Player News - Texans

Date: Team: Pos:

Texans WR Sammie Coates was concussed on Saturday night.

This will hurt his chances of making the team. A former third-round pick of the Steelers, Coates is shaping up as a journeyman backup-caliber deep threat.
Aug 18 - 10:13 PM

Texans CB Kevin Johnson suffered a concussion in Saturday night's preseason game.

Johnson has struggled with a variety of injuries since the Texans took him in the first round of the 2015 draft. Johnson is slated to start at right corner this year with Johnathan Joseph at LCB and Aaron Colvin in the slot.
Aug 18 - 8:24 PM

Texans signed K Nick Rose.

Rose spent time with Washington and the Chargers last year. With Ka'imi Fairbairn expected to miss the second preseason game, Rose will handle kicking duties against the 49ers.
Aug 15 - 7:12 PM

Texans signed WR Quan Bray.

Bray's agency, Universal Sports Management, announced the signing via Twitter. He was the Colts' primary punt returner in the nine games he was healthy for last season, finishing 520 total return yards. He'll serve as special teams depth in Houston.
Aug 12 - 3:43 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Braxton Miller has "made a lot of improvements."

"Braxton's done some good things," said O'Brien. "The thing with Braxton is always going to be staying healthy. It's going to be what does he do on special teams, but he's made a lot of improvements at receiver and it's a real battle at that position." It's the second time O'Brien has given Miller a vote of confidence. With Keke Coutee sidelined, Miller and Bruce Ellington are competing for slot reps.
Aug 11 - 5:21 PM

Texans TE Jordan Akins has made "rapid progress" at training camp.

Akins flashed in his preseason debut, catching both of his targets for 20 yards and two touchdowns. A former minor league baseball player, Akins is old for a rookie and has a chance for a Year One impact. He should open the season with Ryan Griffin in two tight end sets.
Aug 11 - 5:12 PM

Free agent K Nick Rose worked out for the Buccaneers on Friday.

It appears the Bucs are looking to bring in competition for Chandler Catanzaro, who missed a 53-yarder as well as an extra point in Thursday's preseason opener against Miami. Rose converted 11-of-14 field goal tries with a long of 55 yards last year over 10 games for the Chargers and Redskins. Drew Brown and Joey Slye were also brought in for tryouts on Friday.
Aug 10 - 3:30 PM

Deshaun Watson completed his only attempt in the Texans' preseason opener.

Watson was only in for one series, and his only attempt was a four-yard gain by Bruce Ellington. His health is the only concern right now, however, and getting even one series in the preseason opener is a great sign. Regression is certainly coming, but Watson is still an upside QB1.
Aug 9 - 9:30 PM

J.J. Watt told NBC's Peter King he believes he can return to his Defensive Player of the Year form.

Watt won his third DPoY award in 2015, but he has played eight games total the two seasons since including five games last year because of a tibial plateau fracture. "I don’t expect anybody outside to have any reason to believe that. The last two years were two very bad years," Watt said. "I’m not going to stand here and pretend like I can tell you exactly what’s going to happen in the season or how it’s going to go. But I feel very good with where I’m at right now." One of the more injured units in the league last year, Houston's defense should bounce back in a big way if Watt is able to stay healthy.
Aug 6 - 9:48 AM

Texans HC Bill O'Brien said Jadeveon Clowney is still working to get back into football shape.

"When we feel like he’s in football shape, we’ll put him on the field," O'Brien continued. Clowney has participated in some team drills but has done most of his work on the sidelines. The Houston Chronicle recently reported the team remains "confident" he will be ready for Week 1. The Texans would be wise to withhold both Clowney and J.J. Watt from all preseason games to ensure both are ready to go once the regular season begins.
Aug 5 - 4:11 PM

Texans HC Bill O'Brien said RB D'Onta Foreman (Achilles, active/PUP) is "heading in the right direction".

Though it's a vague update, it's the first positive note on Foreman's potential availability in Week 1. He remains on the active/PUP list and rehabbing following a torn Achilles suffered last November. Lamar Miller stands to benefit immensely if Foreman is out or limited to start the season.
Aug 4 - 1:12 PM

Braxton Miller has shown "signs of progress" at training camp.

"He’s going to have to go out there and continue to get better and improve, but I do see a lot of improvement with him," coach Bill O'Brien said on Miller's start to camp. After struggling with injuries the last two years, Miller is on the roster bubble. Keke Coutee's injury gives Miller the early edge for Houston's slot role.
Aug 3 - 7:42 PM

Alfred Blue was listed as the No. 2 running back on the Texans' first training camp depth chart.

It's a surprise to see Blue listed ahead of D'Onta Foreman, though obviously Foreman is coming off an Achilles tear and may not be ready for Week 1. A career plodder, Blue won't be an enticing handcuff for starter Lamar Miller.
Source: texans.com
Aug 3 - 4:34 PM

Texans fourth-round WR Keke Coutee will be sidelined "a few weeks" with a strained hamstring.

He'll be held out of next week's preseason opener at Kansas City. Prior to his injury, the rookie had been competing with Braxton Miller for reps at slot receiver.
Aug 3 - 1:16 PM

Jadeveon Clowney (knee) remains "very limited" in Texans camp.

Nevertheless, DL coach Anthony Weaver said Clowney has "looked great." Per the Houston Chronicle, the Texans remain "confident" Clowney will be ready for Week 1. You don't take anything for granted when it comes to Clowney's health, but the Texans are wise to keep him in bubble wrap.
Aug 2 - 2:18 PM


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