Player News - Texans

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Texans GM Rick Smith said he doesn't feel pressure to draft a quarterback in the first round.

"I don't feel pressure," said Smith. "At some point, we're going to add a quarterback." Even if the Texans do select a quarterback early in the draft, there's no guarantee that he would start out of the gate. "It's difficult to play quarterback as a rookie in this league," said Smith. "It's rare that you get a guy to play at high level early, but it's possible." For what it's worth, Smith said the Texans are "comfortable" entering the year with Tom Savage as the starting quarterback.
Apr 21 - 1:56 PM

Tom Savage thinks "experience" will help him avoid injuries this season.

The quarterback added he is "very confident" he will be "available." While the confidence is nice, Savage has struggled to stay "available" since entering the league, spraining his knee in his first game action as a rookie, spending all of 2015 on the shelf with a shoulder injury, and missing a playoff game last year because of a concussion. Savage has a golden opportunity to win the starting job in Houston, but he needs to stay on the field to have any chance.
Apr 18 - 9:42 AM

Andre Johnson will sign a one-day contract to retire as a Houston Texan.

Johnson formally retired last October. Now 35 years old, Johnson spent his first 12 NFL seasons in Houston before one-year stints with Indy and Tennessee exposed him as over the hill. Johnson made seven Pro Bowls and topped 1,000 yards receiving seven times, twice leading the NFL in receiving yards (2008, 2009). In an increasingly pass-heavy league, the high-volume influx of great wide receivers into Hall of Fame candidacy will likely prevent Johnson from coming anywhere near first-ballot consideration, but he has a solid longer-term Canton case. He was a top-five NFL receiver for most of his career and had a legitimate argument as the best receiver in the game in the late 2000s.
Apr 17 - 4:10 PM

Speaking Monday, J.J. Watt (back surgery) said he "feels really good."

"I'm looking forward to getting back to playing football," Watt said. "I can't wait." Freakishly thin by the end of last season, Watt has been working on bulking back up. He's unlikely to be a full participant during OTAs, but is fully on track for training camp.
Apr 17 - 1:37 PM

The Texans expect to extend OLB Jadeveon Clowney next offseason.

Clowney is under control the next two seasons after his fifth-year option was picked up. The Texans want to see him repeat his 2016 success before committing franchise money to him. Clowney has missed 17 games through three seasons, undergoing multiple knee surgeries. If Clowney can stay healthy this year, he could land top-five defensive player money on his second NFL deal.
Apr 15 - 9:17 PM

The Texans will exercise OLB Jadeveon Clowney's fifth-year team option for 2018.

Clowney has been a dominant force when healthy, earning PFF's No. 7 grade among 3-4 outside linebackers during a breakout 2016 campaign. Houston's front seven should be a behemoth again this year with Clowney, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus back to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks.
Apr 14 - 3:20 PM

Free agent OL David Quessenberry has completed his treatment for lymphoma.

Quessenberry spent 2016 on the reserve/NFI list with Houston. The No. 176 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Quessenberry has never appeared in a regular season game. He turns 27 in August.
Apr 13 - 2:14 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans will "likely" draft a quarterback following Tony Romo's decision to retire.

They were likely to draft a quarterback regardless, but Romo's retirement certainly increases the urgency. With just Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden on the roster, the Texans ideally would like to land a Week 1 starter in the draft, but that quarterback does not exist in this year's class. The best option on the free agent market is Jay Cutler, and he might not want to play this season either. While not having a quarterback might be better than having Brock Osweiler, Romo's decision has left the Texans in a desperate situation.
Apr 4 - 8:53 AM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said J.J. Watt remains "on track" in his recovery from back surgery.

Watt underwent two back surgeries in six months last year and landed on injured reserve after just three games. O'Brien has been consistently optimistic about his outlook, however, even saying he could get in some work during OTAs. Watt should be a full-go for training camp.
Mar 30 - 9:32 AM

Texans re-signed TE Ryan Griffin to a three-year, $9 million contract with $3.25 million guaranteed.

Griffin was linked to Detroit, but otherwise didn't draw much free-agent interest. He'll return as the No. 2 tight end behind C.J. Fiedorowicz. With Brock Osweiler gone, Griffin is unlikely to repeat the 74 targets he saw in 2016.
Mar 11 - 6:31 PM

Texans RG Jeff Allen is recovering from offseason ankle surgery.

He's expected to be ready for the start of OTAs. Signed to a four-year, $28 million deal last offseason, Allen graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 72 guard out of 77 qualifiers, getting blasted in run blocking.
Mar 10 - 9:27 AM

Texans re-signed K Nick Novak.

Due to the Texans' anemic offense, Novak was second to only Justin Tucker in field goals made last season, converting 35-of-41 and going 8-of-11 from 40-plus yards out. Novak also handles kickoff duties in Houston.
Mar 7 - 9:06 PM

Texans re-signed P Shane Lechler.

Lechler turns 41 this year and still has one of the biggest legs, finishing seventh in the league in yards per punt last season. He was 20th in net average.
Mar 7 - 9:03 PM

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports the Texans and impending free agent TE Ryan Griffin have "mutual interest."

Griffin broke out somewhat as a pass catcher last season with 50 catches for 442 yards and two touchdowns, and he has always been a solid blocker. In a weak tight end group, he could have a surprisingly robust market. Griffin will remain behind C.J. Fiedorowicz in the pecking order if he re-signs with the Texans.
Mar 7 - 9:24 AM

According to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, some around the league believe that if the Texans acquire Tony Romo they would then trade Tom Savage to the 49ers.

This is pure speculation from people Pauline has spoken with, but it's an interesting nugget. If Romo lands in Houston, the Texans would then be forced to keep Brock Osweiler as the No. 2 due to a glut of guaranteed money left on his deal. Savage likely would be upset as the No. 3 and could ask for a way out of town. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported back in January 2015 that then-Browns OC Kyle Shanahan was extremely high on Savage and wanted him in Cleveland.
Mar 6 - 11:55 PM


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