsey on Tuesday, and the team has no plans to hire a new offensive coordinator. O'Brien called the plays most of this past season anyway, so it's not much of a shakeup on offense.
Jan 18 - 11:49 AM

Texans DC Romeo Crennel is expected to remain with the team as assistant head coach.

LBs coach Mike Vrabel is being promoted to defensive coordinator, but Crennel, whose contract expires next week, is expected to stay on staff. That way the Texans don't lose any important coaches, and Vrabel gets a promotion out of it to keep him away from teams still searching for defensive play-callers. Crennel will turn 70 later this year (in June).
Jan 18 - 9:57 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports the Texans are promoting LBs coach Mike Vrabel to defensive coordinator.

Current DC Romeo Crennel's contract is expiring, but he's expected to return as the assistant head coach, according to Breer. Houston didn't want to lose either coach, and Vrabel had been linked to the 49ers' defensive-coordinator opening once Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan accepts the head-coaching job. Vrabel's star has been getting brighter the past couple years. He was connected to the Rams' head-coaching job last week but never formally interviewed for it.
Jan 18 - 9:22 AM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said, "We want [impending free agent CB] A.J. Bouye back."

"Just in talking to people around the league that I really trust, I think he’s viewed as a top corner," O'Brien said. "We really want him back and hopefully we can get something done where he can be back, but it’s tough." It is tough because Bouye is hitting free agency at the perfect time after a career year in his age-25 season. The corner did say he would like to return to Houston, however, and the Texans have a reasonable amount of cap space for 2017, although they also have a lot already invested in CBs Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph. Along with addressing the quarterback situation, figuring out what to do with Bouye should be one of the Texans' top priorities this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Jan 17 - 11:11 AM

Texans DC Romeo Crennel said he has no intention to retire.

The question is important because Crennel just finished the final year of his contract in Houston. One of the best coordinators in the game, re-signing Crennel should be one of the Texans' first priorities this offseason, and it sounds like coach Bill O'Brien knows it. "I can tell you Romeo is a great coach and just means a lot to me personally," O'Brien said. "We would love to have Romeo back here." The two sides should work something out.
Jan 17 - 10:34 AM

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports "it wouldn't be a surprise" if coach Bill O'Brien decides to take over the offensive coordinator position.

Houston is on the hunt for a new OC after "mutually parting ways" with George Godsey on Monday. O'Brien took over play-calling duties from Godsey early in the season before sharing those responsibilities down the stretch, so it would not be a big leap for him to take over as the primary play-caller in 2017. The Texans will almost certainly give someone the "OC" title, but O'Brien should run the show moving forward.
Jan 17 - 10:27 AM

Texans signed RB Kenny Hilliard, DE Brandon Dunn, TE RaShaun Allen, OT Laurence Gibson, WR Tevin Jones, OLB Eric Lee, ILB Shakeel Rashad, and OG Chad Slade to reserve/future contracts.

They all finished the season on Houston's practice squad. Hilliard often impresses in preseason games, but he's been unable to get past Alfred Blue for the past two seasons.
Jan 16 - 5:02 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports J.J. Watt (back surgery) is "ahead of schedule."

Per reporter Aaron Wilson, there's "hope" Watt will do "some" work during OTAs. Noticeably thinner on the sideline during the playoffs, Watt had to shed weight to lessen the load on his surgically-repaired back. He's now in the early stages of bulking back up. Returning from back surgery — this is Watt's second — is rarely straightforward, but he's expected to be ready well ahead of Week 1.
Jan 16 - 2:34 PM

Texans RT Derek Newton (knees) remains without a timetable for return.

Newton tore the patellar tendons in both of his knees on the same play back in Week 7. It's a very rare injury and one that has proven extremely difficult to come back from, as even one patellar tendon tear comes with a lengthy recovery. We'd be surprised if Newton is ready for Week 1.
Jan 16 - 12:56 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien said it's "too early to know" if Brock Osweiler will be the Texans' starting quarterback in 2017.

The Texans handed Osweiler $37 million guaranteed last offseason, and he proceeded to be a total disaster and the main reason the Texans were held back from bigger and better things. His $16 million salary for 2017 is guaranteed, and Osweiler carries a $19 million cap hit. He would count $25 million against the cap if the Texans release or trade him. There just don't seem to be many other avenues for the Texans to travel unless they make a run at Tony Romo.
Jan 16 - 12:51 PM

Impending free agent CB A.J. Bouye said he wants to re-sign with the Texans.

Bouye, 25, opened the summer as the Texans' No. 4 corner but elevated his play to the point he was Houston's top corner by season's end. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 6 cover corner out of 120 qualifiers, allowing just two touchdowns and breaking up 11 passes. With youth on his side, Bouye is arguably the top impending free agent corner set to hit the market.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 12:02 PM

Johnathan Joseph said he has no plans to retire.

"I feel good, finished up really strong down the stretch," said the 32-year-old after Saturday's Divisional Round loss to New England. "As long as my body is letting me do that, I'm looking forward to playing each and every year." Joseph has one year remaining on his contract and is still one of the more effective cornerbacks in the league when healthy. He's tied for 13th among active players with 26 career interceptions.
Jan 15 - 8:25 AM

After losing to the Patriots in Saturday's Divisional Round game at Foxboro, Vince Wilfork said, "I think I have played my last NFL football game."

"I will take the time and do my due diligence and sit back and see if I really want to retire," said Wilfork. "I don't know how long that will take." Wilfork is at the end of his contract and has hinted at retirement for a few weeks. If this is really the end for the 35-year-old, he'll finish his 13-year career with five Pro Bowl appearances, four All-Pro selections and two Super Bowls. He's a borderline Hall of Famer.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 15 - 7:57 AM

Texans TE Ryan Griffin went catch-less on two targets in Saturday's Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

Despite an increased late-season role, Griffin was nowhere to be found in Saturday's loss as C.J. Fiedorowicz dominated the Texans’ tight end work against the Patriots. Griffin was overthrown on a late Brock Osweiler interception. An impending free agent, Griffin should draw significant interest after his 50-reception contract year. Griffin turned 27 this month and has emerged as a legitimate pass-catching threat.
Jan 15 - 12:13 AM

C.J. Fiedorowicz caught 3-of-5 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

Brock Osweiler targeted Fiedorowicz in the end zone late in the first quarter, but the pass was a bit too high and bounced off his fingertips. Fiedorowicz atoned with a second-quarter score on a backfield-misdirection play that froze the Patriots’ linebackers and sprung him wide open. Fiedorowicz dropped an easy third-quarter pass underneath, hearing the footsteps of Patriots LB Elandon Roberts. 25 years old, Fiedorowicz emerged as a valued possession target in the Texans' 2016 offense. He will stay on the late-round tight end radar in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Jan 15 - 12:03 AM


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