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Andre Johnson reported to training camp on Friday.

We can all breathe. Johnson was in Houston talking with Texans brass earlier this week, leading many to believe he would report to camp in time for Saturday's first practice. He did just that. Johnson's not going anywhere this year, and will be suiting up for the Texans and catching passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick. He should still dominate targets, but Johnson's YPR average may take a blow. Even at 33, Johnson is still one of the premier receivers in football.
Jul 25 - 8:54 AM

Mike Thomas is considered the frontrunner for the Texans' No. 3 wideout job.

It's not a position that's likely to carry fantasy relevance, but Thomas is penciled in as the Texans' slot receiver between "X" Andre Johnson, and "Z" DeAndre Hopkins. An annual disappointment, 27-year-old Thomas can also return punts.
Jul 24 - 2:28 PM

No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney avoided active/PUP to open Texans camp.

Clowney underwent offseason sports hernia surgery. He passed the Texans' initial team physical, and will likely be eased in to camp. Clowney will play outside 'backer across from Whitney Mercilus in Romeo Crennel's 3-4 defense.
Jul 24 - 2:23 PM

Texans signed RT Tyson Clabo to a two-year contract.

Clabo, 33 in October, will push incumbent RT Derek Newton after second-year OT Brennan Williams was released this week. Newton surrendered six sacks and 37 quarterback hurries as a 16-game starter last season, while also taking a league-worst 13 penalties and grading out as a bottom-five tackle at PFF. Clabo wasn't much better as a 15-game starter for the Dolphins. He gave up 11 sacks and 31 hurries. We'll give Newton the slight edge in this battle.
Jul 23 - 2:07 PM

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


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