Player News - Texans

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Texans GM Rick Smith said the team is "absolutely intent" on signing walk-year WR DeAndre Hopkins to an extension.

Coach Bill O'Brien seemed to bristle at the implication Hopkins had a down year in 2016, saying he made big plays down the stretch and the falloff in production was not his fault. Houston clearly knows they have a special player in Hopkins, and they should work hard to get him signed to an extension this summer.
Mar 2 - 11:32 AM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said he overused Lamar Miller early in the season.

Miller logged 93 carries and 13 receptions in the first four games, putting him well over a 400-touch pace. Miller slowed as the season wore on, and he dealt with nagging injuries most of the season. O'Brien said the team will be more cognizant of Miller's early-season workload moving forward. That is not great news for his fantasy value, but perhaps a slightly smaller workload will allow Miller to maintain his level of play throughout the season.
Mar 1 - 4:26 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said J.J. Watt (back) is "in great shape."

"He's doing very well," O'Brien said. "He'll probably participate, to a certain extent, in OTAs." Watt claimed to be "fully cleared" a month ago, but it sounds like the Texans plan to take it slow during the offseason program. He should be a full go in training camp.
Mar 1 - 4:21 PM

ESPN's Sarah Barshop wrote Texans RT Derek Newton (knees) "will probably not play" in 2017.

It is a safe assumption after Newton tore the patellar tendon in both knees last October. Although he is reportedly making "solid progress" in his rehab, it is a gruesome injury which will at the very least alter Newton's career arc. The Texans would be wise to find a replacement, and Barshop believes it "would make sense" for them to "use a high draft pick" on a tackle.
Source: ESPN
Feb 23 - 11:04 AM

Texans RT Derek Newton (knees) is making "solid progress" in his recovery.

Newton has been shut down since tearing both his patellar tendons in Week 7. It's good he hasn't had any setbacks, but his 2017 status remains shaky at best. Newton is likely to miss most of training camp and doubtful to be ready for the start of the season. He's a strong candidate for reserve/PUP.
Feb 22 - 6:12 PM

According to NFL's Network's Ian Rapoport, before trading Jamie Collins to the Browns, the Patriots offered Collins to the Texans for DeAndre Hopkins.

They got a hard pass from Houston, but it's notable the Pats had interest in Hopkins, whose contract expires after 2017. However, the Texans have said an extension is a priority and Houston would certainly franchise tag Hopkins if one isn't reached. Hopkins had a down year in 2016 statistically, but that can mostly be attributed to Brock Osweiler's incompetence. Hopkins recently said he loves playing for the Texans and isn't pushing for a trade.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 12:13 PM

Texans GM Rick Smith had nothing but praise for ILB Benardrick McKinney.

"This guy has wonderful physical attributes: size, speed, height," Smith said. "He's a tremendous football player. Great instincts, you saw him coming into himself. Very productive year, he's got another level to reach as well." A second-round pick in 2015, McKinney played over 90 percent of the defensive snaps as a sophomore, recording 129 tackles and five sacks. A standout athlete, McKinney could take another step forward in 2017.
Feb 4 - 11:33 AM

Texans GM Rick Smith said he is "proud of" Jadeveon Clowney.

"I think everybody knew what J.D. was capable of. It was just a function of him not being healthy," Smith said of the slow start to Clowney's career. "I think we saw glimpses of what he can be. I think he's got a long way to go. If he continues to stay healthy, we get J.J. [Watt] back, and get more improvement ... I think we can be even better." Clowney did undergo a knee scope after the season, but he should be ready for the offseason program. Unless the Texans figure out the quarterback situation, the defense will need to carry the team again in 2017.
Feb 4 - 11:26 AM

Free agent K Nick Novak hopes to re-sign with the Texans.

"I want to be back," Novak said. "I'm really proud of what we've done and I'm excited to be back with the same guys. I really feel like I can help the Texans get to where they want to go." Novak was outstanding in 2016, draining 35-of-41 field goal attempts (85.4 percent). He turns 36 before next season.
Feb 3 - 4:33 PM


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