Player News - Texans

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Texans WRs coach Sean Ryan was pleased with undrafted rookie Wendell Williams' performance at OTAs.

"I was happy," said Ryan. "There was a learning curve for him, but he's another guy who's really dedicated to learning and making some strides. The speed, you can't teach that." Williams was a track star in college and timed an official 4.32 forty leading up to the draft. The 25-year-old is hoping to make the team as a gadget player in the mold of Tavon Austin or Percy Harvin. He scored 15 touchdowns in his senior year at University of the Cumberlands, logging eight receiving touchdowns, three rushing scores and four return touchdowns (three kickoffs, one punt return).
Jun 24 - 4:25 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said LG Xavier Su'a-Filo "has definitely improved."

"He’s in better shape. He understands our system better," O'Brien said. "The key for the lineman on both sides of the ball is when the pads go on ... but to this point, in the unpadded practices, he has made a lot of improvement." Su'a-Filo started the final nine games including the playoffs at left guard last season, but he will have to beat out Tony Bergstrom for the job this year.
Jun 24 - 9:43 AM

Texans NT Vince Wilfork said he still has "a couple more good years."

Wilfork will be 35 in November, but he does not think his body will break down anytime soon. "I think, mentally, it'll go before my body will," he said. "To play this game, you have to be mentally there. If you're not mentally there, I don't care who you are. You won't make it." Wilfork is only a two-down player at this point, but he remained one of the top run-stuffing nose tackles in the league last season. If he is able to stay healthy, there is little reason to expect a falloff this year.
Jun 20 - 9:11 AM

Texans DE Devon Still is competing for the starting job opposite J.J. Watt.

2015 starter Jared Crick signed with the Broncos, leaving Still, Christian Covington, and Brandon Dunn as the competitors opposite All-Pro Watt. It's not a particularly fruitful position and involves a lot of dirty work. Still's daughter, Leah, was an inspiring off-field story, but Still didn't crack a roster last season.
Jun 19 - 10:52 AM

Texans WR Cecil Shorts agreed to a $1 million pay cut.

His base salary was slashed from $2.7 million to $1.2 million, but he can earn $500,000 of the cut back via a roster bonus. The only veteran on the depth chart behind DeAndre Hopkins, Shorts likely ensured his spot on the roster by accepting the pay cut. He will try to hold off first-rounder Will Fuller and sophomore Jaelen Strong for the No. 2 job.
Jun 18 - 11:30 AM

DeAndre Hopkins ran the most routes (651) in the league last season.

He also saw 31.6 percent of the available targets in Houston, the fourth-highest clip in the league. After running the most plays and throwing the ninth-most passes last season, the Texans went out and signed Lamar Miller in free agency and added receiver help with first-rounder Will Fuller and third-rounder Braxton Miller. With both the pace and pass percentage likely to decline and more weapons around him, Hopkins will certainly see a decline in his target totals, but he is still one of the most talented receivers in the league and a sure-fire WR1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 18 - 11:06 AM

Coach Bill O'Brien singled out second-year ILB Benardrick McKinney as a player who "has really improved during the offseason."

"McKinney is a guy that really understands our defense well right now," O'Brien said. "He has got a very unique skill set, can do a lot of different things. I think he’s a guy who has improved quite a bit." McKinney is 6'4/246 and ran a 4.65 forty with a 40 1/2" vertical. A 12-game starter as a rookie, McKinney is a candidate for a big sophomore leap if he can play all three downs.
Jun 17 - 10:33 AM

Coach Bill O’Brien expects LT Duane Brown (quad) to return for training camp.

Brown is five months removed from quad surgery. He’s questionable for the start of camp, but will be ready for Week 1. Brown was PFF’s No. 13 tackle despite playing through multiple injuries last year.
Jun 15 - 8:31 PM

Texans OC George Godsey says the running game will remain the "foundation" of Houston's offense.

The Texans gave Brock Osweiler a four-year, $72 million deal, but they'll remain a run-first team in 2016 after ranking No. 1 and No. 5 in the NFL in rushing attempts the past two seasons. "I think as an offensive coach and play-caller it all starts with the running game," said Godsey. "It helps with play action and that works down the field." Although Osweiler received more money, Lamar Miller projects as the Texans' highest-impact offseason addition.
Jun 15 - 6:53 AM

Texans second-year WR Jaelen Strong vows to have an improved attitude this season.

"I took the coaching, I took the criticism, I took everything, and just got right," said Strong, explaining why coach Bill O'Brien deemed him one of the Texans' most improved players. Strong seemed to have a classic case of "not getting it" as a rookie, and was arrested for marijuana possession in February. He played only 292 snaps. Strong has also dropped weight, plunging from the 230-pound range to 197. The Texans can talk Strong up all they want, but their actions — drafting Will Fuller and Braxton Miller — still suggest healthy skepticism.
Jun 14 - 3:59 PM

Texans OC George Godsey said the arrow is pointing up for Brock Osweiler.

Osweiler appears to be fully committed to his role as Houston's franchise quarterback and his diligence has not gone unnoticed. "Players see it, players respect it, coaches definitely respect it, too," said Godsey. "That's what a leader does." We've heard a lot about how much time Osweiler has put in this spring but not much about his on-field performance. The 25-year-old will be a back-end QB2/3 pick in two-quarterback fantasy leagues.
Jun 14 - 8:52 AM

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle expects second-round C Nick Martin to open 2016 as the Texans' starting center.

The door is wide open at center following Ben Jones' departure and it looks like Martin has a leg up on Tony Bergstrom, who is also competing for a role on the interior. Bergstrom, who started three games for Oakland in 2015, could also challenge Xavier Su'a-Filo for playing time at left guard.
Jun 13 - 11:06 AM

Texans second-year CB Kevin Johnson (foot, wrist) hasn't returned to practice but is "running and making steady progress."

He's still recovering from offseason surgeries on his wrist and foot. Johnson hasn't weighed himself recently, but said he feels "bigger and stronger" than he did last year. He's been working closely with conditioning coach Greg Fitzgerald. A 2015 first-round pick who started 10 games as a rookie, Johnson hopes to be ready for training camp.
Jun 12 - 12:57 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien says Brock Osweiler has been "exactly what we've expected."

Osweiler admitted last month he was struggling to pick up the team's offense but it looks like he has a better grasp on it now. "He works extremely hard. He's a very bright guy. He's a good communicator with his teammates," said O'Brien. "He's been exactly what we expected to this point." Osweiler is still largely unproven but he should be an upgrade over last year's starter Brian Hoyer.
Jun 12 - 12:03 PM

Texans TE Ryan Griffin (Achilles) will be sidelined until training camp.

Griffin is still rehabbing his 2015 Achilles' injury. He'll miss the entire offseason, but should be ready for the start of camp.
Jun 10 - 6:37 PM


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