Player News - Texans

Date: Team: Pos:

Texans LT Duane Brown (quad) returned to practice Monday.

Brown is not expected to play this week, but the practice puts him on track for Week 5. The Texans offensive line has struggled to create anything in the running game through three weeks.
Sep 26 - 1:05 PM

Texans LT Duane Brown (quad) will miss Week 4, but he has a "shot" to play in Week 5 against the Titans.

Brown has yet to play this season after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon. Replacement LT Chris Clark has excelled as a pass protector, but he's been a major run-blocking liability. The entire Houston offensive line has struggled in run blocking during Brown's absence.
Sep 23 - 3:16 PM

Texans TE Stephen Anderson suffered a hamstring injury in Thursday's game.

The UDFA backup had one target before going down. He's week to week.
Sep 23 - 12:29 AM

Jaelen Strong caught 1-of-4 targets for 15 yards in Houston's Week 3 loss to the Patriots.

Given the opportunity to work the slot with Braxton Miller sidelined by a hamstring injury, Strong had the kind of brutal night that got him mothballed in 2015. Strong dropped one of his four targets, and committed a second half personal foul. Strong is not an intelligent player, and has given coach Bill O'Brien zero reason to trust him. He'll be a distant No. 4 whenever Miller returns.
Sep 23 - 12:08 AM

Ryan Griffin caught 8-of-10 targets for 52 yards in Houston's Week 3 loss to the Patriots.

Griffin entered the evening with only four targets through two games, but gobbled up checkdowns with Brock Osweiler giving up on a game where he was getting dominated. Griffin won't have TE2 appeal against the Titans in Week 4.
Sep 23 - 12:06 AM

Will Fuller caught 3-of-7 targets for 31 yards in Houston's Week 3 loss to the Patriots.

Fuller entered the evening with three drops in two games — all of them big — and committed a fourth with the Texans desperately trying to get something going. Wide open, Fuller flat-out muffed what would have been a chunk gain. Fuller is a home run hitter, but one who strikes out a ton. He'll be an upside WR4 for Week 4 against the Titans.
Sep 22 - 11:56 PM

DeAndre Hopkins caught 4-of-8 targets for 56 yards in Houston's Week 3 loss to the Patriots.

Lined up against Logan Ryan, Hopkins was winning against tight coverage, but Brock Osweiler had a nightmare of a game under center. Osweiler's best throws were all to Hopkins, who made a number of slick grabs. Hopkins has unreal body control. With 10 days to assess what went wrong in New England, Hopkins and the Texans should bounce back against the Titans in Week 4. Hopkins is a locked-in WR1.
Sep 22 - 11:53 PM

Lamar Miller rushed 21 times for 80 yards in Houston's Week 3 loss to the Patriots, adding four catches for 27 additional yards.

Miller was a rare bright spot this evening, grinding out extremely tough yards for an offense that was nonexistent through the air. Miller benefitted a little from garbage time, where he busted out a long run of 15 yards. The Texans' banged up line isn't opening up holes for its new running back, but Miller continues to accrue monster workloads. He's gotten the ball 84 times in three games. He had a brief knee scare this evening, but missed only a handful of plays, looking no worse for the wear. Miller should remain a bell-cow in Week 4, and will be an RB1 against the Titans.
Sep 22 - 11:44 PM

Brock Osweiler completed 24-of-41 passes for 196 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception in Houston's 27-0, Week 3 road loss to the Patriots.

There's no sugarcoating this one. Osweiler was absolutely horrendous, taking forever to unleash throws and showing zero touch when he did. The night was like a lowlights reel of Osweiler's Broncos film. He was lucky to escape with only one interception. The pick he did throw was a nightmare job where he completely misread the coverage. Osweiler did stick some amazing throws to DeAndre Hopkins, and was hurt by a few drops, but he didn't help the cause this evening. The Texans showed a lack of trust by continually dialing up third down draws. Osweiler now has only three scores and 695 yards through three Texans starts. He won't be a viable QB2 against the Titans in Week 4.
Sep 22 - 11:36 PM

Texans declared WR Braxton Miller, LT Duane Brown, LB Brian Cushing, OG Oday Aboushi, S Eddie Pleasant, QB Brandon Weeden and DT Devon Still inactive for Week 3 vs. the Patriots.

Miller is week to week. His absence creates an opening for Jaelen Strong in three-receiver sets.
Sep 22 - 7:08 PM

Texans rookie TE Stephen Anderson could be used in the slot with Braxton Miller (hamstring) sidelined.

"Yeah, definitely at Cal I was doing that most of the time," Anderson said. "So, that would put me right back in my comfort zone sliding to the outside." Miller had just six targets in two games, so it is not like Anderson is stepping into a high-volume role. He could see five or six targets each week with Miller out, however. Anderson is a name to watch in deeper leagues.
Sep 22 - 12:23 PM

Lamar Miller thinks the running game is "very close" to breaking out.

Miller has had some nice runs this season, but he is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry on 53 attempts. He entered the season with a 4.6 average for his career. "It's still a work in progress," Miller said. "I think the line has been doing a great job at getting to the right guy. I've just got to be decisive and hit the hole." Miller has faced two tough fronts the first two weeks, but he will get an easier test Thursday night against a Patriots defense which has given up 4.6 yards per carry through two weeks. He is a locked-in RB1 for that matchup.
Sep 22 - 9:13 AM

With New England's Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) doubtful, Houston will likely face rookie QB Jacoby Brissett on Thursday.

The Texans D/ST will be a top-tier fantasy option in Week 3 when they travel to New England to face Brissett in his first career start. Houston leads the NFL with nine sacks through two weeks and will make Thursday night extremely difficult for the young quarterback.
Sep 21 - 7:09 PM

Braxton Miller (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 3 at the Patriots.

Look for Jaelen Strong to see extended reps in three-wide sets.
Sep 21 - 3:55 PM

Texans WR Braxton Miller (hamstring) remained sidelined Tuesday.

The rookie slot man seems likely to miss Thursday's short-week game. He should be considered week to week.
Sep 20 - 2:19 PM


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