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Andre Johnson's player rep has remained in contact with the Texans.

Johnson's agent declined comment on reports that Johnson had shown up at team facilities on Monday, but suggested tensions have cooled. For now, most signs point toward Johnson reporting for the Texans' first workout on Saturday.
Source: FOX Houston
Jul 22 - 8:09 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports Andre Johnson is expected to report to training camp on time.

Johnson was at Houston's NRG Stadium on Monday talking with team brass. It's obviously great news for the Texans and would ease the minds of fantasy players. The Texans have no real incentive to trade Johnson unless they can finagle an early-round pick from the acquiring team. Johnson has averaged 110.5 catches for 1502.5 yards with nine touchdowns the past two seasons. A shoo-in WR1 when healthy, Johnson's current ADP is at the back of round four.
Jul 22 - 12:45 PM

Texans placed NT Louis Nix (undisclosed) and OLB Trevardo Williams on the active/PUP list.

Nix missed five games with a knee injury as a senior at Notre Dame last season, but it's unclear what the issue is at the moment. Coach Bill O'Brien refused to reveal details last month. Williams spent his entire rookie season on I.R. last year. His leg was "rolled up" in the preseason finale, but nothing was revealed after.
Jul 21 - 6:07 PM

Texans placed ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) on the active/PUP list.

Cushing is recovering from a broken fibula and torn LCL, and should be ready within a couple weeks. He's missed 20 games over the past two seasons thanks to hard-luck injuries. Cushing's status for Week 1 isn't in question.
Jul 21 - 6:06 PM

No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney (sports-hernia surgery) said he doesn’t know if he'll be full speed when he reports to training camp next week.

"It may take a while for the dominant, lightning-fast Clowney of his college days to return," writes the Wall Street Journal's Kevin Clark. Clowney is five weeks removed from sports-hernia surgery. He seems likely sit out the opening days of camp, and could be limited when he's cleared to resume practicing. Clowney says he's "day to day" and shouldn't miss any preseason games.
Jul 18 - 5:39 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Paul Gutierrez believes Andre Johnson would be a "natural" fit in Oakland.

We disagree because the Raiders are not close to playoff contention, and shouldn't be looking to surrender draft picks for 33-year-olds. But Gutierrez notes Johnson's history with Matt Schaub, the Raiders' need for a No. 1 receiver, and nearly $11 million in salary cap room. It's still difficult to imagine Johnson signing off on a trade to arguably the NFL's worst team. Vegas has Oakland tied with Jacksonville for the lowest win projection (4.5) in the league this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 10:22 AM

Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus anticipates dropping into coverage more this season.

Mercilus has disappointed as a pass rusher through two NFL seasons, in 2013 grading out as Pro Football Focus' worst outside linebacker in the league. The Texans will turn to Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt as their primary pass rushers this year. "More drops into coverage instead of solely rushing, rushing, rushing," Mercilus said of his role under new DC Romeo Crennel. "Of course I love it. It’s definitely showing my versatility and being instinctive on the field."
Jul 17 - 10:13 AM

After speaking to four NFL executives regarding potential trade compensation for Andre Johnson, the Sideline View's Lance Zierlein received answers ranging from a second- to fifth-round pick.

Although the Houston Chronicle's John McClain has been adamant the Texans will not trade Johnson, it's worth remembering McClain was adamant for most of the pre-draft process that the Texans would not select Jadeveon Clowney at No. 1 overall. (They did.) We suspect GM Rick Smith would seriously consider dealing Johnson if a win-now team offered a 2015 second-round pick. If the offer were a fourth- or fifth-rounder, the Texans should comfortably pass.
Jul 11 - 1:51 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports Andre Johnson "will not be traded."

Beat writer John McClain is plugged in to all things Texans. He believes the team wants Johnson to finish his career in Houston, and they don't want to deal Johnson simply because he wants out, which would set a precedent for similar situations if they developed in the future. Another big factor is money. The Texans would eat $12 million by trading Johnson, and the acquiring team would take on his roughly $16 million cap hit. McClain expects Johnson to either play for the Texans in Week 1, or sit out and forfeit over $500,000 per week.
Jul 11 - 9:56 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Andre Johnson would be willing to restructure his contract to facilitate a trade, but not take a pay-cut.

In other words, Johnson would gladly help a new club kick the can down the road, but would still expect to eventually collect every cent in it. Johnson's $15.644 million cap number greatly complicates any potential deal, and would make a restructure all but necessary.
Jul 10 - 8:15 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Andre Johnson has told the Texans "he wants to play for another team."

Rapoport added four teams have expressed interest in the veteran wide receiver, but Houston is resisting the move. It is unsurprising Johnson wants a trade. Entering his age-33 season, Johnson does not have time to wait through yet another rebuilding job. He is also unhappy the Texans refused a deal that would have paid him his $1 million workout bonus despite the fact that he missed several sessions. Even with the animosity, it is not a certainty Johnson leaves Houston. Rapoport believes the Texans could remedy the situation by paying Johnson his $1 million or promising him a roster spot in 2015. This has the look of a saga that could drag into camp.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 10 - 12:01 PM

Andre Johnson hinted to NFL Network's Marcus Smith on Wednesday that he plans on reporting to training camp.

"Hopefully," said A.J., who skipped last month's mandatory minicamp. "We’ll see what happens. Camp is three weeks away." Johnson's beef was never about money. He understandably fears a lengthy rebuild for a team that had May's No. 1 overall draft pick, but we suspect the Texans will be more competitive more quickly than Johnson believes. His "hopefully" comment suggests ending the holdout is in Johnson's plans. Currently sporting a late-fourth-round Average Draft Position, Johnson has the look of a value pick entering his age-33 season.
Jul 9 - 7:55 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) is unsure of when he'll gain full clearance, but "knows" he'll be ready for Week 1.

Coach Bill O'Brien previously said he expected Cushing to be ready for camp, but it sounds like he could start out on the active/PUP list. Now 27, Cushing signed a fat extension last September, but has been limited to 12-of-32 games over the past two seasons. He needs to stay healthy in 2014 to remain one of the foundations of the Texans' long-term plans.
Jul 8 - 9:39 PM

Sixth-round pick Alfred Blue is competing for the Texans' No. 2 running back job.

Andre Brown remains the favorite to back up Arian Foster, but Blue could potentially be part of a committee if Foster missed time. The Texans apparently don't trust Brown on third downs, though pass blocking was a strength of his in New York. Foster will have a full-time role provided he stays healthy. Blue looks like a good bet to make the Texans' 53-man roster. Dennis Johnson and Jonathan Grimes are the only other running backs on the depth chart.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 9:17 PM

The Texans have moved Brooks Reed to inside linebacker, as expected.

One of new coach Bill O'Brien's mottos is "the more you can do." Reed could be a Tedy Bruschi-like player under ex-Patriots DC Romeo Crennel, with flexibility to play either inside or outside. In base packages, expect Reed to line up next to Brian Cushing, with Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus on the edges. In Houston's "sub" defenses, Reed will give Houston a lot of pass-rush options.
Jul 2 - 10:07 PM


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