Player News - Texans

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Texans coach Bill O'Brien praised first-round QB Deshaun Watson's poise but admitted "he's not nearly where he needs to be to be a full-time starter."

"Every practice isn't perfect," said O'Brien. "He knows he needs to get a lot better. And he did get better every day during the spring." O'Brien noted that "you don't see him make the same mistake twice," so Watson is obviously taking his development seriously. Tom Savage remains the favorite to start Week 1, but it's likely we'll see Watson make starts by the end of the year.
Jun 23 - 1:34 PM

Texans third-round RB D'Onta Foreman said he would like to lose some weight before training camp.

Wouldn't we all? "That's one of the things I want to do is try to tighten up a little bit more," Foreman said. "Every day we were off, I was in there running and getting extra conditioning in. I think it's going good." Foreman's focus on conditioning is smart considering he was called out for it by coach Bill O'Brien at the start of the offseason program. Foreman is the clear favorite to back up Lamar Miller.
Jun 19 - 12:02 PM

Texans signed third-round RB D'Onta Foreman to a four-year contract.

He's the last of Houston's picks to sign. Foreman reported to OTAs out of shape and needs to get his weight down before training camp. He's competing to be Lamar Miller's handcuff.
Jun 17 - 5:45 PM

Texans CB Kareem Jackson got reps at safety this offseason.

Jackson is an outside corner that can line up at multiple spots. With Quintin Demps gone, it’s possible the Texans could use him as a cover safety in some packages. Houston has also been linked to free agent Aaron Williams.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 17 - 2:31 PM

DeAndre Hopkins said first-round QB Deshaun Watson has it "mentally."

"He's far from where I was as a rookie, mentally-wise," Hopkins said. "Quarterback is probably the hardest position to learn on the team. He has picked it up well." The receiver also praised Watson's work ethic but cautioned the rookie still has a lot to prove. Watson has been working behind Tom Savage, but he could push for the Week 1 job with a strong camp.
Jun 15 - 8:57 AM

J.J. Watt said his back "feels great."

Watt continues to be asked about the back which limited him to three games last year, and he continues to say the same thing. "I'm very happy with the way it responded," Watt said. "Obviously with the amount of time we took this time to make sure it responded properly, I would hope that it would respond the way it did." Watt still has to test himself in full-contact drills during camp, but there does not seem to be much reason for worry.
Jun 15 - 8:36 AM

Texans LT Duane Brown was absent for the start of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.

#AsExpected. Brown, who skipped all of OTAs, can be fined $80,400 per day for skipping the three-day minicamp. Brown is due $19.4 million over the final two years of his contract, but none of it is guaranteed.
Jun 13 - 1:42 PM

Texans LT Duane Brown isn't expected to report to this week's mandatory minicamp.

Minicamp starts on Tuesday and runs through Thursday. Brown skipped all of OTAs due to displeasure with his contract. He has two years left on the deal, but none of his remaining $19.4 million is guaranteed. The 31-year-old surely wants the Texans to give him some security after returning from a torn quad last year and grading out as PFF's No. 14 overall tackle. Unlike OTAs, which are voluntary, players can be fined up to $80,400 for skipping minicamp.
Jun 12 - 6:06 PM

Lamar Miller said he is "very comfortable" heading into his second year with the Texans.

"Now, going into my second year, I'm comfortable," Miller said. "I know the blocking schemes and stuff. I think it will be a good year." Miller set a career high with 268 carries last season, but his efficiency suffered in a bad offense. Third-round rookie D'Onta Foreman should take some of that work away, but a healthy, more "comfortable" Miller may be able to do more with less in what could be a better offense. Miller is right on the RB1 borderline in all formats.
Jun 12 - 10:19 AM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (shoulder) is on track for training camp.

Cushing is sitting out OTAs/minicamp. His January clean-up hasn't generated much concern, but the Texans are moving him slowly. Cushing should be full-go in August.
Jun 10 - 5:51 PM

Texans signed OT Erik Austell.

Austell only lasted about a month in Denver after signing with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent. He'll be a camp body for the Texans, who waived G Jake Simonich in the corresponding move.
Jun 9 - 1:16 PM

Walk-year WR DeAndre Hopkins said he loves playing for the Texans.

"This city has embraced me just like my hometown in South Carolina has," he said. "I love being here." It certainly sounds like Hopkins is interested in staying with the Texans, and GM Rick Smith has said the team is "absolutely intent" on signing him to an extension. Something should get done this summer.
Jun 8 - 9:46 AM

ESPN Texans reporter Sarah Barshop reports Tom Savage is getting the "majority" of first-team reps during OTAs.

It makes sense considering coach Bill O'Brien has consistently said Savage is the starter. The quarterback thinks the snaps are helping him build chemistry with his pass catchers. "When you’re a third-string quarterback, you’re not really going up to DeAndre Hopkins and telling him how you want a bow route or something," Savage said. "Now, communication comes in and you have to be on the same page with all of them. That’s what we’re working on now." As well as playing well, Savage will need to stay healthy to hold off first-round rookie Deshaun Watson, which is something he struggled to do even as a backup. It is likely Watson makes starts this season.
Source: ESPN
Jun 5 - 10:42 AM

Texans signed ILB Sio Moore.

Moore was signed after recently working out for the Texans. He started 3-of-4 games with the Colts last year before finishing out 2016 with the Chiefs and Cardinals. Moore replaces ILB Max Bullough in Houston.
Jun 2 - 6:06 PM

Texans sophomore WR Braxton Miller said he is taking advantage of working with assistant WRs coach Wes Welker.

"The role he played is the type of role I'm playing in this offense," Miller said. "So it's a great opportunity for me to learn from one of the greatest slot players to play the game." Miller struggled along with the rest of the passing game last season before landing on injured reserve with a shoulder injury in December. The former quarterback should be more comfortable coming out of his first full NFL offseason, and working with Welker can only help. Miller is still unlikely to have a fantasy-relevant role behind DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.
Jun 1 - 10:22 AM


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