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Andre Johnson is "showing no signs of rust" after missing a chunk of Texans camp with a hamstring injury.

Johnson reportedly showed up "all over the field" during Wednesday's Texans-Broncos joint practice and made one "incredible" catch in the back of the end zone. "He's a big part of what we're doing here," coach Bill O'Brien said. The No. 12 overall fantasy receiver a year ago, Johnson's ADP has dropped into the late fourth round. His QBs were Matt Schaub and Case Keenum in 2013.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 20 - 8:22 PM

ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli observes third-round TE C.J. Fiedorowicz "can do everything."

"Zero problems catching the ball," Ganguli added. The Texans and Broncos are holding joint practices this week, and Fiedorowicz continues to line up as the starting in-line tight end while getting red-zone work. He's an NFL-ready blocker and drew loose Rob Gronkowski comps coming out of Iowa. Coach Bill O'Brien plans to feature his tight ends. Fiedorowicz might be a waiver-wire favorite at some point. He's not yet worth drafting in standard-sized leagues.
Aug 20 - 1:32 PM

Arian Foster (hamstring) and Andre Johnson (hamstring) both "increased their activity" in Tuesday's joint practice with the Broncos.

"They practiced more than they had, and it’s a good sign for our football team," were the words of coach Bill O’Brien said. According to the Houston Chronicle, Foster was running with the first team and "(displaying) his normal acceleration." Johnson also ran with the first team. There's a chance both players will take to the preseason field this Saturday against Denver.
Aug 19 - 5:53 PM

J.J. Watt believes he's "outplayed" his rookie contract, and wants an extension.

Signed through 2015, Watt said he hasn't been involved in long-term talks, but would "get involved if I have to." NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans have been "very engaged" in talks, and that the sides have been "making progress." Watt has made a strong case to be the league's highest-paid defender, but the fact that he has two years left on his deal has to lessen the urgency for the Texans, even if they want to keep their superstar happy.
Aug 19 - 5:28 PM

Jadeveon Clowney had a sack and a tackle for a loss in Saturday's preseason game against the Falcons.

Clowney played just nine snaps, but burst through the line to put a big hit on Antone Smith in the backfield and then took down Matt Ryan on the very next play. It's what the Texans were expecting when they used the No. 1 overall pick on Clowney. Although this isn't an elite defense, they have serious playmakers in Clowney, J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing. Expect big plays.
Aug 18 - 9:24 AM

Despite playing second behind Ryan Fitzpatrick in Friday's preseason game, coach Bill O'Brien confirmed rookie Tom Savage remains third string on the Texans' quarterback depth chart.

O'Brien said Savage had no idea he'd be thrown in with the second team, and he "wanted to see how Savage handled it." It's a classic Belichickian move, one that Bill used to pull with Matt Cassel and Brian Hoyer in New England. Through two preseason appearances, fourth-round rookie Savage has completed 6-of-8 passes for 22 yards with two sacks absorbed, and no TDs or INTs.
Aug 17 - 3:57 PM

Sixth-round pick Alfred Blue had six carries for 22 yards and a touchdown in Saturday night's preseason game.

Jonathan Grimes started with Arian Foster sidelined, but Blue was used in a committee with the first team. He converted on a goal-line carry from one yard for his touchdown, and made a number of solid runs inside the red zone. Blue should continue to push Grimes for the backup role to Foster this season. He has 11 carries for 52 yards (4.73 YPC) though two preseason games.
Aug 16 - 11:37 PM

Jonathan Grimes rushed nine times for 42 yards and caught three passes for 25 yards in Houston's second preseason game Saturday night.

Grimes also returned a blocked punt 17 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, a play that will surely appeal to Belichick disciple Bill O'Brien. Grimes remains in the driver's seat to back up Arian Foster this season, giving him more than enough theoretical fantasy value to be rostered in all leagues. Grimes now has 19 carries for 81 yards (4.26 YPC) through two exhibitions.
Aug 16 - 10:34 PM

Case Keenum was given some first-team reps at Texans practice Thursday.

It's unclear whether there's significance behind Keenum's first-team reps, but it's certainly notable. He's clearly ahead of rookie Tom Savage, and starter Ryan Fitzpatrick was brutal in Houston's preseason opener, tossing two picks and managing 55 yards on 14 pass attempts. We still fully expect Fitzpatrick to open the season as the Texans' starter, but he may not have a long leash.
Aug 14 - 10:59 AM

Texans removed ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) from active/PUP.

Cushing broke his fibula and tore his LCL last Week 7, just one year after tearing his ACL on Monday Night Football. There's plenty of reason for concern based on that history, but he's on track for Week 1 this season. When healthy, Cushing is one of the NFL's best linebackers and a LB1 for IDP owners.
Aug 13 - 9:00 AM

Arian Foster (hamstring) is participating in Wednesday's joint practice with the Falcons.

Foster suffered what was believed to be a hamstring injury on July 27 and participated in one practice since. His return Wednesday gives him an outside shot at getting some work in during Saturday's second preseason game. Foster has upside as a centerpiece of the new Bill O'Brien scheme, but he's draped in injury red flags -- including recurring hamstring issues.
Aug 13 - 8:57 AM

Andre Johnson (hamstring), Arian Foster (hamstring) and Brian Cushing (knee, leg) are participating in Wednesday's joint practice with the Falcons.

Johnson, who was in pads Wednesday, ends up missing 15 days due to his strain. With an ADP in the late fourth round, he's currently a value pick as he preps for another target-heavy season -- this time from Ryan Fitzpatrick instead of Matt Schaub/Case Keenum. Foster's status will be worth watching closely as he's had recurring hamstring issues throughout his career. Cushing, who is now officially off active/PUP, will be ready for Week 1.
Aug 13 - 8:49 AM

Jonathan Grimes is listed as Arian Foster's backup on the Texans' "unofficial" depth chart.

The news was trumpeted by the Texans' website. It was expected after Houston cut Andre Brown. Grimes has to hold off sixth-rounder Alfred Blue, as well as veterans Ronnie Brown and William Powell, but is the favorite for the job. Considering Foster's continual health issues, Grimes will be one of the most important handcuffs in all of fantasy if he can nail down No. 2 duties.
Aug 12 - 5:05 PM

Texans rookie NT Louis Nix has been removed from the active/PUP list.

Nix missed all of spring and the first three weeks of camp after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He underwent surgery on his left knee in November. Nix is behind the eight ball. Jerrell Powe has been running as the starting nose tackle and was solid versus the run in the preseason opener.
Aug 12 - 9:56 AM

Texans signed RB Ronnie Brown.

The Texans are shaking up their running back depth chart in a major way. They released RBs Andre Brown, Dennis Johnson, and Tim Cornett on Monday, replacing them with Brown and William Powell. Brown can pick up the blitz and catch the football as a third-down back. At 32, he's clearly near the end of the line.
Aug 11 - 10:03 PM


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