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Texans placed OLB Jadeveon Clowney on the active/PUP list.

Recovering from microfracture surgery on his knee, it remains to be seen whether Clowney will be ready for Week 1. By placing Clowney on the active/PUP list, the Texans are making him eligible to open the season on reserve/PUP, which would cost Clowney the first six games. The Texans will surely hope Clowney's recovery goes smoothly and he doesn't stay on PUP into the season.
Jul 27 - 5:14 PM

Texans second-year TE Anthony Denham reportedly "had a great offseason."

Denham was called up from the practice squad last December but never appeared in a game. Denham's strong offseason could land him on the 53-man roster, but he won't be an impact player. The Texans could use a difference maker at tight end. Houston tight ends combined for just 32 catches last year.
Jul 26 - 11:46 AM

ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli projects Nate Washington and Cecil Shorts to be Week 1 starters opposite DeAndre Hopkins.

Third-round rookie Jaelen Strong had a rough offseason and will open camp no higher than Houston's No. 4 receiver. Washington and Shorts will fight for the top complementary role behind Hopkins. 27-year-old Shorts probably offers the highest ceiling here, even if it's limited. Washington turns 32 next month.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 1:43 PM

The Texans team doctor said Jadeveon Clowney (knee) "looks spectacular" in his rehab from microfracture surgery.

Clowney is just seven months removed from surgery and remains without a hard timetable for return. The star has faded a bit on Clowney, but he was one of the most coveted pass rushing prospects coming out of South Carolina just last year. If he can get back to his pre-injury form, Clowney would be a huge boost to the Houston defense. It's a big "if," but we've read nothing but good things.
Source: Forbes
Jul 22 - 3:26 PM

Texans third-round pick Jaelen Strong says he has shed 20 pounds since getting called out for sub-par conditioning at rookie camp.

Strong drew the ire of coach Bill O'Brien for reporting to rookie camp in May at 231 pounds. His Combine weigh-in was 6-foot-2, 217. Strong tweeted that he now weighs 211, which is probably his optimal weight. Texans observers envision Strong as a long shot to make an impact as a rookie, though his retread competition of Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington isn't exactly stiff.
Jul 21 - 10:07 PM

Alfred Blue could see playing time on third downs this season.

Blue has been working with Arian Foster on improving his third down skills, but pass-block and receiving limitations make him unlikely to get significant snaps. In training camp, Blue will try to hold off Jonathan Grimes, Chris Polk, and rookie Kenny Hilliard for the primary backup job behind Foster.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 11 - 6:36 PM

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


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