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Free agent Ryan Mallett says he would like to re-sign with the Texans.

Three months removed from a torn pectoral muscle, Mallett is "getting close" to full strength. There's no harm in bringing Mallett back on a team-friendly deal, especially with Ryan Fitzpatrick ready to fill in if things go south. With only seven games of experience, it's too early to tell if Mallett has the goods to be an NFL starter. We're skeptical he does, but Mallett undoubtedly has full command of Bill O'Brien's offense.
Feb 26 - 10:34 AM

Texans G/T David Quessenberry (lymphoma) revealed on Wednesday that he finished radiation two weeks ago and is now in remission.

"I love saying that," Quessenberry continued. "I'm starting into my maintenance phase." Excellent news. Quessenberry was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma last June and missed the entire 2014 season. It's still unclear what this means for his football future, but we're glad to hear Quessenberry is doing well.
Feb 25 - 3:18 PM

DeAndre Hopkins underwent wrist surgery after the season.

Hopkins revealed in a radio interview that the operation repaired a torn ligament. He had a rod and pin inserted into his wrist. Hopkins had the pin and rod removed on Saturday, and he plans to resume football activities "in a couple of weeks." Still only 22 years old, Hopkins broke out in 2014 and has room to grow. He'll likely be a third-round pick in 2015 re-draft leagues.
Feb 22 - 5:17 PM

The Texans have yet to open contract talks with free agent OLB Brooks Reed.

Reed, 27, is expected to test the open market. He's managed just 14.5 sacks over four seasons, but has consistently graded out positively against the run. Reed is Rotoworld's No. 13 free-agent edge defender.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 6:43 PM

The Texans are interested in re-signing FS Kendrick Lewis "at the right price."

Lewis reestablished his value in 2014, recording 84 tackles, two interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He still struggled in pass coverage, but the Texans are open to bringing him back as a starter. 26-year-old Lewis will likely need to accept a team-friendly deal to return.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 6:24 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien confirmed his top priority at quarterback is re-signing free agent Ryan Mallett.

Mallett started just two games for Houston before suffering a season-ending pectoral injury in 2014. Seven career games isn't much of a sample size, but O'Brien insists Mallett is "a hard worker, and he understands our system." Houston's current in-house options at QB include journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tom Savage, a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Feb 20 - 11:24 AM

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline has heard from a "number of people" that there is "serious concern" about Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney's surgically repaired knee.

Pauline cites "numerous sources, including those close to the Texans" when cautioning to "not expect much" from Clowney in 2015. "He may struggle to ever regain full health from the microfracture surgery," Pauline writes. As of late January, Clowney could bear no weight on his knee. He also had the knee scoped before his microfracture, in addition to sports hernia surgery last June. Clowney appeared in only four games as a rookie.
Feb 19 - 1:21 PM

When asked about Arian Foster's workload, coach Bill O'Brien said, "You've got to manage him."

Foster will turn 29 in August and has missed 11 games over the last two seasons. When he's played during that span, he's averaged a hefty 21.0 touches per game. Trying to keep Foster fresher is a nice thought, but the Texans are better off riding him into the ground until his contract is up (following the 2016 season). Expect another serious workload in 2015, even if the Texans use a draft pick at running back.
Feb 19 - 12:14 PM

Texans GM Rick Smith said he's hopeful OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee surgery) will be ready for Week 1.

Clowney underwent microfracture surgery on Dec. 8. The recovery process is going well and he's expected to make a full recovery, but the Texans certainly won't rush him. The No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft had zero sacks in four games as a rookie.
Feb 19 - 12:12 PM

The Texans are not expected to use the franchise tag on CB Kareem Jackson.

Although Jackson was PFF's No. 11 CB last season, he's not worth the $13M it would cost for the Texans to keep him on a one-year franchise tender. That doesn't mean the team doesn't want him back. GM Rick Smith will try to work out a long-term deal before teams like the Bengals, with Jackson confidant Vance Joseph as DBs coach, come calling.
Feb 17 - 10:27 AM

Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official website expects free agent QB Ryan Mallett to be Houston's Week 1 starter.

Mallett seems very likely to re-sign with the Texans after they traded for him and were the ones to give him his long-awaited shot last season before he tore his pectoral after making one start. He's even been working out at the Texans' facility this offseason. The Texans could release Ryan Fitzpatrick and make second-year signal caller Tom Savage the backup. Mallett has a huge arm but is as statuesque as they come in the pocket. Mallett turns 27 in June.
Feb 16 - 8:11 PM

Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official website believes the team will be interested in re-signing free agent NT Ryan Pickett.

Pickett started 13 games for the Texans this past season, playing 290 snaps. The 35-year-old received poor marks across the board from Pro Football Focus, but he was a steadying veteran presence up front. Pickett isn't going to command more than the minimum. The Texans will hope second-year NT Louis Nix can seize the nose tackle job after missing his rookie year with a wrist issue.
Feb 16 - 8:04 PM

Free agent CB Kareem Jackson told SiriusXM NFL Radio that he would prefer if the Texans didn't assign him the franchise tag.

Jackson must have a pretty vivid imagination if he thinks the Texans would pony up $13 million just to keep him off the market. That's Darrelle Revis money. With that said, Jackson has played well in Houston and hashing out a long-term deal would make sense for both sides. The Alabama alum has recorded ten interceptions since entering the league in 2010.
Feb 16 - 5:18 PM

Free agent CB Kareem Jackson wants to re-sign with the Texans.

"I’d love to be back here," Jackson said. "I definitely want to be a part of what’s starting to happen last year and progressing into the future." Jackson was the Texans' first-round pick -- 20th overall -- in 2010 and will turn 27 in April. He's missed six games across five seasons, but can play inside and outside at 5'10/188. Jackson was a top-seven cover corner at PFF this past season.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 13 - 12:12 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing revealed that he played part of the 2014 season with a fractured wrist.

Perhaps this helps explain a poor year for Cushing, who ranked 45th among 60 qualifying inside linebackers in PFF's run-defense grades. PFF charted Cushing with 12 missed tackles, 11th most at his position. At age 28, it's also possible Cushing's history of knee woes is beginning to catch up to him.
Feb 11 - 11:29 PM


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