Player News - Texans

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The Texans plan to move Romeo Crennel back to defensive coordinator.

Crennel spent last season as an assistant head coach after Mike Vrabel was promoted to defensive coordinator. With Vrabel gone, he'll resume playcalling duties for the Texans. Crennel is one of the best schemers in the league, so there won't be any dropoff. Houston had the top-ranked defense under Crennel in 2016.
Jan 20 - 6:37 PM

New Texans GM Brian Gaine said a contract extension for Jadeveon Clowney is "on the horizon."

"Right now, I'm in an evaluative period in terms of studying the roster and studying the team and learning the players in terms of how they performed," said Gaine at his introductory press conference. "But certainly a player that's valued by the Texans organization, and in time, as we go through that process, we'll arrive to that conclusion." Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle suggests Clowney's next contract could surpass the six-year, $114.1 million deal inked by Von Miller in 2016. That would make Clowney the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL. The former first overall pick will earn $13.846 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Jan 17 - 7:52 PM

Texans hired Brian Gaine to be their general manager.

Gaine was given a five-year deal along with coach Bill O'Brien, a move which both locks the two together and confirms EVP Rick Smith will have a greatly reduced role when he returns from leave. The director of player personnel in Houston before he took a job with the Bills, Gaine was immediately the favorite for the job once the Texans entered the market for a new general manager. Gaine has some holes to fill on both sides of the ball, but he is inheriting a strong roster which should be competitive as long as Deshaun Watson's health cooperates.
Jan 13 - 10:30 AM

Texans signed Bill O'Brien to a four-year extension through 2022.

New GM Brian Gaine landed a five-year contract, locking he and the coach together. O'Brien is only 31-33 through four seasons, but that record can mostly be attributed to terrible quarterback play from the likes of Tom Savage, Brock Osweiler, and T. J. Yates. Luckily, the Texans moved up in last year's draft to grab Deshaun Watson, who looks like their franchise quarterback. Watson also made it clear he wanted O'Brien to stay. O'Brien's return is good news for pass-catchers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller as the offense remains intact.
Jan 13 - 10:07 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans are expected to hire Bills VP of player personnel Brian Gaine as their GM.

He's long been the favorite to replace Rick Smith, who is stepping away to care for his ailing wife. Gaine is familiar with the Texans, having spent three years in the organization from 2014-16. Brian Gutekunst was also in the running before the Packers promoted him to GM. The Texans struggled to a 4-12 record this year but should return to relevance quickly with J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson coming back from injuries.
Jan 10 - 6:29 PM

The Texans are interviewing VP of Football Operations Jimmy Raye for their GM vacancy on Monday.

Bills VP of Player Personnel Brian Gaine, who is considered the tentative favorite to succeed Rick Smith, will interview on Tuesday. Raye, 49, has spent time as a personnel man in the Chargers, Colts, and Texans' organizations. He arrived in Houston after the Colts' Ryan Grigson-led front office was cleaned out.
Jan 8 - 4:16 PM

Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney will undergo a knee scope but will be ready for OTAs.

He won't play in the Pro Bowl for the second straight season after missing it last year for a knee scope. Clowney will likely only be sidelined for about a month. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 5-ranked 3-4 outside linebacker out of 46 qualifiers this season. Clowney had 9.5 sacks and played elite run defense. With one year left on his deal, Clowney is in line for an extension.
Jan 3 - 1:14 PM

Will Fuller is undergoing "minor" knee surgery, and is expected to be full go in "a few weeks."

However "minor" Fuller's operation is — it sounds like a scope — it's a fitting end to an injury-marred sophomore campaign. Fuller broke his collarbone in camp before dealing with a ribs issue for most of the regular campaign. He was limited to 10 appearances, and has now missed eight games in two years as an NFLer. The 6-foot-0, 185-pound speedster needs to make increased durability an offseason focus.
Jan 2 - 4:21 PM

Browns will interview Texans QBs coach Sean Ryan for their offensive coordinator job.

Coach Hue Jackson confirmed after the season he will hire an offensive coordinator, and he even left open the possibility of handing over play-calling duties to the new coach. Ryan worked for the Giants for nine years before joining the Texans in 2016.
Jan 2 - 12:06 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Deshaun Watson is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL.

Watson suffered the injury in November. O'Brien added there is a chance Watson gets in some work during OTAs, but it is more likely the Texans are exceedingly cautious with their franchise quarterback. At worst, it looks like he is on track for training camp.
Jan 2 - 11:27 AM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports the Texans have been given permission to interview Bills VP of player personnel Brian Gaine for their general manager vacancy.

Formerly Houston's director of player personnel, Gaine just joined the Bills from the Texans in May. With Texans GM Rick Smith taking an extended leave of absence, it looks like Gaine could make the reverse trip this year. The Texans are also reportedly interested in Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio.
Jan 2 - 10:53 AM

Texans signed RB Troymaine Pope, TE Zach Conque, OG Erik Austell, LB Kennan Gilchrist, CB Dee Virgin, DL Marcus Hardison, CB Bryce Jones, TE Jevoni Robinson, OT Jake Rodgers, and CB Josh Thornton to reserve/future contracts.

Pope showed well during the 2016 preseason, and he earned some carries with both the Jets and Seahawks that year. He spent the final part of this season on Houston's practice squad.
Jan 2 - 9:18 AM

Rick Smith said he will keep his executive vice president job during his leave of absence, but he understands if the Texans hire a new general manager while he is gone.

Smith is currently both the EVP and GM, but he is taking a full season away from the organization to care for his wife, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Smith plans to return, but it sounds like the Texans will hire a new head of personnel to replace him. Smith and coach Bill O'Brien reportedly have a strained relationship.
Jan 1 - 12:28 PM

J.J. Watt (knee) said he is on track to return for training camp.

Watt suffered a left tibial plateau fracture in early October which sent him to injured reserve. He said his leg feels good, however, and he expects to start running soon. Watt has played eight games total the last two seasons.
Jan 1 - 11:59 AM

The Houston Chronicle confirms Bill O'Brien will be retained as Texans head coach for the 2018 season.

31-33 through four seasons, O'Brien wound up at odds with GM Rick Smith throughout the 2017 campaign, but Smith is taking an extended leave of absence, and O'Brien will now head up a search for Smith's replacement. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain mentioned Bills executive Brian Gaine, who was fired by Smith after last season and maintains a close relationship with O'Brien. If Gaine ends up as the Texans' next GM, we wouldn't expect Smith back at any point. O'Brien's return keeps offensive continuity in Houston and is good news for Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 06:40:00 PM


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