Player News - Texans

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Due to skipping offseason workouts Texans LT Duane Brown's salary decreased from 9.65M to 9.4M.

Brown is showing the Texans this holdout is serious, willing to forfeit $250K by not showing up. Turning 32 this season, the Texans' best tackle probably wants more security in his contract in terms of guaranteed money.
Jul 25 - 10:05 AM

Texans LT Duane Brown is expected to hold out of training camp.

It is not a surprise after Brown skipped the entire offseason program, but it is still notable considering the serious questions the Texans have at tackle. Brown still has two years remaining on his deal and is owed $9.65 million this season, a number which ranks third among base salaries at the position, so he may not have much of a case. The Texans need Brown, however, and could perhaps satiate him by guaranteeing some of his remaining salary. Brown is subject to a $40,000 fine for each day he holds out.
Jul 24 - 10:53 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports walk-year WR DeAndre Hopkins will report on time to camp.

Hopkins staged a one-day holdout at the start of last year's camp to protest a lack of contract talks, but the situation looks like it is a little better this year. Hopkins said in June he loves playing for the Texans, and GM Rick Smith said in March the team is "intent" on signing Hopkins to an extension. Of course, he still does not have a new deal as he enters the final year of his rookie contract, so the positive words have yet to turn into action. Perhaps that will change during camp.
Jul 23 - 5:05 PM

Texans WR Jaelen Strong says he's down to 198 pounds.

Strong was listed at 205 pounds last season. The lower weight should help with his return from offseason ankle surgery. Strong is competing with Braxton Miller for the No. 3 role behind DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.
Jul 22 - 3:02 PM

Texans rookie RB D'Onta Foreman tested negative for marijuana.

Foreman was arrested for marijuana possession and unlawful carrying of a weapon in Austin last Sunday. His attorney has been trying to clear his name since, though this doesn't change much in his legal situation. Foreman has been trending in the wrong direction after reporting to rookie camp out of shape. He'll enter training camp behind Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue.
Jul 21 - 4:52 PM

The attorney for D'Onta Foreman released a statement regarding Foreman's arrest on Sunday afternoon disputing charges of an unlawful firearm and stating Foreman did not possess marijuana.

The attorney, Chip Lewis, claims Foreman broke no laws. "This legal handgun was recently purchased by D'Onta and registered in his name," Lewis' statement reads. "The handgun was properly secured inside his vehicle as required by Texas law. A passenger in D'Onta's vehicle was in possession of marijuana. D'Onta did not use or possess the marijuana." Lewis also said Foreman will take a urine test to prove that he wasn't smoking weed.
Jul 16 - 3:36 PM

Texans third-round RB D'Onta Foreman was arrested for marijuana possession and unlawful carrying of a weapon in Austin early Sunday morning.

A call was placed to University of Texas Police at 12:24 AM and Foreman was booked into Travis County Jail at 3 AM. Six other male suspects were cited and released on charges of marijuana possession, while Foreman is still being held on $4,500 bail. Foreman won last year's Doak Walker Award, given annually to college football's top running back. Particularly after Foreman reported to the team out of shape, his chances of making a 2017 impact are fast diminishing.
Jul 16 - 1:17 PM

The Houston Chronicle considers fourth-round OT Julie'n Davenport in the mix with Chris Clark at right tackle as Derek Newton recovers from his torn patellar tendons.

Clark will be the favorite, but predictably struggled when thrust into starting duties last season. Davenport is extremely raw coming out of small-school Bucknell, but is a 6-foot-7, 318-pound athletic freak. If he flashes in camp, he'll get a shot opposite Duane Brown.
Jul 11 - 3:43 PM

The Texans have "high expectations" for NT D.J. Reader.

Reader is taking over for Vince Wilfork in the middle of Houston’s defense. He played in all 16 games (seven starts) as a run stopper last year, grading as PFF’s No. 51 tackle. The Texans added rookie Carlos Watkins to their defensive line rotation, but Reader should be a lock for 500-plus snaps.
Jul 7 - 6:07 PM

Texans second-year OLB Brennan Scarlett is the leading candidate to start opposite Whitney Mercilus.

Scarlett was healthy for only seven games as an undrafted rookie, but showed enough that Houston made him their IR return player. He'll have the first chance at replacing John Simon. The Texans also got second round LB Zach Cunningham some outside reps at OTAs.
Jul 1 - 3:36 PM

The Houston Chronicle lists Akeem Hunt on the roster bubble.

Hunt is in a crowded backfield after the Texans drafted D'Onta Foreman. He has a non-guaranteed $615K salary and will need to prove his value on kick returns to avoid getting cut. Hunt and Tyler Ervin are likely competing for one spot.
Jul 1 - 3:20 PM

The Texans are expected to take Will Fuller off punt returns.

Fuller was one of the top returners in the league as a rookie, averaging 15 yards per punt. The Texans want him to focus on playing wideout after fading down the second half of last season. Tyler Ervin is the favorite to replace Fuller.
Jul 1 - 3:09 PM

ESPN Texans reporter Sarah Barshop thinks Tom Savage will still be the starter at the halfway point of the season.

Barshop admits the pressure to turn the reins over to Deshaun Watson "will be enormous every time Savage makes a mistake," but she writes coach Bill O'Brien wants to keep the veteran in the job "for as long as possible." With a top-five defense and potentially a strong running game, all Houston really needs is a game manager under center, and Savage should have a better handle on the system than the rookie. Even so, it would be surprising if Watson does not make starts this year.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 8:59 AM

Texans WRs coach John Perry said third-round sophomore Braxton Miller "has the quickness and the speed" to thrive in the slot.

"The thing that’s really intriguing is that he’s generally a larger guy than most slot receivers," Perry continued. "That’s something that’s really valuable and gives him options to play on the outside and do those things, too." A college quarterback, Miller said he has benefited from working with assistant WRs coach Wes Welker, who is one of the best slot receivers to ever play the game. It would not be a surprise if Miller took a step forward after an injury-shortened rookie season, but he will struggle for targets behind DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, and C.J. Fiedorowicz in a run-heavy attack.
Jun 26 - 12:58 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien praised first-round QB Deshaun Watson's poise but admitted "he's not nearly where he needs to be to be a full-time starter."

"Every practice isn't perfect," said O'Brien. "He knows he needs to get a lot better. And he did get better every day during the spring." O'Brien noted that "you don't see him make the same mistake twice," so Watson is obviously taking his development seriously. Tom Savage remains the favorite to start Week 1, but it's likely we'll see Watson make starts by the end of the year.
Jun 23 - 1:34 PM


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