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Associated Press named Texans LE J.J. Watt its 2015 Defensive Player of the Year.

It’s the third time in four seasons Watt has won DPOY. In 2015, Watt led the league with 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss, and finished as Pro Football Focus' highest graded 3-4 end. He received 37 votes, followed by Rams DT Aaron Donald (7), Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (4) and Panthers CB Josh Norman (2). Watt joins Giants LB Lawrence Taylor as the NFL's only three-time DPOY winners.
Feb 6 - 9:02 PM

Roger Goodell announced the Texans will play the Raiders on Monday Night Football November 21 in Mexico City.

The NFL hasn't had a regular season game in Mexico since 2005 when the Cardinals defeated the 49ers in front of 103,467 fans at Azteca Stadium. Like all Monday night games, Texans/Raiders will be broadcast on ESPN. The NFL will have four international games this year: one in Mexico and three in London.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 3:19 PM

Arian Foster (Achilles') has been cleared for "light jogging."

Foster posted a video of his doctor delivering the news Tuesday. "Today you start some light jogging," the doctor said. "No pivoting, cutting, explosive activity. Strengthen all you want. Do your heel lift, elliptical, bike, jog." Foster suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon in late October. He appears to be progressing well in his rehab, but he is unlikely to be ready for training camp. The Texans are expected to move on from the explosive but oft-injured back this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Feb 2 - 11:42 AM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Arian Foster (Achilles') is "working hard to get back."

Foster tore his Achilles' tendon in late October and will be in a race to be ready for training camp. The team he will be playing for once healthy remains a mystery. Carrying an $8.925 million cap hit into his age-30 season, it is expected the Texans will move on from the productive but oft-injured running back.
Jan 28 - 9:33 AM

Brian Hoyer said he is moving on from his disastrous performance in the Texans' Wild Card loss.

"Unfortunately, I picked the wrong time to have probably the worst game. It’s disappointing. It’s embarrassing," Hoyer said. "Bad things happen in life. Obviously in my football career, this was a bad day, but I’ll learn from it and always try to get better." Bill O'Brien called Hoyer "mentally tough" and suggested he will be able to come back from the performance, but the Texans have been open about their need to acquire a franchise quarterback this offseason. Hoyer is owed $4.859 million in salary and bonuses in 2016.
Jan 28 - 9:19 AM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said OLB Jadeveon Clowney will not need offseason foot surgery.

Clowney missed the Texans' regular season finale and Wild Card loss after injuring his foot Week 16 against the Titans. Including the playoffs, he has now played in just 17 of a possible 33 games since being taken No. 1 overall in the 2014 draft. Clowney has flashed some of his elite ability when on the field, but he needs to put together a healthy season.
Jan 27 - 5:58 PM

Texans hired ex-Ravens and Texans DE Anthony Weaver as DL coach.

Weaver, 35, spent the final three years of his playing career with the Texans from 2006-2008 after four years with the Ravens. Since retiring, Weaver has been in coaching. He was hired by Rex Ryan's Jets in 2012 before going to Cleveland with Mike Pettine. Weaver replaces Paul Pasqualoni.
Jan 22 - 10:03 AM

CSN Bay Area's John Middlekauff reports Texans LBs coach Mike Vrabel has turned down the 49ers' defensive coordinator vacancy.

It's an embarrassment for Chip Kelly. The Texans weren't even required to let Vrabel interview, but did so in good faith. We'd imagine Vrabel, who is a rising coaching star, decided Kelly's brand of football was too risky for his first coordinating job. Kelly's defenses spend huge amounts of time on the field, wearing out players and jacking up statistics. 2016 will be Vrabel's third season as Bill O'Brien's linebackers coach.
Jan 21 - 9:20 PM

The 49ers have offered Mike Vrabel the defensive coordinator job, according to ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini.

At this point, the Niners are just waiting for him to say yes or no. The ex-Patriot has spent the last two years as the Texans' linebackers coach. If Vrabel joins Chip Kelly in San Francisco, it would leave Eric Mangini out of a job.
Jan 20 - 5:02 PM

Texans CB Kevin Johnson suffered a broken foot and wrist late in the season and will likely be sidelined until training camp.

The 16th overall pick back in April, Johnson played through a Jones' fracture the final few weeks of the season. He's undergoing surgery on Wednesday. Johnson also broke his wrist and will have surgery for that in a few weeks. The foot is the bigger concern, as we saw Dez Bryant miss two months with a Jones' fracture this season only to return too early and require additional surgery. Johnson is Houston's nickel corner, playing the outside opposite Johnathan Joseph with Kareem Jackson covering the slot.
Jan 20 - 1:49 PM

49ers will interview Texans LBs coach Mike Vrabel for their open defensive coordinator position.

Reports surfaced Monday saying there was a "strong possibility" current DC Eric Mangini would be retained, but San Francisco is apparently still looking at other options. A First-Team All-Pro and three-time Super Bowl champ as a linebacker with the Patriots, Vrabel has been the LBs coach in Houston since 2014. With just two seasons of position coach experience in the NFL, hiring Vrabel as coordinator would be a shocking move.
Jan 19 - 10:04 AM

Impending free agent Brandon Weeden said he'd "absolutely" consider re-signing with the Texans.

Weeden won his only start for Houston this year, but the Texans should be aiming higher in their quarterback search. Even as a backup, Weeden doesn't offer much upside. The fact that coach Bill O'Brien stayed with Brian Hoyer even when he was imploding against Kansas City last week shows how little faith the team has in Weeden's ability to run an offense.
Jan 17 - 11:04 AM

Texans hired ex-Patriots LB Larry Izzo as special teams coordinator.

This continues Houston's recent trend of hiring former Patriots. The three-time Pro Bowler served as the Giants' assistant special teams coordinator from 2011-2015, winning a Super Bowl against his former team in 2011. It's a homecoming of sorts for Izzo, who was an all Southwest Conference selection at Rice University in the mid 90s.
Jan 17 - 10:55 AM

Citing "multiple sources," the Houston Chronicle reports the Texans are expected to move on from Arian Foster this offseason.

One of the most injury-riddled running backs in the league, Foster is three months removed from a torn Achilles' going on age 30. Owner Bob McNair admitted the team has concerns over Foster's durability. The Texans could attempt to restructure Foster, but he's more likely to be released in the final year of his deal. Foster is due a non-guaranteed $6.5 million base salary, plus $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses.
Jan 13 - 7:20 PM

J.J. Watt underwent sports-hernia surgery on Tuesday.

We already knew Watt was undergoing a groin operation, but now we know the details. It's a standard procedure with a standard recovery time. It's quite possible Watt will be a full participant in the Texans' offseason program. Watt finds out on February 6 if he's won his third Defensive Player of the Year award in four years.
Jan 12 - 3:45 PM


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