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Texans third-round WR Jaelen Strong remains in the mix to start.

Strong was set back by a hamstring injury and sub-par conditioning at OTAs, but has time to overtake veterans Nate Washington and Cecil Shorts. They're Strong's competition if he is to become DeAndre Hopkins' bookend as a rookie.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 2:34 PM

Texans signed LCB Johnathan Joseph to a three-year, $22 million contract through 2017.

Joseph, 31, was set to count $12.25 million against the cap in the final year of his deal. He gets two years added onto it and $11.5 million guaranteed. The extension had as much to do with rewarding the veteran as it did with knocking down that cap number. The Texans now have Joseph and RCB Kareem Jackson under contract for the immediate future. First-round CB Kevin Johnson can be eased in on sub-packages. Joseph was PFF's No. 20 cover corner last season.
Jun 18 - 2:54 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien singled out Nate Washington as a receiver that's impressed him during offseason workouts.

Washington is competing with fellow free agency add Cecil Shorts and rookie Jaelen Strong for reps opposite DeAndre Hopkins. It's very early, but the 31-year-old Washington appears to have his nose in front. Keeping it there through camp once pressed by his more talented competitors is another story.
Jun 18 - 8:05 AM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain expects Brian Hoyer to be the Texans' Week 1 starting quarterback.

McClain is one of the longest-tenured writers on the Texans beat, and on any NFL beat for that matter. McClain calls Hoyer "such a natural" in coach Bill O'Brien's system, which gives the quarterback "a lot of freedom at the line." It doesn't say much for Ryan Mallett that Hoyer stands a good chance of beating him out. McClain says Hoyer has been "smooth, smart, and accurate" in practice, and "looks like he's been in the system for years."
Jun 16 - 3:38 PM

Third-round WR Jaelen Strong (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday.

Strong had been sidelined since the first set of OTAs. It's nice to see him back for this week's mandatory minicamp, as he has a position battle to win. The No. 2 spot opposite DeAndre Hopkins is up for grabs between Strong, Nate Washington and Cecil Shorts. Shorts is the current favorite.
Jun 16 - 11:29 AM

Third-round WR Jaelen Strong has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury in the Texans' first OTAs.

It's not a serious pull, but it's notable as Strong is competing with veterans Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington for reps in two-wide sets. He also took heat from Bill O'Brien five weeks ago for being out of shape. The coaching staff has been talking up Washington while Strong rehabs on the sideline.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 6:50 AM

According to the Houston Chronicle, neither Ryan Mallett nor Brian Hoyer distinguished himself from the other at Texans OTAs.

The Chronicle's Steph Stradley writes that Mallett and Hoyer "do not look substantially different in running the offense," and "neither looks particularly accurate." Stradley is "not sure" Houston's quarterback answer is on the current roster. The 2015 Texans will again play run-first football and lean on their J.J. Watt-led defense in an effort to "hide" their sub-par quarterback play.
Jun 15 - 11:35 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said he is "not ready" to name a starting quarterback.

Both Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer have earned praise from O'Brien, but he has not seen enough in the offseason program to make a decision. "This is a passing camp," O'Brien said. "You can't really run the ball. The defense is thinking pass all the time. The offense is thinking pass all the time because there's no pads." O'Brien hinted the team's joint practice with the Redskins and first preseason game against the 49ers could be deciding factors. We give Mallett the edge over Hoyer, but both players are underwhelming options.
Jun 13 - 12:04 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said ILB Brian Cushing (knee) is "moving well" during OTAs.

"He’s come back and had a hell of an offseason." O'Brien said. "He made a play out there in a two-minute drill on about a 20-yard pass, where he got back in coverage and he tipped the ball away. That was a big play. It was good for me to see that." It is unreasonable to expect Cushing to suddenly re-find his Pro-Bowl form heading into his 28-year-old season, but a healthy Cushing and newly-signed NT Vince Wilfork should help the Texans shore up their leaky run defense.
Jun 13 - 11:34 AM

Coach Bill O'Brien said Jadeveon Clowney will be eased back into action when he returns from microfracture surgery.

The Texans expect Clowney to be ready Week 1, but he won't see a full complement of snaps upon his return. Aside from J.J. Watt, the Texans don't have much in the pass-rush department. Whitney Mercilus will handle one outside linebacker spot, but snaps are up for grabs after Brooks Reed signed with Atlanta.
Jun 12 - 11:35 AM

Coach Bill O'Brien said he could name a starting quarterback before training camp.

"They're out here competing every single day, and it's pretty intense," said O'Brien. "So, we may pick a guy very soon. And if we don't, and the decision does go into training camp, it'll be made pretty early on. The team needs to know who the guy is." We haven't heard much on the battle, but our money has been on Ryan Mallett. He lacks the experience of Brian Hoyer, but is the superior talent. Wildly inaccurate, Hoyer was arguably the worst QB in the league in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 11 - 1:36 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien gave fantasy football owners assurances about Arian Foster's workload.

A reporter specifically told O'Brien that fantasy owners wanted to know if Foster would be used as he has in the past. "Well, we have a very good running back," O'Brien said. "So you can rest assured that as long as he’s healthy and he’s out there, we will run the ball. I can tell you that." Foster missed three games last year and was hobbled in three others. But he's participated in every OTA this summer and will remain the focal point of the offense. He averaged 22.9 touches per game in 2014, O'Brien's first season in Houston.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 8:05 AM

The Texans believe G/T David Quessenberry (lymphoma) could play in 2015.

Diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma one year ago, Quessenberry missed the entire 2014 season undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. He's now working out and attending team meetings at the Texans' facility before pushing sleds and doing individual drills on side fields at practices. Doctors have yet to clear him to play football, but coach Bill O'Brien thinks it could happen this year.
Jun 8 - 7:41 PM

Arian Foster has been a full participant at Texans OTAs.

Foster is quietly enjoying one of the healthiest offseasons of his career after battling repeated hamstring and groin injuries since entering the NFL. Per Fantasy Football Calculator, Foster's current Average Draft Position is pick No. 1.10. Foster missed three games last season, but finished as the overall RB3 in per-game PPR scoring, behind only DeMarco Murray and Le'Veon Bell.
Jun 8 - 3:42 PM

DeAndre Hopkins (wrist surgery) has not participated in OTAs.

This was expected after Hopkins had February surgery to repair a torn ligament in his wrist. Coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that Hopkins should be ready for training camp, "but isn't sure exactly when." The injury isn't a major concern for Hopkins' 2015 fantasy outlook, but is something worth monitoring.
Jun 8 - 3:38 PM


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